ISBN: 9780785159011

by Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Mitch Breitweiser, Scott Kolins, Ariel Olivetti, Kev Walker.

This collection continues from Drax the Destroyer: Earthfall (or rather, it contains that particular collection issue and more).

From “Earthfall”, Drax and Cammi are picked up by a prison transport vessel. Drax’s DNA has changed so the authorities are technically unable to detain him, as his present form cannot be held accountable for his previous alleged crimes.

What follows in this collection has little to do with Drax and Cammi, and more to do with Richard Rider aka Nova.

There’s an invasion by a relentless force led by Annihilus. The Worldmind’s defence force, Nova Corp, mounts a defence but is utterly defeated. Richard Rider, a Nova Corp trooper originally from Earth, is the sole survivor. The Xandarian Worldmind (a sentient AI created to govern and maintain Xandarian culture) downloads its full cognitive resources into Richard’s mind. One consequence being that the Worldmind can manipulate and greatly boost the “Nova Force” through Richard.

Richard picks up Drax and Cammi. Meets Quasar along the way. They basically try to stem the tide of Annihilus’ invasion. Quasar gets ingested by Annihilus and Richard almost suffers the same fate. But the Worldmind manages to briefly takeover and sever Annihilus’ mindlink with his minions, thereby allowing a planet to evacuate fully.

Story continues in
Book 2 and Book 3.