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Aakon - The Aakon are an alien race dedicated to destroying all human life. The Aakon believe Earth and its population of super-beings are a threat to their empire. The Aakon were responsible for the creation of the Shadow Consortium. Their base of operations was an space station called Ram's Head which orbited Mars and from which they launched Deathstorm.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 2

Abuelita - Abuelita is the mother of Eva Alexander, mother-in-law to Jesse Alexander, and grandmother to Sam and Kaelynn Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 7

Abyss - Abyss is the greatest enemy of the super-hero team called the Luminals. Abyss was imprisoned in a black box by the Luminals and was scheduled to be destroyed at the destructive force of nature called the Rip. While onboard the space city of Knowhere, Abyss attempted to escape his prison while murdering a number of inhabitants of the city. It was eventually put back in his prison by the efforts of Nova and the techo-virus of the Phalanx.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 4

Abyss - Abyss is an ancient evil entity born billions of years ago. The entity has offspring known as the Dark Children. The children can be brought to our universe through the Serpent Crown. Abyss and his family are responsible for the destruction of life on the planet Mars.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #3

Adam - Adam was the ruler of Magus City and possessor of the Soul Stone. He used the stone to control the Behemoth Bug. Adam was killed by Thanos when he refuses to give him the stone.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #4, Vol. 2

Adjudik - Adjudik was the governor of the planet Orbucen. Orbucen was a planet consumed by the planet destroyer Galactus. During the destruction, a shadowy murderer, Harrow, fed off the inhabitants' fear and eventually possessed the body of the Adjudik.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 13

Adomox - Adomox was a former member of the Nova Corps who turned rogue. He believed the Nova Corps wasn't given enough access to the Nova Force to complete their missions. Adomox, along with a few other rogues including Titus, formed the Black Novas. He was also responsible for recruiting Jesse Alexander into the Black Novas.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #18, Vol. 5

Adora - Adora is the Queen of Xandar. The current queen is a clone of the original Adora who was killed during Nebula's attack on Xandar. She was married to Tanak Valt, one of the founders of the Nova Corps. Adora also goes by the title of Prime Commandant (of the Nova Corps) and Suzerain (Xandarian for Queen).

1st Nova appearance: Fantastic Four #204

Aegis - Aegis is one of three cosmic beings created at or near the beginning of the universe. The other beings were Galactus and Tenebrous. Aegis and Tenebrous were imprisoned in the Kyln but were freed when Annihilus began his Annihilation War. Aegis is also known as the Lady of All Sorrows.

1st Nova Appearance: Annihilation #1

Alexander, Eva - Eva Alexander is the mother of Sam Alexander and Kaelynn Alexander. She is also the wife of Jesse Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Alexander, Jesse - Jesse Alexander was a member of the Black Novas, a black ops division of the Nova Corps. Jesse left the Black Novas in order to marry an Earth woman named Eva and raised two children; Sam and Kaelynn.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Alexander, Jesse (clones) - The Jesse Alexander clones were created from the DNA of Jesse Alexander by the Chitauri. The first clone's mission was to infiltrate the Alexander family and steal the Black Nova helmet. The clone ultimately rejected its programming and became an ally to Sam Alexander. As a result, a second clone was created and sent to complete the mission along with destroying the failed clone.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 6

Alexander, Kaelynn - Kaelynn Alexander is the sister of Sam Alexander and daughter of Jesse Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Allied Council of War - The Allied Council of War was formed during the Cancerverse invasion. The Council was a consortium of the Kree Empire (including the Shi'Ar Empire and Inhumans), the Negative Zone army, Quasar and Nova.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative #3

Anaconda - Anaconda is a member of the Serpent Society. Blanche Sitznski was a steelworker who was selected by the Roxxon Oil Company to be part of an mutagenic experiment. As a result, she gained superhuman powers. Her powers include the ability to elongate her limbs to crush her foes, breathe underwater and has super-strength.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Annihilus - Annihilus is the self-proclaimed ruler of Negative Zone and a citizen of Arthros, a planet located in Sector 17A of the zone. Annihilus was responsible for the Annihilation Wave which was caused the third destruction of Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Annihilation War - The Annihilation War was a universal battle between the Negative Zone warlord Annihilus and the forces of the United Front led by Nova. The war was eventual won by Nova when he killed Annihilus in a final battle in space.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Annihilation Wave - The Annihilation Wave was a highly destructive armada of alien attackers released from the Negative Zone by Annihilus and caused the third destruction of Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Ant Man - Using technology invented by Dr. Henry Pym, Scott Lang can shrink to insect size and control ants. The identity of Ant Man is currently held by former SHIELD agent Eric O'Grady.

1st Nova appearance: Lang - Nova #11, Vol. 2/O'Grady - Secret Avengers #1

Anthrax - Anthrax is a heavy metal band. Their loud form of music creates pain to the alien symbiote worn by Carnage.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #27, Vol. 5

Archons - The Archons are a group of artificial constructs built by the Watchers to prevent the activation of the Serpent Crowns and the release of Abyss.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #2

Armada - Armada was the Shadow Consortium's ultimate android. Armada was heavily armored and capable of flight and therma-blasts.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 2

Armor - Armor is a mutant named Hisako Ichiki. She possesses a psionic armor that gives her enhanced strength and invulnerability. She currently attends the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #22, Vol. 5

Atratus - Atratus was an elderly intergalactic weapons dealer.

1st Nova appearance: Nova Special #1

Attilan - Attilan is the home of the Inhumans. The city was originally built on an island in the Atlantic Ocean and moved to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet. It was finally transported to the Blue City on the moon (built by the Inhumans' creators; the Kree) due to the effects of Earth's pollution.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #6

Avengers - The Avengers are Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The team has been comprised of numerous different heroes throughout its history. The team has fought SuperNova. Richard Rider and Sam Alexander have been members of the Avengers.

1st Nova Appearance: Avengers #301

Avians - The Avians are an offspring race of the Inhumans. The Avian race inhabits a floating city in the clouds and are lead by the former World War II hero, Red Raven. Nova's foe, The Condor, is a member of the Avian race and is considered a renegade scientist.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 3

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Babel Spire - The Babel Spire was a device created by the Phalanx and used to encase the Kree Empire in an impervious energy sphere. The Spire was located on the Kree homeworld of Hala.

1st Nova Appearance: Annihilation: Conquest Prologue

Badd Axe - Badd Axe was one of three villains who fought Spider-Man and Nova at the site of an arson fire. The fire was set at the condo of Rich Rider's parents. Badd Axe possesses a large battle axe and super-strength. The other villains were Firearms and Vampiro.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 3

Bak-Lar - Bak-Lar is a neutron star located in the outer edge of the Kree Empire. Nova manipulated the gravimetric energy of Bak-Lar and the Nova Force to create a hyper-gravimetric wormhole to escape a galaxy-spanning energy sphere created by the Phalanx.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #7, Vol. 4

Bakian, Anwen - Anwen Bakian is the oldest daughter of Menzin and Eve Bakian and the older sister of Fayne Bakian. After receiving a portion of the Nova Force from her mother, Anwen fought as a Nova on Battleworld's domain called New Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1, Vol. 2

Bakian, Eve - Eve Bakian is a member of the Nova Corps and fought on Battleworld's domain called New Xandar. She is also the wife of Menzin Bakian and mother to Anwen and Fayne Bakian. As a Nova, she was able to portion out the Nova Force to her family through star-shaped medallions which were placed on the wearer's forehead.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1, Vol. 2

Bakian, Fayne - Fayne Bakian is the youngest daughter of Menzin and Eve Bakian and the younger sister of Anwen Bakian. After receiving a portion of the Nova Force from her mother, Fayne fought as a Nova on Battleworld's domain called New Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1, Vol. 2

Bakian, Menzin - Menzin Bakian is the husband of Eve Bakian and the father of Fayne and Anwen Bakian. After receiving a portion of the Nova Force from his wife, Menzin fought as a Nova on Battleworld's domain called New Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1, Vol. 2

ZigZag - ZigZag is the dog of Menzin, Eve, Anwen, and Fayne Bakian. After receiving a portion of the Nova Force from Eve, ZigZag fought as a Nova on Battleworld's domain called New Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1, Vol. 2

Bakin - Bakin was one of three former Spaceknights who became hired workers for Skaarn and were known as The Disavowed of Galadoria. The other members were Nujin and Klax. They were all defeated by Sam Alexander and later by Beta Ray Bill.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 5

Barak-Tar - Barak-Tar is a fighting ritual used by Kaldera. It involves both fighters to be honor bound and battle each other without weaponry or powers. Only hand-to-hand combat is allowed.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 5

Beast - The Beast is a mutant scientist named Hank McCoy. His abilities include superhuman strength, agility and speed. McCoy also possesses a very high IQ and specializes in the area of genetics and biochemistry.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Behemoth Bug - The Behemoth Bug was a gigantic alien creature who was controlled by Adam in Magus City. The monster was attracted to the energy of the Nova Force.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #4, Vol. 2

Beta Ray Bill - Beta Ray Bill was originally from the planet Korbin. After his homeworld was destroyed by Surtur, the surviving Korbinites transformed Bill into a cyborg warrior to protect them. Later, Beta Ray Bill was able to defeat Thor in combat and claim his hammer. Thor's father, Odin, returned it to his son and ordered the creation of a new hammer called Stormbreaker for Bill.

Beta Ray Bill possesses superhuman strength, invulnerability and immortality. Stormbreaker allows him to fly, control weather and absorb different energies.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative #3

Bi-Beast - The Bi-Beast is an artifical lifeform created by the winged Avian race. The purpose of the two-headed Bi-Beast is to store the accumulated knowledge of the Avians and protect them from outside threats. His large muscular form gives him great strength and he can use his claw-like fingernails as weapons.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #7, Vol. 3

Birj - Birj was a world 80,000 light years from Earth. The planet was conquered by Terrax shortly before it was consumed by the Phoenix.

1st Nova Appearance: Point One #1

Black Bolt - Black Bolt is the leader of the royal family of the Inhumans. He is able to harness free-floating electrons and use them to create a variety of effects. Among them are: super-strength, super-speed and high energy blasts. Black Bolt's main attacks are the Quasi-Sonic Scream and the Master Blow. Both are incredibly devastating and can level a mountain.

Real Name: Unrevealed - Height: 6' 2" - Weight: 210 lbs.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #6

Black Hole Sons - The Black Hole Sons are a gang of neutron slaves who produce a drug called Krush. They were formerly miners of neutron stars until becoming a gang for their leader, The Mind. The Black Hole Sons are also known as The Mindless Ones.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 4

Black Mamba - Black Mamba is a member of the Serpent Society. Tanya Sealy was a call girl who was selected by the Roxxon Oil Company to be part of an mutagenic experiment. As a result, she gained superhuman powers. Her powers include the ability to create a Darkforce energy cloud to strangle her opponent and she has limited telepathic ability.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Black Novas - The Black Novas may have been a covert operations division of the Nova Corps or a group of rogue Nova Corpsmen. The truth of their origin is unclear. Their powers don't originate from their bodies like the Nova Corps but from their helmets. The Black Novas were a small team comprised of Adomox, Jesse Alexander Nova, The Phlish, Mister Z'zz and Titus.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Black Nova Bunker - The Black Nova Bunker was a Nova Corps outpost located in the Desolate Quadrant. Originally built by Adomox to create the illegal helmets for the Black Novas, the bunker was turned into a Nova Corps outpost following Adomox's capture and expulsion. The Black Nova Bunker is guarded by Nova Guardbots and controlled by an advanced artificial intelligence which takes the form of Nova Prime.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 5

Black Vortex - The Black Vortex is an ancient object capable of enhancing anyone's abilities to unparalleled levels. It is in the shape of an antique mirror and can show a gazer his or her power potential. However, the person looking in the mirror must willingly accept the Vortex's offer. The Black Vortex is believed to have constructed by the Celestials.

1st Nova appearance: Guardians of the Galaxy & Uncanny X-Men: Black Vortex Alpha #1

Black Widow - Natalia "Natasha" Romanova was born in the Soviet Union and later become one of their top spies. She later defected to the United States and became a member of the super-hero team called The Avengers. The Black Widow is highly skilled in martial arts and possesses a set of advanced bracelets. These allow her to discharge a "widow's bite" (a high voltage electrical charge), tear gas cartridges and it allows for radio communications.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Blackout - Marcus Daniels was a research assistant for criminal scientist, Dr. Croit. After being framed for Croit's crimes, Daniels was subjected to the scientist's black star experiment. The black star energy altered Daniels into Blackout. He can control the black energy and use it in many ways. Among his powers are; black energy blasts, extreme temperature control and the ability to form solid light objects.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 1

Blake - Blake is a friend of Sam Alexander. They attend Carefree High School together. Blake suspected Sam is Nova but was not able to prove it. However, Sam Alexander later told Blake that he was Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 6

Blastaar - Blastaar is an alien being native to the anti-matter dimension called the Negative Zone. Blastaar possesses super-strength and can project high energy bursts from his hands. He is also the enemy of Annihilus and assisted Nova against his foe during the Annihilation War.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #1 v2

Borderer K'Renn - Borderer K'Renn was the Shi'Ar ambassador to Xandar during the Shi'Ar/Xandar Alliance.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 2

Burley, Mike - Mike Burley was Harry S. Truman High School's star athelete and academic student. He was also the boyfriend of Donna-Lee Dover. Before Rich Rider became Nova, Burley was Rider's main nemesis. Mike Burley unknowingly helped create Nova by pushing Rich Rider to the floor of Uncle Fudge's Ice Cream Parlor. By doing so, Rich was able to be in the exact position to receive the Nova Force from Rhomann Dey.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Burley, Sam - Dr. Sam Burley is the older brother of Mike Burley. Dr. Burley is also one of the world's leading nuclear scientists. He, along with Professor T'Kora, was mind-controlled by Yellow Claw to develop a Tidal Wave Device. The purpose of the machine was to destroy New York City.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 1

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Cadivan - Cadivan is a bounty hunter who once killed a member of the Nova Corps.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 11

Cammi - Cammi is an Earth girl from Coot's Bluff, Alaska who found herself involved in the Annihilation Wave attack on Xandar. She escaped its destruction and traveled with Nova and Drax during the war against Annihilus.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Cancerverse - The Cancerverse is an alternate dimension where death was defeated and life has taken over the entire realm. It is ruled by the Many-Angled Ones and is protected by Lord Mar-Vell and an alternate version of the Avengers called the Revengers.

1st Nova Appearance: Realm of Kings #1

Captain - The Captain was a member of the superhero group named Nextwave. At some point, the Captain chose to give up being a superhero and became homeless.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 6

Captain America - Captain America is one of the world's greatest heroes. During World War II, Steve Rogers was given the Super-Soldier Formula which enhanced his body to the top limits of physical perfection. Near the end of the war, Captain America was accidentally placed in suspended animation under the Arctic ice. Found years later by the Avengers, Captain America was revived and resumed fighting crime. His leadership and fighting abilities have gained him the greatest respect from heroes and villains alike.

