Appearing in "The Fury Before the Storm!"
- LMD's of:
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- unnamed criminals
- Inner Circle (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Fury Before the Storm!"
Continued from last issue... While out on a stake-out with Crime-Buster, Nova learns that one of the crooks trying to break into a science lab is his classmate Mike Burley. Shocked to find that Burley is the perpetrator, Nova is stunned enough for Burley to escape. Meanwhile, his father meets the Inner Circle who demands that he follow through on their contract which states that he owes them a favor for the loan they gave him.
Richard has returned home and began studying, restless he decides to go out on patrol. While flying across the city, he attacks what appears to be Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man and Iron Man. However as the battle rages on, Nova realizes that they are robots and destroys them all. He is then confronted by Nick Fury, who reveals he was testing him with LMD's of the heroes.
Taking Nova aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Fury reveals that he knows about Rider's secret identity, and asks for his help in saving Mike Burley's brother a successful nuclear research scientist. When Nick Fury shows Nova a picture of who they believe is behind the scheme, Nova agrees to help S.H.I.E.L.D. out.
This story is continued next issue...
- Letters (story pages): Saladino page 1, Costanza pages 2-17.