Champions #21 Champions #21 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

The Champions vs. Alpha Flight? Ms. Marvel vs. Captain Marvel? 'Nuff said!

Saving the north just got a whole lot more complicated...

Plus...Nova no more?!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale June 20th


Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 Infinity Countdown: Champions #1 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Emilio Laiso. Cover by Clayton Crain. Variant Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

Spinning out from the fallout of the battle for the Power Stone in the pages of Infinity Countdown!

The Champions head to space to save the Nova Corps and stop Warbringer, but other forces are moving against them... These young heroes are in for the fight of their lives!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale June 20th


Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #3 - Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers. Art by Gang Hyuk Lim. Cover by SKAN. Headshot Variant Cover by Mike McKone.

Darkhawk takes to the spaceways, determined to take down the Fraternity of Raptors and save the brother of his good friend Nova, A.K.A. Richard Rider, but the Raptors have a few new tricks up their sleeves that he might not be ready for...

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale June 27th

An Interview With Bill Rosemann!
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

2007 saw the launch of Nova's most cosmic series as a result of the fantastic Annihilation series. Nova editor Bill Rosemann has been the guiding hand of the new series and took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about Nova in 2007 and what we can look forward to seeing in 2008! Bill was very generous and I'd like to thank him for his time and answers! For more info on upcoming events at Marvel, make sure to visit marvel.com!

How satisfied are you overall with the Nova series so far?

I'm incredibly indebted to the all of the talented creators who have graced the pages of our new series. Their hard and excellent work has resulted in a monthly jolt of sci-fi excitement that's rocketed onto many "must read" lists. As for being satisfied...only when NOVA is the #1 seller in the entire industry!

Do you feel the Nova series benefited or was hurt by the number of tie-in issues so early on (6 of the first 7 related to The Initiative and Annihilation: Conquest)?

Thanks to those tie-in issues we now have a healthy Nova series to read and discuss each month. Hopefully they introduced new readers to our beloved Human Rocket. Best of all, they grew out of Nova's history & character, providing writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning several opportunities to explore our hero as only they can.

In regards to the Initiative issues (#2 and #3), would you liked to have seen Nova spend more time on Earth and do you think Rich Rider would have eventually registered with SHIELD?

While it's tempting to keep Rich among his known friends and enemies, the events of Annihilation proved that it's time to take advantage of the classic "stranger in a strange land" formula by letting him rocket into new environments and situations.

The Annihilation: Conquest story arc saw the introduction of Ko-Rel to the Nova mythos. Given that she was so well-received, do you regret she was killed off and will Nova start searching for her son, Zam, soon?

When I read the page where Ko-Rel was murdered I was sad and angry. That's when I knew Dan, Andy and Sean had told a great story. We knew Ko-Rel was going to die from panel 1, so I'm glad we didn't blink and deviate from the plan. As for Zam, Rich can best protect him (and honor his pledge to Ko-Rel) by first freeing Kree space, so that's #1 on his list of priorities.

Were you surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to Cosmo and can we expect to see his return in 2008?

Everyone who read Dan & Andy's script and saw Wellinton's pages fell in love our favorite telepathic pooch. We were just happy to see so many other readers react the same way. As for more Cosmo in '08...that's my New Year's Resolution!

The Nova series has gone through a number of artists in a short amount of time (Chen, Denham, Alves and Pelletier). It's a testament to you as an editor that the quality of artists has remained high and consistent. However, has the turnover in artists been frustrating for you?

Frustrating? No. Challenging and ultimately rewarding? Definitely. The number of quality artists who can pencil a book on a monthly basis are few and far between, so searching for fresh talent is par for the Editorial course. Nova readers deserve the best, and I'm just glad that so many talented creators like Nova as much as we do!

The upcoming Nova Annual #1 will be the first annual in the character's 30-plus year history. What led to the decision to produce an annual and what can we expect from it?

Nova had such a stellar year, that we decided to celebrate with an extra-sized adventure that explores his past, present and future. While it's labeled differently, readers will find that Nova Annual #1 is basically an extra-sized issue #10.5. Expect more great writing from Dan & Andy, more excellent art from Wellinton, powerful pages by new find Mahmud Asrar, plenty of Phalanx evilness - and appearances by some very familiar (and missed) faces!

The Annual and Nova #11-#12 have Nova visiting Kvch, the homeworld of the Phalanx's enemy the Technarchy. Will we see the Magus appear and will Nova be crossing back over into the Annihilation: Conquest series after #11?

No to Magus...but yes to the former New Mutant named Warlock! Nova is definitely headed right back into the Conquest. And when you go back and reread issues #8 - #12, you'll see that they all springboard out of and continue his troubles with those pesky Phalanx.

Given Nova's past history with the Skrulls (the Xandar/Skrull War, Annihilation) plus a Nova Skrull appears in the Secret Invasion teaser image released by Marvel, will the Nova series tie into the upcoming Secret Invasion series?

That'd be pretty Skrully of us, now wouldn't it?

What other storylines can we look forward to reading in Nova throughout 2008?

More storylines that continue to remind everyone just how cool ol' Bucket Head is! 'Nuff said!


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