1st Nova appearance: (robot) Nova #15, Vol. 1 - (original) Nova #2, Vol. 3

Captain Marvel - Captain Marvel is an Earthwoman named Carol Danvers. She is half human and half Kree. Captain Marvel possesses strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and reflexes which are all at superhuman levels. She is also capable of flight and generating energy blasts.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 5

Carefree, Arizona - Carefree, AZ is the hometown of Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Carefree High School - Carefree High School is located in Carefree, Arizona. It is where Sam Alexander, Moffet and Carrie goes to school. The school's principal is Mr. Philbin.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Caretakers - Banished from their home solar system of Arcturus, the Caretakers came to Earth and began attempts to create a super-army of mutants. However, all of the creations escaped their control and the Caretakers were destroyed by the psychic vampire, Tara. Among the Caretakers' creations were the Werewolves, the Cat People and the warlock Daemond. Their most powerful creation was the being who became known as the Sphinx.

1st Nova Reference: Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #27

Carnage - Carnage is a psycopath named Cletus Kasady. He possesses an alien symbiote suit which gives him super strength, speed and stamina. He can climb walls and create tendrils similar to Spider-Man. The alien symbiote suit is an offspring of Venom.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #24, Vol. 5

Carrie - Carrie is a friend of Sam Alexander and attends Carefree High School.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Carter, Sharon - Sharon Carter is a former agent of SHIELD and currently serves as Tactical Officer for the Secret Avengers.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Celestials - The Celestials are an ancient, mysterious race of gigantic being who judge the worthiness of other races. The Celestials possess enormous power and strength and are capable of traveling anywhere in the universe. The severed head of a Celestial is used as the inhabitated city of Knowhere.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 4

Centurion Suit User Support System - The Centurion Suit User Support System is a limited backup system to the WorldMind. The CSUSS automatically activates when the WorldMind's artificial sentience is damaged. The suit appears to have the abilities of the WorldMind but lacks the higher intellect, decision-making capabilities and self-awareness of the primary system.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 4

Centurions - The Centurions consist of 100 warriors who each represent a single world that has been conquered by Annihilus in the Negative Zone. Each of the Centurions possesses a different power. They fought against Nova and the United Front during the Annihilation War.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #2

Champions - The Champions are a group of young super heroes committed to fighting crime and threats to innocent people. The membership consists of Nova (Sam Alexander), Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Cyclops, Viz, and Spider-Man (Miles Morales).

1st Nova appearance: Champions #1, Vol. 2

Champions of Xandar - The Champions of Xandar were the successors to the New Champions. The team consisted of Rich Rider's replacement, Tanak Valt, the Comet, the Protector and Powerhouse. They continued to protect Xandar after the Skrull/Xandar War. The team members all perished in Nebula's fatal attack on Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Rom #24

Chitauri - The Chitauri are a war-like race committed to destroying Earth and its heroes in order to prevent their interference in galactic conquests. They were able to obtain the Ultimate Nullifier as their weapon to attack Earth but were stopped by Sam Alexander Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 5

Chitauri Prime - Chitauri Prime is the homeworld of the Chitauri. The double-ringed planet also serves as the location for the galaxy's most brutal gladitorial games.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 5

Cohort 86 - Cohort 86 was one of a number of groups of Nova Centurions who fought in the Shi'Ar/Kree War at Nil-Rast. The Centurions in Cohort 86 were murdered by the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #24, Vol. 4

Collector - The Collector is an ancient powerful being named Taneleer Tivan. He is from one of the first races to exist in the universe. Tivan is immortal and is considered to be one of the Elders of the Universe. His obsession is acquiring physical objects of power.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 5

Comet - The Comet was a super-hero who fought crime in the late 1950's. In 1956, Harris Moore was exposed to the radiation of a gaseous entity which resembled a comet. The radiation gave Moore the ability to project electrical energy. Following the death of his wife and children, Moore retired and became homeless. Years later, the Comet's power were reactivated by x-rays and he became Nova's ally. Moore also discovered that one of his children had survived their home's explosion. Inspired by his father's career as the Comet, his son had become Crimebuster. Father and son became members of the New Champions and fought in the Skrull/Xandar War. The Comet died during Nebula's attack on Xandar.

Real Name: Harris Moore - Height: 5' 11" - Weight: 190 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #21, Vol. 1

Computer Prime - Computer Prime is the unit which control the Nova Prime Starship. Prime is an abbreviation for Planetary Recorder for Information Maintenance and Education. The memories and knowledge of all Nova Primes are stored in Computer Prime's bio-circuits. The computer is also linked to the Living Computers of Xandar. Computer Prime is accessed via Nova Prime's helmet and responds to the Centurion's voice patterns.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 1

Condor - The Condor is one of Nova's first and deadliest enemies. A member of the Avian race, Condor's back contains a set of natural wings which allow him to fly. The brilliant scientist left the Avian city in the clouds to become a master crimelord. Condor was also responsible for bringing the Xandarian warrior, Powerhouse, under his control to battle Nova. After battling the Sphinx, Condor was transformed into an actual condor. He was later revived by a race of intelligent creatures.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 1

Continuum Cortex - The Continuum Cortex is a powerful teleporter system used on Knowhere. The cortex is a nexus point where all points in space and time can be reached.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 4

Cooper, Roger "Caps" - Along with Bernie Dillon, Roger Cooper is one of Rich Rider's oldest and closest friends. Roger gained his nickname, Caps, from wearing baseball caps at all times. Rich, Bernie and Roger have known each other since high school and Roger is one of the few people who know of Rich's Nova identity. One of Nova's enemies, Megaman, is Roger's uncle who wrongfully believes Roger deliberately caused the accident that disfigured him. Roger, Bernie and Rich were college roommates at ESU.

Copperhead - Copperhead is a member of the Serpent Society. Davis Lawfers was a civil servant who became a professional criminal. He has no superhuman powers but uses weaponry. His weapons include: electrical discharging gauntlets, grappling hook, flare bombs and micro-suction cups. He also wears armor for protection.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Cosmic Control Rod - The Cosmic Control Rod is a weapon of immense power and is usually held by the ruler of the Negative Zone. The rod was previously held by Annihilus. Following his death during the at the hands of Nova, the rod is currently controlled by Blastaar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Cosmic Cube - The Cosmic Cube is an immensely powerful object capable of altering reality to the thoughts of its holder. The cube is a containment device created to hold energies controlled by the Beyonders. After a certain amount of time, the cube will become a sentient being possessing the original power of the cube's energies.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative #6

Cosmo - Years ago, Cosmo was a dog in the space program of the Soviet Union. Somehow, Cosmo was transported to the Rip and the city called Knowhere. He is chief of security for the city. Cosmo possesses advanced telepathic and telekinetic abilities which allow him to interact with other species. The dog is a golden retriever and labrador mix.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 4

Corruptor - Jackson Day was a factory worker at a chemical plant in Jamaica, Queens. During a fire at the plant, Day was exposed to a large number of chemicals. The chemicals altered his skin blue and changed his ears to an elfish appearance. Beyond the physical changes, Day could now control anyone he touched and corrupt their actions. The Corruptor was also the head of the criminal organization, the Inner Circle.

Real Name: Jackson Day - Height: 6' 1" - Weight: 225 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 1

Crash Pad - The Crash Pad is the headquarters for the New Warriors. The Crash Pad is a waterfront warehouse owned by Dwayne Taylor aka Night Thrasher, founder of the group.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

Crimebuster - Crimebuster was one of Nova's allies in the New Champions. His true identity is Frank Moore, son of the super-hero The Comet. Although he possessed no superhuman powers, Crimebuster was a gifted athlete and a master of various weaponry. Included among his devices were a rope gun and a single-seated hover vehicle. He died fighting the Skrull in the Skrull/Xandar War.

Real Name: Frank Moore - Height: 5' 10" - Weight: 190 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 1

Croit, Dr. - Dr. Croit was responsible for the creation of Blackout. Croit framed Marcus Daniels for his own crimes in order to enlist Daniels in his experiments. Croit was attempting to harness the powerful energies of a black star through the body of Daniels. However, Daniels (now Blackout) turned on Croit and merged the doctor with the light spectrum. While still alive, Croit exists only as light.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 1

Crunch Energy Cascade/Klyn Prison Complex - The Crunch Energy Cascade/Klyn Prison Complex was a combination energy generator unit and maximum security prison for the Andromeda Galaxy. The energy created by the generators and Energy Cascade supplied power to two hundred star systems. Its prison facility contained only prisoners who were sentenced to death and considered grave threats to the universe. The Crunch Energy Cascade/Klyn Prison Complex was destroyed by the Annihilation Wave which also caused the third destruction of Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

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Daakor - Daakor was the leader of a group of Aakon warriors sent to destroy all life on Earth.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 2

Daedalus 5 - Daedalus 5 was a planet in the Kree Empire and was the base planet for the United Front during the war with the Annihilation Wave.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #1

Dante - Dante is a scientific genius employed by the Shadow Consortium. He is responsible for the creation of Armada.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 2

Dark Quasar - Dark Quasar is an evil version of Quasar. He originated from the universe located on the far side of the temporal/spacial anamoly called the Fault. Dark Quasar has quantum based powers based on the physical rules of his universe. The powers give him super strength, flight, speed and capable of energy blasts.

1st Nova appearance: Realm of Kings #1

Darkhawk - Darkhawk was a member of the New Warriors. Christopher Powell uses the Darkhawk amulet to place his mind inside the Darkhawk armor. Within the armor, Chris can project blasts of darkforce, create a force field and has augmented strength. The Darkhawk armor also allows him the power of flight. Darkhawk is currently Security Chief of Project: PEGASUS.

1st Nova appearance: New Warriors v.1

Death Adder - Death Adder is a member of the Serpent Society. Roland Burroughs was a small time crook who was selected by the Roxxon Oil Company to be part of an mutagenic experiment. As a result, he gained superhuman powers. His powers include the ability to withstand deep ocean pressure and has enhanced strength, stamina and agility. He can also breathe underwater with artificial gills. His armor contains a tail with spikes and venom-filled talons.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Death Stone - The Death Stone was a seventh Infinity Stone created by the Reality Stone while in the possession of Anwen Bakian. The Death Stone was used to destroy Thanos who believed it was the actual Reality Stone.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #5, Vol. 2

Death's Head - Death's Head is a bounty hunter who teamed with Titus and a Chitauri warrior in an attempt to capture Richard Rider and Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 7

Deadhead - Deadhead was one of a quartet of super-villains who ran a weapons-smuggling ring. Deadhead uses shock-bolos against his opponents. His other allies were: Skullcat, Sureshot and Kid Quarry.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 2

Deathstorm - Deathstorm was an Aakon weapon which utilized a star to create a destructive energy force. The power of the Deathstorm was capable of destroying an entire planet. In at least two alternate universes, Deathstorm destroyed their versions of Earth.

1st Nova mention: Nova #4, Vol. 2; 1st Nova appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 2

Dendron - Dendron is a planet located in the vicinity of the 320 Leonid system. The planet has lush rain forests and is inhabited by a race of felinoid beings. It was on Dendron that the Skrulls attempted to kill Nova in order to prevent him from interfering with their invasion of Earth. Nova was able to escape with the assistance of the Super Skrull.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 4

Desolate Quadrant - The Desolate Quadrant is a region of space containing a planetary outpost known as the Black Nova Bunker.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 5

Dey, Rhomann - Rhomann Dey was Centurion Nova Prime prior to Rich Rider. Below is the biographical information regarding Dey:

Name: Rhomann Dey
Age: 34.756 star years
Marital Status: Married

Wife: Karman-Kan
Age: 28.633 star years
Children: 2

Oldest Child: Duranna Dey
Age: 8.951 star years

Youngest Child: Kahry Dey
Age: 6.241 star years

Current Status: Dey family was killed in Zorr's attack on Xandar

After the attack on Xandar, Zorr left to attack Earth. Dey, fatally wounded in battle with Zorr, pursued him in the Nova Prime Starship. After transferring his powers to Rich Rider, Dey teleported Zorr to the starship and channeled Computer Prime's power through his dying body. Zorr was disintegrated and Dey died a hero.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Diamondhead - Arch Dyker, a former Golden Gloves boxing champion, was a petty thief until he broke into the South Hampton Science Institute. As he was attempting to steal some precious gems, he tripped and fell in front of a diamond-powered laser. As Diamondhead, Arch Dyker has diamond-hard skin and super-strength. He is also a member of the Terrible Trio.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 1

Didisiqui, Zarihs - Zarihs Didisiqui is an alien scavenger whose family was trapped on the remains of Xandar. He and his family were able to escape after making a deal with Nova and Doc Green to exchange a spaceship for the location of Gron.

1st Nova appearance: Nova Annual #1, Vol. 5

Dillon, Bernie - Bernie Dillon is one of Rich Rider's oldest and closest friends. They have known each other since high school and Bernie is one of the few people who know of Rich's Nova identity. Bernie was Rich's college roommate along with Roger Cooper at ESU.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Dimensional Phasing - Dimensional Phasing allows organic lifeforms to be transported over great distances almost instantaneously. Dimensional Phasing Teleporters were located on the Nova Prime Starship along with various locations on Xandar's domed cities. Dimensional Phasing was initiated by a teleporter which gave travelers access to a series of phasing tubes connected to various other teleporter locations. Travelers could also use Dimensional Phasing as a method of capturing opponents or cargo storage if an egress point was not specified. The use of Dimensional Phasing was extremely dangerous if used on a large scale and was limited to small groups as needed.

1st Nova appearance: Rom #24

Dimples - Dimples was a member of the Kree race and a crew member aboard the Spirit of Supremor. While stranded on Drex-Lar with Ko-Rel, Dimples was killed by a group of Phalanx warrior drones.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 4

Dire Wraith Queen - The Dire Wraith Queen is the sole survivor of her race and goes by the name of Volx. Like all Dire Wraiths, Volx has the power to alter her shape into any form she desires. She was killed in battle with Nova and the New Warriors.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 2

Disavowed of Galadoria - The Disavowed of Galadoria are three former Spaceknights who became hired workers for Skaarn. The three members were: Nujin, Bakin and Klax. They were all defeated by Sam Alexander and later by Beta Ray Bill.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 5

Doc Green - Doc Green is the version of the Hulk altered by the Extremis technology created by Iron Man. He has Bruce Banner's great intellect while retained the Hulk's immense physical strength.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 5

Doctor Doom - Victor Von Doom was the college rival of Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. A laboratory accident caused Doom to create his powerful armor to hide his disfigurement. A scientific genius, Doom has equipped his armor with powerful weaponry. He is currently ruler of the nation of Latveria.

1st Nova appearance: (android) Nova #11, Vol. 2

Doctor Sun - Dr. Sun was one of China's greatest scientists but became an unwilling participant in Project Mind. After his body's functions were terminated, Dr. Sun's mind was transferred to a computer-linked tank. After being defeated by the vampire known as Dracula, Dr. Sun created a robot body for himself. Later, Dr. Sun supplied artificial intelligence to Robert Rider's robot, Factor X as a means of monitoring Nova. After discovering the Living Computers of Xandar, Dr. Sun transferred his essence into them. Soon afterwards, Dr. Sun took control of the Fantastic Four's robot, HERBIE, which was linked to the Xandarian computers. HERBIE freed himself of Sun's control and destroyed himself and Dr. Sun. Dr. Sun's robot body was capable of shooting energy blasts and controlling other machines.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 1

Dover, Donna Lee - Donna-Lee Dover was the high-school girlfriend of Mike Burley.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Dragon Man - The Dragon Man was created by Prof. Gregson Gilbert and manipulated by Diablo to battle the Fantastic Four. The creature has large wings which allow him to control his flight ability. Dragon Man also possesses super-strength, near invulverability and can internally convert matter to energy. Dragon Man can also exhale fire through his mouth but has very limited intelligence.

