Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Select HC Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Select HC - Written by Jim Starlin. Art by George Perez & Ron Lim. Cover by George Perez.

For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail - the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else.

With it came omnipotence: absolute control of all aspects of time, space, power, reality, the mind and the soul. But his gaining of supreme might meant the beginning of a dark nightmare for the entire universe.

Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth's super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god's insane plunge into galactic self-destruction.

Should the heroes fail, the astral gods of the universe wait to step into the fray. But in such an awesome cosmic conflict, will anyone survive?

It's one of the greatest blockbusters of all, from cosmic maestro Jim Starlin, the legendary George Perez and fan-favorite Ron Lim!

COLLECTING: INFINITY GAUNTLET (1991) 1-6

Rated T - 256 pgs./$29.99 - On Sale July 1st


What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 TPB What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 TPB - Written by John Byrne, Bill Mantlo, Tom DeFalco, Alan Weiss, David Anthony Kraft, David Michelinie, Rich Margopoulos, Alan Kupperberg, Alan Zelenetz, Peter B. Gillis & Mark Gruenwald. Art by John Byrne, Mike Vosburg, Arvell Jones, Alan Weiss, Paty Cockrum, Dan Reed, Alan Kupperberg, Ron Wilson, Butch Guice, Marc Silvestri, Ron Frenz, Bob Hall, Mark Gruenwald, Sal Buscema & Kelley Jones. Cover by Michael Golden.

More alternate-reality questions are answered!

Imagine a world where the Fantastic Four never gained their powers - or one where Stephen Strange never became Master of the Mystic Arts!

Consider the fates of the Thing and the Beast if they continued to mutate - or Spider-Man if Uncle Ben had lived!

Picture Conan the Barbarian meeting Thor - or finding himself stranded in the 20th century for good!

The Hulk goes berserk, Susan Richards dies in childbirth, Nova makes a life-changing decision and Galactus turns the Silver Surfer back into Norrin Radd!

But what if Loki had found Mjolnir before his brother - and what if the Marvel Universe ceased to exist?!

Plus: Thought-provoking tales featuring Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers and more!

Collecting WHAT IF? (1977) #36-47.

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Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Guardians of the Galaxy #4 - Written by Al Ewing. Art by Juann Cabal. Cover by Ivan Shavrin. Marvel Zombies Variant Cover by Mico Suayan.

The true Guardians have formed at long last - and their first mission is to defend a vital energy pipeline from a gang of unscrupulous ecoterrorists...

...including a rogue Nova, Moondragon's otherdimensional doppelganger, and a raccoon in a suit. And if you think you know where that's going... remember one thing.

This is the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It can always get worse.

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale July 15th

Genesis Of Nova
The Evolution of Marvel's Ultimate Super-Hero!

According to Nova's creator, Marv Wolfman, the story of Nova begins around 1966. As the publisher of a superhero fanzine called SUPER ADVENTURES, Wolfman created a character known as "The Star" in issue #3. The Star was a doctor named Denteen who found a spaceship containing alien pills which gave him a different super-power every five minutes.

Among his powers were flight, laser vision, energy absorption, teleportation and the ability to create illusions. He could also project energy blasts, radioactive gas and freeze beams from his hands. Along with the pills, he found a small device which created new pills when needed.

The pills and the device had been created by Kraken Roo, an evil alien from the planet Orion 2. The Star became a founding member of a super-hero team called the Law Legion.

In an offset supplement to Super Adventures #6 (mistakenly labeled Super Adventures #7 offset supplement) entitled 'Who Can Defeat A God?', Wolfman and Len Wein changed the Star into a new hero. In the story, Kraken Roo has been sentenced to life in Orbitron, Orion 2's orbiting prison. As the force beam transports him towards the prison, Orbitron is hit by a stray meteor and knocked out of position causing Roo's beam to continue on into space for months.

Finally, the beam intersects with mighty cosmic streams! The merging of the storm's cosmic radiation and the force beam accidentally turns Kraken Roo into an all-powerful being called The Celestial Man. The Celestial Man goes to Earth to find the man who came into possession of his super-power pills.

During his battle with the Law Legion, Cosmic Ray and the Celestial Man exchange power bursts. The resulting collision bathes the Star in energy and splits him into two beings! The leader of the Law Legion, the Brain, realizes that the two beings cannot exist at the same time. As a result, the Brain changes one into a new being while Celestial Man absorbs the remaining Star. This new being created by the Brain now has all of the powers of the pills minus the power of flight.

To compensate, the Brain gives the altered man a pair of "sky skates" which allow him to fly. With this change came a new name and costume (designed by Len Wein). The character's name became BLACK NOVA. Black Nova defeats Celestial Man by using his new energy absorption power to dissipate the cosmic criminal.

In Super Adventures #9 (1969), Black Nova and the Law Legion battled the Brain (who was now evil) in his floating island/airship. After the Brain and his henchmen (the Bombadier and the Slicer) were defeated, the Law Legion were facing certain death as the airship was falling to Earth.

Black Nova told his teammates that he would control the ship until they could get to safety and would escape via his sky skates. What he didn't tell them was that his sky skates were damaged in the battle and that he was sacrificing himself to save the Law Legion.

Black Nova met his noble death when the airship crashed but only after having saved the entire Law Legion.


*Nova is a teenager. Black Nova was an adult.

*Black Nova had 5 chest stars vs. Nova's 3.

*Black Nova had no starburst on his back while the starburst on Nova's back is on Black Nova's belt.

*Black Nova had a helmet antennae. Nova has a stylized star on his helmet.

*They had different powers and origins.


In the original Star story, Denteen didn't adopt a costume immediately after finding the super-power pills. The Star costume debuted in Super Adventures #4. The Black Nova costume was created by Len Wein and was designed to be black and yellow. However, due to the fanzine's format, it appears black and white in print. The hero's helmet was inspired by a 1965 one-shot Doctor Strange villain named Tiboro.

Years later, John Romita Sr. and Marv Wolfman made the changes to the Black Nova costume, added a comet streak to his flight visuals (inspired by the cartoon character, Mighty Mouse) and created a new origin. The revamped character saw publication in Nova #1 (1976).

The Star, Black Nova and Super Adventures images and other characters mentioned (with the exception of Nova) in the Star/Black Nova section are Trademarks of Marv Wolfman and are used with permission. Copyright 2002 Marv Wolfman. All Rights Reserved.


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