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Quote1 New name? Hey, I busted my buns to be in Alpha Flight. I wanna be in Alpha Flight!! Quote2
--Puck

Appearing in "Tundra!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #1.

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Synopsis for "Tundra!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #1.
Alpha Beta Gamma Flights (Earth-616) - Alpha Flight Vol 1 001

The members of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Flights.

The Prime Minister of Canada informs James MacDonald Hudson that Department H is shutting down their national super-hero team, Alpha Flight. Mac reflects upon what will become of the various team members, notably the rising stars from the back-up groups, Beta Flight and Gamma Flight. Donning his Vindicator armor, he flies home to Ontario to tell his wife, Heather.

Meanwhile, in the Northwest Territories, a man named Richard Easton conducts an ancient ritual in which he summons one of the power Great Beasts – an entity known as Tundra.

In Quebec, Jean-Paul Beaubier visits his sister, Jeanne-Marie at Madame DuPont's School for Girls. He tries to get his sister to shed her modest Jeanne-Marie personality in favour of her more free-spirited persona, Aurora. Jeanne-Marie detests this side of her nature and openly rejects Aurora, as if she were an entirely separate person.

Later at the Hudson residence, Mac receives a call from Alpha Flight's former government liaison, Gary Cody. Cody tells him about a bizarre phenomena taking place at Resolute Bay. Vindicator flies off to respond to the emergency. Heather, fearing for her husband's safety, activates a signal beacon that goes out to all former members of Alpha Flight, including upcoming recruits Puck and Marrina.

Puck is working as a bouncer at Corky's Tavern in Toronto when he receives the call. Exuberance overtakes him and he rushes out to track down Hudson.

In Newfoundland, Marrina carries on a conversation with her adoptive brother, Dan Smallwood, when she too receives the signal. She dives into the sea and begins swimming towards Vindicator’s coordinates.

In British Columbia, Professor Walter Langkowski perceives the summons as well, and is surprised to find that there is still a need for Alpha Flight. He transforms into Sasquatch and races to aid his old allies.

Meanwhile, Snowbird arrives at the scene where Tundra has risen from the Earth. Standing several stories high, he commands the very power of the environment, assaulting Snowbird with a barrage of rock and debris. The rest of Alpha Flight finally arrives including Snowbird’s close friend, Michael Twoyoungmen – also known as Shaman.

Vindicator begins attacking Tundra with a steady stream of electromagnetic energy, but Snowbird warns him that such an assault would adversely affect the environment. As Vindicator scales back his attack, a Canadian Armed Forces helicopter air-drops Sasquatch on top of the behemoth. Sasquatch begins tearing into Tundra’s side, until the Great Beast swats him away like a fly.

Snowbird tells Shaman that only the forces of nature can successfully stop Tundra. He uses his magic to summon a great deluge, which greatly wears away large portions of Tundra's form.

Marrina arrives, riding on top of a traveling waterspout. Shaman uses the excess water that she has brought to finish Tundra off for good. His body erodes away, until there is nothing left but a bed of silt and a large salt lake.

Realizing how effectively everyone worked together, Vindicator offers to re-establish Alpha Flight as an independent super-hero team.

Appearing in "Shadows of the Past"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #2.

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Synopsis for "Shadows of the Past"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #2.
Alpha Flight Vol 1 2 001

The members of Alpha Flight gather at an old Canadian military proving ground near the Albany River. Vindicator runs them through a series of combat training exercises in order to hone their skills. Despite a few mishaps, and the inevitable brawl between Puck and Sasquatch, the team enjoys their time together and Mac feels confident that Alpha Flight could one day become as nationally recognized as the Avengers.

Shaman, ever acting the part of Vindicator's conscience, reminds him that while he wears the flag of Canada, perhaps he should also embody the country’s spirit. He compares him to his American counterpart, Captain America.

Suddenly, Puck notices that Marrina is acting strangely. He approaches her out of concern, but Marrina turns feral, lashing out at him with her razor-sharp claws. As Puck falls over, nearly disemboweled, Marrina dives into the river and swims away. Northstar and Aurora attempt to follow her, but she is already too far away.