Real Name: None - Height: 15' 3" - Weight: 3.2 tons

1st Nova appearance: (android) Nova #11, Vol. 2

Drax - Drax was formerly an Earthman named Arthur Douglas who was murdered by Thanos of Titan. His soul was seized by Titan's ruler, Mentor, and placed inside a body created from the soil. Drax the Destroyer possesses superhuman strength & stamina. He traveled with an Earth girl named Cammi.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Drez-Lar - Drez-Lar is a Kree colony world which was decimated during the Annihilation War and nineteen million lives were lost. The light cruiser, Spirit of Supremor, crash-landed on Drez-Lar while trying to take colonists to safety. It was on Drez-Lar that Richard Rider's injured body fell after being attacked by the Phalanx and he transferred a sliver of the Nova Force to the Spirit of Supremor's captain Ko-Rel.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 4

Dunham, Laura - Laura Dunham was Rich Rider's girlfriend during his tenure with the first group of New Warriors. Laura and Rich met after Laura accidentally rear-ended Rich's delivery van with her car. At the time of their relationship, Laura was a college student attending Yale University. The woman she shared a college mailbox with was later revealed to be the vigilante, Tailhook.

1st appearance with Nova: New Warriors Annual #2

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Earth Shaker - The Earth Shaker was a robot created by Tyrannus to destroy New York City.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 1

8X8 Code - The 8X8 Code was a special distress signal used by worlds protected by the Nova Corps to summon the Corps' assistance.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 4

Ego: The Living Planet - Ego is a sentient planetary mass from the Black Galaxy. Ego can absorb biological lifeforms into itself and is capable of space travel by using an engine hooked to it by Galactus. The living planet was recruited by the WorldMind as part of its new Nova Corps.

1st Nova Appearance: Maximum Security #3

Emiliasta - Emiliasta is the wife of Cadivan The Mighty and a former bounty hunter.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 5

Entity - The "entity" is an energy being that exists 1,000,000 years in the Earth's future. Humans had evolved into atomic structures and she is last of her kind. When Megaman arrived from the present, she fell in love with him. She also gave him the power to control the environment around him.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 1

Epyrus 7 - Epyrus 7 was a planet used as a battleground in the Skrull/Xandar War. Nova's foe, Diamondhead, betrayed the Nova Corps and led them to a Skrull ambush. Unknown to the Skrull, Diamondhead also betrayed them. He released a bacterial weapon on both sides which dissolved their cellular structures. In an act of mercy and anger, Nova disintegrated the Corps warriors with a gravimetric pulse. The incident was so traumatic to Nova that the Xandarians wiped the incident from his memory.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 2

ESU - Empire State University (ESU) is the college attended by Rich Rider, Bernie Dillon and Roger Cooper. Rich Rider and Roger Cooper are members of the ESU baseball team. At ESU, Rich Rider is currently registered as a film major.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 3

Eternal Sin - The Eternal Sin was the ship commanded by Lord Mar-Vell during the Cancerverse invasion. The starship was originally built and operated by the Universal Church of Truth.

1st Nova appearance: The Thanos Imperative: Ignition

Exterminatrix - Exterminatrix (Oubliette Midas) is the daughter of Doctor Midas. She possesses possible genius-level intellect and is an exceptional athlete. Exterminatrix was a partner of the Orb, involved with the murder of the Watcher and fought Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Original Sin #2/Nova #18, Vol. 5

Extirpia - Extirpia is one of the queens of Annihilus. During the invasion from the Negative Zone, Extirpia led one of Annihilus's fleets and controlled its crew through their collective hive intelligence. She was defeated by Firelord and held capture by the United Front.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #1

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Factor X - Factor X is a robot created by Robert Rider. Factor X wears the outfit and has the manners of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Robert created Factor X in order to uncover his brother's secret identity. Unknown to Robert, Factor X was given artifical intelligence by Dr. Sun as a way of learning more about Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 1

Fantastic Four - The Fantastic Four is the one of the first super-hero teams of the Marvel Universe. Reed Richards, Sue Richards, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm were struck by cosmic rays during a trip into space. As a result, each gained a unique power. Reed Richards became Mr. Fantastic with the ability to stretch his body to incredible proportions. His wife, Sue Richards, is now known as the Invisible Woman. She can project invisible force fields and projectiles. The Human Torch became Johnny Storm's name after he gained intense control over fire. Ben Grimm became the rock-skinned, super-strong man-monster known as the Thing! The four combined to become the Fantastic Four.

1st appearance with Nova: (The Thing) - Nova #13, Vol. 1; (Remaining FF members) - Fantastic Four #208

Fath'Raj - Fath'Raj was one of three Shi'Ar warriors sent to determine if Nova was worthy of the powers and title of Centurion Prime as a condition of the Shi'Ar/Xandar alliance. The other warriors were: Kre'Shje and Shy'Tharra.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

Fault - The Fault is an enormous rip in the fabric of space/time and is several parsecs across. It was created by the detonation of a mutagenic weapon created by the Inhumans during the Shi'Ar/Kree War (aka War of Kings).

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 4

Fer-de-Lance - Fer-de-Lance is a member of the Serpent Society. Teresa Vasquez was an assassin before joining the Serpent Society. Her powers include enhanced strength and she has razor-sharp claws on each arm. She also has steel spikes in her boots.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Fightstick - A fightstick is a Xandarian training tool used to train members of the Nova Corps. It is currently being used by Centurion Zan Philo to train the new Probationers.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #31, Vol. 4

Firearms - Firearms was one of three villains who fought Spider-Man and Nova at the site of an arson fire. The fire was set at the condo of Rich Rider's parents. Firearms possesses flame-throwing abilities. The other villains were Badd Axe and Vampiro.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 3

Firefly - Firefly possesses a circuit-filled costume that allows him to generate fire.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 1

Firestar - Firestar is a mutant born with the ability to project high-intensity microwaves. Her control of microwaves allows her to project intense heat and gives her the ability to fly. Firestar was a member of the New Warriors and the Avengers.

Real Name: Angelica Jones - Height: 5' 1" - Weight: 101 lbs.

1st Nova Appearance: Thor #411

Firestone, Darren - Darren Firestone was the husband of Ginger Jaye. He was an abusive husband who was jealous of Ginger and Rich Rider's friendship. Mistakenly believing they were having an affair, Firestone attempted to kill Ginger. While saving her, Nova experienced a power fluctuation and accidently put him in a coma. Firestone later died from his injuries.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 3

Framii Charm - The Framii Charm is a Xandarian good luck piece used by Xandarian pilots.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 2

Fury, Nick - Nick Fury is the leader of the secret law-enforcement agency; SHIELD.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 1

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Galactus - Galactus was once Galan of the planet Taa and the sole survivor of his universe. Once his universe collapsed, he was reborn in the Big Bang which created our universe. Now known as Galactus, he must absorb the cosmic energies of planets in order to survive. Galactus possesses immense cosmic powers and has used small fractions of his power to create heralds to find new worlds for him to consume.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1

Galactus Engine - The Galactus Engine is an incredibly powerful weapon created by the Many-Angled Ones to assist in their invasion of the universe. The engine is powered by the corpse of Galactus from the Cancerverse.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative #2

Gamora - Gamora is a native of the planet Zen-Whoberi in the Silcan System of the Milky Way Galaxy. After the destruction of her race, she was raised by the evil Thanos. Gamora previously was the caretaker of one of the powerful Infinity Gems as part of the Infinity Watch. Gamora was the lover of Rich Rider and was the leader of the United Front's Black Ops group. After the war, Gamora became one of the Phalanx's Selects during their conquest of the Kree Empire.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #1

Gara - Gara is the sole survivor of the Viscardi. Her race destroyed itself attempting to possess the Black Vortex. Afterwards, she allowed herself to be enchanced by the Vortex.

1st Nova appearance: Guardians of the Galaxy & Uncanny X-Men: Black Vortex Alpha #1

Gatekeeper - The Gatekeeper was a creature from the far side of the temporal/spacial anomaly called the Fault. It was a multi-tentacled monster with numerous eyes and teeth-filled mouths. The Gatekeeper was incinerated by Nova as it attempted to invade Earth.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #36, Vol. 4

Genesis - Genesis is a clone of the powerful mutant Apocalypse. He possesses shape-shifting abilities and can fire powerful energy blasts. Genesis currently attends the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #22, Vol. 5

Ghost Nebula - The Ghost Nebula is a starship with a captain and crew of unknown alien origin. The captain brokers deals with various races and empires for the highest amount of credits possible.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 5

Giganto - Giganto is a giant underground creature from the kingdom of Subterranea located beneath the surface of the planet Earth under a remote island called Monster Island. Giganto, along with most of the Monster Island creatures, can be controlled by the Mole Man and Mole Monster.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 6

Gladiator - Gladiator is the greatest warrior of the Shi'Ar Empire. He possesses incredible super-strength and invulnerability. During the Shi'Ar/Kree War, Gladiator led his Imperial Guard into battle with the Nova Corps and defeated the Centurions.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

Gravimetric Pulse - The Gravimetric Pulse is Nova's most powerful weapon. The pulse is a high energy burst of force generated from within Nova and sent outward. The force of the Gravimetric Pulse can render a number of super-powered beings unconscious if they are within its range.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #12, Vol. 1

Gron - Gron is an alien slave master headquartered on the remains of Xandar. He whips his slaves into mining the planet and values any artifacts related to the Nova Corps.

1st Nova appearance: Nova Annual #1, Vol. 5

Grot, Muraitak - Grot was a shape-shifter from the race known as the Skrull and a member of the Nova Corps. Grot fought alongside Nova in his battle with the Luphomoid named Kraa.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 2

Gruenwald, Director - Dr. Gruenwald is the Director of Project Pegasus.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 4

Gulf of Sarenta - The Gulf of Sarenta is located in the Kree Territory. This area of space contains the planetoid Nil-Rast.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6/#24 (named), Vol. 4

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Hala - Hala is the homeworld and capital of the Kree Empire. Hala was conquered by the Phalanx and became the launch point for the Babel Spire's energy sphere.

1st Nova Appearance: Annihilation #5

Halexa - Halexa is a Kree Colonial Outpost located in Sector 9756. Halexa came under attack by a squad of Annihilus's troop-drones. The planet was saved by Nova.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 4

Halloweeners - The Halloweeners was the name picked by Genesis when Nova and a group from the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning joined together to stop two thieves from stealing candy from children on Halloween.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #22, Vol. 5

Hammer II - Hammer II is an advanced starship and is the flagship of the Shi'Ar Empire. It was onboard the Hammer II that Nova Prime Malik Tarcel was tortured by Mentor and Vulcan during the Shi'Ar/Kree War.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 4

Harrow - Harrow was a shadowy being who could possess a living being's body through psionic means. The being fed off the fear of people around him and would use violence to instill the necessary emotions.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 13

Harry S. Truman High School - HST High School is located in Hempstead, Long Island in New York City. It was the high school attended by Rich Rider and his friends. The school was named after former US President Harry S. Truman.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

HERBIE - HERBIE is a robot created by Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four during the second Skrull/Xandar War and shares a permanent link to the Living Computers of Xandar. HERBIE stands for Humanoid - Experimental - Robot - B Type - Integrated - Electronics. HERBIE destroyed itself during a battle with Dr. Sun. Later, HERBIE was rebuilt by the mutant known as the Reanimator.

1st Nova appearance: Fantastic Four #209

Horrorscope - The Horrorscope is a detection instrument constructed by Dark Quasar to find an unknown object or person for the Undying Lord. The device was created at the scientific facility called Project Pegasus. The Horrorscope could also allow a creature called the Gatekeeper to pass from his universe into ours.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #36, Vol. 4

Hub - The Hub was the center containment area for the Living Computers of Xandar/WorldMind. It was located in the Orienta Shard of the Xandar Cluster. The Hub was taken over by the alien invaders of the Annihilation Wave after the WorldMind had transferred itself into the physical body of Richard Rider.

1st appearance: Annihilation: Nova #1

Hulk - Dr. Bruce Banner was caught in the explosion of his gamma-ray bomb and bombarded with gamma radiation. As a result of the radiation, Banner changes into the green-skinned monster called the Hulk. The Hulk possesses incredible super-strength but has limited intelligence.

1st Nova appearance: (android) Nova #15, Vol. 1

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Infinity Armor - The Infinity Armor was created by the Nova Corps to allow the wearer the ability to control the total power of the six Infinity Stones. When a single stone is being used, the armor takes the form of a gauntlet.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #4, Vol. 2

Infinity Stones - The Infinity Stones, also referred to as Infinity Gems, are ancient and extremely powerful artifacts. There are currently six known. They are: Mind Stone (allows the user to control any being's thought processes), Time Stone (allows passage through the past or future), Soul Stone (can steal and control living or dead souls), Space Stone (the user can exist in any or all locations and warp space), Reality Stone (can alter reality to the user's desires) and the Power Stone (the user can access and control all power and energy in the universe). The stones, while powerful individually, gives the possessor complete omnipotence when gathered together in the Infinity Gauntlet.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1

Inhumans - The Inhumans are a race of genetically altered beings who reside in the lunar city of Attilan. They were once normal Earth beings until the alien race known as the Kree experimented on them. As a result, the inhabitants of Attilan have various super-human abilities. The Avians are a offspring race of the Inhumans. Among the many Inhumans are: Black Bolt, Medusa and Karnak.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #6

Inner Circle - The Inner Circle is a criminal organization who recruits people who are in financial straits. In return for financial assistance, the Inner Circle demanded their victims commit a crime for them. The leader of the Inner Circle was Nova's foe, the Corruptor.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 1

Iron Man - Iron Man is one of Earth's top super-heroes and is the Director of SHIELD. Iron Man is also known to the world as Tony Stark, a genius multi-billionaire industrialist who runs Stark Enterprises and the super-hero group known as the Avengers.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1

ISAAC - ISAAC is an artificial lifeform design to control the functions of the technologically-advanced civilization on the Saturn moon of Titan. ISAAC stands for Integral Synaptic Anti- Anionic Computer.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative #3

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Jaye, Ginger - Ginger Jaye was Rich Rider's high school girlfriend. Ginger was with Rich when he was first struck by the Nova Force and received his powers. Rich's Nova identity remained unknown to Ginger until he returned from the Xandar/Skrull War. While Rich was fighting the war on Xandar, Ginger went on with her life and became engaged to an abusive veterinarian by the name of Darren Firestone. They eventually married. After Rich returned from space and they became friends again, Ginger began to confide in him. Falsely thinking that Ginger and Rich were having an affair, Darren tried to kill Ginger. Nova intervened and accidentally left Ginger's husband in a coma (he later died). At the hospital, Ginger revealed to Rich that she is pregnant. She decided to have the baby and moved in with Rich's parents. Ginger later went public about Nova's involvement in her husband's death. Nova was later found innocent of the charges.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Jean Grey School for Higher Learning - The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning is an institute dedicated to teaching young mutants to use their abilities to help others.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #22, Vol. 5

Jinin - Jinin was a small alien girl kidnapped by Captain Skaarn. Skaarn used her to convince Sam Alexander to help them recharge their ship with Nova Force energy.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #12, Vol. 5

Justice - Along with Nova, Justice is a founding member of the New Warriors. A mutant born with incredible telekinetic powers, Vance Astrovik began his super-hero career as Marvel Boy. After serving a prison term for the accidental death of his abusive father, Vance changed his name to Justice. Justice can use his powers to levitate and throw objects, create force fields and psychokinetic blasts.

