Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: David Baldeon
Nova #28 is the eighth installment of “The Black Vortex,” a story that has been unfolding in the pages of All-New X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and their respective tie-ins. The story revolves around the titular Black Vortex, an ancient alien artifact that will grant phenomenal cosmic power to anyone who submits to it. So far, the Vortex has bestowed its power upon Beast, Angel, Gamora, and Ronan the Accuser. Now, the Vortex is being pursued by both Peter Quill’s father J’son (who has inexplicably been renamed “Mr. Knife”) as well as Thane, the son of Thanos.
It is the newest Nova, Sam Alexander, however, who currently possesses the much-sought-after Black Vortex. After escaping an epic space battle with the Vortex, Sam stashes it in the safest place he knows – under a sheet in his bedroom. Sam is tempted by the Vortex to submit to it amid promises that it will allow him to find his missing father. Before he can do so, however, Sam’s family is visited by The Collector, who, somewhat predictably, is also seeking to acquire the rare artifact. Ultimately, Sam decides that the best course of action is to track down Star-Lord and give the Vortex to him. When he arrives on Spartax, however, Sam finds more than he bargained for.