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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Rated T+ - 112 pgs./$15.99 - On Sale August 8th


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

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

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

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

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

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

Rated T+ - 408 pgs./$34.99 - On Sale August 29th

Nova #20
Cover Date: October 2014
Release Date: August 20, 2014
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Penciler: David Baldeon
Inker: Terry Pallot
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Comicraft's Albert Deschesne
Assistant Editor: Devin Lewis
Editors: Nick Lowe
Cover: David Williams & James Campbell
Title: Chapter XX: The Truth About The Black Hats

In the Desolate Quadrant, Sam Alexander has battled his way through a series of Nova Guardbots to reach the Black Nova Bunker. As he's fighting them, he contacts Rocket Raccoon to get a status update on a cure for Adomox's poison.

On the planet Quainbo, Rocket is hitting a group of doctors who have told him they can't identify the poison. However, the space raccoon tells Sam he has an idea and needs to see a friend.

Back in the Desolate Quadrant, Nova has made it to the bunker. However, the door remains locked despite Sam hitting it repeatedly. As he checks the beeping alarm on his phone, he sets his hand on the door. The computer system reads the DNA signature in his hand and confirms he's Jesse Alexander and opens!

Sam Alexander finds himself inside a massive laboratory where he is greeted by a hologram of Nova Prime! (Note: whether this avatar is Rich Rider, Malak Tarcel or another Nova Prime is unknown.)

The hologram informs Sam that his arrival has rebooted the bunker's systems. However, all serums have expired due to a loss of power. Nova requests the machine that can reprogram his helmet. In response, the Nova Prime avatar asks him if he is retiring and should the Nova Corps Service Records be updated. Sam is caught by surprise by the revelation of the records.

Later on Oblitus, Sam and Rocket Raccoon arrive with the Nova helmet and a crate. Sam gives the alien casino owner the helmet. However, Adomox refuses to give them the antidote!

But when the alien criminal puts on the helmet, his head is instantly engulfed in an energy blast! Sam informs Adomox that he didn't reprogram the helmet following his conversation with Nova Prime. The hologram had shown his the Black Novas service records including the one of his father. Nova reveals that Jesse Alexander had faked his killing of the Nova Corpsman and Adomox was dishonorably discharged from the Nova Corps for creating the Black Nova helmets. After discovering the Black Novas, the Nova Corps brought them into the Corps as a secret operations division.

An angry Adomox fires an energy weapon at Sam which hits his right shoulder. As the casino owner attempts to escape, Sam Alexander picks up a weapon from a fallen guard and fires it at Adomox. The shots miss the alien completely but one blast incinerates a pile of money! Rocket Raccoon compliments Sam on hurting Adomox where it counts. Sam admits it wasn't on purpose and that he was aiming at the criminal.

Adomox once again offers to give them the antidote if they lay down their weapons. Knowing that he's lying, Sam hurls Rocket at the founder of the Black Novas! Despite having an angry Rocket Raccoon attached to his head, Adomox refuses to give them the antidote.

Sam opens the crate they had brought along to reveal Cosmo! The telepathic canine takes over Adomox's mind and discovers the location of the antidote. Cosmo uses the casino owner's body to operate equipment and bring the cure out of subspace. Nova and Rocket Raccoon quickly inject themselves and are instantly back to normal.

Sam is frustrated by all the events of the last few days. However when he looks up at one of the casino monitors, he sees his father! Jesse Alexander is alive but he is a prisoner on Chitauri Prime and being forced to fight gladiatorial games.

Adomox states that the transmission isn't live and his father might not be either. Sam punches him to the ground. He also warns the green-skinned criminal that he will be dropping in from time to time to make his life difficult. Rocket mentions he won't be coming back unless it's to kill Adomox. Then Rocket Raccoon demands his money from the casino owner or he'll have Cosmo go back into his head.

Adomox pulls out a credit chip and gives it to Rocket. The debt had been for only fifty credits but Rocket mentions that it was his fifty credits.

Nova puts on his helmet and heads back to Earth before his planned trip to Chitauri Prime while Rocket and Cosmo launch into space in the Guardian's ship.

Meanwhile on Chitauri Prime, Jesse Alexander and a fellow gladiator are preparing to enter the arena together. Jesse confides to him that he still has hope that Sam will rescue him. His alien companion thinks he's a fool for having hope.

In the arena, the two warriors begin battling each other to the death.


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