It certainly sounded like Nika Futterman.
While certainly not a bad episode, I wasn't surprised to find that out of the Team-focus episodes, Nova's was the weakest in my opinion.
It doesn't help that the episode barely really focused on Nova at all. Not a single moment spent relaying his origins, why he came to Earth, why he's a jerk to everybody but the Guardians, or even a moment where his friendship with Spidey is put to the test and deepens at the end of the episode. I think it says a lot about the Spidey/Nova relationship that at the end they only shook hands and didn't hug it out like the other members of the Team did. I can't even say Nova grew in this episode like the other Team members did, because he really didn't.
I was a bit surprised that Bendis wrote this episode. Not because it didn't make sense, because considering his involvement with their modern incarnation I can see why he'd want to write the episode. It's like in the Guardians' appearance in EMH, where the episode was written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. But what surprised me is that I thought for sure he'd be writing the Luke Cage episode that's next week considering his love of the character and the involvement of Scorpio. Not that there's really anything stopping him, but I'm not expecting Bendis to write two episodes in a row.
The Guardians as a whole were pretty cool, both in action and design wise. But aside from Rocket Raccoon and to a degree Star Lord, I wish the episode had spent more time showing us what they were like as characters instead of just having Nova tell us about them. It struck me as lazy storytelling, and I felt the EMH appearance of the Guardians did a better job of introducing them.
But the real star of this episode was most definitely Groot. I was unsure about him at first when he was in that pot, even a little disappointed, but it was all redeemed by the end. I think I can say Michael Clarke Duncan wasn't wasted here as I feared he would be. Groot was indeed awesome. Though the "I am Groot" at the end was a little unnecessary.
There were some legitimately funny jokes, par for the course of a Bendis penned episode, though I still don't think any of his episodes have beaten the Wolverine team up in terms of quality.
So can I say I like Nova now anymore than I did before, as was the case with previous Team-focus episodes? No, not really. In fact I was actually happy when I thought he was staying with the Guardians, and was immediately disappointed to learn it was a fake-out. Still, a decent episode of Ultimate Spider-Man is better than nothing in my mind.