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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18--What Happened to Richard Rider?

An ORIGINAL SIN tie-in many will be looking forward to.

This August, the burning question of what happened to one of the greatest heroes of in the Marvel Universe finally gets answered in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 – an Original Sin tie-in! New York Times Bestselling creators Brian Michael Bendis and Ed McGuinness bring you the blockbuster answer to the question on everyone’s mind:

What happened to Richard Rider?

“We have literally been dropping hints since the Guardians guest-starred in Avengers Assemble,” says Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “I have known exactly what we were doing with this from the moment I agreed to do the book, but I thought it would be best to slow burn the reveal.”

Nova, the Human Rocket – once one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe, gone in a flash. Side-by-side with Star-Lord, Nova fought valiantly to save the entire universe from encroaching death. Sealed in a twisted and horrific version of our own universe, Richard Rider sacrificed everything to prevent the onslaught of Thanos.

The true story of that sacrifice has never been told. Though Star-Lord and Thanos miraculously returned, Nova was nowhere to be found. The truth behind his absence kept a closely guarded secret between two bitter enemies. A secret that will finally be revealed!

“Not only does this reveal answer a question for diehard readers, it also tells something about the character to newer readers,” continued Bendis.

“This is a story Brian Bendis has been dying to tell for several years,” says Executive Editor Mike Marts. ”Now that time is finally here and we can’t wait for readers to find out what happened to Richard Rider!”

How did Star-Lord and Thanos escape their hellish imprisonment? And why did Nova not return with them? The explosive last stand of Richard Rider begins now! No fan can afford to miss the blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

75th Anniversary Variant Cover by ALEX ROSS

On-Sale This August!

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Posted by daredevil21134

Hopefully he's alive

Posted by SmashBrawler

Like I said before, I'm not expecting much from this story or Bendis for that matter.

Posted by GodOfMischief

I haven't really enjoyed Bendis' take on the Guardians at all, but I might have to check this out just to see what happened to Richard Rider. I really hope he doesn't mess it up.

Edited by TommytheHitman

I thought Disney were pretending he didn't exist so they could appeal to fans of Ultimate Spider-Man with that Sam kid.

Although Sam is kinda cool so I can't complain much.

Posted by G-Man

Let the pre-judgement begin!

Posted by Maddpanda531

It'd be really great if it turns out that he's alive. It'd be even greater if he then joins the Guardians and becomes a regular character in Nova (as a mentor to Sam, or something.)

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Star Lord sacrificed Nova to save his own skin and that's what's going to tear the GotG apart

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I would be much more interested if it wasn't obvious that Richard is dead and if this was written by someone else instead of Bendis whose GOTG has been mostly poor.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

My boy Rich is working for Thanos now.. or some other horse crap. I'll read this issue, but I am not buying it.

Posted by HumanRocket

I know where you live Bendis. If you mess this up I will find you. If your not going to bring back Rich anytime soon at least give him a proper heroic death like how Ultimate Peter got. Other than who's writing this I am a happy camper. CAN'T WAIT TIL AUG.

Posted by dondave

Lol

Edited by Iragexcudder

@dondave: haha I'm unbelievably relieved, I even posted this on Facebook:) thanks for the call out bud

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Looks like Riders back. Glad Bendis is writing it.

Posted by Xwraith

I know somebody who came up with a theory:
Richard sacrificed himself to save Peter.

Posted by Cuboid

From the other comments, I might be in a minority opinion, but I'm looking forward to checking this out.

I also like that some of the Original Sin tie-ins are related to the stories of the respective series (this, Cap & the Illuminati) as opposed to out-of-the-blue "this happened secretly and is now coming to light".

Posted by BeaconofStrength

I hope Dick Rider is alive.

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Posted by BritishMonkey

The bigger question I think is; will it be done right?

Edited by Fenderxx

Man, this is fantastic news, and i cant wait to get my hands on that issue!

Posted by ShadowX

i wish they bring back Ohyla Vell and Moon dragon.

Edited by GraniteSoldier

Variant cover is missing Venom and Captain Marvel! Very disappointing.

Otherwise, I hope this is good. I won't go as far as to say I was a big fan, but I did love Rich Rider as Nova. I don't enjoy Sam's run, and want Rich to return.

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I'm the happiest person in the world right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Dernman

@micah said:

Looks like Riders back. Glad Bendis is writing it.

