Champions #23 Champions #23 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Kevin Libranda. Cover by R.B. Silva.

While Ironheart and Amadeus Cho take major steps forward in their super hero journeys, Nova takes a step back.

As the team faces a complicated and dangerous threat, Sam Alexander wonders: is there a future for him with the Champions?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale August 8th


Champions Vol. 3: Champion For A Day Champions Vol. 3: Champion For A Day - Written by Mark Waid & Jeremy Whitely. Art by Humberto Ramos, Ted Brandt & Ro Stein. Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Following the staggering loss suffered in their adventure with the Avengers, the Champions decide to double down on their mission to make the world a better place - and that means it's time for a membership drive!

Some of the best and brightest young superhumans in the Marvel Universe - including Red Locust - turn up to be Champions for a day!

But who will make the grade as the new order changeth? And how long will they last when - following a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups - the disillusioned Champions begin to consider giving up the fight after all?

Plus: As monsters are unleashed on Earth, a peaceful protest in an endangered habitat leads the team into a showdown with the Freelancers - not to mention giant Leviathons falling from the sky!

Collecting CHAMPIONS (2016) #16-18 and #1.MU.

Rated T+ - 112 pgs./$15.99 - On Sale August 8th


New Warriors: Darkness & Light TPB New Warriors: Darkness & Light TPB - Written by Fabian Nicieza & More. Art by Darick Robertson, Craig Brasfield, Dave Hooper & More. Cover by Mark Bagley.

As the Infinity War begins, Speedball and Rage take on their doppelgangers! But when the Warriors head to the Middle East to fight a whole different kind of war, they must face harsh truths - and make impossible decisions!

Night Thrasher steps out of the Warriors' shadow to take care of business - learning the four key steps to control his own destiny!

But when the Darkforce, source of Silhouette's powers, threatens to engulf New York City in eternal shadow, the Warriors - along with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange - must face the darkness within!

Plus: Will Cloak and Dagger join the team? Who is (or are?) Turbo? And the imprisoned Marvel Boy begins his journey to justice!

Collecting NEW WARRIORS (1990) #27-36 and ANNUAL #3, NIGHT THRASHER: FOUR CONTROL #1-4 and material from MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL #2.

Rated T+ - 408 pgs./$34.99 - On Sale August 29th

An Interview With
Fabian Nicieza!

A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

Mr. Nicieza was kind enough to answer some questions about his work on Nova and the New Warriors. His work on New Warriors and Nova's 2nd series made the character popular to a new generation of comic book readers in the 1990's. I'd like to thank Mr. Nicieza for giving us his insights on Nova.

1) What was it about Nova that made you want to use him in the New Warriors?

The team roster was put together by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. When I was named the writer of the monthly title, I inherited that cast of characters, but everything that happened from page one of issue one was my own ideas, etc.

2) Who was responsible for the name 'Kid Nova' and the red-jacketed uniform?

Tom and Ron. Nobody much liked it, but since there was a new Nova (Frankie Raye in FF) at the time, they thought it was necessary for trademark reasons, etc. We just treated it like a gag.

3) Was it always in your plans to have 'Kid Nova' go back to 'Nova' and the original costume or were the changes due to outside influences (fans, editorial, etc.)?

Totally my plan from my original proposal outline, but I turned it into a story and character-generated reason, as opposed to an obligatory, "I think Kid Nova is dumb so I'm going to change it with issue #1." We caught a lot of flack from Nova fans for the first year of the NW because they didn't see the forest for the trees. By the time the "real" Nova return around issue #15, they were all pretty happy and understood that there HAD been a plan all along.

4) Did you ever consult Marv Wolfman for insight on Nova?

No, because Marv's NOVA was written at a different time, was a different age and had a different range of experiences than the Rich Rider I inherited. I didn't make Rich a "Brooklyn dope" just because I wanted to distance myself from the original Nova as some thought, but rather because I wanted to show the "sad sack loser" aspect of the character having hit rock bottom.

5) Were there any Nova stories or aspects of the character that you wish you had explored but didn't have the opportunity?

Oh, if I had wanted to remain as monthly writer of the NW or the NOVA Vol. 2 book (before it got cancelled), there are lots of things I would have done with him, but I have a preference not to discuss storylines that never actually saw print, because quite frankly, they just don't matter.

6) How do you feel Nova has been handled by other writers?

I honestly haven't read Erik or Jay's work on the character yet, so I couldn't say. I think Evan Skolnick did a good job with Rich after he took over NW Vol. 1.

7) How would you like to see Nova handled in the future and do you have any interest in writing the character again?

It would always depend on the circumstances involved, but I'm pretty busy and satisified with my current projects, GAMBIT, THUNDERBOLTS and MAGNETO:Heaven & Earth Limited Series.


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