Cover Date: October 2016
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Writer: Sean Ryan
Artist: Cory Smith
Letterer: Albert Deschesne
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Editor: Devin Lewis
Executive Editor: Nick Lowe
Cover Artists: Humberto Ramos
& Edgar Delgado
Sam denies he is a super hero and tells them he is going to camp for the summer. As he walks away, Blake mockingly tells Sam to say hi to Iron Man for them.
Returning home, Sam puts on the Nova helmet and hugs his mother. Sam thinks about how much he hates lying to his friends but he could never lie to his family. The teen hero heads out into space to find the Nova Force.
On his way through outer space, Sam recalls that the Nova Force was powered by the WorldMind. However, the WorldMind disappeared along with Rich Rider into the Cancerverse. Sam has decided that going to the area where Nova Prime disappeared is where he'll start looking for answers. To find the location, Nova seeks out someone who owes him a favor.
Later on another planet, Nova find a bar called Flamers. Sam talks to the alien bouncer by the door. The bouncer warns him that Novas aren't safe in a place like Flamers. The Earth teen explains that he isn't old enough to get in anyway but his purpose is to find Monark Starstalker.
Walking around back, Nova finds Monark inside a dumpster.
After Sam finds Monark, he asks for his help in finding where the area where Rich Rider disappeared. When the fallen hero claims he doesn't know where that is, Nova points out that Iron Man will take away the spaceship he gave Monark if he doesn't help. Monark Starstalker agrees to assist Sam.
As they prepare to leave, the two are confronted by two members of the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard! Monark temporarily blinds them with a blast from his cybernetic eye and the two flee from the guards. Nova keeps asking Starstalker what he did to get the Imperial Guard sent after him. His new ally claims it's all being exaggerated. He explains that he simply tried to steal power for his ship and accidentally knocked out the power grid of three planets!
Sam Alexander is upset that Monark doesn't care if anyone was injured due to his actions and demands to know why he shouldn't turn him over to the Shi'Ar. The fugitive explains that out in the galaxy it is everyone for themselves and right now Nova needs his help to figure out how the Nova helmet works.
Sam grudgingly agrees and flies off to distract the Imperial Guardsmen while Monark gets his ship. A quick chase and exchange of energy blasts between Nova and the Shi'Ar allows Starstalker to launch his ship. As he follows the ship, the teenager from Earth is forced to launch a full blast at the Guard members and he is able to halt their pursuit.
Much later out in deep space, Monark Starstalker alerts Nova that he is picking up an odd energy signature in the area. He also confirms it is located in the general area where Richard Rider disappeared into the Fault. Sam leaves the ship and immediately begins feeling something that raises the hairs on his arms.
Suddenly, a mechanical voice informs Sam Alexander that he has been authorized and the space around him begins to warp! The teenager's body stretches and twists while images of Richard Rider, Xandar and the Nova Corps fly by him!
When it stops, Sam Alexander finds himself face-to-face with the WorldMind!