Champions #20 Champions #20 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

What good is conquering a world if it's already destroyed by the time you take over?

The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it...Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source - Who is Snowguard?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale May 23rd


Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #2 Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #2 - Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers. Art by Gang Hyuk Lim. Cover by SKAN. Headshot Variant Cover by Mike McKone.

Darkhawk takes to the spaceways, determined to take down the Fraternity of Raptors and save the brother of his good friend Nova, A.K.A. Richard Rider, but the Raptors have a few new tricks up their sleeves that he might not be ready for...

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale June 13th


Champions #21 Champions #21 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

The Champions vs. Alpha Flight? Ms. Marvel vs. Captain Marvel? 'Nuff said!

Saving the north just got a whole lot more complicated...

Plus...Nova no more?!

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

Series #3 - NOVA #5
Cover Date: September 1999
Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Coy Turnbull
Inkers: Erik Larsen & Al Milgrom
Letterers: Sharpefont & PT
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Editor: Ruben Diaz
Title: "Lo, There Shall Come A Spider"

Nova wakes up to find himself in Ginger Jaye's bed. Ginger tells him that she found him unconscious of her front porch and had brought him inside. The two discuss the events that lead to her husband, Darren, being in a coma. Ginger is angry with Darren for the abuse he put her through and tells Rich that she's grateful that her marriage is over. The courts have granted her a divorce.

The two also discuss Rich's power problems. Rich calls his roommates, Bernie Dillon and Roger "Caps" Cooper, to bring him some new clothes since he is too drained to activate his costume's tesseract release.

Meanwhile, in the cloud city of the Avians, the people are demanding their renegade scientist, The Condor, be brought to Avian territory to face trial. Their leader, Red Raven, agrees and orders the return of the Condor.

Back at Ginger's home, Bernie and Caps have brought Rich a set of awful looking clothes and teases him about being with Ginger. Rich tells them nothing happened and that he needs to get over to his brother's lab for tests. Bernie reminds Rich that he has a big baseball game later in the day.

At Robert Rider's lab in Queens, NY, Rich and his brother discuss the problems he's having with the Nova powers. Robert tells Rich that while he can measure his powers, a solution is beyond his expertise. He recommends that Rich go back to see Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. Rich doesn't understand why Robert can't help since he's a brilliant scientist and has done some amazing work. Robert reminds him that the robot he invented years ago turned out to be the evil Dr. Sun. In the shadows, the robot form of Dr. Sun is watching them.

On the other side of the world, the Sphinx has murdered thousands of people in order to gain the energy necessary to bring him back to life. After fully recharging, the Sphinx leaves to begin his plans for world domination.

At the ESU baseball game, Rich is visited by his former New Warriors' teammate, Speedball. Speedball wants to reform the team and asks Rich to join him. Rich tells him that his life is too busy right now to be part of the team. He doesn't tell Speedball that he feels rejoining the New Warriors would be a step backwards in his career as Nova. Rich's goal is to be a member of the world's premier superteam, the Avengers.

Out on the field, Rich has hit his fourth home run of the game and has gained the attention of Jennifer Smith. Bernie Dillon interrupts their conversation to tell Rich that his parents' condo is on fire! Rich runs off to save his parents and Roger is left to take his place in the game.

At the site of the burning condo, Spider-Man has been saving lives and battling the villains responsible for the blaze. The supervillains are Badd Axe, Firearms and Vampiro. Nova joins Spider-Man and they capture the three supervillains after a tremendous battle.

Afterwards, Spider-Man has a talk with Nova concerning the Nova costume. He is concerned that Nova's uniform may actually be a living entity. The wall-crawler had a costume that behaved just like Nova's and it turned out to be the evil entity named Venom. Nova dismisses the warning and tends to his parents who have escaped the blaze.

The Riders are understandably upset that they have lost everything. Rich's brother, Robert, tells his parents that he has a surprise for them. The Riders drive out to their old home in Hempstead. Robert has bought the house and gives it to his parents as an anniversary present. Mr. and Mrs. Rider are overjoyed and very grateful to Robert. Rich feels unappreciated since, as Nova, he has saved his parents and the world many times over. His father tells Rich that while he knows how much Nova has done, it'll be nice to have his old workshop again. All Rich can do is sigh.

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