Doubtful. I don't think they're going to bring him back when they're still trying to push Alex hard.

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I don't hate Bendis like some others he's hit an miss for me. Him writing Nova is a concern for me. While there are elements of his book that I like his characterization of certain characters are terrible. Drax for example.

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@shadowx said:

i wish they bring back Phyla Vell and Moon dragon.

Hear, hear!

Posted by kid Apollo

What happened to Richard Rider?

he probably took a f*king vacation, being a superhero probably sucks a fat one

Posted by Transformers1024

I don't buy variant covers since a lot of the ones I've seen can be pretty expensive, but I will make an exception for this one.

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@g_man said:

Let the pre-judgement begin!

I never leave home without it.

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I'm going to say an unpopular opinion right here but i like Sam more......What can i say i like teen heroes who aren't sidekicks. He reminds me so much of Peter Parker the good Peter Park the Ultimate Peter Parker. Plus if Marvel makes a Nova movie i think they would use Sam as their answer to Spider-Man/Peter Parker which is why their pushing him so much. Rich is really cool though but i want him to be that hero that stays dead i want him to have sacrifised himself for Star-Lord he could be a start of actually keeping superheroes dead.

Posted by NukeA6

I'm not gonna keep my hopes up because Bendis is still on GotG. Still, I'd like a good explanation on what happened after the Cancerverse asploded.

Posted by Teerack

YES This is what I've been dying for! Can't wait for this. This is the first thing since marvel went ALL NEW I care about.

Posted by Spider-Man

@teerack: I still don't know what's All New about it.

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@spider-man: Marvel the house of the same ideas, has ALL NEW numbering!

Posted by Dernman

@shadowx said:

i wish they bring back Phyla Vell and Moon dragon.

Hear, hear!

Moon Dragon I'd be fine with. Especially with the last costume she wore but I could do without Phyla.

Posted by New_World_Order

Star Lord sacrificed Nova to save his own skin and that's what's going to tear the GotG apart

Posted by Danial79

FINALLY!! I just really hope he's not dead...

Posted by micah

@dernman: Here's hoping Rider will be Alex's mentor :) I am curious as to how Rider escaped the Cancerverse........

Posted by ZbvmX

I made a promise to myself to ignore all tie-ins of titles not currently in my pull list, but all these other stories really have great potential @_@

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@jonny_anonymous: to who though? Shuma Gorath? It wouldn't make sense to how Thanos got back..

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Posted by Toa_Manaia

UMMMMMMMMMMM yeah, I don't mind Bendis, but I have completely avoided the current GOTG run, and as much as I would love to see the best Nova back imho, I get the dread feeling that Marvel are going to mess this up.

Question: going by the art above, where are Drax's blades, the majority of his best moments are with his BLADES...

KnifeWikipedia: A knife is a cutting tool with a cutting edge or blade, hand-held or otherwise, with or without a handle. Knife-like tools were used at least two-and-a-half million years ago, as evidenced by the Oldowan tools. Originally made of rock, bone, flint, and obsidian, knives have evolved in construction as technology has, with blades being made from bronze, copper, iron, steel, ceramics, and titanium. Many cultures have their unique version of the knife. Due to its role as humankind's first tool, certain cultures have attached spiritual and religious significance to the knife.

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@dernman said:

@akindoodle said:
@shadowx said:

i wish they bring back Phyla Vell and Moon dragon.

Hear, hear!

Moon Dragon I'd be fine with. Especially with the last costume she wore but I could do without Phyla.

See, I actually really like Phyla

Posted by LCazT1996

It'd be really great if it turns out that he's alive. It'd be even greater if he then joins the Guardians and becomes a regular character in Nova (as a mentor to Sam, or something.)

Posted by Dernman

@micah said:

@dernman: Here's hoping Rider will be Alex's mentor :) I am curious as to how Rider escaped the Cancerverse........

I'm kinda if he come back he would restart the corps. Though they would need a costume redesign. One of the best things for Rider was him getting the Nova Prime costume.

Posted by Sovereign91001

Mood: Cautiously Optmistic

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"I'm the only Guardian this galaxy needs..."

Posted by illmatic4177

Geez I love the Bendis haters lol. The current run of GotG has been tons of fun, and Im really looking forward to this.

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