Champions #10 Champions #10 - Written by Danny Lore. Art by Luciano Vecchio. Cover by Toni Infante.

THE FINALE OF KILLER APP!

The Champions win a major victory over Roxxon - only to discover a much deadlier threat waiting in the wings!

Can they win against vicious machines engineered to predict their every move?

Or is it the end of the line for our young heroes?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale October 6th


Marvel's Voices: Comunidades #1 Marvel's Voices: Comunidades #1 - Written by Daniel Jose Older, Karla Pacheco, Terry Blas, Juan Ponce, Leonardo Romero & Edgar Delgado. Art by Enid Balam, Vanesa del Rey, Adriana Melo, Leonardo Romero, Nico Leon & Alitha E. Martinez. Cover by Joe Quesada.

COME JOIN THE FESTIVITIES AS MARVEL CELEBRATES THE MIGHTY LATIN-X HEROES AND CREATORS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!

Spider-Man! White Tiger! Ghost Rider! And so many more heroes get their moment in the sun as new and fan-favorite creators continue to expand the world outside your window in MARVEL'S VOICES: COMUNIDADES (Community)!

Featuring an introduction by renowned scholar Frederick Luis Aldama! PLUS, an all-new hero takes the stage in a whirlwind adventure you won't want to miss.

Rated T+ - 96 pgs./$9.99 - On Sale November 10th


Guardians of the Galaxy #18 Guardians of the Galaxy by Al Ewing Vol. 3: We're Super Heroes TPB - Written by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal & Juan Frigeri. Cover by Brett Booth.

A new age of space starts here!

They were soldiers, misfits, mercenaries, thieves and a family. They were heroes - but times have changed.

The galaxy no longer needs heroes. It needs super heroes!

Now when the call goes forth - whether it's from a stranded team of planetary explorers or Emperor Hulkling himself - the Guardians of the Galaxy answer!

As half the team defends the Kree/Skrull Throneworld against a deadlier threat than they've ever faced before, the other half investigates a terrifying sacrificial cult on a mysterious planet - with the power to plunge the universe into war!

New headquarters! New costumes! New teammates! An all-new enemy you'll have to see to believe! And a whole cosmos of trouble!

Get on board, True Believer - it's going to be the ride of your life!

Collecting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2020) #13-18.

Rated T+ - 144 pgs./$17.99 - On Sale November 17th

An Interview With Al Ewing!
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

The writer of Guardians of the Galaxy (and a number of other titles) Al Ewing was extremely generous in taking time to answer some questions about his work on the title and his thoughts on Rich Rider Nova! I'd like to thank Al for his generosity and answers!

When you were preparing for your run on the Guardians of the Galaxy, what was it about Rich Rider Nova that prompted you to have him on the team, not only as a member, but also as the one bringing them together?

I've been a fan of Rich since the 00s - the Abnett/Lanning series really grabbed me - so I was very glad to see him come back into circulation. I guess it seemed like a natural follow-on from Donny Cates' year on the book - he gave the Guardians what could have been quite a natural ending, with them stood around Rocket's bedside, helping to nurse him back to recovery after what could have been a heroic death scene. (Though I'm glad it wasn't, I've been writing Rocket as significantly older ever since - aged and changed by the experience.)

So they were all but retired, and Nova was still out there - Donny had created a situation where Rich was once more pretty much the only Nova, barring Sam Alexander and maybe a handful of other survivors, so he was once again the last sheriff in town, a one-man emergency squad at the edge of his breaking point, just as he'd been when I first started really reading him. It seemed natural that he'd be the one to crash in on the Guardians' happiness and upend things.

I'm always curious about the creative process. How do you find the voice for a character, in this particular instance, Rich Rider? Is it through the character's previous runs, your writing instincts, some mix of both, or something else completely?

I think a mix of both. Again, I'm heavily informed by that Abnett/Lanning run, but also there's a lot of instinct to it - every so often I take bits of myself and seed the characters with them a little. Some of Rich's despair is my own despair at the way things are going, some of his hope and joy is mine too. Often I'll get into a groove and his dialogue will just flow out. I enjoy writing him so much that I'm looking for other places to put him, and obviously since I'm touching on the space stuff in S.W.O.R.D. as well, I got to give him a little guest appearance there.

One thing I really respect about your time with Nova has been how you've taken him through a healing process from the stress of constant crises and his time trapped in the Cancerverse. It seems a lot of characters go through horrific events and afterwards they are unrealistically fine and unfazed in the next issue. How important was it to you to have him go through that journey of mental healing with a therapist?

Well, again, I'm standing a little on the shoulders of giants there - the Abnett and Lanning run established a lot of this stuff, and it gave us a roadmap for how he processes the kind of trauma and survivor's guilt he's absorbed. I definitely wanted to push on him - I think with Rich, especially for people who came to him in the 21st century, putting severe pressure on him creates a lot of good drama - but at the same time, it didn't feel that responsible to put him in that kind of box without also showing a possible way out of it.

There are a lot of comics where therapy doesn't work - and that's something that was the prevailing opinion while I was growing up, and something I internalised, that therapy was a weakness, this peculiarly American thing. It was only after meeting a great many people who were matter-of-factly in therapy, and being helped by it, that a lot of those calcified prejudices got chipped away. So, faced with a character who would very clearly benefit from therapy, the responsible thing to do was write a comic where therapy worked and was useful and was something Rich stuck with and did the work on. Rich is still in therapy. He still has regular sessions, even if we don't see them. And it's helping him. We'll see that in GUARDIANS, we'll see that in other appearances down the line if I have anything to do with it.

