|Series #3 - NOVA #7|
Cover Date: November 1999
Writer: Erik Larsen
Artist: Joe Bennett
Inker: Alpuente & Milgrom
Cover Artists: Larsen & Panosian
Letterers: Sharpefont & PT/JC
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Editor: Ruben Diaz
Cover Title: "A Taste Of Venom!"
Story Title: "The End Of Nova The Human Rocket"
Nova tells Red Raven he understands his anger but violence is not the answer. The Human Rocket attempts to convince the Avian leader to use their advanced technology to help fix the atmosphere instead of using it to create war. Their conversation is interrupted by the Avian creation, Bi-Beast. Before he can attack Nova, Red Raven commands him to halt. The Avian commends Nova on the wisdom of his words and orders a cease of hostilities. As the Avians depart, Nova tells Condor he's safe...for now. The Human Rocket flies off to work at Marvel Burgers.
Outside of Marvel Burgers, Nova changes back to Rich Rider. Inside, Rich meets his two college roommates, Bernie Dillon and Roger "Caps" Cooper. They are watching a televised news report about a super-villain named the Kangaroo. It has been discovered that Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs) had been posing as a major league baseball player named Billy Bob Jenks. As a result of this revelation, the baseball commissioner has ruled super-humans are not allowed to play in the major leagues. The minor league and college teams have also adopted the rule. Rich announces that his college baseball career is over. He had been feeling guilty about being on the team and is happy with the new rule.
Later, Rich is on a date with fellow ESU student, Jennifer Smith. It turns out to be a disaster as Rich realizes he has nothing in common with her. After the date, he flies over to the home of his former girlfriend, Ginger Jaye. Ginger tells Rich she has sold her house and has decided to have her baby. She's also going to give up the baby for adoption upon birth. Rich holds Ginger and tells her he'll be right there beside her.
Some time later, Nova arrives at the headquarters of the New Warriors. His teammate, Speedball, tells Nova that Marvel Comics wants to talk to him about a comic book series based on his adventures. Rich is overjoyed and immediately flies to Marvel's offices. At Marvel, the Human Rocket meets the Nova creative team; Ruben Diaz, Joe Bennett and Erik Larsen. Diaz asks him if he is still a member of the New Warriors. Trying to impress them, Nova says the Nova in the Warriors is a different hero (Kid Nova) inspired by him. The group goes to lunch at The Brazilian restaurant to discuss the comic. During the course of their discussion, Nova is asked to list his main foes. As he begins to list them, Venom crashes in through the window!
Nova and Venom begin a furious battle which carries over into the streets of New York City. As they continue to fight, Venom tells Nova his reason for wanting to kill him. He reveals that his sister, Mary, was the woman injured during Nova's battle with the Quintronic Man. Nova explains that what happened to Mary was an accident. Despite Nova's attempts to reason with him, Venom continues to attack. Nova realizes reasoning with Venom is not going to work and takes action.
He grabs his foe and carries him into the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Venom knocks himself free and plummets toward the ground. Nova offers to help but is refused. Venom lands in the water near an uninhabited island. Nova decides to leave Venom stranded alone on the island where he can't harm anyone.
Later, at Marvel Comics, the Nova creative team is trying to gain approval for the Nova comic book. The Editor-In-Chief, Bob Harras, rejects the idea due to Nova's history of losing his powers. He's afraid Nova may lose them again and they wouldn't have any more story ideas. However, Harras tells Nova that he would be interested in a New Warriors comic with the Nova imitator!
Back at their apartment, Roger "Caps" Cooper tells Rich he gets to stay on the baseball team. Rich congratulates him and he tells his friends some good news about Ginger. He has talked to his parents and they have agreed to let Ginger and the baby stay with them.
In another part of the city, their antics are being watched by a man known only as the Reanimator. He is surrounded by robots and swears Nova will soon perish at his hands!
The story continues in Wolverine #149.Back To Series 3 Index