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
Erik Larsen!

A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

Erik Larsen took a few moments to answer some questions about Nova, a favorite character of his since Nova arrived in the 1970's. I'd like to thank Mr. Larsen for sharing his views on Nova!

1) You've mentioned elsewhere that you've been a fan of Nova since his introduction in 1976. What was it about the character you enjoyed as a young reader?

More than anything it was that this was a new character introduced at a time when there were relatively few new characters. He was young, a loser, a poor student-- everything I wanted in a superhero. Plus, he could fly-- simple, I know, but there was something very basic and straightforward about the whole concept. It worked for me. And that costume just kicks ass!

2) In your Nova series, what was the cause of Nova's power fluctuations?

It was mostly a way of scaling him back a bit. The reason was simply that the powers had been given back and forth one too many times but on a story/plot level-- the character was just too powerful-- every fight should have simply ended with him blasting the crap out of whoever he was facing with eye-beams. Fluctating powers worked for me-- there were a lot of things I could have done with this.

3) What storylines did you have planned for Nova if the series had continued?

Too many to go into-- since I expect to get around to all of them in one book or another-- I'd rather NOT go into it in too much detail but I'd certainly have used Red Raven more and brought back a very different Diamondhead. I had a lot of cool plans.

4) Your Nova series never seemed to be given the chance to find an audience. What do you feel were the reasons for its early cancellation?

I have no idea. I think that they were expecting it to be a bigger hit. They were expecting what they'd gotten on Thor, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and all the Heroes Reborn books. They pushed the first issue pretty well but once the numbers came in they abandoned ship pretty quickly. This is Nova, guys-- he's NEVER been big-- he's had his book cancelled twice and a team book he was part of as well. It's like expecting big things from a Dr. Strange relaunch-- it's NOT gonna happen. I think they looked at how much they spent on promoting the first issue and said, "we'll never earn this back." I think they'd have been better served to have pushed this like they did a title like Thunderbolts or Heroes for Hire--or even New Warriors -- they didn't go all-out on those ones and they got modest selling books that lasted for a while. I'd rather have had a book that sold less out of the gate but lasted longer.

5) Would you like to write the character again and, if so, would you approach the character any differently?

Sure I'd like to write him again-- at this point, I imagine I'd handle him much the same, seeing as how I went to all the trouble to get him where I wanted him. It's a bit early for me to start second-guessing myself. Give me a few years and I'll get back to you on a new direction I might take-- at this point, I still thought what I did was a decent approach. There were a few things I should have done differently but not that many. I'm reasonably happy with how things went.


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