1st Nova appearance: Thor #411

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Ka Stone - The gemstone known as the Ka Stone was created millenia ago as part of the Lifestone Tree. The Lifestone Tree was created by a coalition of alien races as a means to achieve galactic peace. To fulfill their goal, the Lifestone Tree was used to produce a group of beings called Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians kept the peace for two hundred years and then disappeared. With the Guardians gone, intergalactic pirates attempted to steal the Lifestones. The ship which held the Lifestones was attacked and its warp drive imploded. The resulting spatial anomaly opened in the Earth's solar system and a number of the Lifestones fell to Earth. One of the Lifestones, the Ka Stone, was discovered in Egypt by the Sphinx. The Lifestones were also biosynapic processors. This archived the wearers' memories in the stone and could be accessed by the stone's new possessor. Whether the image of Sayge which appears to the Sphinx is a projection of the Ka Stone's original wearer is yet to be seen.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 1

Kaiphas - Kaiphas is a planet located in the Gulf of Sarenta. The planet is a colony world in the Kree Territory. During the Shi'Ar/Kree War, Kaiphas's orbital dockyards were destroyed by a Shi'Ar Star Destroyer Ionclad. The surface of the planet was obliterated by Shi'Ar Nega-Bombs.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #26, Vol. 4

Kaldera - Kaldera is the daughter of Proxima Midnight. She is a sociopath and an excellent hunter who is capable of tracking the energy signature of the Nova Force.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 5

Kanan - Kanan was a Xandarian pilot responsible for loading surveillance spheres on a ship bound for Earth. Kanan was murdered by the Dire Wraith Queen during a mission to Earth.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 2

Karnak - Karnak is a member of the royal family of the Inhumans. He possesses super-strength and uncanny skills in the martial arts. He can also determine an opponent's weakness with his extrasensory powers.

Real Name: Unrevealed - Height: 5' 7" - Weight: 150 lbs.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #6

Keep - Keep is a cosmic security vault designed to contain some of the most powerful weapons in the universe.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 5

Kid Gladiator - Kid Gladiator's real name is Kubark and he is the son of Gladiator and the cousin of Xenith. He possesses super strength, super speed, invulnerability, flight and an array of vision powers. He currently attends the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #22, Vol. 5

Kid Nova - Kid Nova was the name used by Rich Rider on two separate occasions. The first was when Rich first joined the New Warriors. While never an official title, Nova's teammate, Speedball, would use the term to jokingly insult his friend. The second time was after the reformation of the New Warriors years later. This was to give the perception that someone other than Nova had joined the team. Rich Rider hoped the Avengers would be so impressed with Nova's ability to inspire others that they would invite him to join their team.

1st Nova appearance: Thor #411

Kid Quarry - Kid Quarry was one of a quartet of super-villains who ran a weapons-smuggling ring. Kid Quarry has the power to propel a large amount of boulders from his wrists. His other allies were: Skullcat, Sureshot and Deadhead.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 2

Klax - Klax was one of three former Spaceknights who became hired workers for Skaarn and were known as The Disavowed of Galadoria. The other members were Nujin and Bakin. They were all defeated by Sam Alexander and later by Beta Ray Bill.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 5

Kluh - Kluh is an inverted version of the Hulk. He possesses the same powerful strength of the Hulk but is a murderous monster. Kluh was created by an inversion spell done by Dr. Doom and the Scarlet Witch.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #23, Vol. 5

Knife, Mr. - Mr. Knife is the name used by J'Son of Spartax to hide his criminal activities. J'Son is the former Emperor of the Spartoi Empire and the father of Peter Quill.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 5

Knights of Xandar - The Knights of Xandar were the soldiers and guards of Adam. Each knight had a different power including electricity, armored tendrils and a Knight named Scathe had fire abilities.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #4, Vol. 2

Knowhere - Knowhere is a city located at the Rip. The city was originally the head of one of the universe-spanning Celestials. Nova saved Knowhere from the murdering threat of Abyss. The city is also protected by a telepathic Russian dog named Cosmo. Using the technology of the Celestials, the inhabitants of Knowhere can transport to any point in space and time. Many species visit Knowhere in order to study the nature of the Rip.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 4

Ko-Rel - Ko-Rel is a stellar captain in the Kree Empire who is specialized in Battlefield Medicine. While her ship, the Spirit of Supremor, was stranded on the planet Drez-Lar, Ko-Rel discovered the badly injured body of Richard Rider. Rider transferred a sliver of the Nova Force to her. Ko-Rel found herself transformed into a Nova Centurion with the designation of Nova 0001. She has a son named Zan.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 4

Kraa - Kraa is one of the last survivors of the Luphomoid race. Kraa is the brother of Zorr and uncle to the space pirate Nebula. The Luphomoid has sworn vengeance on Xandar for the death of his brother. Kraa was able to kill a large number of the Nova Corps before he was stopped by Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 2

Kree Geothermal Refinery Faciloid - The Kree Geothermal Refinery Faciloid is located on the planetoid Nil-Rast. The faciloid refines magma from the planetoid's core and processing it for the Kree Empire. It was at this facility that Nova0001 was murdered by a Phalanx-infected Gamora.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 4

Kree-Lar - Kree-Lar is the capital world of the Ceded Territories and former capital world of the Kree Empire. It was on Kree-Lar that Nova and the Nova Corps fought Strontian and the Imperial Guard during the War of Kings.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #6

Kre'Shje - Kre'Shje was one of three Shi'Ar warriors sent to determine if Nova was worthy of the powers and title of Centurion Prime as a condition of the Shi'Ar/Xandar alliance. The other warriors were: Fath'Raj and Shy'Tharra.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

Krush - Krush is a drug produced and sold by a gang of neutron slaves called The Black Hole Sons. The drug is formed by the unique gravity conditions found on neutron stars.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 4

K'Thol - K'Thol was a Nova Corpsman who sacrificed his life to save a number of crash survivors on an alien world. He was killed by a race of spider-creatures. He was later revenged by Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 5

Kvch - Kvch is the homeworld of the Technarchy and their creations, the Phalanx.

1st Nova mention: Nova #9, Vol. 4

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Legron - Legron is an associate of the Collector who attempted to help him acquire the Black Vortex.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 5

Lightstorm - Lightstorm was a warrior who became a Phalanx Select during the Phalanx invasion of the Kree Empire.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 4

Lina - Lina is a young female student who attends Carefree High School in Carefree, Arizona. She is a friend of Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 7

Litgard System - The Litgard System is a solar system containing at least one gas giant planet. This planet is known as Ymir.

1st Nova appearance: Nova: The Origin of Richard Rider

Living Computers Of Xandar - The Living Computers are the primary source of knowledge, energy and power of the planet Xandar. For ten thousand millenium, the Xandarians have preserved the physical brains of their deceased and have linked them together in a massive computerized unit. The accumulated knowledge and power generated by the Living Computers is immense and has greatly advanced the technology of Xandarian race. The Nova Prime Ship used by Nova contains a sub-space link to the Living Computers allowing the ship's occupants full access to the computer. The Living Computers are also capable of imparting their power to organic beings. Those who have shared in the power of the Living Computer are: The Sphinx, The Protector, HERBIE and Dr. Sun. The Living Computers were severely damaged in the attack by Nebula and later re-energized by Rich Rider and the combined energy of the Nova Force. The Living Computers are now known as the Worldmind.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 1

Lockjaw - Lockjaw is a member of the group called the Inhumans. His body resembles a giant dog but Lockjaw possesses human-level intelligence. He also has the power of teleportation through a U-shaped device on his forehead.

Real Name: Unrevealed - Height: 5' - Length: 6' 8" - Weight: 1,240 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 2

Lord Mar-Vell - Lord Mar-Vell was the Cancerverse version of the Kree warrior Captain Marvel. He was the leader of the Cancerverse's attack on the universe through the Fault. He follows the orders and directions of the Many-Angled Ones.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative: Ignition

Luminals - The Luminals were the greatest heroes of the planet Xarth Three. The known membership of the team consisted of Suspensor, Discharge, Cynosure, Crater and Faze. The Luminals were killed after being attacked by their arch enemy, Abyss while onboard the space city of Knowhere.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 4

Luphom - Luphom was the homeworld of Zorr and his brother, Kraa. The planet was destroyed by the planet destroyer, Galactus, but the Luphomoid race lives on through the survivors who were off-planet when he attacked. Luphom males are large muscular beings with a blue skin tone.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

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Machine Resistance - The Machine Resistance was a group of artificial beings gathered together to fight Cancerverse from the control of the Many-Angled Ones.

Their membership consisted of: the Vision, Jocasta, Machine Man and HERBIE. Technical operations for the group were controlled by ISAAC.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative #3

Magus, Adam - Adam Magus is the evil counterpart of Adam Warlock. The Magus was responsible for opening the Fault wide enough to allow an invasion from the Cancerverse. He was killed by the Cancerverse's version of Captain Marvel, Lord Mar-Vell.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative: Ignition

Magus City - Magus City was one of the few cities on Xandar to survive an attack of alien bugs. It was ruled by Adam who protected the city with the Soul Stone. The city also secretly housed the Behemoth Bug which was controlled by Adam.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #4, Vol. 2

Many-Angled Ones - The Many-Angled Ones reside on the far side of the temporal/spacial anomaly known as the Fault. Their purpose, origin and appearance is unknown.

1st Nova appearance: Realm of Kings #1

Mars - Mars is the fourth planet in the Sol System.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 2

Marvel Burgers - Marvel Burgers is one of America's most famous fast-food chains. Rich Rider and Bernie Dillon work at Marvel Burgers part-time while they attend Empire State University.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 1

Maxoff - Maxoff was one of three individuals who led the Shadow Consortium. The other two were The Planner and Thera. Note: Maxoff also spells his name Maxov.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 2

Mecha Nova - The Mecha Nova was a giant robotic body formed by the Reality Stone while in the possession of Menzin Bakian. The mecha was controlled by the Bakian family and was able to use the energies of the Nova Force and the Reality Stone to fight Thanos. The Mecha Nova was destroyed in battle by the energies of Thanos's Infinity Gauntlet.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #5, Vol. 2

Medi-Matrix Program - The Medi-Matrix Program is a medical diagnostic and repair system controlled by the WorldMind and can repair physical damage which has been inflicted on Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 4

Medusa - Medusa is a member of the royal family of the Inhumans. She has the ability to manipulate her long hair into various methods of attack.

Real Name: Unrevealed - Height: 5' 11" - Weight: 130 lbs.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #6

Megaman - Megaman is the uncle of Roger "Caps" Cooper. Roger and his uncle, Nathan, were on a camping trip when they came across a glowing black lake. Nathan accidentally fell into the lake and was teleported 1,000,000 years into the future. The sole inhabitant of that time period repaired Nathan's body but could not create any facial features. The faceless villain is able to control the environment around him and project energy blasts.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 1

Mentor - Mentor is a member of the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard. During the Shi'Ar/Kree War, Mentor tortured Nova Prime Malik Tarcel who was a prisoner of war. He possesses a highly advanced intelligence and is capable of developing brilliant strategies.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 4

Midnight Sphere - The Midnight Sphere is a torture device with the ability to transfer all the amassed degradation and pain of Proxima Midnight and Kaldera's victims to the sphere's prisoner.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 5

Mind - The Mind is a neutron star slave-boss and head of the criminal gang called the Black Hole Sons. The Mind's operation is centered around selling a neutron star-based drug called Krush. He was captured by Nova Centurion Zan Philo.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 4

Minion Project - The Minion Project was a secret robotics program created by Dr. Necker at Project: PEGASUS. During the Skrulls invasion of Earth, the Minion robots were controlled by the WorldMind and given a sliver of the Nova Force in order to combat the invaders.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #17, vol. 4

Moffet, Karl - Karl Moffet is the school bully at Carefree High School.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Mole Man - The Mole Man is the ruler of a kingdom named Subterranea located beneath the surface of the planet Earth. He originally was an engineer named Harvey Rupert Elder who discovered Subterranea under a remote island called Monster Island. He possesses a genius intellect and controls a number of minions named the Moloids.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 6

Mole Monster - The Mole Monster is the son of the Mole Man. He destroyed the kingdom of Subterranea in a war with his father. Like the Mole Man, the Mole Monster can control underground creatures like Giganto.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 6

Molecular Disruptor Gun - The Molecular Disruptor Gun is a weapon of the Aakon. The gun's energy blast was responsible for the death of Nova 0:0.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 2

Moloids - The Moloids are a race of of creatures created by the Deviants in the underground city of Subterranea. They were abandoned by their creators due to the Moloids's physical and mental weaknesses. They later were found and controlled by The Mole Man.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 1

Moon Knight - Marc Spector is a former CIA agent and mercenary. He later used his contacts and training to fight crime as Moon Knight. Spector has advanced fighting skills and is highly trained in various forms of weaponry. The Moon Knight costume provides protection and allows him limited gliding ability.

1st Nova appearance: Marc Spector: Moon Knight #41

Moondragon - Moondragon was originally an Earth girl named Heather Douglas. She was taken to the inhabited Saturnian moon Titan and was shown how to develop her formidable telepathic abilities. She is a former member of the Avengers and the daughter of Drax the Destroyer.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #2

Moonstone - Moonstone was Dr. Karla Sofen, a psychiatrist who manipulated the original Moonstone (Byron Becton) to give her the powerful Moonstone gem. The gem is one of the jewels from the Gemstone Tree that also supplied the Sphinx with the Ka Stone. The Moonstone give Sofen the powers of super-strength, endurance and flight. She can also manipulate gravity on an object. Moonstone is a member of the Thunderbolts.

1st Nova appearance: Avengers/Thunderbolts #3

Moord - Moord is a planet located 42.2 light years from Earth. Jesse Alexander Nova, Titus and Mister Z'zz rescued Rocket Raccoon and Gamora from an alien ship located above Moord.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Mount Terizi - Mount Terizi was a live volcano on Xandar and was the hiding place of the Reality Stone.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #5, Vol. 2

Murder - Murder is a member of Shatterforce. She uses her armor to generate nerve rays which paralyze her victims.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 2

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Namorita - Namorita is a clone from the undersea city of Atlantis. She is also a founding member of the New Warriors. While serving on the first team of Warriors, Nova and Namorita had a personal relationship. While they are no longer involved, they are both teammates on the second group of New Warriors. Namorita also went by the name Kymaera for a time.

