Champions #11 Champions #11 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos. Cover by Humberto Ramos. Marvel vs. Capcom Variant by TBA.

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!

Broken up and dispersed all across the U.S., the Champions still fight the good fight - but if they can't pull together soon, everything they stand for will turn to ash!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale August 2nd


Champions #12 Champions #12 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos. Cover by Humberto Ramos. Venomized Ultron Variant by David Nakayama.

SECRET EMPIRE AFTERMATH!

The Champions team was born from a fracture inside the Avengers.

Now the events of SECRET EMPIRE have divided the Champions - and which ones are still with the team may surprise you!

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


Avengers #672 Avengers #672 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Jesus Saiz. Cover by Alex Ross. LH Variant by Michael Allred. Legacy Headshot Variant by Mike McKone. Jack Kirby 100th Anniversary Variant by Jack Kirby. 1965 T-shirt Variant by Jack Kirby and Don Heck.

WORLDS COLLIDE Part 1

Following the events of GENERATIONS comes the long-promised clash between the Avengers and the Champions!

The countdown has started as the High Evolutionary, a twisted scientist determined to create a better world at all costs, sets the Earth on a collision course with destruction!

The Avengers and the Champions are ready to meet this threat - but will their first cataclysmic clash deter them from Changing the World?

PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale September 27th

An Interview With Nova's Andrea DiVito and Bruno Hang!
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

The current Nova series has gained a new art team as of Nova #22! The new penciler and inker is Andrea DiVito. Andrea is returning to the Nova character following the fantastic Annihilation series! Joing DiVito is Bruno Hang, Nova's new colorist! Bruno is a veteran of Spider-Girl, Superman, Wonder Woman and other titles.

Andrea and Bruno were very generous and took the time to answer some questions about their arrival on Nova and their art in general! I'd like to thank them for their time and answers!

For readers who may be discovering your work for the first time, what is your art background and influences?

DiVito: I didn't study any art at school. I was studying law when I decided to drop it all and pursue my crazy dream of penciling comics! As far as I can remember I have always been drawing since i have been able to hold a pencil in my pudgy little hands:)

My biggest influence is without a doubt BIG John Buscema. I grew up reading his Savage Sword of Conan stuff, that's what made me think about penciling for a living. Later in the years I had been able to meet John on a couple of occasions when he came in Italy for conventions. We spent evenings chatting about art and storytelling. He really left a mark on my soul and I miss his work terribly. The world is indeed smaller since he passed on.

Hang: First of all, I want to say thank you to all Nova fans who are reading this and also thanks to Doug for all the great stuff on Nova Prime Page. (Ed.- Thanks, Bruno!) I'd like to say that my influences were the great masters of painting or even the comic book legends - of course I was influenced by Will Eisner's story telling, the beautiful Caravaggio's contrast (so impressive) and others - but the truth is that they won't influence me some like some contemporaneous artists like Laura Martin, Alex Sinclair and Morry Hollowell (just for exemple), for the jobs that I'm doing now.

Andrea, how do you feel your art has changed since you completed Annihilation?

DiVito: I think I'm getting more confident with my inking and figure work. Annihilation has been a blessing and a curse for me. After the first issue it all became a giant blur of extra sized issues and nightmare deadlines:) But I enjoyed every minute of it! Overall, I think that Annihilation had a big part in my professional evolution. No pain no gain, after all!

How does inking your own work affect your approach to penciling?

DiVito: It was a hindrance at first, now it's a strong plus. The more confidence I gain, the less penciling I make on the actual page. Often I find myself going straight with ink on some panels, whereas before I would be too afraid of not being able to erase my work if it didn't satisfy me.

I am also more aware of light and shadow on my figures. Inking has become like sculpting in a way. Thinking of the shape I have to ink using light and darkness brings a very 3d feel to it.

Bruno, what tools do you use in your work as a colorist?

Hang: I use an Apple iMac as my computer platform, Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Corel Painter IX (mostly for covers) and a Wacom Intuos tablet.

How is a look and palette chosen on a project? Is it an editor's decision, your own or a collaboration of both?

Hang: In fact it usually come defined on the script. DnA are awesome in the mood definition for each panel, page, whatever, and DiVito really makes the pages' lines vibrant like they've imagined. Then I try to add my vision based on their touches, respecting the line art and the penciler's vision also. Once colored, if everything was right and match with the creator's idea, the editor(s) approve the final version.

Andrea, how does it feel to return to work on Nova?

DiVito: Like seeing a very old friend after too much time. When I penciled my first Rich shot I felt like I knew the guy so well I could jump into the panel and hug him:)

I have taken Rich through his worse moments in Annihilation and I felt terribly guilty of not being able to draw his future adventures after all of that. It's nice to see how much the character has developed since the original Annhilation event, he's more fun to draw than ever!

How is it working with the rest of Nova's creative team?

Hang: Amazing, indeed. We always communicate with each other, telling our ideas, our thoughts. Like I'd said before, Bill (Rosemann) and Mike (Horwitz) give us all the support and they always been there for what we'd need... [Really? Are they reading this? Geez... I hope they keep me on the book for years!] -- Like I was saying, in fact I LOVE to work with the Nova crew!

DiVito: Let's put it this way, if you're a Nova fan you should thank the gods that Abnett and Lanning exist. They write AMAZING stories, stuff that makes me itch to draw the next page in the book. And I am not kidding. Bill Rosemann and Mike Horwitz are editing this book like it's their own baby, all of us in the team feel their love for the character and the creative process. The lettering by Cory Petit is simply perfect and fits the story like a glove.

Last but not least, Bruno Hang is coloring me for the first time while my amazing colorist-wife Laura Villari takes care of our newborn baby and he's doing an EXCELLENT job, keep an eye out for him, he's going to be one of the top colorists soon....

Have you always been a Nova fan?

Hang: Honestly no... I live in Brazil, have always lived, and the Nova issues weren't published in my country. So in my childhood I just used to see him in other comics as a secondary character. But I've grown up (kinda) and I've started to enjoy Nova adventures and his news by the internet.

Moments before Annihilation (2006) - at this point I'd already became a colorist and some night (probably in 2007) I really had a dream that I was coloring Nova.

Really... Do you believe that? I swear it is all truth... but if someone else had told me... I really would not!

DiVito: Yep:) Since his debut. Rich has always been my kind of hero, the one that makes mistakes and struggles to fix the situation. He's got one of the greatest powers of the universe at his disposal and still struggles with his family, friends and real life problems. All that and he's also got one of the coolest costumes ever! And a golden bucket over his head, don't forget the bucket:)

Gotta go scratch that itch to draw the next pages! See you in the funnybooks and thanks!

Thanks to both of you for the great answers!


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