Cover Date: October 2009
Release Date: August 26, 2009
Writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Artists: Andrea DiVito
Inkers: Andrea DiVito
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Colorist: Bruno Hang
Assistant Editor: Michael Horwitz
Editor: Bill Rosemann
Cover Artist: Daniel Acuna
Variant Cover: Mike Perkins
Title: "War Crimes"
As she pulls herself up from floor, Xenith taunts Nova and invites him to attack her again. Richard Rider responds by smashing her through a huge pillar and punching her again! By this time, Irani has checked on the status of Centurion Robert Rider and is happy to find that he still has a pulse. She yells to Rich that his brother is alive. Unfortunately, the news causes Nova to turn his attention away from the fight. Xenith takes advantage of the situation and knocks Rich backwards with a stunning punch.
As Nova and Xenith continue their fight, the Strontian tells the Earth hero that she will teach him about pain. Rich counters by informing her that he has been doing some research of his own through his suit's Novapedia Index. He has learned that her race is extremely strong and psionically reinforced. Xenith lifts Nova by the neck and arrogantly asks him what that means to them. The young hero tells her that it means she shouldn't be in head-butting range of someone with a psionic dampener in his helmet as he knocks it into her forehead! With her powers temporarily taken away, Xenith is quickly knocked unconscious by a powerful punch to the jaw!
Elsewhere, the Uncreated and Morrow begin their own battle. The Imperial Guardsman fires a round of spine-quills at the Centurion but finds them returned at him with high velocity by the gravimetric powers of the Nova Force.
At the same time, Irani finds herself facing Pn'zo. The female Centurion is fascinated by the techno-organic nature of her foe while dodging the Guardsman's energy tentacles. Irani Rael grabs one of the mechanical limbs and shoves it into Pn'zo's neural cortex. The energy overload knocks him to the ground unconscious. While standing over her attacker's body, Rael doesn't notice the symbiotic form of Zzxz approach her from behind. As Zzxz poses to strike, he is suddenly blasted by an energy burst from Nova Prime!
Richard Rider instructs Irani to focus a gravimetric beam at the host body while he does the same to the host's symbiote. The combination of energy beams causes the connection between the symbiote and host to be stretched too far and both fall unconscious.
With the Imperial Guardsmen defeated, Nova informs the Nova Corps that the Shi'Ar Empire's soldiers will be taken prisoner and turned over to the authorities for trial. Rich is determined to show the galaxy that law and order will be enforced by the Corps. As they turn to leave, Morrow notices that the invading forces of Blastaar have entered the city and are blocking their exit.
Nova Prime opens his suit's microphone and informs Blastaar that the Nova Corps' mission is finished and, in accordance with Galactic Council laws, will be leaving Kree-Lar with their prisoners. The Negative Zone's ruler responds with an offer allowing the Corps to leave but they must leave their prisoners with them. Rich angrily protests that they had a deal when they arrived on the planet. Blastaar points out that the situation has changed due to the end of the conflict between the Kree and the Shi'Ar. The Negative Zone leader considers himself no longer bound by the agreement made while he was sided with the Shi'Ar.
Nova flies down to confront Blastaar and quietly begins to clarify the situation to him. Rich points out that if Blastaar wants to be respected as the ruler of the Negative Zone, then he must appears to be capable of ruling wisely instead of being an uncivilized barbarian. As a step in the right direction, the Earth hero suggests that the Negative Zone leader recognize the authority of the Nova Corps. He also reminds King Blastaar of what happened to the prior possessor of the Cosmic Control Rod, Annihilus, who found himself ripped inside out by Nova Prime.
Blastaar accepts Nova's argument but feels that his troops will lose respect for him if he allows the Corps to leave with the prisoners. Rich informs him that he can take care of that problem and opens the suit's microphone. Richard Rider publicly thanks Blastaar for ruling wisely and allowing them passage from Kree-Lar. He also indicates that the Negative Zone leader's actions will be noted in the records of the Nova Corps. Nova then quietly instructs Blastaar to say that they can go. The surprised king dismisses the Corps and tells Nova Prime that they will definitely meet again.
Back on Nu-Xandar, the WorldMind informs Nova that his brother is in stable condition and will recover. The artificial sentience also brings Nova Prime up to date on other situations. Nova gets confirmation that the Kree/Shi'Ar War is over. He also discovers that during the war, a devastating superweapon had been detonated causing massive devastation.
The WorldMind informs Rich that almost all of the recruited Nova Centurions have been depowered and returned to their homeworlds per his instructions. The total number of Centurions is now in the single digits. Nova Prime decides to address the remaining members of the Nova Corps (Morrow, Irani Rael, Qubit, Fraktur, Tre Owens and Lindy Nolan) and his friend Quasar.
Richard Rider tells everyone that he had originally been against the formation of the new Nova Corps due to the uncontrolled expansion caused by the WorldMind. However, he believes the WorldMind had the right idea. Nova Prime believes he has a solution. He offers the current Centurions the opportunity to remain as Probationers who will train and work together. Once they have completed their training, they will assist in the recruitment of the next group of Probationers. This will allow a controlled growth of the Nova Corps with fully trained members. All of the current Centurions gladly accept Nova Prime's offer.
Later, Nova flies with Quasar through Nu-Xandar. Rich asks his fellow Earth hero to stay with the Nova Corps as a tutor. Wendell politely declines saying he needs to spend time understanding his new energy form. They shake hands with the understanding that both will be there for the other when help is needed.
After Quasar departs, the WorldMind suggests to Nova that they investigate the new anomoly created by the Inhumans' superweapon which is being called The Fault. The young hero agrees and requests a stargate for Nu-Xandar. The artificial sentience also informs Nova Prime that the previous host of Nu-Xandar, Ego, is repairing itself faster than expected. While no danger is immediate, the WorldMind believes they should begin looking for a new Nu-Xandar. Rich also agrees to the suggestion as he was never comfortable living inside Ego.
Rich takes a few minutes to visit his brother in the Primary Medical Bay. He tells his younger brother how proud he is of him. The older Rider also expresses how impressed he was that Robbie was able to pin Xenith to the ground for almost two hours with only Centurion-level Nova Force.
Robert Rider believes his brother is only saying nice things to him to spare his feelings before telling him that he's going home without his powers. The older sibling admits that he was originally very worried about Robbie being a Centurion. However, Nova feels that Robert Rider has proven himself worthy of remaining in the Nova Corps and they'll have to find a gentle way to let their parents know.
Later, Nu-Xandar exits the stargate sixteen light years from the Kree frontier. Inside, Nova Prime instructs the WorldMind to show them The Fault on a viewscreen. Rich and the Nova Corps are stunned to see a large fissure floating in space. The WorldMind infomrs them that the fissure appears to be a rip in space and time and is several parsecs across.
Suddenly, Centurion Irani Rael tells Nova that she is picking up a distress signal that appears to be Xandarian! As Irani puts the signal onto the viewscreen, Nova is shocked to find the signal is coming from a Nova Corps Starship!Back To Nova 2007 Index