Guardians of the Galaxy #3 Guardians of the Galaxy #3 - Written by Donny Cates. Art by Geoff Shaw. Cover by David Marquez.

The Dark Guardians ascend!

With a new Thanos rising, the galaxy calls for a group of heroes who will use any means necessary to end this threat.

Unfortunately for Star-Lord, that's NOT the Guardians of the Galaxy!

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


Champions #4 Champions #4 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Steven Cummings. Cover by Kim Jacinto. Asgardian Variant Cover by Khoi Pham.

Miles Morales...what have you done?

The Champions reach a crossroads as dark forces lay their claim.

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale April 3rd


Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Guardians of the Galaxy #4 - Written by Donny Cates. Art by Geoff Shaw. Cover by David Marquez. Asgardian Variant Cover by Ryan Benjamin.

THE DARK GUARDIANS!

The Dark Guardians, a new cosmic hit squad made up of the most powerful and cunning people in space, are going to kill Gamora.

It's time for the new Guardians of the Galaxy to saddle up!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale April 17th

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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