Cover Date: August 2007
Release Date: June 13, 2007
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Sean Chen
Inker: Scott Hanna
Letterer: VC - Cory Petit
Colorist: Guru EFX
Assistant Editor: Alejandro Arbona
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Adi Granov
Title: "Home Truths"
As the remaining Thunderbolts gather to capture their target, Nova bursts through the ground and takes out Venom with a collimated beam with his right hand while blasting Moonstone with a phased pulse from his left hand! Taking advantage of the situation, the Radioactive Man blasts Rich Rider with an electromagnetic radiation pressure wave that knocks him through a car and into a building. However, the WorldMind tells the Earth hero that the Nova uniform's armor has protected him from the radiation and he has not been contaminated. While attempting to recover, Nova finds himself attacked by Venom who jumps on his back. Nova easily knocks him off with a single punch!
Meanwhile, the final T-Bolt, Penance, hesitantly unleashes a hyperkinetic shockwave at the Nova Centurion. The shockwave knocks Nova back and causes the building to collapse on top of him. The Thunderbolts believe Nova has been rendered unconscious and begin to move in to capture him. Suddenly, the debris dust clears and an angry Nova flies out from the rubble! He informs the T-Bolts that, as a Nova Centurion and under the terms of the Nova Corps Pan-Worlds Jurisdiction Treaty, he is placing them under arrest for their attack. The former super-villains refuse to recognize Nova's authority and both sides prepare to resume their fight.
However, an angry Iron Man and a squad of SHIELD agents arrive and put a halt to the hostilities. Iron Man immediately begins lecturing Moonstone on the stupidity of the Thunderbolts' actions and demands they leave the area. They leave with Penance momentarily holding back with hesitation.
Nova and Iron Man leave the battleground to have a talk. Rich takes Tony Stark to his old high school, Harry S. Truman High School, which is now closed and falling apart. Tony and Rich continue their discussion on the Initiative, Stark's nationwide super-hero program, and Nova's potential role in it. Iron Man tells his fellow hero that, with his power and experience, he could make a real difference on Earth. Nova replies that he's not sure he fits in given the current state of the planet. However, he is attracted to the possibility of working with other super-heroes again including his old friend, Justice. Tony understands and even offers to help Rich rebuilt the Nova Corps on Earth as part of the Initiative. The director of SHIELD suggests that Nova take the rest of his 24 hours and think about his offer. Iron Man shakes Rich's hand and wishes him luck.
Nova returns home where he has an intense argument with his parents about his televised fight with the Thunderbolts. Charles and Gloria Rider believe that he was irresponsible for fighting them as they are society's protectors (disregarding the fact, or not knowing, that the T-Bolts caused the fight). His mother suggests that Rich should register with SHIELD and have their specialists check to see if he is somehow under an alien influence (based on the fact that Charles saw the WorldMind take over Rich's body earlier). Rich leaves the house in disgust.
Outside, the Thunderbolts called Penance steps out from behind a fence to talk to Nova. He removes his helmet and Rich is shocked to find that his close friend and former New Warriors teammate, Robbie Baldwin aka Speedball, is now Penance. Robbie explains that he is no longer Speedball or Robbie Baldwin, only Penance. He feel incredible guilt over the Stamford event which caused the death of innocent children. Nova tells his friend that he wasn't responsible for what happened and that he's being too hard on himself. Penance asks Rich to join the Initiative so they won't have to fight again and help make a difference. Robbie's friend tells him that the world has changed too much for him and that he's leaving. Before he flies away, Nova advises Penance to be himself and don't let anyone make him into something he's not.
Later from orbit, Nova taps into his parents' cable and appears on their television. He tells them that he's leaving Earth but was afraid to tell them in person. Rich feels that he is needed elsewhere in the universe and that his Nova powers allow him to help. The young Rider asks his parents not to worry about him and that he loves them. Nova then disappears from the screen.
Up in orbit, the WorldMind asks Rich if he is okay. Nova tells him that he's fine. The artificial sentience then asks him if he is lying. Rich says yes. The WorldMind agrees with Nova that he has made the right choice. The young hero asks the computerized intelligence where their assistance is needed. The WorldMind informs his host that he has received 92,420 distress calls with 308 emergency signals coming from the Kree homeworld of Hala in the last eighteen minutes. Nova asks the WorldMind to set a course for Hala and let them know they are on their way.Back To Nova 2007 Index