Vindicator and Shaman rush Puck to the hospital. Shaman uses his Sarcee magic powders to stabilize his condition, but it is his skills as a surgeon that ultimately saves his life.

While Shaman labors to save Puck, Vindicator ruminates over the circumstances that brought Marrina into Alpha Flight's fold.

Flashback:

Eighteen years ago, fisherman Tom Smallwood fell from the deck of his trawler during a massive rainstorm. Mired down by his fishing nets, he began to sink to the bottom of the sea. However, his attention caught sight of a glowing green egg, and he was able to snatch it up and use it to buoy himself to the water’s surface.
Taking the egg home with him, he showed it to his wife, Gladys. The egg hatched, bringing forth an infant aquatic life form. Naming her, Marrina, the Smallwoods took the child into their home and raised her as one of their own.
By age sixteen, Marrina's aquatic super-powers fully developed. The Smallwoods found that she could not only survive indefinitely underwater, but could swim at speeds in excess of 800 knots per hour.
Within a short time, the administrators of Department H discovered Marrina's existence and James Hudson personally recruited her into the Beta Flight program. Marrina excelled as a member of Beta Flight and within a span of four months was ready to become a full-fledged Alphan.

The rest of Alpha Flight gathers together aboard the Omnijet and begins tracking Marrina's path via the signal device located in her locket. She swims to the North Pole where she arrives at a frozen glacier facility. Rising up out of the water, Marrina finds herself in the presence of a costumed man who calls himself the Master.

Appearing in "Yesterday Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #3.

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Synopsis for "Yesterday Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #3.

Snowbird, having received a mystic communiqué from Shaman, flies across the Northern Territories, in search of her friends in Alpha Flight. She finds the crashed remains of the Omnijet, and uses her post-cognitive perception powers to replay the events that led to the ship's landing. In the vision, she sees a red laser beam originating from beyond the plains striking the ship and sending it down into the snow. Her friends survived the crash and left the ship, briskly walking northward. Snowbird begins following Sasquatch's footprints towards their destination.

Meanwhile, the rest of Alpha Flight has found an entranceway into the technologically advanced lair of the Master. In the hopes of expediting their search for the missing Alphan, Marrina, they split up into two teams. Vindicator and Sasquatch head off in one direction, while Northstar and Aurora fly down an alternate tunnel.

The teams get cut off from one another, and Aurora begins to grow scared. Northstar and she lock hands, generating a blinding glow of light, which illuminates the entire tunnel. As they explore further, large metal poles protrude from the walls. One of them strikes Northstar, rendering him unconscious. Aurora grows even more scared and slips into her meek Jeanne-Marie personality. Vindicator and Sasquatch manage to smash through several yards of thick wall in order to find them.

Meanwhile, the self-proclaimed Master of the World has captured Marrina and strapped her to a large torture device. He alludes to the fact that Marrina's heritage is alien in origin and that both of their destinies are intertwined with one another. While Marrina screams in torment, the Master amuses himself by relating his own origin.

Flashback:

The Master was once a member of a tribe of humans known as the Eshu that thrived in the Northern wastelands over 40,000 years ago. The Eshu maintained a strict code against the taking of human life, and discovered that the Master had in fact violated this stringent law.
Exiled from the community, he wandered south until he felt an instinctive need to change course and head farther north. An unidentifiable summons drew him closer and closer to the North Pole until he discovered the ruins of an enormous spaceship. Entering the vessel, the Master found himself at the whims of this seemingly living ship. The ship captured him and used his body for excessive experimentation. It slowly stripped away all of his biological matter for study, and then progressively replaced it with renewed tissue. The sheer pain and torture of the experience ultimately drew him insane, and he remained a prisoner of the ship’s controls for years. Eventually, he regained his sanity, and his consciousness evolved to the point, that he was able to wrest control of the ship and free himself.

The Master concludes his story and tells Marrina that the egg that birthed her originated with this ship, and that she belongs to a race of extra-terrestrials that came to Earth millennia ago. Before he begins his ultimate takeover of the world, the Master is determined to eliminate all traces of the original alien race.

Suddenly, the Sub-Mariner and the Invisible Girl appear in the doorway of the Master's torture chamber. Neither hero is prepared to allow the Master continue with his mad plans.

