Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #4 Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #4 - Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers. Art by Gang Hyuk Lim. Cover by SKAN.

THE FINAL CHAPTER OF DARKHAWK... FOR NOW!

In the wake of a disastrous run-in with the more-dangerous-than-ever Fraternity of Raptors, Chris faces the fear that he may never make it home from space!

But even as his foes’ might grows, Darkhawk will discover that his lowest point... has brought him incredible new power!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale July 11th


Nova: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 Nova: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 - Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning. Art by Kev Walker, Sean Chen, Wellinton Alves, Paul Pelletier & More. Cover by Adi Granov.

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning propel the Human Rocket to glory!

When the horrifying Annihilation Wave swarms across the cosmos, Richard Rider, the man called Nova, must step up - and become one of the galaxy's greatest heroes!

In the wake of the chaos, a desperate cosmos cries out for law and order. But can one lone human being police an entire universe?

Join Nova on the road to Knowhere - but what will he find there? And who is...Cosmo?

Rich will barely have time to catch his breath before another Annihilation event begins, with a deadly race on a quest for conquest!

And will Nova find love with Gamora, the deadliest woman in the galaxy?! All this, and Galactus too!

Collecting ANNIHILATION: NOVA #1-4, NOVA (2007) #1-15, NOVA ANNUAL (2008) #1 and material from NOVA: THE ORIGIN OF RICHARD RIDER.

Rated T+ - 504 pgs./$39.99 - On Sale July 11th


Champions #22 Champions #22 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Kevin Libranda. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

Guest-starring the macabre Man-Thing!

The Champions' mission in space (in INFINITY COUNTDOWN!) has left its mark, and the team tries to move on.

A chance to bring life back to a desolate village might be just what they need - or push them even farther apart...

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale July 11th

Nova: The Origin of Richard Rider
Cover Date: March 2009
Release Date: January 14, 2009
Credits for the Framing Sequence:
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Penciler: Geraldo Borges
Inker: Nelson Pereira
Colorist: Diogo Saito
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Assistant Editor: John Denning
Editor: Cory Levine
Covers Artists: Rich Buckler & Joe Sinnott

At an Orbital Gas Refinery located on the Ymir Gas Giant in the Litgard System, Nova finds himself fighting a number of attacking robots. The WorldMind theorizes that a Class 16 Protoplasmic Storm has damaged the rigger drones' CPUs.

Rich blasts them with an energy beam and then throws them into the storm. He takes a moment to wave to the crowd of refinery workers and fails to notice the giant maix-rigger robot which appears behind him. Suddenly, Nova finds himself grabbed by the mechanical monster! The two quickly become pulled into the protoplasmic storm and the refinery crew believe their rescuer is dead.

The young Earth hero emerges safely while the robot has been destroyed by the storm. As he leaves the planet, the WorldMind informs him that his uniform has been damaged along with his collar bone. Richard Rider orders the artificial sentience to begin repairs on the suit and initiate the Medi-Matrix program to fix his body.

Nova reveals to his computerized partner that he is angry at himself for acting irresponsibly and losing focus in battle. The WorldMind counsels Rich that he has grown considerably as a hero and begins a holo-file of his first adventure to prove the point.

(At this point, the issue reprints The Man Called Nova #1)

As the holo-file ends, Richard's mood has not improved as he still feels that he is only an average person from Long Island. The WorldMind believes his depression is being caused by his injury. The computerized intelligence reminds Nova that Centurions are selected due to their being "average" because they make the truest heroes.

The WorldMind continues by telling his human companion that he has grown into his powers and now that he wields the entire Nova Force, his abilities seem god-like. Rich comments that he has met a god or two in his time as Nova. The artificial Xandarian sentience responds by playing another holo-file of the human rocket's first meeting with Thor.

(At this point, the issue reprints The Man Called Nova #4)

The holo-file ends as the Stargate brings them to another planetary emergency. Richard Rider's mood is considerably better thanks to watching the holo-file. Nova announces to a group of attacking monsters that he has arrived and they should surrender or face the consequences!


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