Cover Date: September 2013
Release Date: July 17, 2013
Writer: Zeb Wells
Penciler: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Albert Deschesne
Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover Artists: Ed McGuinness,
Dexter Vines & Marte Gracia
Title: Chapter Six: Home Field
Sam Alexander is flying home to Carefree, Arizona while rehearsing his intended conversation with his mother Eva Alexander. He has decided to take a religious approach to asking her if he can accept Thor's invitation to join the Avengers. His argument is that he would like to decline but it would be against his religion since Thor is a god.
After landing near the garage, Sam finds Eva waiting for him and she makes it clear that he is in trouble. She demands to know where he has been for the last two weeks. Before Sam can reply, the Nova helmet activates and displays a holographic collage of the current events in Sam's life! The final image shows Thor asking Nova to join the Avengers!
As mother and son walk from the garage to the house, Eva informs Sam that she will never approve the Avengers' request.
Later in the kitchen, Sam reveals to his mom that he became involved in the fight against the Phoenix because of the Watcher. The teenager has been getting information on galactic threats from the alien who resides on the Moon. Eva wants Sam to act more responsible with his powers and feels he should have cleaned up the skate park which was destroyed in his battle with Titus. Sam's sister Kaelynn Alexander comes into the kitchen and is very happy to see her brother.
The next day at Carefree High School, Sam runs into his friend Carrie. She asks him about Nova saving her the other night because she thinks Sam resembles the hero. The teenager almost admits his super hero identity but stops himself. He changes his mind and tells her that he doesn't know anything about Nova.
At the same time, the school bully, Karl Moffet, and his friends approach Sam looking for trouble. Sam pushes Moffet back. Karl tries to hit the smaller teen but Sam Alexander dodges his punch. However, Sam forgets that he is not wearing the Nova helmet and cannot fly. He ends up falling backwards and landing on the ground.
Later in the principal's office, Principal Philbin asks Sam where he has been for the last two weeks. The teenager admits to him that his father, Jesse Alexander, left the family and that he went to look for him.
The principal is saddened to hear the news and tries to talk to Sam. The young Alexander asks if his homework could be dismissed. Mr. Philbin reminds him that people have responsibilites and Sam can't run away from them like Jesse did. Sam angrily admits that he doesn't want to be like his father.
That night, Eva and Kaelynn return home from the store to find that Sam has cleaned the kitchen. She finds a note from Sam which says he decided to do his chores early and go to bed. Eva knows Sam is up to something.
Eva Alexander confronts Sam in the garage as he is reaching for the Nova helmet. She tells him to sit down and begins a story about her and Jesse. Eva reveals that Jesse's mother did not approve of her and believed she was a troublemaker. She ultimately told her son to choose between her and Eva. Sam mentions that he's never heard of Grandma Alexander. Eva smiles and tells him that her point is that she knows that she can't ask him to choose between her and being Nova. She simply says that she believes he will do the right thing and maybe just head to bed.
Eva and Sam say that they love each other and Sam's mother heads back to the house. Unfortunately, all Sam really heard was that his mother wasn't going to stop him from being Nova. Eva turns to see Sam flying off happily into the sky!
Nova flies to New York City and asks "who needs a hero?".