Appearing in "Resolutions!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #4.

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Synopsis for "Resolutions!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #4.

The Sub-Mariner and the Invisible Girl race towards the frozen North in the Fantastic Four's Fantasticar. Namor expresses concern that a great "evil" lies within the territory that has been poisoning Atlantean waters and driving barbarian hordes farther south. Suddenly, a laser array protrudes from a patch of ice and blasts the ship out of the sky. They crash down close to the concealed entranceway into the Master's alien space ship.

Meanwhile, Guardian and Sasquatch succeed in finding Aurora. However, the experience has traumatized her, and she has regressed into her Jeanne-Marie persona. Jeanne-Marie rejects her fellow Alphans and takes off into another corridor. Sasquatch feels that he might be able to reach Jeanne-Marie in his human guise, so he shape shifts back into the form of Walter Langkowski. He catches up to her and in an attempt to calm her down, recalls a secret past intimacy, but Jeanne-Marie grows enraged and backhands him across the face. Vindicator meanwhile, flies down an alternate route until he meets up with Northstar, who is only now reviving from an attack by the Master's ship.

The Sub-Mariner and the Invisible Girl eventually find an undersea entranceway into the Master's craft. Sue turns them both invisible and they find the Master of the World standing above the prostrate form of Marrina. The Master, as yet unaware of their presence, continues to tell Marrina of her own mysterious heritage.

The Master tells her that her species originates from a race of alien conquerors who abandoned their home world millennia ago. As their population expanded, they colonized new worlds, greedily consuming all of the planet's natural resources until it was time to move on again. Forty-thousand years ago, one of these alien hive ships malfunctioned and crashed on Earth in the North Pole. Drawing nutrients from the environment, the living ship grew, insinuating itself into the very fiber of the planet. It then issued forth a summoning beacon, designed to attract the planet's dominant life form. From there, it would genetically copy the life form's template in an effort to breed a new conqueror species readily adaptable to the planet's needs. Thousands of alien spores were launched from the ship, but to the Master's knowledge, only one egg survived intact all those years – Marrina's. Because her egg rested at the bottom of the sea for so long, the alien spore evolved and became amphibious. When the egg hatched, the life form inside genetically imprinted itself upon its handler, and thus Marrina took on a humanoid form.

Deciding that they had heard enough, the Sub-Mariner and Invisible Woman make themselves visible and descend into the Master's chambers. Recognizing that he could not hope to defeat the two heroes in addition to the wandering members of Alpha Flight, the Master elects upon a speedy retreat.

Vindicator meanwhile, flies throughout the vessel blasting as many instrument panels as he can find. The extensive damage begins to take its toll and the ship starts to buckle. He manages to regroup with the rest of his team, as well as Namor, Sue and Marrina and evacuate the ship.

The giant space vessel explodes, destroying a massive portion of the surrounding icy landscape. Sue protects everybody inside of an invisible forced field, and creates a raft for everyone to stand on. The Sub-Mariner invites Marrina to come back to Atlantis with him, so that they can research her alleged origins more conclusively. Marrina accepts and says goodbye to Alpha Flight.

Later, Guardian stops off in Newfoundland to tell Dan Smallwood, Marrina's adoptive 'brother', that she is gone. Dan, who has nurtured a lifelong passion for the amphibious hero, is heartbroken.

Appearing in "What Fools These Mortals Be..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #5.

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Synopsis for "What Fools These Mortals Be..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #5.

At a hospital in Fort Albany, Michael Twoyoungmen treats his comrade Puck for injuries he sustained at the hands of the feral Marrina. He combines his medical knowledge with that of Sarcee mysticism in order to reduce Judd’s pain. Puck

Later that night, the painkillers wear off, and Puck begins suffering terribly from his wounds. He tries to summon a nurse, but no one responds. Getting out of bed, he scampers down the hall to the nurse’s station where he stumbles upon Nurse Daly. She appears flustered and fumbling about with several vials of painkillers. Puck suspects that she may be an addict.

The following day, Puck consults with Chief Administrator Dr. Craigborne. Craigborne wants to call the police concerning Daly's possible drug problem, but Judd suspects that the issue may be larger than just "one junkie nurse". He asks Craigborne to give him forty-eight hours to resolve the mystery.