One thing that really helps with all this is that Rich is a character who can change and grow relatively easily. There are characters who are like massive oil tankers at this point - they're on their course and they can't turn around. The Joker will never be cured. Batman will probably never heal in a way that survives multiple transitions between writers. But Rich is a character with trauma, as opposed to a character built on a foundation of it. Nova's grown significantly to get to this point - I'm willing to bet he'll grow from this point, too.

Rich's therapist is an interesting character. Is he a previously seen character or someone new?

Someone new, but based off previously seen characters - the "Loonies" from the original Rocket Raccoon mini. The straightjacket he wears is from that - a kind of ceremonial nod to the importance of a psychiatrist keeping their own mental welfare in mind. Halfworld, Rocket's home, was originally a giant asylum planet, and it seemed natural to update that a little for more modern sensibilities - to have a planet that was one big theraputic retreat.

Given all that, Doc Gambol (a name you can probably only work out from context clues in other books, but his name nonetheless) is a little like a monk in a monastery - it's not just a job to him, it's the traditional vocation of his people. So he's very kind, very considerate, and a little bit in awe of his famous patients - though he'll call them out if necessary.

After the gigantic battle with the Dark Olympians, you made a paradigm shift and had the Galactic Council officially sanction the Guardians in place of the defunct Nova Corps. With the change from rebels to a recognized cosmic Avengers-style team, I'm curious if that was in your original plans or was it something that grew organically through the story developments?

My original plan was for an all-out galactic war. That was the original pitch. But very quickly, that plan was abandoned - partly, it was a whole bunch of logistical stuff that changed in the wake of COVID, but also, as we planned for EMPYRE, it became more and more obvious that we were building some big stuff here that people were very excited about, and tearing it down would be counterproductive and cynical. Without a long - in comic terms at least - and sustained period of galactic peace, a galactic war would have no meaning.

So very quickly, the mission became to build - and the plans for the X-books, and some of the stories in play there, dovetailed very nicely with that new mission. So instead of a galactic war that pits the space empires against each other, we have a threat entering from outside that tests all the new alliances and forces ancient enemies to work together against cosmic evil.

The war might still come. There are always bad things on the horizon. But... if I stop being the Space Guy At Marvel, and what I've built with my time in that role is a whole bunch of interconnected structure instead of another story about everything falling apart, I'd say that was a good use of my time.

To those who are new readers to the Guardians series, how would you describe the relationship between Rich Rider, Peter Quill, and Gamora?

I think the three of them bonded during the Annihilation War in a way that you don't know the depth of unless you were right there with them, in the trenches, facing down the end of everything. So even when they're really mad at each other, it comes from a place of deep love. But this is all stuff I've tried to put on the page, and I think - I really hope - I've succeeded in that. We'll know when it sees print, I guess.

In Guardians #15, Rich Rider and Peter Quill headed to their home solar system to attend the Hellfire Gala and learn more about the mutants' terraforming of Mars into the Planet Arakko.

Nova and Magneto had a clash of personalities and powers with Rich Rider more than holding his own. The two had a fascinating conversation afterwards and both admitted that sometimes when a situation feels a bit overwhelming, they revert to a mindset that is more comfortable to them, in Rich's case, the role of superhero.

With Nova being the Galactic Council's Earth Ambassador and now Storm of the Planet Arakko claiming authority over the Sol system, how does that affect Rich Rider's role on the Council? And given his conversation with Magneto, does Nova really care either way about the effect?

I think as de facto Team Leader of the Guardians, Nova's got a voice on the Council whatever - as Nova Prime. But Storm is now speaking on behalf of the Sol System, which the aliens like a lot better than trying to decide which of the hundred squabbling Earth leaders they should be listening to, or if they should just shrug their shoulders and call an unelected superhero about it, like Carol Danvers or Steve Rogers. The situation before Arakko came along was not ideal - for all Arakko's faults, and it's going through a turbulent time right now, it is a unified planet with a reasonably stable government apparatus.

Kl'rt can call Storm and get a pretty good idea of the situation on Mars, and if Mars is the capital planet, that's the only planet he needs to call. It's not that Storm's claiming authority over the Earth - it's that Earth is now much less relevant to galactic politics. When world leaders fly to America, they don't fly to Wisconsin. When dignitaries visit Britain, they don't come to Milton Keynes. And when the Shi'ar visit the Sol System, they no longer bother that much with the Earth - they might drop in to visit friends or attack a foe, but it's not where they do business.

Anyway, back to Rich and Magneto - I think they have a lot more in common than either would want to admit, while at the same time having very little in common. Their traumas are very different, the things that keep them up at night are very different. But they share the dream of working through their trauma and using it to achieve the goal of a better world, whatever that better world looks like for them.

For Nova, it's galactic peace. For Magneto, it's guaranteed safety for mutants. Those goals can co-exist - in fact, they probably have to. I think if Rich and Erik spend any kind of serious time together, they're going to argue a lot - but at the same time, it'd be good for them both to have a friend outside their usual circles. And it's the kind of weird connection I love - Nova and Magneto, unlikely buddies. None of the fans would know what to make of that.

What can we look forward to in the title and Rich Rider Nova?

I try not to make promises, because all plans are subject to the whims, chances and vagaries that exist at all levels of comics - but I do have plans for Rich that I hope I get to make a reality. Cross your fingers.



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