1st Nova appearance: Thor #411

Nature Girl - Nature Girl is a mutant named Lin Li. She possesses the ability to control and bond with animals. Nature Girl currently attends the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #22, Vol. 5

Nebula - Nebula is the daughter of Zorr and niece to Kraa of Luphom. She also claims to be the granddaughter of the Titan tyrant, Thanos. Nebula was responsible for the fatal attack on Xandar in retaliation for Zorr's death.

1st Nova Appearance: Avengers #260

Dr. Necker - Dr. Necker is the Head of Robotics for Project: PEGASUS. She is also the boss of Robert Rider. She is also the head of Project: PEGASUS's Minion Project. Dr. Necker and Robert were able to extract and reboot the WorldMind from Rich Rider following its deactivation by Galactus's ship.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #17, vol. 4

Negative Zone - The Negative Zone is an extra-dimensional universe located parallel to Earth's. It is also home to Annihilus and is the point of origin for the Annihilation Wave which caused the third destruction of Xandar. It is also the home of Annihilus's enemy, Blastaar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

New Champions - The New Champions consisted of Nova, the Comet, Crimebuster, Powerhouse and Diamondhead. The team was formed by Nova's foe, the Sphinx, as part of a scheme to reach Xandar. After stopping the Sphinx, the team stayed together to fight in the Skrull/Xandar War. After Rich Rider returned to Earth, the rest of the team stayed on Xandarian homeworld and renamed themselves the Champions of Xandar. All of the Champions were killed during Nebula's destruction of Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #24, Vol. 1

New Warriors - The New Warriors are a team of young super-heroes formed by Night Thrasher. Nova is a founding member of the team along with Night Thrasher, Namorita, Marvel Boy, Firestar and Speedball. Nova fought with the New Warriors until they disbanded. The team has been recently reformed by Speedball with Nova as a member.

1st Nova appearance: Thor #411

New Xandar - New Xandar is one of the numerous domains collected onto Battleworld by Dr. Doom during the Secret Wars event. Whether this domain was originally the piece of Xandar seen missing when Sam Alexander Nova visited or a portion of another Xandar from an alternate universe is unknown.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1, Vol. 2

Night Thrasher - Night Thrasher was the founder and leader of the New Warriors. Nova was his first recruit and was responsible for the reactivation of Rich Rider's Nova powers. His true identity is Dwayne Taylor and he's the CEO of the Taylor Foundation.

1st Nova appearance: Thor #411

Nil-Rast - Nil-Rast is a planetoid in the Kree Empire. It is home to the Kree Geothermal Refinery Faciloid which refines magma from the planetoid's core and processes it for the Kree Empire. It was on this planetoid where Nova and Gamora, while infected with the Phalanx virus, captured Drax and murdered Nova0001.

Later, Nil-Rast was the battleground between the Nova Corps and Gladiator and the Imperial Guard during the Shi'Ar/Kree War.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 4

Nova - Nova is the codename used by Centurion Nova Prime of Earth.

Below are the statistics of Nova which have been slightly updated from the official Marvel Comics' records.

ALTER EGO: Richard Rider

NOVA CORPS OPERATIVE ID: 11249-44396

OCCUPATION: Galactic Law Enforcer and Protector

LEGAL STATUS: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.

OTHER ALIASES: Kid Nova, The Human Rocket, Bucket-Head, Centurion Nova Prime, Nova Prime

KNOWN RELATIVES: Charles (father), Gloria (mother), Robert (brother), Ralph (uncle - deceased)

PLACE OF BIRTH: Queens, New York

GROUP AFFILIATIONS: New Warriors, Champions of Xandar, Defenders (for a day), Nova Corps, Secret Avengers

SHORT HISTORY: Having been mortally wounded in the pursuit of an intergalactic terrorist, Rhomann Dey, of the Xandarian Nova Corps, used his advanced technology to transfer his superhuman powers to high school student Richard Rider. Soon, Rider discovered that he had been endowed with superhuman strength and resilience, as well as the ability of supersonic flight. Calling himself Nova, Rider began patrolling New York in the hopes of battling evil and establishing his identity and reputation as a "super hero." Over the years, Nova has battled many different types of menaces including Diamondhead, Sphinx, Juggernaut, and the Skrulls, by himself or as a member of the rebellious young New Warriors. Nova attended college at Empire State University for a time but left to fight for justice in the Andromeda Galaxy as the sole possessor of the Nova Force and WorldMind. Rich Rider disappeared into the Cancerverse with Star-Lord to fight the threat of Thanos. Rider later returned to his universe and became mentor to Sam Alexander.

HEIGHT: 6'1"

WEIGHT: 190 lbs.

EYES: Brown

HAIR: Brown

STRENGTH LEVEL: Nova possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) over 100 tons under optimal conditions.

KNOWN SUPERHUMAN POWERS: Nova possesses superhuman strength, endurance, agility, speed, and durability equal to that of a Nova Centurion. His skin and muscle tissue are more resilient than normal human tissue, able to deflect high caliber bullets and small explosives without incurring any damage.

By traveling along electron paths, Nova is able to fly at speeds in excess of the speed of sound (770 miles per hour) and is capable of intergalactic space travel outside of Earth's atmosphere. Nova has shown the ability to open a controlled space warp by traveling along the electron path of an exploding star. Nova is also mentally linked to the Living Computers of Xandar with access to its vast knowledge and the Nova Force which it generates. The ability to access the computer's knowledge existed only on a sub-conscious level for Richard Rider. However, he has been able to tap it on occasion. By combining his costume's Tesseract Release, Systems-Adapt Mode, Flight Navigation Sensors and the Gravimetric Pulse together, Nova is also able to open a Star Gate.

During periods of extreme stress, Nova has demonstrated certain energy projection abilities including optical blasts and a powerful gravimetric pulse. The exact perimeters and limits of these powers have not yet been defined. He also has the ability to absorb different energies and return them with even greater force.

Recently, Nova has become the sole possessor of the Nova Force and now has power levels which have yet to be measured. However, on Earth, he is listed as a Class 12 being. This level is consistent with the most powerful beings on Earth. Along with the full Nova Force, Rich Rider also contains the entire WorldMind in his body. This gives him access to the entire knowledge of Xandar including its technology, culture, scientific knowledge and strategic abilities.

COSTUME: Nova's costume is made of unidentified materials that are highly resistant to damage, heat and cold including the extremes of outer space. The helmet contains advanced circuitry which enables Nova to monitor radio transmissions, telescopic sights, night vision sensors, and heat imaging sensors. It also informs Nova which types of energies he can absorb. The helmet also includes a malleable Xandarian alloy which can be lowered to cover the face by cybernetic command, thereby making it airtight; the helmet is connected to an oxygen supply concealed within the uniform which can last up to 6 hours. It also provides access to the Nova Prime spaceship and can see through its cloaking shield. The helmet can also record and store audio files which can be accessed later by the helmet's wearer. Holographic message capabilities in the helmet allow him to see communications from Xandar. The uniform has a stealth/camouflage capability which allows Rich Rider to change its appearance cybernetically. Rider can transform into his Nova Centurion uniform at will.


Richard Rider has worn a variety of Nova costumes during his role as Centurion Nova-Prime:

A - The original Nova Centurion Prime uniform given to Rich Rider by Rhomann Dey. Abilities of the uniform are listed above.
Worn in Nova series 1, Nova series 3 and New Warriors #6-#10 series 2.

B - Red jacketed, sleeveless costume given to Rich Rider by Night Thrasher. This costume had none of the extra abilities of the original uniform (A).
Worn in Thor #411-#412 & New Warriors #1.

C - Slight variation on suit B. Differences: red wristbands of B were changed to yellow. Yellow boots of B were changed to red.
Worn and destroyed in New Warriors #2.

D - Another variation of suit B. A sleeveless, loose-fitting muscle shirt replaces red jacket.
Worn in New Warriors #3.

E - Brownish-red costume which is sleeveless and open below the shoulder areas of the torso.
Worn in New Warriors #4-#13.

F - Modified version of the original Xandarian uniform (A) created by Night Thrasher. The helmet contained infra-red vision, telescopic vision and night vision. It also had a built-in radio which scanned for police alerts. This costume differed slightly from the original Xandarian uniform (A). Differences: wrist bands extended over the palm of the hand. Belt was larger than original. Unlike the original, the shoulders are not sloped upwards. The yellow starburst on the back resembled the helmet's red one instead of the original's full eight-sided burst.
Given to Rich Rider in New Warriors #14. Worn from New Warriors #15-#40.

G - Modified Xandarian uniform. Given to Nova by the Xandarians, this uniform contained all the abilities of the original. Differences between this costume and the original (A) are mostly cosmetic however, they do contain major upgrades. Differences: Red bands on wrists and legs and red power pods on the arms. Unlike the original, the shoulder area does not slope upward and the helmet on this uniform exposed the nose area. The upgrades include an expanded oxygen supply that allows for 6 hours of air compared to the original 15 minutes. Also, the helmet can now hold audio files for playback as well as holographic message capabilities which allow him to see communications from Xandar.
Worn in New Warriors #42-#75 and Nova series 2. (NOTES: In one issue only (Nova #16 v2), Nova altered the costume to resemble his original uniform (A). The only variation from the original was in the color of the wristbands. They had changed from blue to red. After New Warriors #75, Nova returned to the original Xandarian uniform (A). This was worn throughout Nova series 3.)

H - Modified Xandarian uniform. This costume was modified from suit G. This version contains all the same abilities.
Worn in New Warriors #1-#6 series 2. (NOTE: After Queen Adora told Rich Rider he was out of uniform, Nova morphed the costume back to the original uniform (A).)

I - Xandarian uniform created by the WorldMind in order to contain itself and the entire Nova Force within Richard Rider. The helmet contains a heads-up display through the lens which allows the WorldMind to pass information to Nova's eyes. The uniform also regulates the amount of Nova Force used by Nova in order to prevent insanity from the overwhelming power. The circular openings in the uniform allow excess energies to vent from Rider's body.
Worn in Annihilation: Nova #1 - present.

Irregularities - Secret Defenders #11, Darkhawk #45, Maximum Security #3 and Avengers/Thunderbolts #3 have different variants than those listed above. These are believed to be artists' and colorists' errors as those costumes have not appeared outside of those issues.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Nova Corps - Originally, the Nova Corps was Xandar's space militia and exploration division. It consisted of 500 soldiers ranging in rank from Corpsman up to Centurion and its leader, Centurion Nova Prime. The Corps also had a regiment of Syfon Warriors, of which Powerhouse was one. After the reformation of Xandar, the Nova Corps expanded its number of members and protective range to include the entire Andromeda Galaxy and Earth. They are also known as the Xandarian StarCorps. The Nova Corps was destroyed by the Annihilation Wave and the warships of Annihilus. Later, the WorldMind and Richard Rider began reforming the Nova Corps. The first wave of recruits are currently known as Probationers while they receiving proper training.

These are the ranks of the Nova Corps (helmet and chest emblem are shown).

Below are some of the known Nova Corps members. Unless noted, these Nova Corps members were natives of Xandar:

Richard Rider: Youth from the planet Earth who inherited powers and rank of Centurion Nova Prime from Rhomann Dey. Current status - Disappeared into Cancerverse.
Rhomann Dey: Centurion Nova Prime. Deceased.
Gabriel Lan: Centurion - Captain of exploration vessel Way-Opener. Became herald of Galactus known as Air-Walker. Deceased. Reanimated by Galactus into a robotic form.
Pyreus Kril: Denarian (later Centurion) - First officer (later Captain) of exploration vessel Way-Opener. Became herald of Galactus known as Firelord.
Tanak Valt: Corpsman (later Centurion Nova Prime) - Founder of second Nova Corps after Zorr's attack. Became Centurion Nova Prime after Richard Rider returned to Earth. Deceased.
Garthan Saal: Centurion Nova Prime - Second successor to Richard Rider. Deceased.
Torthar: Centurion - Deceased.
Grot: Corpsman - Originally from the Skrull Empire. Deceased.
Tas'Wzta: Centurion - Originally from the D'Bari race. Deceased.
Rieg Davan: Syfon Warrior (on Earth, was known as Powerhouse) - Deceased.
Pyo: Centurion - Deceased.
Samaya: Centurion - Deceased.
Ko-Rel: Originally a medic from the Kree Empire. Centurion - Deceased.
Malik Tarcel: Centurion - Originally from the Shi'Ar Empire. Current status unknown.
Irani Rael: Probationer - Originally from the planet Rigel. Currently inactive.
Qubit: Probationer - A synthorganic being from the species called the Manufactured Harmonites. Currently inactive.
Morrow: Probationer - A member of the Mephistoid species of the planet Try'lsart. Currently inactive.
Fraktur: Probationer - Originally from the planet Kakaranthara. Distant cousin of Fin Fang Foom. Currently inactive.
Robert Rider: Probationer - Originally from the planet Earth. Brother to Centurion Prime Richard Rider. Currently inactive.
Tre Owens: Centurion 232324-5/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: Probationer - Originally a lifeguard in Syndey, Australia from the planet Earth. Currently inactive.
Lucas Maats: Centurion - Originally a Danish youth from the planet Earth. Deceased.
Josh Atwater: Centurion - Originally from the planet Earth. Currently inactive.
David Green: Centurion - Originally from the planet Earth. Currently inactive.
Freya Shane: Centurion - Currently inactive.
Kyle Dyne: Centurion - Currently inactive.
Zyziwc Tiel: Centurion - Currently inactive.
Kaseem: Centurion - Deceased.
Hannah: Centurion - Deceased.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #24, Vol. 1

Nova (Sam Alexander) - Sam Alexander is the son of Black Nova Jesse Alexander. Sam and his family live in Carefree, Arizona. Following the disappearance of his father, Sam inherited his Nova helmet which gives him the Nova powers. He appeared when the Phoenix made its way to Earth in search of its new host. At the age of 15, he is much younger than Richard Rider and does not have Rider's experience. This Nova receives direction and guidance through his helmet. Whether this voice is the WorldMind or something else is unknown at this time.

1st Nova Appearance: Point One

Nova (alternate) - In an alternate universe, Rich Rider never gave up his powers after the Xandar/Skrull War. This alternate Nova became a member of the Avengers and was the leader of the NovaCorp. However, alternate Nova was unable to stop Deathstorm from destroying his planet. To prevent the same catastrophe from occuring on Nova's Earth, he trained Rich how to use his powers to open an interdimensional Star Gate.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 2

Nova Express - Nova Express was a messenger delivery and pickup service started for Rich Rider by his brother, Robert. Customers would leave a Nova Express sign in a window of their business and call to have Nova pick up and deliver their packages. Their slogan: "Overnight delivery is yesterday's news--We give you overminute delivery! Tomorrow's business needs--today!" However, Nova Express failed to gain enough business and Nova closed down the operation.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

Nova Force - The Nova Force is the source of power for Nova and the entire Nova Corps. Generated by the Living Computers, the Nova Force gives the recipient the abilities of super-strength, super-speed flight, invulnerability and a link to the Living Computers itself. The Nova Force can be used to generate a Gravimetric Pulse (a high energy burst of force) and can absorb energy from an opponent's weapon. With proper control, the Nova Force can also open a Star-Gate, generate an Electromagnetic Static Burst (which halts an opponent's motion relative to the rotation of the Earth thus hurling him a great distance), and cause a seismic ripple by being tightly directed into the ground. The Shi'Ar call the Nova Force the Cha/thraff Matrix.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Nova Guardbots - Nova Guardbots were created by the Nova Corps to protect the planetary outpost known as the Black Nova Bunker in the Desolate Quadrant.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 5

Nova Headquarters - The Nova Headquarters was a massive facility located on Battleworld's New Xandar. It housed that universe's Nova Corps. It also housed an experiment to harness the power of the Infinity Stones in an Infinity Gauntlet. Nova Corps member Eve Bakian discovered the Nova Headquarters was destroyed as part of a plan to steal the Time Stone. The facility also contains various weapons including miniaturized jetpacks, a gravimetric cannon, EMP cannons, EMP emitters and Nova Stars.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #2, Vol. 2

Nova Omega - Nova Omega was the unofficial designation for Garthan Saal during his tenure as Nova. Nova Omega died protecting the Earth from the Dire Wraith Queen. His last act was restoring the Nova Force to Richard Rider.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 2

Nova Prime Starship - The Nova Prime Starship is the vessel of the Centurion Nova Prime. The ship is one mile long and capable of hyperspace travel. It also contains shuttlecrafts and a number of offensive weapons. One of the weapons is the powerful Photon-Beam Gun. The Nova Prime Starship is controlled by Computer Prime or can be manually operated by Centurion Nova Prime.