That night, Judd catches Nurse Daly meeting with her supplier. He tracks them back to a boathouse and gets into a fight with two drug dealers. He succeeds in defeating them, but also manages to tear open his stitches. Pucks passes out onto the floor.

He awakens back inside his bed at the Fort Albany hospital. He speaks with Dr. Craigborne and a detective named Sgt. McNamara. McNamara has concluded that Nurse Daly was the actual ringleader of the entire drug operation. After McNamara leaves, Craigborne attempts to give Judd a sedative. Puck realizes that the needle is actually filled with insulin and punches Craigborne. He knows that Craigborne is the true ringleader of the drug operation and was letting Nurse Daly take the fall. Puck calls Sgt. McNamara to come back and pick up the corrupt doctor.

Appearing in "Snowblind"

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Alpha Flight #6.

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Synopsis for "Snowblind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #6.
Alpha Flight Vol 1 6 001

Chief Inspector Hamilton orders an investigation of Constable Anne McKenzie's absences and restricts her to office duties. Further north, an oil rig drills up the beast Kolomaq, embodiment of winter. Snowbird breaks out of her cell to confront him.

Mac muses on Dept. H's dissolution, Alpha Flight's independence from the government, and his role as superhero. Returning home, he gets a surprising letter from Roxxon.

Kolomaq recognizes Snowbird as the spirit of the Hodiak and the power of Nelvanna and fights her with snowblindness. She transforms to a bear, an owl, and a human and fights him, finally tricking him into causing an avalanche of rock, burying him beneath the tundra again.

Appearing in "The Importance of Being Deadly"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #7.

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  • Doctor Bosson
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Synopsis for "The Importance of Being Deadly"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #7.

Northstar has taken his sister, Jeanne-Marie to a doctor, who can't find any problems with her, but warns him she may develop a third personality. In flashback, it is revealed that the twins had been raised separately and were only recently reunited. In the street, a mugger takes Jeanne-Marie's purse, triggering her transformation to Aurora. The mugger is bailed out by St. Ives. Northstar's dear friend Belmonde takes them to his cafe, which is empty because of St. Ives' harassment. He wants to buy the cafe, and arrives with thugs. He kills Belmonde with a touch and takes Aurora, mistaking her for Danielle.

In Winnipeg, Alec Thorne meets a woman with an intriguing offer.

Appearing in "Cold Hands Cold Heart"

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Alpha Flight #8.

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Synopsis for "Cold Hands Cold Heart"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #8.

Northstar is out for vengeance! His friend has been killed and his sister kidnapped by the villain, Deadly Ernest. He shoots through the sky at supersonic speeds before arriving at Ernest's mansion. Crashing trough the window, Northstar is surprised at first by the lack of security. He makes his way to Ernest's office and is surprised to find that his sister, Aurora, seems to be there of her own free will! Before he can say anything, he is knocked out from behind. Aurora tells Ernest that Northstar is her cousin.

When Northstar awakes he finds himself in a bedroom with a sword at his throat. A new hero, Nemesis, has entered the fray! Northstar explains to her who he is and the two join forces to fight Ernest. As the two escape the locked room, Deadly Ernest reveals his origins.

Ernest was a soldier during WW1. He found himself trapped in a trench with mustard gas descending upon him. Death approaches him, but Ernest fights her off and wins, granting him immortality. When a fellow soldier attempts to help him out of the pit, the soldier is killed instantly at Ernest's touch. This was the first manifestation of his new powers.

Before Ernest can reveal more, Northstar and Nemesis attack. Seeing the opportunity to end her ruse, Aurora joins them in the attack. Nemesis cuts off Ernest's arm and the fight is ended. Northstar pulls off Nemesis' mask and is shocked to find a familiar face (it's not revealed who she is in this book though). Nemesis knocks him out and Aurora allows her to leave.

Northstar and Aurora are next scene flying together to tie up some loose ends. They come upon Danielle Belmonde where Aurora reveals her to be Ernest's partner. Aurora knocks her out and Danielle is seen being taken under arrest by the police.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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