Black Order #4 Black Order #4 - Written by Derek Landy. Art by Philip Tan. Cover by Inhyuk Lee. Variant Cover by John Tyler Christopher.

Empires, rebellions, super heroes and spies - all in a day's work for the enigmatic Black Swan.

With a dark and twisted Nova on the rampage and her Black Order teammates getting decidedly pummeled, the Swan is presented with a simple choice: stay and risk an ungainly end or leave and abandon the closest thing she has to a family.

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale February 20th


Guardians of the Galaxy #2 Guardians of the Galaxy #2 - Written by Donny Cates. Art by Geoff Shaw. Cover by David Marquez. Variant Cover by Matteo Scalera.

Thanos is dead...Long live the NEW Thanos!

But who will it be?!

Will the new Guardians of the Galaxy find that person in time before the universe comes crashing down?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale February 20th


Champions #3 Champions #3 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Steven Cummings. Cover by Kim Jacinto. Spider-Man Villains Variant Cover by Mike McKone.

The ultimate sacrifice or the ultimate betrayal? Ms. Marvel will find out the truth, even if it kills her...

Jim Zub (AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS) and Steven Cummings (Wayward, Legends of the Dark Knight) take the Champions into new territory, and the team will never be the same.

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

Nova #23
Cover Date: May 2009
Release Date: March 25, 2009
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Andrea DiVito
Inker: Andrea DiVito
Colorist: Bruno Hang
Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna
Assistant Editor: Michael Horwitz
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
Special Thanks: Doug Smith
Title: "End of Story"

As Richard Rider sits in his brother's quarters at Project: Pegasus , he is surprised to find a large amount of Nova-related items in the room. Rich doesn't like the likeness of the action figure but muses that it'd be worth more if it were the rare 'ponytail variant'. Rich begins to feel bad for Robert when he realizes how much his brother wanted to be like him.

Suddenly, Quasar appears and wants to help the former Nova Prime. Rich doesn't want to talk about it and points out that Robbie had even subscribed to all the Nova fan-sites including the Nova Prime Page (!!!). Wendell thinks the former super-hero should talk to someone about the fact that he's dying.

Richard explains that his body is going through molecular decay due to the absence of the Nova Force from his body. The only one who can do something about it is the WorldMind and that's no longer an option. Without warning, Quasar senses something is wrong and disappears in a burst of energy. Richard runs outside to find an enormous lightning storm in the sky.

Elsewhere, on Nu-Xandar, the WorldMind continues training and monitoring the new Nova Corps. It is also receiving a large number of 8X8 distress signals from Kree outworlds and colonies. The artificial sentience concludes that war has erupted between the Shi'Ar and the Kree.

As the WorldMind prepares the Nova Corps for deployment to the galactic conflict, Nova Centurions Tre Owens and Lindy Nolan discuss the current events. With their info-patches, the two of them are instantly filled with all information available on the races involved in the dispute. However, to Lindy all the data seems useless to her.

Robert Rider arrives and greets his fellow Centurions. Lindy explains that they are scheduled for advanced training for a special mission. Tre clarifies that their training is in Advanced Zero Gravity Combat Techniques. Robbie informs them that the WorldMind has spent hours shifting Nu-Xandar's orbit in preparation for deployment. The WorldMind appears to the Centurions and announces their departure as it opens a gigantic stargate. Nu-Xandar accelerates and enters the gate.

Meanwhile, at Project: Pegasus, Richard Rider attempts to enter the facility but is met by a number of armored government soldiers. The soldier's leader tells him that Pegasus is now under the control of the agency called HAMMER. The agency has taken over all facilities previously maintained by SHIELD including Pegasus. The guard asks to see Rich's scancard. The former Nova continues to ask questions until the agent decides that Rich is becoming a disturbance. Before Rich can tell the HAMMER leader who he is, Dr. Necker runs out to greet him and pretends that he is her boyfriend.

Richard plays along and the two leave the facility in Dr. Necker's car. As they drive along, she explained that Norman Osborn and HAMMER have replaced Tony Stark and SHIELD. Dr. Necker also informs him that if they had figured out he was Nova, Rich would have been hauled away very quickly. The former superhero asks what is causing the extreme thunderstorms they're driving through. The former Pegasus scientist tells him that it has been caused by Nu-Xandar's abrupt departure from Earth orbit.

Back on Nu-Xandar, the WorldMind announces the promotion of Malik Tarcel to the rank of Nova Prime. Along with the rank, Malik is also granted field command of the entire Nova Corps and a much larger amount of the Nova Force. The Nova Centurions, including Fraktur, Qubit and Morrow, are extremely happy about the news.

Later, the Centurions are given their assignment. Robert Rider is upset to discover that he has been assigned to Systems Operations in the Strategic Division. He wanted to be added to the Primary Assault team in the intervention of the Shi'Ar/Kree War. The WorldMind confirms the younger Rider's assignment and states that it knows Robert will not disobey like his brother.

Back on Earth, Robert's brother and the doctor continue discussing Robert. Rich is afraid that, while his brother is very intelligent, he can't handle situations that superheroes find themselves in. The former Nova clarifies that it isn't courage that made him a hero, it was arrogance. He believes Robbie will get hurt because he lacks that most of all. As they drive on, the younger doctor tells her friend that she had been working on a cure for his condition until HAMMER arrived. Although she no longer has access to Pegasus's facilities, there may still be another option.

Dr. Necker takes an exit and enters an abandoned drive-in movie theater. She presses a button on a particular audio box and her car is lowered into an underground scientific laboratory! Rich Rider quickly realizes that Dr. Necker has been secretly working for AIM! Rich is stunned and uncomfortable with the situation. The doctor tries to explain that AIM isn't the terrorist organization that everyone believes they are. Rich tells her to stop trying to convince him that AIM is more than what they are. Dr. Necker desperately tries to convince Rich to let her help him by using AIM's facilities. The former Nova Prime refuses to accept her help as he believes the price is too high.

As Rich walks away and outdoors into the rain, Dr. Necker follows him to give him a gift. He's surprised to find that it is the Quantum Flask used by Quasar's energy form! The red-headed scientist explains that she took it from Project: Pegasus as a consolation prize for AIM. She felt it would be safer in Rich's hands. The former hero from Queens thanks her and the two exchange an embrace and kiss. Rich turns and throws the flask to the ground! He explains that after his death, he can't risk the quantum container falling into the hands of AIM.

As the flask hits the ground, it explodes into the energy form of Quasar! He has also brought his Quantum Bands back with him. Quasar explains that he believes the bands can save Rich's life and tells him to put them on. The dying young man puts on the bands and, in a gigantic burst of energy, becomes the new Quasar!

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