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The issue begins with Crime Buster and Nova crouched and watching the Krimmons Gang in action – stealing. Nova and Crime Buster make quick work of the antique thieves. When Nova attempts to question one of them, Crime Buster informs him that they won’t talk for fear of being killed – but offers to question him in his own way. Crime Buster hypnotizes the thug and gets all the information he needs. Crime Buster leaves Nova with the unconscious men, unaware they’re being watched by Mike Burley who is in the shadows with a ski mask on.
Mike attempts to break into a lab, but the alarm triggers – attracting the attention of Nova. Nova attacks Mike and removes his ski mask, stunned to see who it is – Mike quickly makes his escape, using his athletic skill and strength to dash between the streets before Nova ever gets a chance to track him down.
When Rich gets home, his brother confides in Rich, explaining he is worried about their father since he isn’t home yet. Rich’s brother also explains that he saw a receipt from his father with a large sum of money – and if he has no job, where did he get the money to pay the mortgage? The scene then switches to Rich’s father, where he stands before the “Inner Circle” as they explain that they have got him out of debt, but now they mean to “collect” in a different manner. The scene shifts back to Nova flying through the air where he picks up a signal from the police radio again. When he flies in to see what’s happening he finds himself attacked by Iron Man. Then after that, Spider Man joins the fight. Figuring he must be going insane or these heroes were under the spell of someone – Nova attempts to make a get away, only to have Hulk land on his back, then punch him. Before he can pull himself together, Captain America’s shield strikes him in the face. That’s when he pieces it together – that he’s actually fighting robots. Once he destroys them, Nick Fury appears and explains he was fighting LMD (Life Model Decoys) and that it was a test to see if Nova would be good enough to work with them. Fury explains that Mike Burley’s brother, Samuel, has been kidnapped and that they need to stop the villain behind it – Fury shows Nova the “villain” and Nova immediately agrees to assisting S.H.I.E.L.D.