Champions #20 Champions #20 - Written by Jim Zub. Art by Sean Izaakse. Cover by Stefano Caselli.

What good is conquering a world if it's already destroyed by the time you take over?

The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it...Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source - Who is Snowguard?

Rated T+ - 32 pgs./$3.99 - On Sale May 23rd


Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #2 Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #2 - 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 13th


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

Nova In The New Warriors:

New Warriors #1-#75, Vol.1; July 1990 - Sept. 1996
New Warriors #0-#10, Vol.2; Oct. 1999 - July 2000
New Warriors #1-#6, Limited Series; June 2005 - Dec. 2005

1st series begins about two years after the events of Rom #24
2nd series begins a few months after the events of Nova #1 v.3
Limited series begins about two years after New Warriors #10 v.2

New Warriors #1, Vol. 1 - July 1990

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Mark Bagley

After sacrificing his powers at the end of the Skrull-Xandar War, Rich Rider has dropped out of high school and works various menial jobs. On his way home from work, the hero known as Night Thrasher grabs Rich and drops him off of a building. The event awakens the Nova powers which were recently returned to him by Adora.

It is later revealed that after Rich Rider returned from Xandar, he went to the Fantastic Four to see if they could revive his Nova powers. Reed Richards found that Rich's access to the Nova Force has been buried so deeply that there was only a 35% chance of his powers returning. The information on Rich was routinely shared with the law-enforcement agency, SHIELD. Night Thrasher later illegally accessed SHIELD's computers and gained the information on Nova.

As Nova, Rich became a founding member of the New Warriors. In their first adventure, the New Warriors battle the former Galactus herald, Terrax. Side note: Terrax was originally created by Galactus in order to fight Nova's enemy, the Sphinx!

Thor #411 & #412, Vol. 1 - Dec. 1989

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

Takes place after New Warriors #1, Vol. 1 (Note: These issues were published prior to NW #1 but happen chronologically after NW #1.)

1st Published Appearance of the New Warriors
1st Appearance of Nova's red jacket costume.
The New Warriors help Thor battle the Juggernaut.

New Warriors #11-#13, Vol. 1; May-July 1991

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Mark Bagley
Title: "Forever Yesterday"

The 'Forever Yesterday' saga takes place in an alternate reality created by the Lady Sphinx. Having been with the original Sphinx when he obtained the Ka Stone, the Lady Sphinx absorbed enough of the stone's power to become immortal through reincarnation. However, she had fallen in love with the Sphinx and wanted them to be together. After gaining the Ka Stone, the Lady Sphinx altered reality to match her wishes. Reality was restored after the Sphinx's aide, Sayge, revealed the truth to Nova. Nova forced the Lady Sphinx to restore reality by threatening to kill her cat, the only reminder she had of the Sphinx. Side note: New Warriors #12 is the first time Nova is shown using a full gravimetric pulse.

New Warriors #40-#42, Vol. 1; Oct.-Dec. 1993

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Darick Robertson
Title: "The Starlost"

Perhaps one of the greatest Nova stories, 'The Starlost' features the confrontation between Supernova and Nova. Returning to Earth in his dimension-spanning search of Nebula, Supernova (insane from his power) senses the Nova Force in Rich Rider and begins an all-out war to steal it. In order to save lives, Rich sacrifices his powers and his life to Supernova. However, he is brought back by the former heralds of Galactus, Airwalker and Firelord. The heralds are also former Xandarians and agree to help stop Supernova. Supernova captures Rich and takes him to the ruins of Xandar as part of a plan to restore the destroyed domed cities.

On Xandar, the Living Computers begin the revival process. Queen Adora is cloned and awaits the arrival of the Nova Force contained in Supernova and in the spirit of Rich Rider. During Nebula's attack, Adora and the Protector made contingency plans if Xandar was destroyed. Garthan Saal was given the physical power of the Nova Force while Rich Rider (unknown to him) contained its spirit. When the entire Nova Force was brought together in the same dimension, the Living Computers would reactivate and Adora cloned.

As Supernova and Rich arrive at Xandar, the two beings merge into a powerful energy form which is the full essence of the Nova Force. However, it is Rich Rider's spirit who now controls the energy form! Rich releases the energy into the Living Computers and the Xandar is alive once more just as Adora and the Protector planned! In gratitude, Adora restores the Nova powers to Rich and even enhances them as he resumes his position of Centurion Nova-Prime!

New Warriors #60, Vol. 1 - June 1995

Writer: Evan Skolnick
Artist: Patrick Zircher
Title: "The Only Constant"

Continued from Nova #18 v2. Turbo rescues Rich who has jumped from a building hoping it would restore his lost powers. More determined than ever to regain his powers, Rich joins the New Warriors as they search for the Dire Wraith Queen and Nova Omega. Locating them in a cave at Yosemite National Park, a huge battle rages! However, the Queen escapes by disguising herself as a rock. In the aftermath, Nova Omega and Rich argue over who is better qualified to have the Nova Force. Ultimately, neither wins the argument and Rich is left without his powers but determined to regain them.

New Warriors #75, Vol. 1 - Sept. 1996

Writer: Evan Skolnick
Artist: Patrick Zircher
Title: "Sweet Sorrow"

Having tracked down the Dire Wraith Queen, the New Warriors attack her in space. After forcing her to Earth, the Warriors have to stop the Queen from activating a bomb which will elimate all super-powers from the planet! Without super-heroes, the Dire Wraiths will easily conquer Earth. During the battle, Nova Omega is killed but is able to restore the Nova powers to Rich Rider before he dies. The weapon detonates but, due to the intervention of the Warriors, proves ineffective and the Queen is captured.


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