Infinity Countdown #2 Infinity Countdown #2 - Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Aaron Kuder & Mike Hawthorne. Cover by Nick Bradshaw. Variant Cover by Ron Lim. Venom 30th Variant Cover by TBA. Connecting Variant Cover by Aaron Kuder. Super Skrull Holds Infinity Variant Cover by Adi Granov.

THE BATTLE FOR THE STONES CONTINUES!

The secret is out about the Power Stone, and the Chitauri are in on the action as the Raptors, Novas and Guardians meet for a showdown in space!

PLUS: Adam Warlock enters the fray after the events of INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK - his next move will set the stage for cosmic chaos to come!

Rated T+ - 40 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale April 18th


Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 TPB Annihilation: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 TPB - Written by Simon Furman, Keith Giffen, Christos Gage & Stuart Moore. Art by Jorge Lucas, Andrea DiVito, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Mike McKone & Scott Kolins. Cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

The cosmic epic concludes, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same!

Exiled and on the run, Ronan the Accuser faces the deadliest women in the galaxy - including Gamora!

As war rages across the universe, Richard Rider, the new Nova Prime, must marshal a united front against Annihilus and his lethal Annihilation Wave!

Drax the Destroyer, Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, Moondragon and Phyla-Vell join the fight to guard the galaxy - but what chilling plan does Annihilus have for Galactus?

Whose side is Thanos on, and what will happen when he faces down Drax? Can Ronan save the Kree Empire from Annihilus' forces? And how can Nova's ragtag team possibly defeat the Annihilation Wave, stop the war and save the galaxy?

Collecting ANNIHILATION: RONAN #1-4, ANNIHILATION #1-6, ANNIHILATION: HERALDS OF GALACTUS #1-2 and ANNIHILATION: THE NOVA CORPS FILES.

Rated T+ - 408 pgs./$34.99 - On Sale April 25th


Champions #20 Champions #20 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

What good is conquering a world if it's already destroyed by the time you take over?

The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it...Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source - Who is Snowguard?

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

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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