History of the Marvel Universe #4 History of the Marvel Universe #4 - Written by Mark Waid. Art by Javier Rodriguez. Cover by Steve McNiven. Variant Cover by Javier Rodriguez.

From the Fantastic Four to the Death of Phoenix, witness the awe and majesty of the beginnings of the Modern Marvel Universe!

Rated T - 32 pgs./$4.99 - On Sale October 16th


What If? v2 TPB What If? v2 TPB - Written by Roy Thomas, Don Glut, Marv Wolfman, Steven Grant, Peter B. Gillis, Tom DeFalco, Bill Mantlo & More. Art by John Buscema, Herb Trimpe, Carmine Infantino, Tom Sutton, Pat Broderick, Alan Kupperberg, Gene Colan, Fred Kida & More. Cover by Herb Trimpe.

Classic tales of boundless imagination from the Marvel Multiverse!

Uatu the Watcher asks some of the biggest "What if?" questions of all - beginning with what if Conan the Barbarian walked the Earth today?!

Join Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos - in space! Consider the possibilities if someone else had become Nova! And find out what would have happened if Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel had remained villains!

Stephen Strange becomes a disciple of Dormammu, Spider-Man stops the burglar before Uncle Ben is killed, and the Avengers fight the Kree/Skrull War without Rick Jones!

But can you visualize a world in which Susan Storm marries Namor, the Sub-Mariner? Or one in which Doctor Doom becomes a hero?

Plus: What if the Hulk's girlfriend Jarella didn't die? And what if the radioactive spider bit Aunt May?!

Collecting WHAT IF? (1977) #13-15 and #17-23.

Rated T - 376 pgs./$39.99 - On Sale October 2nd


Annihilation: Scourge Alpha #1 Annihilation: Scourge Alpha #1 - Written by Matthew Rosenberg. Art by Juanan Ramirez. Cover by Josemaria Casanovas. Variant cover by Alex Garner. Variant cover by Ron Lim. Variant cover by Ariel Olivetti.

THE OPENING SALVO FOR DECEMBER'S MAIN EVENT!

Something is stirring in the Negative Zone...something that the Marvel Universe isn't ready for!

Will Nova be able to assemble a team powerful enough to tackle this burgeoning threat, or is it already too late to stop its descent upon the galaxy?

For the Cosmos's greatest heroes, ANNIHILATION is only the beginning...

Rated T+ - 40 pgs./One-Shot/$4.99 - On Sale November 20th

Below are various Nova appearances related to his first series in 1976. For a complete listing of Nova appearances, click on the Checklist under Issues.


Daredevil #142 - Feb. 1977

Writer/Editor: Marv Wolfman Artist: Bob Brown

Takes place between Nova #5 & #6 Vol. 1 - Nova appears in 3 panels as he rescues Daredevil from the Hudson River. Daredevil had just escaped a death trap created by Bullseye.


Spider-Man #171 - Aug. 1977

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Ross Andru

Part 2 of 2. Continuation from Nova #12 Vol. 1

Nova and Spider-Man discover the missing suspects at an abandoned lighthouse. Along with them, the heroes find a squad of A.I.M. soldiers! After quickly defeating the agents, Nova and Spider-Man are knocked out by Photon!

When they awaken, the heroes find they have been chained to an anchor and dumped overboard! Nova's suit supplies him with air and Spider-Man is able to hold his breath long enough for them to escape. Back at the Rider home, the duo find it being invaded by A.I.M. agents in search of Dr. Rider's invention. The police quickly handle the agents while Spider-Man and Nova subdue Photon.

Captain Steele reveals that Dr. Rider himself identified his killer. By using the calendar pages he fell on, Dr. Rider spelled out Photon's real identity. The first letters of July through December form the name J-A-S-O-N Dean!


Thor #271

Takes place between Nova #18 & #19 Vol. 1 - Nova has a brief fly-by cameo.


