History of the Marvel Universe #4 History of the Marvel Universe #4 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Javier Rodriguez. Cover by Steve McNiven. Variant Cover by Javier Rodriguez.

From the Fantastic Four to the Death of Phoenix, witness the awe and majesty of the beginnings of the Modern Marvel Universe!

Rated T - 32 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale October 16th


What If? v2 TPB What If? v2 TPB - Written by Roy Thomas, Don Glut, Marv Wolfman, Steven Grant, Peter B. Gillis, Tom DeFalco, Bill Mantlo & More. Art by John Buscema, Herb Trimpe, Carmine Infantino, Tom Sutton, Pat Broderick, Alan Kupperberg, Gene Colan, Fred Kida & More. Cover by Herb Trimpe.

Classic tales of boundless imagination from the Marvel Multiverse!

Uatu the Watcher asks some of the biggest "What if?" questions of all - beginning with what if Conan the Barbarian walked the Earth today?!

Join Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos - in space! Consider the possibilities if someone else had become Nova! And find out what would have happened if Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel had remained villains!

Stephen Strange becomes a disciple of Dormammu, Spider-Man stops the burglar before Uncle Ben is killed, and the Avengers fight the Kree/Skrull War without Rick Jones!

But can you visualize a world in which Susan Storm marries Namor, the Sub-Mariner? Or one in which Doctor Doom becomes a hero?

Plus: What if the Hulk's girlfriend Jarella didn't die? And what if the radioactive spider bit Aunt May?!

Collecting WHAT IF? (1977) #13-15 and #17-23.

Rated T - 376 pgs./$39.99 - On Sale October 2nd


Annihilation: Scourge Alpha #1 Annihilation: Scourge Alpha #1 - Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Juanan Ramirez. Cover by Josemaria Casanovas. Variant cover by Alex Garner. Variant cover by Ron Lim. Variant cover by Ariel Olivetti.

THE OPENING SALVO FOR DECEMBER'S MAIN EVENT!

Something is stirring in the Negative Zone...something that the Marvel Universe isn't ready for!

Will Nova be able to assemble a team powerful enough to tackle this burgeoning threat, or is it already too late to stop its descent upon the galaxy?

For the Cosmos's greatest heroes, ANNIHILATION is only the beginning...

Rated T+ - 40 pgs./One-Shot/$4.99 - On Sale November 20th

An Interview With Nova's Jeph Loeb!
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

As the launch of Nova's new series gets closer, the Nova Prime Page was able to ask series writer Jeph Loeb a few questions about Nova.

Jeph was very generous and took the time to answer some questions about the upcoming Nova series! I'd like to thank him for his time and answers and Nova' editor Stephen Wacker for his help!

What can you tell us about Sam Alexander's personal backstory and what type of supporting cast will he have in the series?

Sam lives in a small town in Arizona. Carefree, Arizona, population 3,410. He's in high school and that's a cast we'll see in the first issue. His family is important - his father in particular and then his mom and little sister. This is a kid who never dreamed that he'd go anywhere further than his own backyard - and now he has to come to terms with his backyard might be the entire Marvel Universe.

Does Sam's origin take place during Rich's time as Nova Prime or after he disappeared at the end of The Thanos Imperative? The reason I ask is that in some of the preview pages for Nova #1, we see members of the Nova Corps fighting in space. Since Richard Rider had all of the Nova Force inside him, are these particular Novas (and also Sam) powered by something different than the Nova Force?

You'll have to see in the first issue. The story of the Novas in those preview pages take place in a specific time and are a specific group. We will acknowledge and are very respectful to the stories that took place with Rich Rider and The Nova Corps.

In Avengers Assemble, we saw the return of Thanos and Starlord from the Cancerverse. What led to the decision to go with a new Nova instead of simply bringing back Richard Rider?

After you've read the first five issues, ask us again. We're telling a story of a specific boy who comes to terms with something...unexpected. It's a huge adventure - filled with human spirit and spectacular artwork by Ed McGuinness. We hope Nova fans - as well as new readers - will give the book a look.

It's always a tricky proposition when launching a legacy character (as the creative team who created Green Lantern Kyle Rayner can attest to). How do you find that balance between getting the attention of new readers and being able to retain the interest of the long-time fans of Richard Rider as Nova?

We never set out to replace Rich Rider. He is not Kyle Rayner who lived in the shadow of Hal Jordan from the beginning. Rich Rider's fantastic story was told and concluded and we're respectful of that and his loyal fans. This is a story about Sam Alexander and what happens when he inherits the mantle of this wonderful creation. As a fan, NOVA as a character deserves to have a monthly comic that resonates with all the Marvel Universe. We hope Sam achieves this, not only here, but in other books as well (like the AVENGERS).

After the initial origin story arc, what can we look forward to reading in Nova?

The plan is to then integrate Nova into the Marvel Universe proper. Who knows who he'll meet next?! It's a very exciting time for Nova, Nova fans and everything NOVA!!!


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