Champions #23 Champions #23 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Kevin Libranda. Cover by R.B. Silva.

While Ironheart and Amadeus Cho take major steps forward in their super hero journeys, Nova takes a step back.

As the team faces a complicated and dangerous threat, Sam Alexander wonders: is there a future for him with the Champions?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale August 8th


Champions Vol. 3: Champion For A Day Champions Vol. 3: Champion For A Day - Written by Mark Waid & Jeremy Whitely. Art by Humberto Ramos, Ted Brandt & Ro Stein. Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Following the staggering loss suffered in their adventure with the Avengers, the Champions decide to double down on their mission to make the world a better place - and that means it's time for a membership drive!

Some of the best and brightest young superhumans in the Marvel Universe - including Red Locust - turn up to be Champions for a day!

But who will make the grade as the new order changeth? And how long will they last when - following a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups - the disillusioned Champions begin to consider giving up the fight after all?

Plus: As monsters are unleashed on Earth, a peaceful protest in an endangered habitat leads the team into a showdown with the Freelancers - not to mention giant Leviathons falling from the sky!

Collecting CHAMPIONS (2016) #16-18 and #1.MU.

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New Warriors: Darkness & Light TPB New Warriors: Darkness & Light TPB - Written by Fabian Nicieza & More. Art by Darick Robertson, Craig Brasfield, Dave Hooper & More. Cover by Mark Bagley.

As the Infinity War begins, Speedball and Rage take on their doppelgangers! But when the Warriors head to the Middle East to fight a whole different kind of war, they must face harsh truths - and make impossible decisions!

Night Thrasher steps out of the Warriors' shadow to take care of business - learning the four key steps to control his own destiny!

But when the Darkforce, source of Silhouette's powers, threatens to engulf New York City in eternal shadow, the Warriors - along with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange - must face the darkness within!

Plus: Will Cloak and Dagger join the team? Who is (or are?) Turbo? And the imprisoned Marvel Boy begins his journey to justice!

Collecting NEW WARRIORS (1990) #27-36 and ANNUAL #3, NIGHT THRASHER: FOUR CONTROL #1-4 and material from MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL #2.

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Nova Corps - (Post Annihilation War)

After the destruction of Xandar by the forces of Annihilus during the Annihilation war, the WorldMind and the entire Nova Force were downloaded into the body of Nova 11249-44396 (Richard Rider of Earth).

Following the victory over Annihilus, Richard Rider (aka Nova Prime) began his mission of bringing peace and justice to the Andromeda Galaxy. Soon after beginning his mission, Nova Prime was attacked by Kree Sentries controlled by the Phalanx. In his attempt to escape the Phalanx's energy sphere which contained the Kree Empire, Rider was severely injured.

To insure that his body was protected while healing, Nova Prime transferred a sliver of the Nova Force to a Kree medic named Ko-Rel who became Nova 0001. Ko-Rel was killed by a Phalanx-controlled Gamora and her sliver of the Nova Force was returned to Rider.

Unfortunately, the strain of helping Richard Rider control the entire Nova Force and maintain his sanity caused the WorldMind itself to lose its own hold on reality. Some time later, during a Skrull attack of Project: Pegasus, a group of five Nova Centurions appeared on Earth to assist Richard Rider in fighting off the alien invaders. These Centurions were deputized by the WorldMind without the knowledge of Richard Rider. While residing in the gestalt mainframe at Project: Pegasus, the WorldMind continued to create more Nova Centurions. This included a number of Pegasus personnel along with Richard Rider's brother Robert. Later, the WorldMind increased the number of Centurions into the thousands.

In order to control the Corps, the WorldMind used subliminal mind control and endorphins on the Centurions. Due to his time inside Richard Rider's body and mind, the artificial sentience had a complete understanding of the human body and how to control it. This knowledge led the WorldMind to its decision to use Earth humans for the vast majority of its recruits.

The WorldMind went even further and downloaded his sentience into the organic planetary being known as Ego - The Living Planet. Ego's higher functions were suppressed by the WorldMind and the artificial intelligence took over the lifeform. Its organic structure was been reorganized into the WorldMind's new base of operations named Nu-Xandar.

During the Shi'Ar/Kree War (aka War of Kings), Richard Rider was able to purge the corrupting influence of Ego from the WorldMind. As a result, the personality of Ko-Rel was selected as the new interface for the WorldMind. Following the war, the Nova Corps was reduced in number and the remaining members are currently on a probationary status until they can be fully trained.

Following the war, the new Nova Corps and Nova discovered a long lost Xandarian starship, the Resolute Duty, along with a Centurion named Zan Philo. The WorldMind was downloaded itself into the ship's computer system and operated the ship. Philo took on the responsibility of training the Probationers.

During the Thanos Imperative and the battle with the Cancerverse, the entire Nova Corps was rendered powerless by Centurion Nova Prime Richard Rider. Rider needed the power in order to fight in the final battle with the Cancerverse's army and Thanos. He, along with Peter Quill, was able to contain Thanos long enough for Death to consume the Cancerverse and collapse the Fault. As a result, Richard Rider and Quill were lost to the universe.


                

                

                

                

Below are some of the known Nova Corps members during the Post-Annihilation phase:

Richard Rider: Operative 11249-44396: Originally from the planet Earth who inherited powers and rank of Centurion Nova Prime from Rhomann Dey. Current status - Lost in Cancerverse.

Ko-Rel: Operative 001 - Centurion - Kree medic who served on the light cruiser Spirit of Supremor. Mother to a son named Zan. Current status - Deceased (killed by Phalanx-infected Gamora on the planetoid Nil-Rast).

Ego - The Living Planet: Centurion - Orginally from the Black Galaxy. A sentient planet. Current status - Traveling the universe after no longer being controlled by the WorldMind and being used as Nu-Xandar.

Malik Tracel: Nova Prime - Originally from the Shi'Ar Empire. Current status - Unknown.

Irani Rael: Centurion/Probationer - Originally from the planet Rigel. Current status - Inactive.

Qubit: Centurion/Probationer - Synthorganic being from the species called the Manufactured Harmonites. Current status - Inactive.

Morrow: Centurion/Probationer - A member of the Mephistoid species of the planet Try'lsart. Current status - Inactive.

Fraktur: Centurion/Probationer - Originally from the planet Kakaranthara. Distant cousin of Fin Fang Foom. Current status - Inactive.

Robert Rider: Centurion/Probationer - Originally from the planet Earth. Scientist at Project: Pegasus. Brother of Richard Rider. Current status - Inactive.

Tre Owens: Centurion/Probationer - Originally a Washington, DC police officer from the planet Earth. Currently Inactive.

Guy Dimond: Centurion - Originally a French firefighter from the planet Earth. Currently inactive.

Matu Makalani: Centurion - Originally a game warden in the Taita District of Kenya from the planet Earth. Deceased.

Suki Yumiko: Centurion - Originally a grocery clerk in Tokyo, Japan from the planet Earth. Deceased.

Lindy Nolan: Centurion/Probationer - Originally a lifeguard in Syndey, Australia from the planet Earth. Currently inactive.

Zan Philo: Centurion/Trainer - Race unknown. Current status - Inactive.

Bibliography

First appearance: Annihilation: Nova #1

Appearances Checklist:
Annihilation: Nova #1 - #4
Annihilation #1 - #6
Nova #1 - #36, v4
Annihilation: Conquest Prologue
Thanos Imperative #6



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