The ship is officially classified as one of the Upholder Class vessels. Along with being the ship of the Centurion Nova Prime, other vessels in this class are used as Nova Corps Patrol Cruisers. Ships used in this manner include the Way-Opener and the Resolute Duty.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Nova Stars - Nova Stars are portable medallions capable of giving their possessors the abilities and powers of a member of the Nova Corps.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #2, Vol. 2

Nova 00 - Nova 00 was the Centurion Nova Prime of an alternate universe. He came to Nova's Earth after his planet was destroyed by the force called Deathstorm. After training Nova how to better use his powers to stop Deathstorm, Nova 00 fell in battle saving Nova from a Molecular Disruptor Gun. Before he died, Nova 00 revealed he was his universe's version of Robert Rider, Rich Rider's brother. In his universe, he had received the Nova force instead of Rich Rider. Nova 00 was capable of using the Nova Force in ways Nova hasn't learn yet. He could generate an Electromagnetic Static Burst which could halt an opponent's motion relative to the rotation of the Earth. This resulted in the opponent being hurled a great distance. Nova 00 could also cause a seismic ripple by tightly directing the Nova Force into the ground.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 2

Nu-Xandar - Nu-Xandar was formerly the planetary bio-mass known as Ego. Ego was taken over by the WorldMind and its higher intelligence functions were overridden. The WorldMind reformed the planet's interior to hold its sentience and provide a base of operations for the Nova Corps.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 4

Nujin - Nujin was one of three former Spaceknights who became hired workers for Skaarn and were known as The Disavowed of Galadoria. The other members were Bakin and Klax. They were all defeated by Sam Alexander and later by Beta Ray Bill.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 5

Nycos Aristedes - Nycos Aristedes is a planet which lies approximately nine light years from the remains of Xandar and is a colony of the Aakonians. The planet was one of a number of planets attacked by Annihilus and his Annihilation Wave. The colonists were rescued by Quasar and Nova and safely escaped through a StarGate provided by Nova.

1st appearance: Annihilation: Nova #2

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Oblitus - Oblitus is an enormous complex of abandoned or stolen space vehicles linked together to form a lawless haven for criminals.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 5

Orb - The Orb was born with a deformity which caused his head to have the form of an eye. The mutation also gave him a form of extra-sensory perception. The Orb was a partner of Exterminatrix, involved with the murder of the Watcher and fought Sam Alexander. During this battle, the Orb activated the eye of the Watcher causing Nova to see the past secrets of his father Jesse Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Original Sin #2/Nova #18, Vol. 5

Orbucen - Orbucen was a planet consumed by the planet destroyer Galactus. The planet was governed by an Adjudik. During the destruction, a shadowy murderer, Harrow, fed off the inhabitants' fear. The planet's survivors were saved by Nova.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 13

Orienta Shard - The Orienta Shard was the primary domed world of Xandar. It contained the headquarters of the Nova Corps and the Hub which housed the Living Computers of Xandar/WorldMind. The Orienta Shard was destroyed during the Annihilation War.

1st appearance: Annihilation: Nova #1

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Paibok - Paibok is a Skrull capable of shape-shifting, generating electricity blasts and can control forces of extreme cold. Paibok was one of a number of beings who fought for Annihilus during the Annihilation War.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #2

Penance - Penance (Robert Baldwin) was once known as the super-hero Speedball and was a founding member of the New Warriors. Following a high energy explosion from the super-villain Nitro, Speedball's powers changed and he became Penance and a member of the Thunderbolts. As Penance, Baldwin has the power to generate hyperkinetic shockwaves by inflicting pain upon himself through the spikes contained in his costume.

1st Nova Appearance: Thor #411

Phalanx - The Phalanx is a is an aggressive techno-organic life form who are carriers of a Transmode Technophage virus that infects both machines and living organisms. Once infected, the Phalanx takes over and feeds off the host until all its resources are depleted..

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Conquest Prologue

Phase Condition - Phase Condition is term used to explain a Nova Prime Starship's space warp drive. While in Phase Condition, the starship is traveling so fast that the colors of normal space reverse with white becoming black and vice versa.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 1

Philbin, Mr. - Mr. Philbin is the school principal at Carefree High School..

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Philo, Zan - Zan Philo is a Centurion in the original Nova Corps. He was part of the crew of the Resolute Duty, a patrol cruiser that was lost in deep space for thirty-five years. He returned through The Fault to join Richard Rider and the new Nova Corps.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 4

Phlish - The Phlish was a member of the Black Novas. He served with the team along with Adomox, Jesse Alexander Nova, Mister Z'zz and Titus.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Phoenix - The Phoenix is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. As its name suggests, the Phoenix destroys anything in its path with the intent to rebuild it stronger. The Phoenix can be used to describe both the Phoenix Force or the host body which the force resides in.

1st Nova appearance: Point One #1

Photon - Photon is an agent of the powerful Maggia crime cartel. Photon's real identity is Jason Dean and is responsible for the death of Dr. Ralph Rider and his butler, Manners. Photon had come seeking Dr. Rider's new transistorized nuclear device for Maggia. Photon wears a bio-costume that enhances natural abilities and gives him the strength of fifteen men. He also possesses a photon beam gun which can stun, kill or melt walls depending on the gun's setting.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #12, Vol. 1

Photon-Beam Gun - The Photon-Beam Gun is a weapon used on Xandarian starships. The gun utilizes a matter-conversion chamber and is powered by a high energy power core. The core itself is powered by protonic flux couplings.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 2

Phyla - Phyla is the daughter of Captain Mar-Vell, a Kree warrior who was also known as the Earth super-hero Captain Marvel. Phyla possesses super-strength, can project energy blasts and absorb energy attacks. At the climax of the Annihilation War, Phyla came into possesses of the Quantum Bands of the late hero, Quasar. Following the war, she took on the role and powers of Quasar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #2

Planetfall - Planetfall was a biological weapon created as a global deterrent system by the inhabitants of Turakis. It was a tech-organic creature created from the genome of an otariidae predator genus native to Turakis, enlarged and fitted with heavy armor. It was destroyed by Nova after going on a rampage.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 4

Planner - The Planner was one of three individuals who led the Shadow Consortium. The other two were Maxoff and Thera.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 2

Pn'Zo - Pn'zo is a member of the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard. Pn'zo appears to be a humanoid enhanced with numerous cybernetic attachments including energy charged tenticles.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 4

Powerhouse - Powerhouse was a member of the Terrible Trio. In actuality, he was Rieg Davan, one of Xandar's Syfon Warriors who crashed on Earth after his ship was hit by a comet. Davan had been sent to Earth to find the lost Centurion Nova-Prime, Rhomann Dey. He landed in the ocean where he was found by the Condor and brainwashed. He later regained his memory and fought by Nova's side in the Skrull-Xandar War. As a Syfon Warrior, Powerhouse had the ability to absorb all forms of energies and discharge it as an energy blast. He was also trained to pilot all types of Xandarian spacecrafts. Powerhouse died in Nebula's attack on Xandar.

Real Name: Rieg Davan - Height: 6' 3" - Weight: 265 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 1

Probationers - Probationers is a term used by Nova for the first set of recruits in the current Nova Corps. As Probationers, the recruits train and work together under the leadership of Nova and the WorldMind. Upon completion of their training, Probationers are allowed to help select their replacements.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 4

Project Mind - Project Mind was an experiment commissioned by the Chinese government. The goal of the project was to link a living brain with a computer system. The experiment was the work of Dr. Sun who also became Project Mind's unwilling brain donor.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #23, Vol. 1

Project: PEGASUS - Project: PEGASUS is a top secret research laboratory located in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Pegasus stands for: Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/United States. Nova's brother, Robert Rider is a technician at Project: PEGASUS.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #17, vol. 4

Protector - During the Skrull/Xandar War, Thoral Rul was the Prime Thoran of Xandar. As Prime Thoran, it was his duty to protect the Xandarian's Living Computers. To defend the computers from the Skrulls, Rul merged with the Living Computers and was given their collective knowledge along with great psionic abilities. Now calling himself Protector, Rul became a member of the New Champions and its successor, the Champions of Xandar and died protecting Xandar during Nebula's fatal attack on his homeworld.

Real Name: Thoral Rul - Height: 5' 9" - Weight: 200 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Fantastic Four #205

Proxima Midnight - Proxima Midnight is a servant of Thanos and the slave owner of Kaldera. She is cruel and sadistic and commands the Slaughtership spacecraft.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 5

Puberty - Puberty was a nickname created by Sam Alexander for a creature which escaped the Cancerverse when Richard Rider returned to the normal universe.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 7

Pyo - Pyo was an alien from the planet Rigel and a member of the Nova Corps. Pyo died during the attack by the Annihilation Wave which was responsible for the third destruction of Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Pyramid Of Knowledge - The Pyramid Of Knowledge is the hidden fortress of the Sphinx. The pyramid is hidden from view by the power of the Sphinx's Ka Stone. When visible, the pyramid is gigantic in size and made of pure gold.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 1

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Quantum Flask - The Quantum Flask was a device containing exotic radiation found in the Negative Zone by technicians at Project: PEGASUS. After the energy was able to be controlled by the WorldMind, the energy was revealed to be that of Quasar.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #17, vol. 4

Quasar - Quasar is an Earth hero who possesses the powerful Quantum Bands previously worn by the 1950's superhero Marvel Boy. While working for the law enforcement agency SHIELD, Wendell Elvis Vaughn came into possession of the bands during an attack by AIM. The bands allow Quasar to form and manipulate energy from the Quantum Zone into whatever shape he wants.

1st Nova Appearance: Quasar #28

Quasimodo - Quasimodo is a cybernetic being composed of living organisms and machines. Quasimodo stands for Quasi-Motivational Destruct Organ. It was Quasimodo's accidental discovery of the Nova Prime Starship which alerted the Sphinx to Xandar's existence.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 1

Quicksand - Quicksand has the ability to change her body into sand. She can also change the sand's density from granular to rock solid to a liquid-like state. Quicksand can alter the sand into any shape she desires.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 3

Quill, Peter - Peter Quill is Nova's second-in-command in the United Front and his friend. Quill was formerly the hero known as Starlord. The reasons for his rejection of the Starlord role are unknown but appears to have been caused by a traumatic event in which numerous lives were lost.

1st Nova Appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

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Radioactive Man - Radioactive Man was Dr. Chen Lu, a nuclear physicist from China. Dr. Lu conducted radiation experiments on himself in order to prove that radioactivity could be used to create superhuman powers. As a result of the experiment, Dr. Lu became the Radioactive Man with the ability to control and project radiation. He can also form force fields and has super-strength. He is a member of the Thunderbolts.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 4

Ram's Head - Ram's Head was an Aakonian space station orbiting Mars. Within Ram's Head was an Aakon bomb which generated the cosmic force called Deathstorm.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #14, Vol. 2

Ravenous - Ravenous is the leader of the Seekers, a group of special agents of Annihilus, who were sent to captures the heralds of Galactus during the Annihilation War. After that mission failed and he was defeated by the Silver Surfer, Ravenous was given the new mission of destroying the United Front.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #1

Red Raven - Red Raven was an ordinary Earthman raised by the Avians in their floating cloud city. During World War II, Red Raven fought the Nazis as a member of the Liberty Legion.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 3

Reanimator - The Reanimator is a mutant capable of rebuilding any piece of destroyed machinery. He is also capable of animating and controlling robots. For some as yet unknown reason, the Reanimator regards Nova as his "most hated nemesis".

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #7, Vol. 3

Reban - Reban was a Xandarian pilot responsible for loading surveillance spheres on a ship bound for Earth. Reban was murdered and his form imitated by the Dire Wraith Queen as part of her plan to destroy Earth.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 2

Red Shift - Red Shift is a previous herald to Galactus and can open dimensional portals along with projecting high energy blasts through his two swords. Along with other former heralds, Red Shift joined the United Front against Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave. Information about his life before receiving the power cosmic is unavailable.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #1

Reed, Randy - Randy Reed is the team captain and pitcher of Rich Rider's college baseball team. Randy and Rich's sports rivalry extends off the field as he is the boyfriend of Jennifer Smith.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 3

Resolute Duty - The Resolute Duty is a Nova Corps starship built by Xandar. The ship is officially classified as an Upholder Class Nova Corps patrol cruiser. The Resolute Duty disappeared thirty-five years ago in the Deneb Cluster. It reappeared through a rip in time/space known as The Fault. The only known survivor of the crew was Centurion Zan Philo.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 4

Revengers - The Revengers are an alternate version of the Avengers who reside in the Cancerverse. Their membership includes their versions of Thor, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Quasar, Giant Man, Iron Man and Scarlet Witch.

