World’s Finest 180 – Nova, the conclusion

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Neal Adams cover is really the best thing about the concluding half of the Nova tale, by Bates, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, in World’s Finest 180 (Nov. 68).

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Nova has been captured, and is implanted by Mr. Socrates with a mind-control device, and then sent off to be used as a living weapon against Batman.  So much for the super-hero career.

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Superman sheds the Nova costume, although he does not regain the powers.  He conveys to Batman that he is being controlled, and Batman creates a collar that blocks the signal.

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The story ends with Superman giving up on being Nova, but Batman suggesting that he simply needs more training.  It leaves the possibility of a follow-up story open.  None ever came, but Nova is seen, possibly only once more. I remember noting him in the Hypertime montage in The Kingdom around the millenium.

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