Available for pre-order and in stores August 12 is the new hardcover book Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie, which offers a look at all the concept art, character, vehicle and weapon designs that went into making the movie. And included in these pages is our first look at Nova, at least in concept art form.

Before the movie hit theaters, Nathan Fillion was rumored to be playing this helmeted guardian of the galaxy in a post-credits tease for the sequel. While Nathan Fillion is in the movie, he actually ended up playing a much different character, a brute of an alien housed inside the Kyln prison. Here, we get to see what Nova might have looked like on the big screen:

Nova <strong><em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em></strong> Concept Art

Richard Rider is an Earth born superhero given the abilities of a Nova policeman by a dying Rhomann Dey, played by John C. Reilly in Guardians of the Galaxy. Its very possible that he will show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, especially considering that Marvel has already commissioned concept art for the character's big screen debut.

Here are more pieces of concept art that will be featured in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie:

<strong><em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em></strong> Concept Art #1
<strong><em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em></strong> Concept Art #2
<strong><em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em></strong> Concept Art #3

Continuing their popular ART OF series of movie tie-in books, Marvel presents its latest blockbuster achievement! Featuring exclusive concept artwork, behind-the-scenes photographs, production stills, and in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie is a deluxe keepsake volume that provides an insider's look into the making of the highly anticipated film.

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