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 #18
Cover Date: June 1995
Writer: Evan Skolnick
Artist: Phil Gosier
Inkers: Machlan, Eklund, Almond & Adams
Cover Artists: Gosier & Anderson
Letterer: Ken Lopez
Colorist: Tom Smith
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Title: "Nova Omega"
Story Title: "Alienation"

Walking up a staircase in San Francisco, Rich Rider recalls a letter he has sent to his girlfriend, Laura Dunham. In his letter, Rich explains how he gained his powers from Rhomann Dey and used them to fight super-villains as Nova. He also tells her how he helped defend Xandar in the Skrull/Xandar War. Rich's letter continues to explain how Night Thrasher revived his dormant powers (by throwing him off of a building) in exchange for Nova's membership in the New Warriors.

Laura learns about the recent events which resulted in the loss of his powers. Adora has stripped Rich of his powers and given them to his replacement, Garthan Saal. Powerless and angry, Rich and Saal (Nova Omega) argue about his situation. Nova Omega tosses Rich aside and tells him to change into civilian clothes for his return to Earth.

An hour later, a Xandarian Battle Cruiser with Nova Omega, Rider, Reban and Kanan is bound for Earth. As Saal places surveillance spheres in Mars' orbit, Rich questions Reban on the sphere's purpose. The Xandarian pilot tells him they are tools to assist Nova Omega in duties. Rider doesn't believe him but is interrupted by Kanan. The co-pilot has done a class one scan of the ship and has found an anomaly in ship's cabin.

As Rich and Kanan attempt to pinpoint the anomaly, Reban presses a button and fires the ship's engines! Kanan demands to know why Reban fired the engines and discovers he isn't his old friend! Reban's body morphs into its true form of the Dire Wraith Queen! Kanan and the Queen exchange gunfire and the Xandarian pilot is disintegrated!

As the battle cruiser enters Earth's atmosphere, Nova Omega notices a hull breach caused by the energy blasts. The Queen and Saal attempt to save the ship and are barely able to land in California. From the wreckage, Rich finds an energy weapon and searches for the Queen. The Dire Wraith appears from the ground and prepares to attack Rich!

Suddenly, Nova Omega arrives and the two prepare to fight the Queen. Rich fires his weapon but she dodges the blast but merging with the ground. The energy misfire hits Saal who takes Rich's gun and destroys it.

Nova Omega tells Rich that the Earth is in danger from the Queen and the two begin a heated argument. Rich tells Saal that he is going to get his powers back and show him how to do the job right. Nova Omega answers by saying that Rich needs to accept his current situation because he'll never get the Nova Force again. After Saal leaves to find the Dire Wraith Queen, Rich begins walking to San Francisco.

The letter to Laura ends with Rich explaining his plan to regain his lost powers. Hoping that his powers are only dormant like before, Rich plans on jumping from a skyscraper to reactivate the Nova Force. He tells her that if he succeeds, she'll never see the letter.

If he fails, Rich wanted her to know why it happened. Rich jumps.

Continued in New Warriors #60!

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