|Annihilation: Nova #1|
Cover Date: June 2006
Release Date: April 19, 2006
Writer: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Kev Walker
Inker: Rick Magyar
Letterer: VC - Cory Petit
Colorist: Brian Reber
Assistant Editors: Molly Lazer &
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Cover Artist: Gabriele Dell'Otto
Title: "All For One"
The voice informs Nova that the young hero is the only survivor of the attack on Xandar and has sustained physical injuries along with considerable psychological shock. Nova is also told that it has been four days since the attack which destroyed the population centers and that the most of Xandar's debris has been falling into the planetary system's sun. The Orienta Shard, the disembodied voice says, was attacked the heaviest and knocked from orbit. Nova learns he is currently on the Orienta Shard with power reserves failing and that the temperature has begun to fall with a complete systems shutdown imminent. The faceless voice prompts Nova to wake up because critical work must be done before the shutdown occurs.
Nova completely awakens and wants to know who he's talking to. The voice informs him that he is speaking to the WorldMind. In Nova's confusion, he asks what the WorldMind is. It clarifies that it is a Class C Collective Artificial Sentience currently located in an area called the Hub. The WorldMind urgently tells Rich Rider that the system will shut down within two hours and that immediate action is required by the young Earthman in order to save it.
Nova is disgusted by the WorldMind's priority of self-preservation instead of focusing on loss of Xandar. The artificial intelligence informs Rider of the Nova Corps Priorities; Priority One - The Nova Corps must defend Xandarian civilization and Priority Two - Protect and safeguard the Xandarian WorldMind. With the loss of Xandar, the WorldMind explains, the protection of the WorldMind is of the highest concern.
As Rich Rider continues to wander the ruins of the Orienta Shard, he comes across a couple of the alien invaders who attacked Xandar. Nova is shocked to find that the creatures are eating the corpses of his fallen Corps members! In rage and disgust, the injured hero attacks the aliens! However, given his extent of his injuries, Nova is unable to defeat them and finds himself besieged by the invaders. In desperation, the WorldMind feeds Nova reserve amounts of the Nova Force and demands the Earthman fly to safety. Nova blasts upwards and leaves his attackers behind.
The artificial sentience scolds Nova for his rash actions but Rider defiantly admits that he feels better. The WorldMind explains that it has boosted his endorphins and is running his uniform's healing and repair subsystems. Nova asks the computer to give him its location. The information is downloaded into Rich's helmet and he soon arrives at the Hub.
At the Hub, the WorldMind explains that it contains all of Xandar's arts, sciences, history, technology and philosophy. It also reveals that it contains a bio-template of the Xandarian race. The living computer explains that it must be taken somewhere safe where it can reconstruct itself and build a strategy to utilize Xandar's greatest weapon, the Nova Force, against Xandar's attackers.
Nova agrees to assist the WorldMind and asks what equipment he needs to carry with him. The computer corrects him by explaining that only a Nova can contain it and the Nova Force. As the last living representative of the Nova Corps, Rich Rider must become the living vessel for the WorldMind! Nova promptly refuses!
The living computer cannot believe Rider's refusal. Rich explains that the amount of Nova Force he has always had is the amount a human can safely hold. He reminds the WorldMind that the last time a single being (Garthan Saal) contained all of the Nova Force, it drove him insane. The WorldMind concedes that Saal was driven mad by the power, however Rich would have two advantages this time that Saal did not.
One, the WorldMind itself would regulate and control the flow of the Nova Force and the artificial sentience's knowledge through Rich's body. It is explained that Nova's uniform will be modified and strengthened to hold the large amounts of energy coursing through the hero's body. Second, the living computer assures Nova that he will only have to be the containment vessel for a limited time and that any psychological damage would be minimal.
With the alien invaders closing in on the Hub, Nova tells the WorldMind to go ahead and download itself into his body! With a immense burst of energy, Rich Rider becomes the living embodiment of the Xandarian WorldMind and the Nova Force itself! As the energy flows into him, his uniform rebuilds and reforms itself into a new look. A new Nova is born!
Rich Rider finds that, along with great power, he now shares a direct telepathic link to the WorldMind contained in his body. Leaving the Orienta Shard, Nova comes face to face with a number of the Annihilation Wave armada of warships. The young Earthman becomes overwhelmed by the intense power of the Nova Force and unleashes his rage at the alien space vehicles.
The WorldMind attempts to calm Rich down with adrenal inhibitors and neural pacifiers but to no avail. Nova single-handedly destroys a large number of the ships. So many warships are destroyed in the hero's fit of revenge that the mastermind behind the Annihilation Wave, Annihilus, becomes aware of the destruction from many miles away!
With his energy and rage expanded, Nova falls back to the Orienta Shard exhausted. After unsuccessfully attempting to make contact with the WorldMind, Rich concludes that the artificial sentience is angry with him and doesn't want to talk to him. However, Nova does hear a voice and turns to find himself face-to-face with Drax the Destroyer!Back To Annihilation Index