The Nova Corps were devastated by the Annihilation Wave, the Xandarian Worldmindsecretly sought out new recruits during Richard Rider's sleep hours. Malik Tarcel is one of the recruits as a Nova Centurion. Soon after his selection, the Worldmind transmitted an emergency signal as the result of nearly being destroyed by Galactus. The rest of the team consisted of Irani Rael, Qubit, Morrow and Fraktur they wroked together to trace Worldmind's signal
The Centurions travel to earth following the Skrull's that attempted invade. They worked with Richard Rider in helping keep the peace after the invasion. They then had to deal with a hostage situation with the Serpent Society, Tarcel took down brought down Black Mamba and then the team tracked down the Dragon Man.
Worldmind selected Malik Tarcel as the new Nova Prime after Richard Rider was expelled from the Nova Corps under accusations of mental instability. As the new Nova Prima he was dispatched to deal with the war between the Shi'ar and the Kree.
War of Kings
Malik Tarcel worked against the Sh'ar due to their part in starting war. He was loyal to the rule of Lilandra and saw Emperor Vulcan as usurper to the throne and anyone who followed him was an enemy. As Nova Prime he led an attack on the Shi'ar armada who were trying to attack a Kree world. The attack was succesful but this battle led to the Imperial Guard entering the war.
Malik Tarcel took on the Gladiator directly in combat but he was defeated and had no choice but to surrender to save his troops. The Centurions who were captured were executed by Xenith. While captivity, Emperor Vulcan tortured him just for the pleasure of seeing him in pain. Malik Tarcel was later rescued by Garthan Saal and hasn't been seen since.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Malik Tarcel is the host of the entire Nova Force, a vast energy source that he can apply to grant himself a number of superhuman attributes. As host to the entire Nova Force, which was previously used to empower all members of the Nova Corps throughout the universe, Malik Tarcel is now possessed of tremendously augmented strength and durability as well as near limitless quantities of energy that allows him to hold his own against other powerful beings such as the Silver Surfer.
Superhuman Strength: Malik Tarcel is able to channel the Nova Force for the purpose of increasing his physical strength to vast levels. While the full limit isn't known, the Nova Force can grant Malik Tarcel sufficient superhuman strength to lift well in excess of 100 tons easily.
The Nova Force makes Malik Tarcel one of the strongest beings in the Universe. The Nova Force grants Malik Tarcel sufficient strength and power to even engage and stalemate the likes of the Silver Surfer in combat. He was even capable of going blow for blow with the likes of Annihilus himself in combat, and was able to rip him inside out.
Superhuman Speed: By channeling the Nova Force properly, Malik Tarcel can grant himself the ability to run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete. While the upper limit of his running speed isn't known, he can at least run several hundred miles an hour. He can move at speeds faster than light
Superhuman Stamina: Due to the Nova Forces augmentation of his musculature, Malik Tarcel's muscles produce considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. While the full limits of his stamina aren't known, he is able to exert himself physically for at least 24 hours before the fatigue toxins impair him.
Superhuman Durability: Malik Tarcel's body is highly resistant to all forms of conventional physical injury and is practically invulnerable. He can withstand high caliber bullets, falls from tremendous heights, exposure to extremes in both temperature and pressure, powerful energy blasts, acidic corrosives, and tremendous impact forces without sustaining injury. While employing the Nova Force, Malik Tarcel can easily withstand the rigors of deep space indefinitely. He can withstand attacks from powerful beings such as Annihilus.
Superhuman Agility: Malik Tarcel's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.
Superhuman Reflexes: Malik Tarcel's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.
Regenerative Healing Factor: In spite of his great physical resilience, it is possible for him to sustain injury. On the rare occasion that Malik Tarcel is injured he can purposely channel the Nova Force to rapidly heal damaged bodily tissues. The full limits and capabilities of his healing powers aren't known but he was able to heal himself any damage done instantly with the Nova Force.
Flight: Malik Tarcel can use the Nova Force to propel himself through the air at tremendous speeds. Nova is fully capable of achieving faster than light velocities, and often does, while traveling through space. However, moving as such speeds while in the atmosphere of a planet would cause devastation to the planet itself, so he travels much slower while on within a planetary atmosphere, generally at supersonic speeds.
