Champions: Because The World Still Needs Heroes TPB Champions: Because The World Still Needs Heroes TPB - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos. Cover by Humberto Ramos.

Because the world still needs heroes, they are...the Champions!

In the wake of the second superhuman Civil War, the three youngest Avengers - Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man - quit the team and strike out on their own!

With Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk by their side, these young heroes are determined to change the world their own way - and they're only the beginning!

Their ideas quickly become their ideals, and soon the time-traveling young Cyclops joins their movement - but not all of his new teammates are glad to see him!

Hopefully the Champions can sort out their differences in time to face down their new rivals, the Freelancers, and help overthrow Hydra's Secret Empire!

Collecting CHAMPIONS (2016) #1-12.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 - Written by Donny Cates, Al Ewing, Tini Howard, Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler. Art by Yildiray Cinar, Ibrahim Moustafa, Felipe Andrade & more. Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Since the Black Order's attack on the galaxy's greatest defenders, the cosmos has been without its heroes.

Find out what really happened to Nova, Quasar, Adam Warlock, and Darkhawk!

And who better to tell this story than Cosmo, the Spacedog?

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Champions #6 Champions #6 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Juanan Ramirez. Cover by Kim Jacinto. Marvels 25th Tribute Variant Cover by Inhyuk Lee

WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN!

A global team vs a global threat!

The Champions must hold the line or Earth will fall to creatures and chaos!

Even if they succeed, these young heroes are about to lose one of their own...!

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Nova #25
Cover Date: February 2015
Release Date: December 24, 2014
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: David Baldeon
Inker: Terry Pallot & Juan Vlasco
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Comicraft's Albert Deschesne
Assistant Editor: Devin Lewis
Editor: Nick Lowe
Cover: Zachary Montoya
Variant: Art Adams & Morry Hollowell
Title: Chapter XXV:
        The Super-Saver Club Card

While at the doctor's office, Sam Alexander reflects on his short career as Nova and hopes he'll measure up to the legacies of Rich Rider and his father Jesse Alexander.

Eva Alexander tells the doctor that Sam received his concussion from being hit by debris during Kluh's attack on Carefree. She also mentions that Sam has had previous concussions due to being a skateboarder. The doctor tells Sam to wear a helmet from now on. As the Alexanders leave, she also recommends that the teenager avoid physical contact and bright lights.

Once outside, the doctor's office is revealed to be a tent sent up by aid workers. The workers are also setting up facilities to help the survivors of a devastated Carefree. As the two walk through the camp, an elderly man is helping pass out water to the residents. Sam introduces the man to his mother. She is shocked to learn that he is Steve Rogers!

The former Captain America and Eva step to the side and have a conversation while Sam waits a few feet away. The young Alexander is convinced he is in major trouble and Steve Rogers is going to convince his mother to have him stop being Nova. After the talk, Eva Alexander comes back over to her son, kisses him on the cheek and tells him to have a safe trip.

A few minutes later, Sam and Steve board an Avengers quinjet and head to New York City. Along the way, Steve Rogers asks about Sam Alexander's health. Sam is honest and tells him that it's harder than usual for him to concentrate in school and he wants to sleep all the time.

The teen asks the elderly hero how he is spending his time now that he's not Captain America. Steve mentions he is catching up on films, music and books. After they land, Steve reminds Sam to put on his helmet to protect his secret identity.

As they enter Avengers Mansion, Sam is shocked to hear Steve Rogers announce that Nova is officially being named as an Avenger!

Once inside, the shocked teenager meets the Avengers' butler Jarvis who asks him to stand in front of a wall for a moment. Steve Rogers takes Sam's photo in order to finish Nova's Avengers ID card. After the picture is taken, Steve moves Sam to the primary lab so the Avengers Artificial Intelligence computer system (also named JARVIS) can run a set of tests on him.

25 minutes and 8 medical tests later, Nova exits the lab and finds a number of the Avengers waiting for him!

The awe-struck hero from Carefree awkwardly attempts to introduce himself. Spider-Man whispers to Thor that Nova has a serious head injury.

Jarvis arrives with Nova's identification card. Sam is confused to see that it looks like a restuarant's diner card with his name on it. However, once the teen picks up the card, it changes into the actual Avengers card complete with his Nova photo and Steve Rogers's signature on it!

Spider-Man explains that the card only works when an Avenger picks it up. He also begins taking photographs of Sam with the other Avengers so Nova can send them to his mother later. The new Captain America (formerly the Falcon) explains to Sam Alexander that he is a provisional Avenger until he is eighteen and doesn't make any further mistakes. Nova wonders what mistake he has already made.

Steve Rogers informs him that he disobeyed an order when he flew off to fight Kluh. He further explains that another serious infraction will mean his dismissal from the team. Steve makes sure to end the lecture by telling Sam that he did a great work saving thousands of people.

As they celebrate, Nova finds that hanging out with a drunk Thor who is telling stories makes him miss his father. Suddenly, the new Captain America yells for the Avengers to assemble! A passenger airplane's engines have exploded from hitting birds and is about to crash in downtown Manhattan!

Cap instructs Nova and Captain Marvel to fly ahead and do what they can until the rest of the Avengers can arrive. Captain Marvel catches the plane and Nova blasts a construction cable whose steel beam is obstructing the plane's path. Captain Marvel catches the falling steel beam while Thor arrives to land the plane safely on the ground.

Later, Steve Rogers walks out with Nova as he prepares to leave Avengers Mansion. Steve asks Sam what he is going to do about the damaged Nova helmet. The teen hero believes he can have it repaired but it requires going to deep space. The former Captain America suggests Nova talk to the Beast who might have some suggestions. As Nova leaves, Spider-Man and Steve Rogers agree that Sam has potential assuming he lives long enough to become a man.

Later, while looking at the photos Spider-Man took, Sam Alexander admits that he wanted to use the Nova powers for his own selfish reasons at first. He now understands that he doesn't have the powers for himself but for everyone else.

Over the new few weeks, Sam doesn't become Nova and focuses on his recovery. The headaches make school hard but his teachers help him through it.

Eva Alexander comes into Sam's room as he's looking at the photos again. She reminds him that maintaining his secret identity is the most important thing about being Nova. Sam agrees and promises to never reveal his secret.

At the Carefree bus terminal, red-haired man asks the station attendant if he knows where he can find Sam Alexander. The attendant suggests he do an Internet search or leave a message. The mysterious visitor agrees to leave a message and kills the man with his red symbiotic tendrils!

The message is that Carnage is in town.


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