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

Series #2 - NOVA #1
Cover Date: January 1994
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Chris Marrinan
Inker: Mark Stegbauer
Cover Artists: Marrinan & Stegbauer
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Colorist: Tom Smith
Editor: Rob Tokar
Title: "Heavy Mettle"
Takes place after New Warriors #42
(Gold-Foil and Standard covers)

Nova is flying over New York City, pondering his unemployment status and newly enhanced powers, when his helmet picks up a police emergency near Yankee Stadium. As he arrives, Nova finds a trio of armored soldiers waiting for him! As the soldiers begin firing, the hero uses the opportunity to test his new Helmet-Scopes. The scopes allow Nova to analyze an energy's wavelength and confirm that his Energy Absorption Power can tolerate the energy.

Unfortunately, Nova doesn't have the experience to activate the Helmet-Scopes and decides to attempt the energy absorption. Taking a full blast from one of the soldiers, Nova does absorb the energy. However, Nova's body can't contain it and he releases the energy back at the soldiers. As the light from his eye blast clears, Nova find that the three soldiers have disappeared. Nova wonders if he had accidentally disintegrated them.

We find that the soldiers hadn't been killed but had teleported themselves to safety. The 3 soldiers, Kre'Shje, Fath'Raj & Shy'Tharra, are warriors of the star-spanning Shi'Ar Empire. They appear to be testing Nova as part of a fact-finding mission. To complete this stage of the mission, the three warriors use their computer to provide them with a full history on Nova.

Meanwhile, Nova returns to the New Warriors' headquarters, the Crash Pad. The Crash Pad is also Rich Rider's residence while he is looking for a job. After fiddling with the Nova costume's Tesseract Release (it changes the costume into street clothes), Rich calls his girlfriend, Laura Dunham. Laura tells Rich that she is cramming for her Yale midterms. During this conversation, we find that Rich is meeting his old high school friends for a reunion.

Rich meets his friends, Bernie Dillon, Roger "Caps" Cooper and his old girlfriend, Ginger Jaye, at Uncle Fudge's. While they are discussing Ginger's recent engagement to a veterinarian, we are given the impression that something is wrong in the relationship. Suddenly, an energy blast destroys the front of Uncle Fudge's! The Shi'ar warriors have returned to test Nova once more. Nova is more than happy to give them a fight due to the harm they've caused his friends.

During the battle, Nova discovers another aspect of his uniform. The Nova helmet can translate alien languages into English! After knocking their helmets off, Nova discovers that his armored foes are Shi'ar. The young hero is confused by the revelation as the Shi'ar have always been allies of Xandar. While pondering the news, Nova is struck by the Shi'ar's greatest warrior, Gladiator!

Gladiator and Nova have a fierce battle that results in the destruction of city blocks! To protect the innocent, Nova grabs Gladiator and pulls him into space. Furious, Gladiator unleashes energy eye-blasts at Nova. Nova uses his Energy Absorbtion Power to contain the blasts and releases the energy back at Gladiator! Gladiator and Nova are both stunned by the blast. The Shi'ar warrior admits that Nova is truly a Centurion worthy of the powers given to him. The two combatants are teleported to a Xandarian ship in Earth orbit.

Xandar's Prime Commandant, Adora, reveals to Nova that the fight with the Shi'ar warriors and Gladiator had been requested by the Shi'ar Empress, Lilandra. It was all a test to prove Rich's ability to handle the Nova powers. We are also informed that Nova's former adversary, SuperNova, is now Adora's Centurion Sector Coordinator. Rich is furious with Adora for doubting his worthiness after all he has done for Xandar.

After a lengthy discussion with Adora, Rich calms down and even appreciates having been tested. After giving Gladiator a final punch and Adora his farewells, Nova returns to Earth and celebrates his 21st birthday with his family and friends.

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