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Quote1.png Yesss. The Cancerverse is bringing an end to mine. That is why Annihilus came... we need your help, Nova. Quote2.png

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Synopsis for 1st story

Rich Rider Nova reflects on his career as Nova from the beginning up through his current situation with Annihilus. After his time of reflection, Nova starts to ask why Annihilus needs his help. Before the arrogant insectoid can answer, a group of Annihilus's creature-infected crew crash through the wall ready to attack!

Although still a bit drunk, Rich Rider begins blasting the aliens and makes one explode. However, the attacker begins to instantly regeneration in front of Rich! Nova claims he is now sober.

The Many-Angled Ones begin speaking through the infected crew. They tell him that they didn't expect to see him again and the Cancerverse is the only option for eternal life. Nova unleashes a powerful blast which instantly destroys the being.

Crashing through the outside of Annihilus's ship to gather himself together, Nova gets a better look at the threat and launches an attack of his own. While the creatures continue trying to convince Nova that eternal life is inevitable, the human rocket pushes their entire starship into a nearby star!

Annihilus appears from behind Rich Rider which startles him. The bug leader asks if Nova thought he was still on the ship when it was destroyed by the sun. Rich tries to deny it at first but then admits that he did and is still considering incinerating him. Annihilus continues his plea for help from Nova who loudly laughs at the idea.

Later on the world where Annihilus came into the positive universe, the Negative Zone leader explains to Nova that the portal was to open once he returned with help. Rich debates with his foe on why anyone would assist him. The intelligent insectoid explains that if the Negative Zone falls to the Cancerverse, the positive universe will be next.

After realizing the portal isn't opening and that Blastaar must have been forced to destroy it, Nova reluctantly tells Annihilus that he has a plan.

Back on Earth, Rich Rider and his temporary ally arrive at the residence of the Fantastic Four. They are rudely dismissed by Franklin Richards and Valeria Von Doom.

However, Nova decides to enter the house and blasts the door open. Upon entering, the two visitors are met by Franklin and Valeria who are pointing large weapons at them! Annihilus steps forward attempting to intimidate the children. They respond by shooting him!

45 minutes later, the children are preparing to open the portal to the Negative Zone. After Annihilus awakens, Rich Rider explains that the children agreed to help them. He also reveals that their parents, along with a number of Negative Zone refugees, entered the zone and the two siblings want Annihilus and Nova to see if they need help.

Passing through the portal into the Negative Zone, the two former foes appear on Ollirg's moon. They are surprised to discover the planet Ollirg itself is being consumed by fire!

Nova doesn't understand how so much destruction could have been done in only a few days. Annihilus explains that time moves differently in the Negative Zone. What has been two days in the positive universe has been months in the zone (42 days since the invasion).

Suddenly, Nova hears the Cancerverse forces approach. Annihilus reveals he had stolen a weapon from the Fantastic Four's laboratory. Nova informs the insectoid to stay in the area and he will lead the forces away from them.

Nova flies at high speed over the moon until he returns to the spot he started. Annihilus is concerned the enemy forces were already looking for them. He assumes the Richards children had betrayed them. A voice from a cave tells him that the Cancerverse creatures are looking for them and not the two new arrivals to the moon.

Hours later, Rich has educated the moon's inhabitants of the invasion and how he had arrived on their moon. Nova's hosts explain that they are from Ollirg and reveals that the Cancerverse didn't destroy their planet, they did to deny their attackers the victory!

Later in private, Rich realizes that his body has begun trembling and he needs to keep focused. Annihilus arrives and he admits that Nova is a brave warrior and the Nova Corps itself consisted of fierce warriors. He reveals that a member of the Corps killed him once. Rich has to remind Annihilus that he was the one who had ripped out his internal organs!

The Negative Zone's leader admits that all humans look the same to him. However, he wonders what happened to Nova as he isn't the same warrior he remembers.

Suddenly a Ollirg baby begins to cry. Annihilus moves in to kill the baby in order to prevent their enemy from knowing their location. Rich grabs Annihilus by the throat and throws him against the wall. An Ollirg informs the two that the Cancerverse forces are coming their way. Nova tells Annihilus to get all the Ollirgians to their ship and makes it clear that if they die, he dies.

Rich Rider Nova begins a fierce attack on the invading creatures. He kills them all but believes they will begin to reanimate at any time. However, Annihilus inspects the bodies and confirms their deaths. He also explains that death is different in the Negative Zone and the Cancerverse forces can be exterminated. Rich finally agrees with the Negative Zone leader that the fight must be won in the zone.

Nova goes on a rampage through the Negative Zone destroying every Cancerverse creature in sight!

Suddenly, Nova is knocked from the sky by the Sentry! The two start battling but Nova is soon overwhelmed by the leader of the Cancerverse's forces. Sentry turns over his fallen foe to the Revengers. Before they can turn Richard Rider back into one of them, Nova breaks free and flies towards orbit while activating Valeria Von Doom's signal device to open the dimensional portal.

As he watches Nova's escape from a distance, Annihilus informs the Ollirgians they are now alone in their fight.

Solicit Synopsis

The universe hangs in peril! With no room for old grudges, Nova is forced to team up with one of his most nefarious adversaries – ANNIHILUS! But can Richard Rider trust the ruler of the Negative Zone to fight alongside him – or will this turn into a war with two fronts?


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