Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Guardians of the Galaxy #4 - Written by Donny Cates. Art by Geoff Shaw. Cover by David Marquez. Asgardian Variant Cover by Ryan Benjamin.

THE DARK GUARDIANS!

The Dark Guardians, a new cosmic hit squad made up of the most powerful and cunning people in space, are going to kill Gamora.

It's time for the new Guardians of the Galaxy to saddle up!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale April 17th


Black Order: The Warmasters of Thanos TPB Black Order: The Warmasters of Thanos TPB - Written by Derek Landy. Art by Philip Tan. Cover by Philip Tan.

They are the scourge of the Avengers, the Cull Obsidian - Thanos' most feared warriors!

Now the ruthless Black Order has been dispatched by the Grandmaster to destabilize a burgeoning empire - but as big and as bad as they are, there is always someone bigger and badder.

Isn't that always the way? You go to assassinate an emperor, he turns the tables, and suddenly a very simple mission gets a whole lot more complicated - and the man called Nova shows up to spoil all the fun!

As the Black Order suffers a painful and unexpected defeat, their new teammate the Black Swan is presented with a simple choice: stay and risk an ungainly end - or leave and abandon the closest thing she has to a family.

Empires, rebellions, spies and sabotage combine in an absolutely unhinged adventure!

Collecting BLACK ORDER #1-5.

Rated T+ - 112 pgs./$15.99 - On Sale April 24th


Champions #5 Champions #5 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Steven Cummings. Cover by Kim Jacinto. Marvel Battle Lines Variant Cover by Maxx Lim.

WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN!

The War of the Realms rages across Midgard, bringing together heroes from across the globe to fight for our world against mythic evil.

In the midst of this chaos, the Champions need...Scott Summers?

Cyclops reunites with the Champions, all grown up!

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale May 1st

Mini-Busts and Statues:

Bowen Designs Nova Mini-Bust (Modern)

In September of 2010, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a modern Nova mini-bust as part of their Phase V products for Marvel. The mini-bust measured over 6.5 inches tall and was priced at $80 with an edition size of 800.

It was designed and sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers and painted by Danno. Bowen Designs made the statue available for pre-order in May of 2011. It arrived in stores in September of 2011.


Bowen Designs Nova Statue (Modern)

In March 2008, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a Nova statue in the modern uniform as part of their Phase IV products for Marvel. It was originally planned to be in a flying pose but later changed to a standing action pose. The statue measured over 14.5 inches tall and was priced at $175 with an edition size of 800.

It was designed and sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers. Bowen Designs made the statue available for pre-order in February of 2009. The statue arrived in stores in November of 2009.


Work In Progress - Sept. 2008

Work In Progress - Nov. 2008

Painted - Jan. 2009


Kotobukiya Nova Statue

In November 2008, Japanese statue manufacturer, Kotobukiya, announced they would be producing a Nova statue for Marvel. The statue measured over 15 inches tall and was priced at $175.

The statue also came with special enchancements. Those included special glow in the dark paint on the eyes and three energy regulators that are on the chest. The base of the statue had an LED light inside to give it an energetic glow! The Kotobukiya Nova statue had an edition size of 1,500.

It was designed and sculpted by sculptor Junnosuke Abe. Kotobukiya made the statue available for pre-order in January of 2009. The statue arrived in stores in June of 2009.


Bowen Designs Nova Statue (Classic)

In February 2008, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a Nova statue in the classic uniform as part of their Phase IV products for Marvel. The statue measured over 12 inches tall and was priced at $170 with an edition size of 1,000.

It was designed and sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers. Bowen Designs made the statue available for pre-order in September of 2008. The statue arrived in stores in May of 2009.


Preliminary Sketch - Feb. 2008

Work In Progress - July 2008

Painted - Sept. 2008


Bowen Designs Nova Mini-Bust

In May of 2004, Bowen Designs announced they would be producing a Nova mini-bust as part of their Phase II products for Marvel. The mini-bust measured over 6 inches tall and was priced at $45 with an edition size of 3,000. The sculpture was designed and sculpted by Carl Surges. Later, Randy Bowen made some slight changes to the mini-bust. It arrived in stores in April of 2005.


The original design sketch for the mini-bust.


The first prototype of Bowen's Nova mini-bust.
The photo was released in July of 2004.



During the summer of 2004, Bowen Designs made some slight changes to the prototype and in September, they released the above photos. The changes includes a more golden paint on the body and a color scheme change on the base. Bowen Designs began accepting pre-orders on the mini-bust on September 24, 2006.


Between September and December, Randy Bowen made some changes to the mini-bust. These changes included replacing Nova's white lenses with eyes, a higher placement of the right arm and changing the full torso to a more traditional chiseled cut. The base was also painted black and the golden paint on the body became more yellow. This photo was released in December of 2004.



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