Cover Date: July 2014
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Penciler: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Albert Deschesne
Assistant Editor: Devin Lewis
Editors: Ellie Pyle & Nick Lowe
Cover: Ed McGuinness
Title: Chapter XVII: Home Alone
Sam Alexander wanders out to the yard and tells his mom that he brought it home as a present. Eva quickly tells her son to look at the grass. It is burnt which means that the rock is radioactive and he has to get it away from town! Sam flies off and throws the gold rock into the sun.
When he returns home, Eva and her son have a talk about the boulder. She points out that the Fantastic Four got their powers from space radiation and didn't want Kaelynn turning into a Thing. Sam tells his mom that he knows the family could use the extra money and he was trying to help. Eva tells him they will find another way as she heads off to a double shift at the diner.
At the diner, she finds it is busier than normal. The manager explains that a UFO convention is in town. As Eva is taking an order, she overhears the customers talking about the odd lights seen in Carefree. One of the customers points out that they always stop before midnight as if the light has a curfew. Eva realizes they are talking about Nova!
Back at the Alexander home, Sam is sleeping on the couch while Kaelynn is playing with her dolls. She turns to see Sam's Nova helmet on the floor and puts it on. Suddenly, she has the Nova powers and accidentally blows a hole through the wall while trying to answer the phone!
Sam calmly tells his sister to take off the helmet and don't point at anything. He answers the phone to hear his mom warning him not to put on the helmet. The teenager hangs up and comforts his crying sister. He tells Kaelynn that mom will be mad but only at him and not her. Kaelynn doesn't understand what happened but her brother tells her it's okay and asks her to get ready for bed.
Later, Eva Alexander arrives home from work to find a bookcase over a boarded hole in the kitchen wall. She is understandably upset and tells Sam to go away so she can be alone for awhile. Sam flies off before Eva can warn him about the UFO watchers.
Later at Monument Valley National Park, Sam is sitting on top of a tall rock when he notices a large explosion in the distance. He puts on the Nova helmet and flies to seeing what has happened. When he arrives, Nova finds a train has hit a tractor which was sitting on the tracks. The tractor's driver appears to be drunk and the train conductor is unharmed. However, the young hero realizes the oil tanker car on the train is about to explode!
Nova picks up the tanker and lifts it into the air when it explodes. Sam puts up a force-field to protect the citizens. However, a piece of flaming debris sets a nearby house roof on fire. The teenage hero flies into the house to save the elderly woman trapped inside. He picks up the woman who is gathering photos and flies her outside to safety. Her husband and her are very grateful to Sam and invite him over for dinner once they have rebuilt their home.
Later, Sam arrives back home and has a talk with his mother out in the backyard. He tells her that he found the eviction notice when he came home last night. She now understands why he brought home the gold boulder. Eva reassures her son that they will find a way to save their house. Sam wants her to know it's not her fault. His mother warns him about the UFO watchers who are in town and that he needs to keep a lower profile for now.
Sam begins to clean up the blasted cans and bottles in the yard that he's been using for target practice. Eva explains that his father, Jesse Alexander, used to do the same thing but he at least cleaned up his mess. Sam informs her that the Watcher told him that his dad is still alive. Eva knows he is because she feels it inside.
Meanwhile, on the Moon, the Watcher himself is dead.