|I Am An Avenger #3|
Cover Date: January 2011
Release Date: November 10, 2010
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciler: Todd Nauck
Inker: Todd Nauck
Colorist: Wil Quintana
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Consulting Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Production: Mayela Gutierrez
Title: Like A Streak of Light
As the bank heads into space, Nova arrives to help. Richard Rider explains to the wall crawler that the robbers are Valgon Raiders. He also informs him that the WorldMind is attempting to override the ship's tractor beam controls and return the bank back to Earth.
While Nova holds off the Valgon's energy weapons, the WorldMind creates an empathic link with Spider-Man. During the link-up, the artificial sentience learns about friendship shared by the two Earth heroes. Peter interrupts the flashbacks in order to assist Nova against the extraterrestrials. They quickly capture the remaining aliens.
As they walk towards the bank's vault, Nova tells his fellow hero about meeting Steve Rogers earlier. Rich recalls how Steve told him that a new group of Avengers was being formed and that his cosmic experience and power would be valuable to it. Nova immediately accepted the invitation!
Back in the present, the human rocket wonders how the web-slinger felt when he was asked to join the Avengers. Peter points out that the important thing to remember is that the former Captain America believes they are good enough to part of Earth's mightiest group. Their conversation is interrupted when they come across the remaining three Valgons who have penetrated the vault. The two Avengers quickly subdue them.
Later, the WorldMind reveals that the Valgon Raiders were searching for the Teshtari Damnation Crucible. It had been left on Earth thousands of years ago and eventually became part of a billionaire's art collection. The crucible is a cosmological superweapon and the alien thieves were attempting to steal it for their own schemes. Nova tells Spider-Man that he will return it to the proper alien race.
As he leaves, Rich admits that he hopes to see Peter more often now that they are Avengers.