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Alpha Flight Classic TPB Vol 1 2


Quote1 You left your bedroom window unlocked, Walter. That is an easy egress for one who can fly. As to what I am doing here, I have terminated my partnership with my brother, Northstar...and so I have come home...to you! Quote2
--Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier) to Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski)

Appearing in "Things Aren't Always What They Seem"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #9.

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  • Colonel McMurdo (First appearance) (Death)
  • Kortgaard (First appearance) (Death)
  • Megan Masterton (Only appearance; dies)[1]
  • Doctor John Duncan (First appearance) (Death)
  • Greene (First appearance) (Death)

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Synopsis for "Things Aren't Always What They Seem"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #9.
Alpha Flight Vol 1 9 001
Walter Langkowski and a handful of other researchers analyze a bizarre radiation pattern being picked up at an isolated research station in the snowy Rockies. Activating a modified satellite dish teleports in the unconscious body of who appears to be Ben Grimm, The Thing. Sasquatch decides to reveal his secret identity to the other researchers in order to carry the heavy superhero into the infirmary. Not long after, a commotion draws the staff to the infirmary where the Thing has disappeared and the doctor has been immolated, with evidence of other powers used in damage to the room. At first they think others had come to abduct the Thing and Walter heads out into the snow to track them, but he realizes too late that the powers involved were all in one individual. Before he can return, a nova blast back at the lab kills the rest of his colleagues. Walter gets back to the smouldering wreckage to confront the true culprit, the one that had taken the form of the Thing to protect himself on re-entry from space, the Super-Skrull.

Appearing in "Blood Battle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #10.

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Synopsis for "Blood Battle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #10.

In New York, James Hudson prepares to move into a new apartment as part of the job with Roxxon he has accepted. While he wonders what the rest of Alpha Flight is up to, Walter Langkowski is running for his life from the Super-Skrull, who has decided to make sport of his kill in the isolated Rocky Mountain wilderness that was the site of the research station that retrieved him from space. The stress causes Walter to transform into a savage version of Sasquatch that begins to overpower the Super-Skrull until the Skrull employs his hypnotic powers to calm the beast. Sasquatch manages to avoid falling under complete dominance, but fakes it in order to wait for the right moment. The Skrull explains that he was previously beamed away from Earth and doesn't quite know how he ended up back there. He intends to force Sasquatch to help him build a new transmitter device to help him escape. Sasquatch notices that all the Skrull's time as a radioactive signal has left him with a form of leukemia that is killing him. In the guise of mind-control, Sasquatch helps construct the device until the Super-Skrull is hit with another attack from his disease, then forces the Skrull into the device and prematurely actives it, scattering his enemy's atoms into the ether, and if they were ever to re-integrate, he would die immediately from the radiation poisoning. Walter figures this is as good a revenge as any for the murder of his colleagues, but he doesn't like the more monstrous side of himself he's discovered.

When he returns to his home in Vancouver, Walter is surprised to be met by Aurora, who only wants to be with him after parting ways with her brother. Walter wonders how this news will hit the rest of the team.

Appearing in "Set-Up"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #11.

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  • Logan (Only in flashback)
  • Puck (Only in flashback)

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  • Mr. LaPierre

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  • Heather Hudson's Volkswagon Beetle
  • DC10

Synopsis for "Set-Up"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #11.

In Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Delphine Courtney recruits Roger Bochs for her project, though Bochs has his own thoughts on the plan and secretly attempts to contact Guardian. In Ottawa, Heather Hudson bids a wistful goodbye to her home of ten years to move to a new home in New York. In New York, in a top office in one of the towers of the World Trade Center, the former Beta and Gamma Flight members that Courtney recruited are meeting their benefactor, Jerome Jaxon, who reveals his motivation for forming their team as revenge against James Hudson and Alpha Flight for ruining their prospects. At the airport, Hudson goes to pick up his arriving wife, but finds Jaxon's calling card instead. Realizing his job with Roxxon was all part of Jaxon's revenge plan and that now his wife has been taken hostage, he flies straight to the tower where Jaxon's message directs him. Believing his force field will protect him from whatever Jaxon thows at him, he's surprised to be confronted with the newly formed Omega Flight.

Appearing in "...And One Shall Surely Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #12.

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Synopsis for "...And One Shall Surely Die"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #12.

Guardian has put out the call for the first time in months to bring Alpha Flight together. One by one, the members that hear the signal converge, catch-up, and in the case of Sasquatch and the estranged Beaubier twins, work out their aggressions. With no time to waste, Shaman uses his magic to teleport the team to Guardian's location in New York where the battle with Omega Flight is in progress. Unfortunately, Snowbird quickly loses strength and seems to rapidly age due to her life being tied to the land of Canada. Smart Alec snatches Shaman's bag while he's distracted by Narya's condition and looks inside, only to lose his mind to the incomprehensible space inside.