1st Nova Appearance: Realm of Kings #1

Rider, Charles - Charles Rider is the father of Rich Rider. He is a school principal who values education and his family above all else. During a brief time of unemployment, Charles became involved with the criminal organization, The Inner Circle. Given special circumstances, Charles was given probation for his actions involving the Inner Circle. Years later, Charles Rider passed away while Rich was trapped in the Cancerverse.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Rider, Gloria - Gloria Rider is the mother of Rich Rider. She is also a part-time police dispatcher. Her dispatches are picked up by Nova's helmet and alert him to crimes in progress.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Rider, Dr. Ralph - Dr. Ralph Rider was one of the world's leading research scientists until his death by Photon. Dr. Rider was also the brother of Nova's father, Charles Rider, and uncle to Rich Rider.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #12, Vol. 1

Rider, Richard - Rich Rider is the alter ego of Nova. Rich was an average teenager until being struck with the Nova force by Rhomann Dey. Rich was a college student majoring in film at Empire State University. He is currently the Nova Prime for the new Nova Corps and considered a gifted leader by many races in multiple galaxies.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Rider, Robert - Robert Rider is the younger brother of Rich Rider. Robert is a scientific genius with a very high IQ. He was formerly employed as a research scientist at a lab in Queens, NY. Robert also develops software programs and has made substantial wealth from his work. He's currently a technician at Project: PEGASUS. During the WorldMind's recruitment of Nova Centurions, Robert Rider was selected to join the new Nova Corps.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Rip - The Rip is a line in space where all energy and matter ends. It is the counterpart to the Crunch where energy and matter are produced. The Rip is home to Knowhere and its inhabitants.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 4

Rocket Raccoon - Rocket Raccoon is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation Conquest: Prologue

Ronan - Ronan is formerly of the Kree Empire where he held the law-enforcement position of Accuser. After being falsely accused of a crime and stripped of his title, Ronan joined the United Front in their war against the Annihilation Wave. He possesses strength-enhancing armor, can rearrange matter and project energy blasts through his powerful hammer.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Roxxon Corporation - The Roxxon Corporation is a multinational business specializing in various forms of energy. Their clean corporate image disguises the truth of their criminal practices. The evil Serpent Crown is commonly associated with the company.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Roxxon Domed Mining Base - The Roxxon Domed Mining Base is located on the planet Mars. It was used by the Roxxon Corporation to uncover the Serpent Crown. The domed facility is capable of simulating Earth's gravity and atmosphere and contains enormous mining equipment.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Rykers Island - Rykers Island is a top security prison designed to contain superpowered villains.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #27, Vol. 5

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Saal, Garthan - Garthan Saal was a Xandarian who was chosen to revive his home planet after the attack by Nebula. Saal's mind could not handle the massive amounts of Nova Force placed into his body and became the villain known as Supernova. After encountering Rich Rider, Saal helped rebuild Xandar and became the Centurion Sector Coordinator. After Rider disobeyed a direct order from Adora, Saal was chosen to replace the Earth hero as Nova. Garthan Saal died protecting Earth from the Dire Wraith Queen. His last act was restoring the Nova Force to Richard Rider.

1st Appearance: Avengers #301
1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #40

Samaya - Pyo was a Centaurian and a member of the Nova Corps. Samaya died during the attack by Annihilus's Annihilation Wave which was responsible for the third destruction of Xandar. She was decapitated by falling debris of the Xandarian Spaceport which was destroyed during the attack.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Sanctuary - Sanctuary was a massively powerful ship owned by Thanos. It was later used by Lord Mar-Vell to imprison temporal anomalies including Vance Astro and Namorita during the Cancerverse invasion.

1st Nova appearance: The Thanos Imperative #2

Sanctuary II - Sanctuary II was a massively powerful ship owned by Thanos. It was later stolen by his granddaughter Nebula. Nebula used the starship to destroy Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Avengers #260

Sandman - As a result of a nuclear explosion while hiding on a beach, William Baker (aka Flint Marko) can fully control his grainy molecular structure. The Sandman uses his sand powers to create different objects of various densities to use as weapons.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 1

Sayge - Sayge is the mystic prophet for the Sphinx. Sayge has no facial features but anyone looking into his cloak's hood will see the truth about their inner self. Sayge is also known as Veritas.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 1

Schaefer, Miss - Miss Schaefer is a teacher at Carefree High School and is the instructor for the school's chess club.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 5

Secret Avengers - The Secret Avengers is a covert team of superheroes formed by Steve Rogers. The group consists of Black Widow, Valkyrie, Beast, Moon Knight, War Machine and Nova. The Secret Avengers efforts are coordinated by Rogers and their Tactical Officer Sharon Carter.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Sergio - Sergio is an uncle of Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 7

Serpent Crown - The Serpent Crown is a powerful artifact which has a magical link to the Elder God known as Set. The crown can influence and corrupt anyone who wears it or is in its immediate vicinity. The ancient crown was created over 20,000 years ago by a group of Set worshippers known as the Serpent Men.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Serpent Society - The Serpent Society is a group of super-villains whose powers and names are based on various forms of snakes. The membership includes Copperhead, Black Mamba, Sidewinder, Fer-De-Lance, Death Adder and Anaconda.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Shadow Consortium - The Shadow Consortium was an international crime organization responsible for the global threat called Deathstorm. They were also responsible for the creation of Shatterforce. The Shadow Consortium was funded by the alien race known as the Aakon and were led by three individuals; The Planner, Maxoff and Thera.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #9, Vol. 2

Shadow Council - The Shadow Council is a secret organization run by former SHIELD director Nick Fury.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Shard - The Shard was a planet near the fracture in space/time called the Fault. The hero known as Darkhawk hid in the Shard during his time as a fugitive from justice. On this planet, the Sphinx transported Nova and Darkhawk to his magical construct during his failed attempt at godhood.

1st appearance: Nova #31, Vol. 4

Shatterforce - Shatterforce is a group of three superpowered beings. The group consists of Strangler, Murder and Warhead.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 2

She-Hulk - Jennifer Walters was a lawyer who was attacked by a criminal organization. To save her life, her cousin, Bruce Banner aka the Hulk, gave her a vital blood transfusion. His irradiated blood gave Walters superhuman strength while possessing her original personality and intelligence.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 2

Shi'Ar - The Shi'Ar are a race of aliens who control the Shi'Ar Empire which covers a vast majority of the Andromeda Galaxy. For as-yet-unknown reasons, the Shi'Ar had forged an alliance with Xandar. As part of this arrangement, Xandar now had access to Shi'Ar technology including the Star Gate. The Shi'Ar were later conquered by the Earth mutant Vulcan and waged a war against the Kree and the Inhumans.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

SHIELD - SHIELD is a top-secret superhuman law enforcement agency in the United States. SHIELD stands for Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division. SHIELD was formerly run by Nick Fury and is currently headed by Iron Man. SHIELD is typically assigned to missions dealing with super-humans.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 1

Shuffles - Shuffles is an informant who provides information to super-heroes. Shuffles supplied Nova with the location of the Inner Circle. The only payment Shuffles asks for is a favor which he will collect in the future.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 1

Shy'Tharra - Shy'Tharra was one of three Shi'Ar warriors sent to determine if Nova was worthy of the powers and title of Centurion Prime as a condition of the Shi'Ar/Xandar alliance. The other warriors were: Fath'Raj and Kre'Shje.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 2

Sidewinder - Sidewinder is a member of the Serpent Society. Seth Voelker was an economics professor who was selected by the Roxxon Oil Company to be part of an mutagenic experiment. As a result, he gained superhuman powers. His powers include the ability to teleport and emit energy tendrils. His armor gives him the ability to breathe underwater.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Sidri - The Sidri are an alien bug-like race who live in colonies. The Sidri can combine themselves into a single ship matrix. In this matrix form, the Sidri are capable of faster than light travel and survive the conditions of space. They can also fire energy beams.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 7

Silver Surfer - The Silver Surfer is a former and now current herald to Galactus. As a possessor of the power cosmic, the Silver Surfer possesses super-strength, can project powerful energy blasts and can survive extreme conditions including outer space. He navigates outer space and planetary atmospheres via his cosmic powered board.

1st Nova Appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1

Silvio - Silvio is an uncle of Sam Alexander.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 7

Skaarn - Skaarn is a space pirate and kidnapper specializing in the slave trade. He uses a derelict Nova corps ship powered with Nova Force energy through the dead body of a Nova Centurion.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #12, Vol. 5

Skrulls - The Skrulls are a race of shape-shifters who control the Skrull Empire in the Andromeda Galaxy. The Skrulls have the ability to alter their shapes into any form.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 1

Skrull/Xandar Wars - A century ago, the Skrulls went to war with Xandar. The war ended in a truce by the signing of the Treaty of Fornax. In recent years, the Skrull again attempted to invade the Xandarian homeworld. Since the lifespan of a Skrull is 210 years, many of the warriors had fought in the original Skrull/Xandar War. Their invasion was a failure due to the intervention of the Fantastic Four, Rom and the New Champions.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 1

Skullcat - Skullcat was one of a quartet of super-villains who ran a weapons-smuggling ring. Skullcat uses sharp claws and spikes on his costume to battle his foes. His other allies were: Deadhead, Sureshot and Kid Quarry.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 2

Sky Squids - The Sky Squids are the soldiers of Yellow Claw. The Sky Squids are armed with blasters, jet-packs and flying fighter planes.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 1

Slaughtership - Slaughtership is a spacecraft used by Proxima Midnight and Kaldera. It is part of a fleet of ships controlled by Thanos and used in his invasion of Earth. It also was a death ship to a number of Black Novas.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 5

Smith, Jennifer - Jennifer Smith is a college freshman along with Rich Rider. Although Rich is very attracted to her, she is currently dating Randy Reed, the college baseball team's captain. After ending her relationship with Reed, Jennifer and Rich went on a date. The date ended quickly when the two realized they had nothing in common.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 3

Sorona Dae - Sorona Dae was a research habitat space station located at the edge of the Kano System. During the Annihilation War, the station was knocked from its orbit and drifted away from its sun. The life support system failed and all of the inhabitants onboard died before Nova could arrive to rescue them.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 4

Spartax - Spartax is the homeworld to the Spartoi Empire. It is also the birthplace of J'Son and Peter Quill. Spartax is also known as Sparta and is located in the Shi'Ar Galaxy.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 5

Speedball - Speedball is a founding member of the New Warriors. Robert Baldwin gained his Speedball powers after being bombarded by an unknown energy source in a laboratory accident. The accident gave Robert the power to absorb and redirect all forms of kinetic energy. Following the events at Stamford, Speedball's powers changed and is goes by the name Penance.

Real Name: Robert Baldwin - Height: 5' 6" - Weight: 133 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Thor #411

Sphinx - The Sphinx is Nova's greatest and most powerful enemy. Created to be part of a super-human army by the alien Caretakers of Arcturus, the Sphinx eventually escaped to Egypt. In Egypt, he took the name Anath-Na Mut and became the wizard to the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses. After being defeated by the legendary Moses, Mut was banished into the desert where he found the powerful Ka Stone. The Ka Stone has heightened the Sphinx's mutant strength and has given him immense power along with immortality. The Sphinx is one of only four beings known to have merged with the powerful Living Computers of Xandar.

Real Name: Anath-Na Mut - Height: 7' 2" - Weight: 450 lbs.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 1

Spider-Man - Peter Parker was a scientific genius who gained his spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He has the power to climb walls, cling to surfaces and possesses super-strength. Spider-Man also has a "spider-sense" which allows him to detect immediate danger in his vicinity. Using his scientific knowledge, Spider-Man constructed a pair of web-shooters. The devices give him to ability to shoot highly durable "webs" as a method of capturing villains along with being a mode of transportation.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #12, Vol. 1

Spirit of Supremor - The Spirit of Supremor was a light cruiser starship used by the Kree Empire during the Annihilation War. The ship originally had a crew of 2000 Kree soldiers. It was attacked and crash-landed on the planet Drez-Lar and only 102 soldiers survived including stellar captain Ko-Rel.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 4

Stardust - Stardust is a previous herald to Galactus and can project high energy blasts, create dimensional portals and open black holes. Along with other former heralds, Stardust joined the United Front against Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave. Information about his life before receiving the power cosmic is unavailable.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation #1

Star Gate - The Star Gate is a mechanical apparatus created by the Shi'ar Empire which links space, warp space and interlocking realities together. Xandar was given the Star Gate technology as a result of their alliance with the Shi'ar. Nova's access to the Star Gate is achieved by combining certain aspects of his Nova powers together. The combination of the Tesseract Release, the Systems-Adapt Mode, the Flight Navigation Sensors and Gravimetric Pulse open the Star Gate with the destination determined by Nova.

Later, while in possession of the entire Nova Force, Nova was able to physically generate a Star Gate at will without any mechanical equipment.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #7, Vol. 2

Starlin's Bar - Starlin's Bar is a drinking establishment located inside Knowhere.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 7

Starstalker, Monark - Monark Starstalker is a cosmic bounty hunter. He came into conflict with the Nova Corps during a dispute on a reward for the neutron star slave-boss called The Mind. During a battle with the Mind, it was revealed that Monark Starstalker is a nanite construct called a Starstalker Series Nanotool. It was constructed by the Technos Group.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 4

Strangler - Strangler is a member of Shatterforce. He has the power to generate electric blasts through his armored suit.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 2

Subterranea - Subterranea is an underground city located under a remote island called Monster Island. The city was created by the Deviants. The Deviants also created a race of creatures called Moloids to inhabit the city. Both were abandoned by their creators and later became loyal minions to the Mole Man.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 1

SuperNova - SuperNova was created during Nebula's fatal attack on Xandar. As part of an attempt to save her planet, Adora channelled almost the entire Nova Force into Garthan Saal. Adora reserved one portion of the energy for Richard Rider who was to join with Saal and merge the energies together to reform Xandar. However, Saal went insane from the power and attempted to destroy Earth in his search for Nebula. After encountering Rider and restoring Xandar, Saal became Xandar's Centurion Sector Coordinator. Later, Saal became Rider's replacement as Nova. Garthan Saal died fighting the Dire Wraith Queen and restored the Nova powers to Richard Rider.

1st Appearance: Avengers #301
1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #40

Super Skrull - Super Skrull is one of the race called the Skrulls. As a Skrull, he is capable of shape-shifting. The Super Skrull has been genetically altered and, as a result, possessed the same powers as the Fantastic Four. He was one of a number of beings who fought against Annihilus during the Annihilation War.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Sureshot - Sureshot was one of a quartet of super-villains who ran a weapons-smuggling ring. Sureshot's main weapon is a set of rocket launchers strapped to her wrists. Her other allies were: Skullcat, Deadhead and Kid Quarry.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 2

Syk - Syk is an alien bartender who works at the bar in Knowhere. He is a friend of Richard Rider.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 7

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T'Kora - T'Kora is a prominent scientist from the country of Wakanda. He was mind-controlled by Yellow Claw in order to develop a Tidal Wave Device. The purpose of the machine was to destroy New York City.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 1

Taboo - Taboo is an extraterrestrial warrior who fought for the Mole Man. He possesses the ability to use his pieces of his own tar-like body as projectiles. He also possesses telepathic abilities, can fly and survive in space.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #19, Vol. 4

Tailhook - Tailhook was a leather-masked vigilante who murdered college men at Yale University. It was later revealed the men had raped Tailhook's sister, a naval officer. Tailhook's real name was Marissa and she was the college roommate of Rich Rider's girlfriend, Laura Dunham. Tailhook decided to jump to her death instead of being taken to jail by Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 2

Tas'Wzta - Tas'Wzta was one of the few survivors of the D'Bari race and was a member of the Nova Corps. Tas'Wzta was murdered, along with a large number of the Nova Corps, by the Luphomoid named Kraa. Tas'Wzta held the rank of Centurion in the Nova Corps.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 2

Technarchy - The Technarchy is a species from the planet Kvch. The race is a mechanical-based lifeform that exists on the energy from organic life. The Technarchy naturally release the Phalanx after consuming organic energy but instinctively must destroy this by-product. The mature Technarchs also fight their own offspring in a survival rite of passage.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 4

Tenebrous - Tenebrous is one of three cosmic beings created at or near the beginning of the universe. The other beings were Galactus and Aegis/A>. Aegis and Tenebrous were imprisoned in the Kyln but were freed when Annihilus began his Annihilation War. All three of the cosmic beings fought in the war against the Cancerverse.