Energy Generation: Malik Tarcel can channel the Nova Force and expel the energy in the form of extremely powerful concussive blasts that he often uses in combat situations.A few of the abilities he has shown are, the ability to manipulate the near infinite energy of the Nova Force to create hyperspace portals in space such as Space Gates, he can release extremely powerful gravimetric pulses and beams, either from specific parts of his body or from his energy body surface, he can create powerful electromagnetic discharge that can nullify gravity. He can use the Nova Force to create extremely powerful energy attacks.
Xandrian Worldmind: Aside from housing the Nova Force, Malik Tarcel is also the host of the Xandrian Worldmind. The Worldmind is a sentient collective created to govern and maintain all forms of Xandrian culture. The Worldmind contains all knowledge collected by the Xandrian people including art, science, history, and philosophy. Malik Tarcel can access any aspect of this technology by communicating with the Worldmind verbally or mentally. As a result, The Worldmind often contacts Malik Tarcel unbidden and usually offers advice, instructions, insights, recommendations, and even criticisms. Malik Tarcel's bond with the Worldmind is highly useful, however, also in the fact that the Worldmind is crucial in helping Rider maintain self control when tapping into the full might of the Nova Force.
. A few other capabilities demonstrated by the Worldmind are:
- Helps Malik Tarcel contain the whole Nova Force while keeping his mind and sanity intact.
- Downloads profiles of opponents directly into Malik Tarcel's mind.
- Detects nearby energy surges, including those used in teleportation.
- Can assume control of Malik Tarcel's body as he sleeps.
- Access other computer systems, including heavily-protected terrestrial computer network.
- Analyze attackers, including detecting adrenaline surges in their bodies.
- Detects approaching super-humans with energy-based powers (like Penance)
- Enables Malik Tarcel to hack into satellite TV broadcasts, and transmit his voice and image to individual TV sets.
- Can protect Malik Tarcel from psionic manipulation using Psi-shields.
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AbilitiesMalik Tarcelis a formidable combatant.He is naturally more comfortable at using the Nova Force's energy generating capabilities during combat. However, he can access the Xandrian Worldmind and instantly gain knowledge of Xandrian hand-to-hand combat techniques which he sometimes uses in combination with his energy powers.
Strength levelWhile his strength limit is unknown, he has shown enough strength to easily lift well in excess of 100 tons without effort. He is one of the physically strongest beings in the Universe. Whenever on Earth, Malik Tarcel is easily one of the strongest and most powerful beings on the planet.
Malik Tarcel uses the Xandrian Worldmind to help maintain his mood and mental stability. Without it, utilizing the full power of the Nova Force would overcome Malik Tarcel's mental stability, causing a severe mental breakdown and possibly insanity.
- Nova Corps Uniform: To further stabilize Malik Tarcel during his manipulation of the Nova Force, the Worldmind has specifically modified Malik Tarcel's Nova uniform. The material of the uniform helps to contain and regulate some of Malik Tarcel's powers by siphoning some of the energies of the Nova Force. The uniform also contains inhibitors that can manipulate various hormones in Malik Tarcel's brain for the purpose of moderating his moods as needed. The uniform also has self-repairing capabilities, allowing it to seal rips and tears on its own. As with past models, the helmet Malik Tarcel uses with his current uniform resembles and feels like cloth when he isn't wearing it, though it adopts a metallic look and feel when he wears it. Malik Tarcelcan also alter the appearance and nature of his uniform to suit his needs.
The helmet contained radio circuitry enabling Nova to pick up radio transmissions, monitor transmissions, telescopic sights, night vision sensors, and heat imaging sensors, as well as overlay a visual heads-up display for tracking energy signatures. The helmet also contains a psynaptic scrambler to use on opponents in close quarters (such as Xenith or Gladiator). Nova's helmet has a rigid construction and shape when worn, but becomes as malleable as cloth when it is not, allowing Malik Tarcel to hide it in his civilian clothes when desired.
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