Marvel Two-In-One Annual #3 - 1978

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Sal Buscema

Takes place between Nova #19 & #20 Vol. 1

The Thing and Nova team up to stop the Monitors. The Monitors have come to Earth to judge its worthiness to survive. Nova discovers that he can create a space warp by riding the electron path of an actual star's nova and traveling faster than light.


The Defenders #62 - Aug. 1978, #63 - Sept. 1978, #64 - Oct. 1978

Writer: David Kraft Artist: Sal Buscema

Takes place between Nova #21 & #22 Vol. 1 - Nova has a few brief cameos as the Defenders have a membership drive. Nova tries out with a number of other applicants but all fail to make the team.


Fantastic Four #204 - #214; Vol. 1, March 1979 - Jan. 1980

Writer: Marv Wolfman Artist: Keith Pollard

Takes place after Nova #25 Vol. 1 - Adora comes to the Fantastic Four for help in the Skrull/Xandar War. She informs us that Xandar had survived Zorr's devastating attack due to the intervention of the Watcher. The Watcher saved Xandar's four major cities by enclosing them in spheres of force. Over a two year period, the Xandarians constructed tunnels to connect their cities and rebuild their society. Soon afterwards, the Skrull began their attempt to conquer the newly-rebuilt world. The FF go to Xandar and team up with Nova and his allies.

As the FF, Nova and Nova's allies team up to stop the Skrull, the Sphinx merges with Xandar's Living Computers. Instead of using the knowledge to end his immortality, the Sphinx decides to conquer the Earth. In order to stop him, the FF, using the Nova Prime Starship, enlist the help of Galactus. The Sphinx is defeated by Galactus and placed in an infinite time loop where he is destined to repeat his life forever. Nova decides to stay on Xandar to continue fighting against the Skrull.

Note: Nova's actual appearances in this storyline are in #206, #208, #209 & #214.


Rom #24 - Nov. 1981

Writer: Bill Mantlo Artist: Sal Buscema

Takes place a year after the events of Fantastic Four #214, Vol. 1 - Rom the Space Knight encounters Nova and his allies (now called The New Champions) in the Andromeda Galaxy, home of Xandar. Rom is searching for the galaxy of Galador. After a brief battle caused by tension in the Skrull/Xandar War, Rom and The New Champions journey to Xandar.

Nova hopes that the Living Computers can provide Rom with the coordinates for his home galaxy. Adora explains that the power of the Living Computers have been transferred to Prime Thoran, the keeper of the computers, and are no longer available until his return. Prime Thoran, now called The Protector, has taken his new powers and the Nova Prime Starship to engage in a final battle with the Skrull. Along with the Nova Corps, the Protector has taken half of the New Champions with him. They include Diamondhead, Comet and Crimebuster.

As the Nova Prime Starship and its crew returns, victory celebrations are held all over Xandar. After transporting down to Xandar, Prime Thoran's crew is revealed to be Skrulls in disguise! As a fierce battle rages across Xandar, Nova flies up to the Nova Prime Starship to find out what happened to the real crew. Upon his arrival, Nova finds that Diamondhead had betrayed his allies to the Skrull. In his rage, Nova rips through the entire one-mile length of the starship effectively disabling the Skrulls onboard. After confronting Diamondhead, Nova figures out where his captured friends are. Activating the ship's Dimensional Phaser, an extra-dimensional escape device, the Protector and all of the starship crew return to their proper dimension!

The Comet explains that they had answered a distress signal only to find that Diamondhead had betrayed them to the Skrull. The Skrull killed his son, Crimebuster, and trapped all of the others in the other dimension. Along with Rom, the rejoined New Champions and the Nova Corps quickly defeat the invading Skrulls.

After the victorious battle, Nova decides to return to Earth to help fight Rom's enemies, the Dire Wraiths. The Protector informs him that the Nova powers must stay on Xandar. Nova sacrifices his powers in order to return to Earth, his family and to battle the Dire Wraiths.


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