Champions #23 Champions #23 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Kevin Libranda. Cover by R.B. Silva.

While Ironheart and Amadeus Cho take major steps forward in their super hero journeys, Nova takes a step back.

As the team faces a complicated and dangerous threat, Sam Alexander wonders: is there a future for him with the Champions?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale August 8th


Champions Vol. 3: Champion For A Day Champions Vol. 3: Champion For A Day - Written by Mark Waid & Jeremy Whitely. Art by Humberto Ramos, Ted Brandt & Ro Stein. Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Following the staggering loss suffered in their adventure with the Avengers, the Champions decide to double down on their mission to make the world a better place - and that means it's time for a membership drive!

Some of the best and brightest young superhumans in the Marvel Universe - including Red Locust - turn up to be Champions for a day!

But who will make the grade as the new order changeth? And how long will they last when - following a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups - the disillusioned Champions begin to consider giving up the fight after all?

Plus: As monsters are unleashed on Earth, a peaceful protest in an endangered habitat leads the team into a showdown with the Freelancers - not to mention giant Leviathons falling from the sky!

Collecting CHAMPIONS (2016) #16-18 and #1.MU.

Rated T+ - 112 pgs./$15.99 - On Sale August 8th


New Warriors: Darkness & Light TPB New Warriors: Darkness & Light TPB - Written by Fabian Nicieza & More. Art by Darick Robertson, Craig Brasfield, Dave Hooper & More. Cover by Mark Bagley.

As the Infinity War begins, Speedball and Rage take on their doppelgangers! But when the Warriors head to the Middle East to fight a whole different kind of war, they must face harsh truths - and make impossible decisions!

Night Thrasher steps out of the Warriors' shadow to take care of business - learning the four key steps to control his own destiny!

But when the Darkforce, source of Silhouette's powers, threatens to engulf New York City in eternal shadow, the Warriors - along with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange - must face the darkness within!

Plus: Will Cloak and Dagger join the team? Who is (or are?) Turbo? And the imprisoned Marvel Boy begins his journey to justice!

Collecting NEW WARRIORS (1990) #27-36 and ANNUAL #3, NIGHT THRASHER: FOUR CONTROL #1-4 and material from MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL #2.

Rated T+ - 408 pgs./$34.99 - On Sale August 29th

Nova #32
Cover Date: February 2010
Release Date: December 3, 2009
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artist: Andrea DiVito
Colorists: Bruno Hang & Jay David Ramos
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Brandon Peterson
Title: "Riddle of the Sphinx Part One: The Gathering"

In an unknown place and time, the bodies of Nova and Darkhawk falls from the sky and land at the foot of a strange Sphinx-like monument. As he begins to recover, Nova hears a voice tell him that the events on Shard were used to bring him where he is now.

Richard Rider turns to find himself facing his greatest enemy - the Sphinx!

Darkhawk wants to quickly attack their foe but Nova knows from experience that they need to figure out what he wants and find a way to outsmart him. Rich also suspects that, for some reason, the Sphinx cannot see Chris. The Egyptian warns the human rocket that it is about to get very dark and then the Djinns will attack as part of a contest between gods.

Suddenly, the three are attacked by a sandstorm which quickly forms into the shapes of various animal soldiers. The Sphinx indicates that they are not alive but are expressions of death. As they fight the creatures, the Sphinx becomes digusted by Nova's lack of success in the battle. He disappears and leaves Darkhawk and Rich to fight alone.

The sand beings try to rip Darkhawk's amulet from his chest armor and Nova finds that he has no link to the WorldMind. Rich tells Chris to brace himself since, without the WorldMind, he has no subtle control over the Nova Force. The Nova Prime then releases a full gravimetric pulse which destroys all the sand creatures!

Later, Nova creates an energy bubble to lift them out of the sand. The two discuss where they are with Darkhawk believing they are in ancient Egypt. Nova doesn't quite agree especially after they come across an archaeological dig site. They approach the site and discover an unexpected ally - Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four!

However, Nova soon discovers that this Reed Richards isn't exactly the same Mr. Fantastic that he last met after the Skrull Invasion a few months ago. Rich estimates that Reed has been snatched out of time from a period right after the Skrull/Xandar War. The leader of the Fantastic Four warns Nova that he must not reveal any future events to him as it may contaminate temporal continuity.

Richard Rider agrees and asks him if he knows why the Sphinx has abducted them. Reed Richards admits that he does not know nor does he know where they are exactly. He does remind Nova that the Sphinx is a cosmic level threat with vast power and an intellect that makes him very dangerous. Nova Prime informs the FF leader that the Sphinx mentioned a "contest between gods". Reed is concerned and notes that it appears they have all been transported to Egypt's Valley of the Kings circa the 1920's.

Mr. Fantastic shows Nova and Darkhawk one of the Sphinx's pyramids. Underneath its stone facing, they pyramid contains very advanced technology. Reed mentions that the powerful Egyptian has left something behind and he's determined to find out what it is for. At nightfall, the stretching hero informs his two allies that he is convinced the pyramid is a chronal accelerator capable of rewriting the time stream. Rich and Reed theorize that the Sphinx is attempting to unravel time in order to save himself from his previous defeats.

Suddenly, the rip in space/time known as the Fault appears in the sky! Reed admits that it had also appeared the previous night. Even though Nova can't tell Reed much about the Fault due to its place in the future, he does agree to get some readings for him as it may help them get back to their own time. As Nova Prime and Darkhawk fly towards space, Richard Rider is suddenly knocked backwards by an invisible shield! Before Chris Powell can help rescue his friend, he finds himself facing a group of attacking animal creatures!

At dawn, Rich awakens in a tent at the archaeological dig. As they walk outside, a figure approaches them from the river. Nova grabs Mr. Fantastic and they fly to meet the stranger. When they arrive, the two heroes discover that it is Black Bolt and he's carrying a woman wrapped in cloth bandages! Rich is stunned as Black Bolt had died during the recent Shi'Ar/Kree War.

Before he can question the leader of the Inhumans, the group is attacked by a huge reptilian humanoid creature! Nova instantly flies into action and unleashed a double energy blast at the monster who is instantly knocked unconscious.

Back at the camp, Reed and Richard discuss the arrival of Black Bolt. Nova indicates that he must have arrived from a time period prior to his. When Mr. Fantastic asks him to explain, Nova lies and says it is because he looks younger than he remembers him. Their conversation is interrupted by the return of Darkhawk. Chris is excited about some data he discovered after fighting off the creatures in orbit. He had deployed his claw-drone and it returned shocking information. The drone revealed that the group is not located on Earth of the 1920's. An holographic image displayed by the drone shows they are on a magical construct of some sort!

Nova turns to Black Bolt and asks about the woman he brought with him. As Richard Rider unwraps her, he is stunned to discover that the woman is...Namorita!


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