A couple nights ago when I, according to a certain someone and someone else (who shall go unnamed), stetcheeeeed to make a connection between the Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova and Cable, I was laughed right out of the CBN offices!
Turns out I wasn't far off, as Cable and Nova do have some history (hey, what team was Star-Lord on?)!
Thanks to Moose from the CBN forums for tipping me off.
A simple google search turned up "Child's Play" a crossover between X-Force and the New Warriors from back in March-April of 1994.
Updated (credit - Moose): Which isn't the first time they have met. Back in 1991 there was the Annual crossover "Kings Of Pain" (see pic below).
I'm presently awaiting for one of our Nova experts to way in on what Rich's role just might have been, but found out via NewWarriors.com that Rich has at least some face time -- and side by side Cable, apparently.
From New Warriors #46 Part 4 of "Child's Play" (bold my own):
"The issue opens up with X-Force coming through a portal where they are greeted by the New Warriors. In one page we have Night Thrasher, Silhouette, Rage, Nova, Kymaera, Speedball, Cable, Shatterstar, Domino, Rictor, Siryn and Warpath.
Night Thrasher explains that they have mapped out the area and had a game plan of three teams. Rage and Speedball; Kymaera and Nova; and Thrash and Silhouette. Cable agrees and assigns Rictor and Shatterstar with Nova and Kymaera; Warpath and Siryn with “Superball” (Speedball corrects him) and “The Big Guy” (Rage); and Domino and Cable are with Thrash and Silhouette.
When they separate – Shatterstar and Rictor are taken over by Karma and Empath (respectively). They in turn attack Nova and Kymaera. Nova spots Karma and Empath and uses low level gravimetric pulse to take them both out. But his kindness is not met in kind when Magma and Moonstar take them out."
As far as I am concerned, it's not that much of a stretch that Jeph's Loeb upcoming "Cable Reborn" (which is NOT the title) just might be a new "Guardians of the Galaxy Reborn" with Cable, Nova and Star-Lord.
Why? How? No idea!
But, it sounds good!
Becareful how far you stretch me, I might just come back and twack ya!
"Kings Of Pain":