1st Nova Appearance: Annihilation #1

Terminus - Terminus is a member of the Fonabi species. After a failed attempt at conquering Earth, Terminus seeded the planet with spores which altered organic beings into duplicates of himself. It was a group of these Termini that Nova faced as a member of the New Warriors. Terminus possessed super strength, a healing factor, and high tech weaponry.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #20, Vol. 4

Terrax - Terrax is a former herald of Galactus and, as a result, possesses the power cosmic. Once known as Tyros of the planet Birj, Terrax was granted his power as part of a bargain made by the Fantastic Four in exchange for Galactus's aid in stopping the Sphinx from destroying the Earth. Terrax has the power to manipulate rock and stone along with possessing an axe capable of generating powerful cosmic force. Terrax was captured and forced to fight for Annihilus during the Annihilation War.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #2

Terrible Trio - The Terrible Trio consists of Nova villains, Condor, Powerhouse and Diamondhead. The group was formed in order to destroy their common foe, the Sphinx.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #6, Vol. 1

Teshtari Damnation Crucible - The Teshtari Damnation Crucible is a cosmological superweapon from the Teshtari Galaxy. The device was lost on Earth thousands of years ago until it was almost stolen by the Valgon Raiders. The crucible was recovered by Nova and Spider-Man. A new era of peace began in the Teshtari Galaxy when the Teshtari Damnation Crucible was returned by Nova.

1st Nova appearance: I Am An Avenger #3

Thane - Thane is the son of Thanos. However, he is not evil like his father. After being exposed to the Black Vortex, Thane's left hand can remove beings from existence. His right hand can encase anyone around him in an amber construct causing them to be in a state of suspended animation.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 5

Thanos - Thanos of Titan is one of the most cunning and organized beings in the universe. Thanos possesses super-strength and a high intelligence. During the Annihilation War, Thanos made deals with Annihilus and various other beings for his own purposes.

1st Nova appearance: Infinity Gauntlet #1

Thera - Thera is the head of the criminal organization called the Shadow Consortium.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 2

Thor - Thor is the Asgardian God of Thunder and the son of Asgard's ruler Odin. He possesses super-strength, invulnerability, and thousands of years of fighting experience. While holding his mystical hammer, Mjolnir, Thor can control the energies of a planet's atmosphere.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 1

Thorndrake, Major Aloysius - Major Aloysius Thorndrake was a Confederate soldier in the US Civil War. Following the war, Thorndrake was taken by Abyss. He has survived into the 21st Century and runs the criminal organization called The Shadow Council.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #3

Thunderbolts - The Thunderbolts originally began as a group of super-villains disguising themselves as super-heroes. The latest incarnation is a squad of former super-villains enforcing superhuman laws for SHIELD. The membership includes: Venom, Moonstone, Radioactive Man and Penance.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 4

Tidal Wave Device - The Tidal Wave Device was invented by Dr. Sam Burley and Professor T'Kora for the Yellow Claw. The device was capable of producing a tidal wave large enough to destroy New York City.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #17, Vol. 1

Titus - Titus is a member of the Black Novas. He served with one a team along with Jesse Alexander Nova and Mr. Z'zz.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

Torthar - Torthar was an alien from an unnamed planet and a member of the Nova Corps. Torthar was murdered, along with a large number of the Nova Corps, by the Luphomoid named Kraa.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #15, Vol. 2

Turakis - Turakis is a planet located in the 66 Lycon System. Nova saved the inhabitants of Turakis after they unleashed a planetary deterrent device called Planetfall.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 4

Turbo - Turbo is a member of the New Warriors. Turbo wears a battlesuit of armor created by the alien Dire Wraiths and used by the former hero named Torpedo. The battle armor can generate focused wind gusts of 100 mph and allows Turbo to fly. She can also generate a high-level force field and can lift up to 20 tons.

Real Name: Michiko "Mickey" Muashi - Height: 5' 6" - Weight: 120 lbs.

1st Nova Appearance: New Warriors #28

Tyrannus - Tyrannus is a foe of the Fantastic Four and the Mole Man. He oversaw the construction of the Earth Shaker and attempted to destroy New York City.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 1

Tyro - Tyro is the adopted son of the former New Mutant and Technarch Warlock. Tyro is a mechanical-based lifeform and a member of the Technarchy.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #11, Vol. 4

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Ultimate Nullifier - The Ultimate Nullifier is a weapon of intense destruction and can destroy anything the person holding it desires. The Nullifier was taken by the Chitauri as their weapon to attack Earth but were stopped by Sam Alexander Nova.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 5

Ulysses - Ulysses is a cybernetic falcon-drone which serves the bounty hunter Monark Starstalker.

1st Nova Appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 4

Uncle Fudge's Ice Cream Parlor - Uncle Fudge's Ice Cream Parlor is the favorite hangout for Rich Rider and his friends. The parlor was the location where Rich received his Nova powers from Rhomann Dey.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Uncreated - The Uncreated is a member of the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard. He was originally from a race called The Works and was a slave. The Uncreated can create and fire dangerous spine-quills from his body.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 4

Unisphere - The Unisphere was an exhibit at the 1964-1965 World's Fair located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the borough of Queens, New York City. Rich Rider Nova maintains living quarters inside the Unisphere.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #3, Vol. 7

United Front - The United Front is a group of resistance fighters brought together by Nova to fight the attack of the Annihilation Wave. The membership of the United Front includes Nova, Peter Quill, Gamora, Ronan, Drax, Cammi, various former herald of Galactus (Firelord, Stardust, Red Shift) and thousands of Kree Warriors and various other alien races.

1st Nova Appearance: Annihilation #1

Universal Church of Truth - The Church of Universal Truth is a religious cult who is able to harness the belief energy of their followers and convert it to energy. The Church believed the Fault was the portal to their supreme being. They had been used by the Magus in order to open the Fault wide enough to allow an invasion from the Cancerverse. Trillions of their followers were killed in the process.

1st Nova Appearance: The Thanos Imperative: Ignition

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Valgon Raiders - The Valgon Raiders are a group of thieves who attempted to steal the Teshtari Damnation Crucible. The crucible had been on Earth when the Raiders attacked and they were quickly captured by Nova and Spider-Man.

1st Nova appearance: I Am An Avenger #3

Valkyrie - Valkyrie was originally an Earth woman named Samantha Parrington. She was transformed into a duplicate of the Asgardian warrior Brunnhilde. Valkyrie possesses superhuman strength and a magical sword. She also has a spear and genetically engineered winged horse.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Valt, Tanak - Tanak Valt was the husband of Queen Adora of Xandar. He was also one of the founders of the original Nova Corps. Upon Rich Rider's decision to return to Earth, Valt was given the Nova powers and became the new Nova-Prime. He was also the leader of the Champions of Xandar. Tanak Valt was killed during Nebula's attack on Xandar.

Real Name: Tanak Valt - Height: 6' - Weight: 250 lbs.

1st Nova appearance: Fantastic Four #204

Vampiro - Vampiro was one of three villains who fought Spider-Man and Nova at the site of an arson fire. The fire was set at the condo of Rich Rider's parents. Vampiro possesses super-strength and a sociopathic attitude. The other villains were Badd Axe and Firearms.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #5, Vol. 3

Vanishing Point - Vanishing Point is a portal controlled by The Shadow Council. It allows a person to travel through space and time.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #2

Venom - Venom is a major enemy of Nova's fellow hero, Spider-Man. In actuality, Venom is a combination of a sociopath named Eddie Brock and an alien symbiote. The symbiote is in the form of Venom's costume which mimics the powers of Spider-Man. Like Nova's uniform, Brock can mentally control his costume.

Sometime later, the Venom sybiote found a new host to bond to after Eddie Brock was diagnosed with cancer. This new host is Mac Gargan who was formerly the Scorpion, a foe of Spider-Man. Gargan's Venom is a member of the Thunderbolts.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #2, Vol. 4

Viscardi - The Viscardi were an ancient race of beings whose planet was visiting by a Celestial. The Celestial offered the Viscardi the Black Vortex which resulted in a planetary war and left only one survivor named Gara.

1st Nova appearance: Guardians of the Galaxy & Uncanny X-Men: Black Vortex Alpha #1

Voidnaut - The Voidnaut was an Pachyceph whose vessel became trapped in a predator called the Vore. The Voidnaut was killed by the Vore's offspring before Nova could rescue him.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 4

Von Horstbaden, Karl - Dr. Von Horstbaden is the German scientific genius who works for the Yellow Claw.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #13, Vol. 1

Vore - The Vore is a natural predator that captures starships and interdimensional travelers as they venture through dimensions. Once captured, the lifeforms are used as food by the Vore's offspring. The Vore gives birth to its children into normal space.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #10, Vol. 4

Vulcan - Vulcan is an Earth mutant named Gabriel Summers. He is the brother of Scott (Cyclops) and Alex (Havoc) Summers of the X-Men. Vulcan conquered the Shi'Ar Empire and led an invasion against the Kree. He possesses vast energy manipulation powers and is mentally unstable.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #25, Vol. 4

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War Bringer - War Bringer was a powerful robotic weapons system gained illegally by Skaarn. The robot was decapitated by Sam Alexander during a battle at Knowhere.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #14, Vol. 5

War Machine - Former US Marine James Rhodes wears the War Machine armor developed by Tony Stark. The armor contains a number of weapons and can protect Rhodes from a variety of attacks. War Machine is a former member of Force Works, West Coast Avengers and a current member of the Secret Avengers.

1st Nova appearance: Secret Avengers #1

Warbringer - Warbringer is a soldier serving the Chitauri Empire. He possesses great strength, a cunning mind and a large appetite for inflicting pain and punishment.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #29, Vol. 5

Warhead - Warhead is a member of Shatterforce. His armor gives him incredible superhuman strength. He was transformed into Warhead by the Shadow Consortium after being executed in the electric chair for murder.

Real Name: Gregory Slivovitz

1st Nova appearance: Nova #8, Vol. 2

Warlock - Warlock is a member of the Technarchy species from the planet Kvch. Warlock is a mutant among the Technarchy which led him to go to Earth where he became a member of the New Mutants.

1st Nova appearance: New Mutants Annual #7

Warstar - Warstar is a member of the Kree's Imperial Guard. He is a mechanoid symbiote lifeform consisting of two beings named B'nee and C'cil who communicate telepathically. Together they utilize C'cil's superhuman strength and B'nee's electric shock ability to form a formidable fighting force. Warstar was destroyed by Nova on Kaiphas. .

1st Nova appearance: Nova #26, Vol. 4

Watcher - The Watcher is one of a powerful group of beings known as the Watchers. They have all pledged oaths of non-interference. However, the Watcher known as Uatu has participated in events when he has felt it necessary. The Watcher was responsible for saving the four domed cities of Xandar after Zorr's attack.

1st Nova appearance: Fantastic Four #204

Worldmind - Worldmind is the current name for the Living Computers of Xandar. The artificial sentience temporarily resided inside the body and mind of Nova. It currently resides inside the body of Ego but still maintains contact with Rich Rider through the Nova Force.

1st Nova appearance: New Warriors #42 v.1

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Xandar - Xandar was a planet located in the Tranta System of the Andromeda Galaxy. The planet was destroyed by Zorr of the Luphomoid race. Four of Xandar's cities were spared by the Watcher. The Xandarians rebuilt their civilization and turned the four cities into a multi-domed world (A). The domed cities became four specialized sections: 1) Agriculture 2) Mining 3) Residential 4) Industrial. Soon after, the Skrull attempted to invade Xandar and began the Skrull/Xandar War. After winning the war, Xandar was in a weakened state. Being vulnerable, the domed world was victim to a devastating attack by Zorr's daughter, Nebula. Through the efforts of Nova, Xandar was able to rebuild its civilization (B). Xandar is the home of the Nova Corps and the Living Computers. Xandar was later destroyed by Annihilus and his Annihilation Wave energy weapon.

However, another planet has appeared claiming the name of Xandar and its cities have Xandarian architecture. It appears to have been ravaged at some point in the recent past. It is possible this world is a former colony world of the Xandarian Empire and settled by Xandarian refugees following the domed world's destruction by the Annihilation Wave who renamed the planet Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Xandarian Spaceport - The Xandarian Spaceport was one of the domed structures which was part of the expanded Xandar and allowed inhabitants of Xandar, space travelers and Klyn prisoner transports to visit the domed world. The Spaceport was also a station for Dimensional Phasing Teleporters. It was destroyed during the attack by Annihilus's Annihilation Wave which was responsible for the third destruction of Xandar.

1st Nova appearance: Annihilation: Prologue

Xandarians - Xandarians are the race of humanoids who inhabit Xandar. The race appears to be primarily caucasian in skin tone and have the limited ability to self-heal non-fatal injuries.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Xenith/Strontian - Xenith (aka Strontian) is a member of the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard and cousin to Gladiator. During the Shi'Ar/Kree War, Xenith murdered a number of the Nova Corps who were prisoners of war. She possesses superhuman strength, durability and has the power of flight. Her powers are greatly heightened mentally by psionic reinforcement.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #24, Vol. 4

Xeno-Cellular Bloom - The Xeno-Cellular Bloom is a plant-like organic lifeform originating from the other side of the Fault. It is gigantic in size with a large number of super-strong tendrils. The bloom is also capable of releasing a large number of smaller offspring with multiple limbs and sharp razor-like teeth.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #31, Vol. 4

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Yellow Claw - Yellow Claw is a Chinese scientific genius who is over 150 years old. He maintains his youth through various potions. His numerous attempts at world conquest has brought him into conflict with many of Earth's super-heroes including the Avengers, Captain America, Nova and SHIELD.

1st Nova appearance: In shadows: Nova #13, Vol. 1 - Full appearance: Nova #16, Vol. 1

Ymir Gas Giant - The Ymir Gas Giant is a planet that resides in the Litgard System. It is home to an orbital refinery serving by refinery crews and rigger drones.

1st Nova appearance: Nova: The Origin of Richard Rider

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Zam - Zam is the son of Nova 0001, Ko-Rel.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #4, Vol. 4

Zaros System - The Zaros System is a solar system that contains the planet Zaros Three. During the Shi'Ar/Kree War, Richard Rider confronted the WorldMind/Ego planet to regain the Nova Force.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #24, Vol. 4

Zorr - Zorr was one of the few survivors of the Luphomoid race and was responsible for destroying the Xandarian homeworld. Zorr's home planet, Luphom, had been destroyed by the interglactic villain, Galactus, and he needed Xandar's energy to replish it. After laying ruin to Xandar, Zorr traveled to Earth for more energy and to battle Galactus. Centurion Nova Prime, Rhomann Dey, pursued Zorr throughout the galaxy. They engaged in an epic battle which left Dey mortally wounded. After reaching Earth, the Luphom was teleported to the Nova Prime Starship and was disintegrated by the Centurion in his final act. Zorr is the father of the intergalactic space pirate, Nebula, and brother to Kraa.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 1

Zzxz - Zzxz is a member of the Shi'Ar's Imperial Guard. The Guardsman is a combination of a former Starjammer named Raza Longknife and a symbiote belonging to the same race as Venom.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #28, Vol. 4

Z'zz, Mister - Mister Z'zz was a member of the Black Novas. He served with the team along with Adomox, Jesse Alexander Nova, The Phlish and Titus.

1st Nova appearance: Nova #1, Vol. 5

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