Cover Date: March 2009
Release Date: January 28, 2009
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Wellinton Alves
Inker: Scott Hanna
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Colorist: Guru EFX
Assistant Editor: Michael Horwitz
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Adi Granov
Title: "Brave New World"
The computer system explains to its former human host that Ego is the perfect structure to contain his sentience. As they argue about the situation, Nova turns to find himself facing the Nova Corps who have arrived from orbit around Ego. Centurion Irani Rael announces that Ego has now been rechristened as Nu-Xandar. Centurion Malik Tarcel steps forward to greet Rich and the two Centurions attempt to convince Nova that the resurrection of Xandar and the Nova Corps is a cause for celebration.
Irani compliments Rich on his bravery and ability to have held the full Nova Force and the WorldMind alone in his body for so long. Nova asks to see the WorldMind and his fellow Centurion is honored to oblige. The Earth hero and the entire Corps make their way inside Ego's body. Centurion Qubit points out the restructuring that has been done including training and accomodation zones for the Centurions. The depth of the work causes the young hero to realize that the WorldMind has been organizing his initiative for weeks. The Xandarian computer corrects him by stating it has been in the works for months.
The two begin an intense argument about the WorldMind's actions. Rich Rider feels betrayed by the artificial intelligence's lack of communication and consultation. The WorldMind explains that it was forced to take action due to Nova's continued resistance to rebuilding the Corps and Xandar. It also attempts to make Richard understand that they see things differently due to their different natures. The WorldMind is a Glass G collective artificial intelligence capable of seeing the bigger picture compared to Richard's human brain which it feels is not as sophisticated.
Rich points out to the computerized sentient that it lobotomized Ego in order to control its body. Before the WorldMind can counter his argument, Rich's brother, Robert Rider, interrupts and begins his own disagreement with Nova. Robert sides with the Xandarian AI system and believes it knows what it is doing and doesn't understand why his brother continues to resist the reformation. Rich attempts to explain that the plan needs to proceed slower and with more planning. His younger sibling disagrees and asks his brother if he is simply jealous that he now has to share the role of Nova. After a few tense moments of silence, Richard walks away from his brother before saying anything he might regret later.
The WorldMind tells Richard that they must prepare to transfer the Nova Force into power cells within Nu-Xandar. Nova tells the computer's holographic form that he realizes that but he wants some time to think things through and flies to Earth. After going through the atmosphere, the young superhero finds himself face to face with the Fantastic Four!
Later at the FF's Baxter Building, Mr. Fantastic explains that the planet's defenses went on high alert after Ego appeared in Earth orbit. Rich tries to explain that the situation was created without his knowledge. The Invisible Woman mentions that Tony Stark had spoken highly of him but also gave the impression that Nova was the last of the Nova Corps. Richard tells them that the WorldMind is now in charge and has been restructuring the Corps on its own. He also tells the Thing that it now occupies Ego's bio-mass form.
Reed Richards believes that with the WorldMind in charge, the situation has now changed. He feels that the rebuilding of the Nova Corps will be a great benefit to the galaxy. Nova disagrees and tells the Fantastic Four about his feeling that the Corps is too inexperienced and has been expanded far too quickly. He expresses his fear that he is going to see another Nova Corps annihilated.
The five heroes are suddenly joined by Robert Rider who expresses his concern for Rich. He also brings a message to Reed Richards from the WorldMind. The artificial sentience appears in its holographic form to tell the leader of the Fantastic Four that the Nova Corps is there to help supply security to the world. Mr. Fantastic and the WorldMind begin a conversation on how Ego is being controlled and why its gravitation field hasn't damaged the Earth. The Xandarian computer reveals that it has given Ego a gravimetric dampening field to protect the planet and has created a neural gestalt to house itself inside the planetary form.
Susan Richards quickly gets the conversation back on track and Reed explains Rich's concerns to the WorldMind. The intelligent computer explains that throughout Xandar's history, a number of individuals have been used to house the entire Nova Force in times of need. It also reveals that SuperNova went insane from the power years earlier. It is in the WorldMind's opinion that holding the entire Nova Force along with the WorldMind inside his body has damaged Richard Rider's mind.
Rich's anger explodes in a burst of energy which causes the hero to quickly apologize to the super team. Nova asks Mr. Fantastic for his opinion of his mental state. Reed believes Richard is simply stressed but feels that, if there's even a slight chance of damage, he should follow the artificial sentience's advice and support.
Rich and Robbie leave the Baxter Building and begin flying towards Nu-Xandar. The two brothers talk about Nova's feelings and their concern for his mental health. The younger Rider attempts to reassure Richard that once the Nova Force has been downloaded, he'll feel better and the WorldMind can do a full bio-scan on him.
Upon arriving on Nu-Xandar, the worldMind greets Nova and informs him that the power cells are now ready to receive the Nova Force. He is greeted by the rest of the Corps and Malik Tarcel thanks Rich for his sacrifice and bravery. The older Rider brother confesses to Robert that it will be great to be back to the normal Centurion levels he had years ago. Richard Rider walks up the stairway of the hub which holds the WorldMind. As he holds out his hand to begin downloading the power, Nova pauses.
The Earth hero's instincts tell him that something is wrong with the whole situation. The WorldMind demands that Nova release the Nova Force into the repository. After Rich refuses, the Xandarian computer instructs the Nova Corps to restrain him. A large number of Centurions attempt to overwhelm the defiant Nova Prime but find themselves on the receiving end of a powerful gravimetric pulse!
Left with no choice, the WorldMind forcibly drains the entire Nova Force from Richard Rider and teleports him to his parents' home - completely powerless!Back To Nova 2007 Index