Champions #21 Champions #21 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

The Champions vs. Alpha Flight? Ms. Marvel vs. Captain Marvel? 'Nuff said!

Saving the north just got a whole lot more complicated...

Plus...Nova no more?!

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Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Emilio Laiso. Cover by Clayton Crain. Variant Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

Spinning out from the fallout of the battle for the Power Stone in the pages of Infinity Countdown!

The Champions head to space to save the Nova Corps and stop Warbringer, but other forces are moving against them... These young heroes are in for the fight of their lives!

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


Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 - Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers. Art by Gang Hyuk Lim. Cover by SKAN. Headshot Variant Cover by Mike McKone.

Darkhawk takes to the spaceways, determined to take down the Fraternity of Raptors and save the brother of his good friend Nova, A.K.A. Richard Rider, but the Raptors have a few new tricks up their sleeves that he might not be ready for...

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale June 27th

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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