Infinity Countdown #1 Infinity Countdown #1 - Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Aaron Kuder. Cover by Adi Granov.

The Saga of the Infinity Stones begins!

As the Infinity Stones reappear around the cosmos, the ultimate race for power is on!!

Battles will be fought, blood will be spilled, lives will be lost... all as the greatest cosmic heroes and villains vie for possession of the Power Stone, towering over a remote asteroid, somehow grown to the size of a building.

Watch as the path to Infinity opens before your eyes and the END lies near...

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale March 7th


All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Infinity Quest All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Infinity Quest - Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Marcus To, Aaron Kuder & Michael Allred. Cover by Alex Ross.

The Guardians are on the hunt for the Infinity Stones!

As everybody's favorite misfits search for the powerful gems, their first stop is joining the Nova Corps! They're taking up golden helmets in their quest to keep the universe safe.

But how will Drax deal with being overrun by Ultron-ized aliens when he still refuses to throw a punch? And are we really trusting Rocket to clean up the Corps?

Then, as more and more parties take an interest in the Stones, a man with serious Infinity experience joins the fray!

Welcome back...Adam Warlock! But how has he returned? And why? Has he come as a savior? Or is he here to take the all-powerful gems for himself?

Find out as the cosmic saga of the Infinity Stones enters its next exciting phase!

Collecting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2017) #146-150.

Rated T+ - 128 pgs./$15.99 - On Sale March 14th


Champions #18 Champions #18 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos. Cover by Humberto Ramos.

CHAMPION FOR A DAY Part 3

The new order changeth!

After a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups, the Champions are faced with a grim decision - is it finally time to disband and give up the fight?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale February 28th

An Interview With Kev Walker!
A Nova Prime Page Exclusive

Annihilation: Nova artist Kev Walker generously took some time away from penciling the mini-series to answer some questions about the upcoming four issue Nova mini-series that is part of 2006's cosmic event 'Annihilation'! I'd like to thank Kev for the interview!

Could you give us some background on your career, how you got interested in art and what lead you to the comics industry?

Ok the short and sweet version. Went to Art college for 2 years at the beginning of the eighties. Got asked not to return. Got a job working in packaging. Spent four miserable years designing confectionary packaging for people with no imagination. Quit went freelance, got dome work for Games Workshop doing RPG illustrations, used those illustrations to get my first strip work for 2000ad in the UK. Most of the work I've done over the last 20 years has been for the UK market, though in '89 I did ink 2 issues of Hellblazer for DC. I'd always been into comics since my childhood. My dad was a fan and used to bring me home comics as a kid. He liked Doctor Strange, which back in the early 70's was very funky. I had a personal fondness for the X-Men. But who didn't (doesn't?).

How did the Annihilation: Nova mini-series assignment come about?

I owe it all to Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett. After a short conversation a few years back they got me a fill in slot on Legion of Superheroes for DC. Then another contact of theirs wanted to use me on Exiles, which I pencilled, though only inked the first issue. That was a three part gig, before I got the six-ish mini-series 'Eternal'. Then I switched briefly to DC to Work on Superman. I did three issues, none of which will ever see print, for reasons never actually explained to me. Licking my wounds I returned to the pages of 2000ad, drawing and colouring a 72 page Judge Dredd strip, before, again, Andy Lanning interfered with my life and put me in touch with Andy Schmidt at Marvel.

What lead to the redesign of Nova's uniform? What is a creative decision on your part, Dan and Andy's, or a directive from Marvel?

Nova's uniform was nothing to do with me. It's down to the whims of fashion. What's in what's out. And as for being creative, I draw stuff that 'feels' right to me, if I'm unsure I chat to the guys, then ignore their comments and draw what I feel like drawing. Ha ha.

Will the new uniform have new or expanded capabilities and, if so, what might they be?

It's all new to me. I've never read Nova before.

How do the writers/artist dynamics work between Dan and Andy and yourself for the mini-series?

Oooh, think I already answered that one. They tell me what to draw, I ignore it, and give them what they need instead. Then I tell them it was all their idea anyway.

How does your storytelling technique change from a team book (for example, your work on the Exiles) to a single character book like Nova?

hmmm, don't know that it does. Except that you have to be more creative. With only one character to focus on you have draw the same figure more often. It's easy to fall into character shortcuts and draw the same headshot over and over. With a group book you have multiple characters all competing for attention. With Nova it's all on him, single spotlight. If I draw him badly there isn't another kick ass character standing next to him to draw the eye away from bad figure work.

If given an opportunity, would you like to expand to writing duties? If so, what characters would you be interested in writing?

I already have writing credits, but only one to my name in the US. A one off 'Hellboy' related strip in the Weird Tales anthologies.

What other projects will we be seeing from you in the near future?

After this? What, you mean there'll be an 'after'? Cool, never thought about that. Have no idea.


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