Meanwhile, Heather Hudson is being held elsewhere in the tower by Delphine Courtney and made to watch a pre-recorded message from Jerome Jaxon explaining how her husband ruined his life, leading to his elaborate revenge plot against Guardian and all of Alpha Flight. Heather tries to fight past Courtney to find her husband, accidentally ripping off Courtney's face and revealing her to be a robot. Courtney is unconcerned and leaves to assist Jaxon, giving Heather an opportunity to escape her holding room and search for James.

During the battle, Box drives Guardian away from the group for a private confrontation. Hudson can't believe that his friend and colleague Roger Bochs would turn on him like this, but Box reveals that the robotic unit is actually being remotely controlled by Jaxon himself. He promises to defeat Guardian personally and succeeds in ripping off his control helmet and damaging the suit, but Guardian uses wires from his own power pack to overload Box and fry Jaxon's mind through the neural link. Though he won the fight, Guardian has only a few seconds to dismantle his damaged suit before it melts down on him. He just about succeeds when Heather bursts into the room looking for him, distracting him at the last second, costing him his life as the suit explodes.

Appearing in "Nightmare!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #13.

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Synopsis for "Nightmare!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #13.
Alpha Flight Vol 1 13 001

The team mourns the death of Gaurdian. As the team leaves the gravesite, only Heather Hudson is left with Wolverine in the shadows mourning on his own. As Heather kneels by the grave site a skeleton hand reaches out and grabs her. Heather screams and Wolverine comes in to battle the fiery skeleton. Heather goes running and suddenly the skeleton is upon her and reaches out to kiss her. Heather wakes up from this apparent nightmare screaming and Shaman comes in and calms her and gets her back to sleep. He and Puck discuss what they can do to help Heather.

The next day, the three go to see the Canadian Prime Minister. Heather tells him of her husband's death and explains what events transpired to lead to that death. After this meeting, Heather renews her commitment to the team and explains she has not been beaten by the death of her husband.

That night, Jacob Vandernet is running from something and goes to the docks in Toronto. As he runs down the pier something grabs him from the water and takes him under the water.

Appearing in "Biology Class"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #14.

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  • Ramin (First appearance)
  • Inspector MacMurray (Main story and flashback)
  • Medical Examiner
  • Timmy Rodgers' mother

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Synopsis for "Biology Class"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #14.

In the Yukon, Shaman finds an exhausted Snowbird wandering about and reminds her that she still needs to rest to recover from her near-death experience outside the border, and that though she has the wisdom of the gods available to her soul, her mind and body still have only six years of experience in her current form so she could stand to heed his advice. As they leave, something dark begins to seep from the stone where Snowbird had been leaning.

In Vancouver, Aurora is getting out of the shower when she's shocked to see the image of an enraged Jeanne Beaubier in the mirror, screaming to be let out.

Meanwhile at Ontario Place, Eugene Judd and Heather McNeil are having lunch discussing Heather's efforts to pull her life together when a scream coming from the lake draws them out to find a panicking mother whose baby was suddenly pulled into the water along with the stroller. Knowing Judd can't swim, Heather dives into the lake to attempt a rescue, but finds only the abandoned stroller before something grabs her leg and nearly kills her as well. Judd is able to pull her from the water and get her to a hospital. He later learns from the police that this was part of a string of grisly murders occurring near the water going back ten months. Going on a hunch, he calls in Marrina, interrupting Namor's proposal to her, and together they piece together that another of the creatures hatched from the same brood as her might be going berserk beneath the lake.

And at the site of Fort Calgary, Elizabeth Twoyoungmen is on an archaeological dig when she uncovers a human skull that briefly manifests a frightening appartion that screams "Revenge!!".

Appearing in "Blind Date"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #15.

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  • Paul
  • Sarah

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  • Home of Doug Thompson
  • Walter Langkowski's apartment

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  • Marrina's Amulet

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Synopsis for "Blind Date"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #15.
Alpha Flight Vol 1 15 001

The issue begins with Doug Thompson in his home, thinking about his imprisoned love, Anne McKenzie. She has recently escaped from prison and he is being implicated as an accomplice. His doorbell rings and he goes to check who it is and is surprised Anne outside of his house. She comes in and explains to him that Anne Mckenzie is not real and she is, in fact, Snowbird of Alpha Flight. She tells him that she has been sent to Earth for a purpose that she can't reveal to him. He reveals to her, in turn, that he loves her.

Meanwhile, Puck and Marrina stand at the shore of Lake Ontario. They're there to investigate a string of murders. Marrina dives in to begin hunting the killer. After swimming around for a while, she comes across an underwater cave. She is startled by something that the reader can't see.

Back on land Aurora is waking up in her room. Her alter ego, Aurora, has emerged over her Jeanne-Marie persona. In order to assert herself, Aurora cuts her hair short hoping to lock away Jeanne-Marie forever.

Back on the shores of Lake Ontario, Puck is confronted by Marrina who has apparently gone feral. Marrina attacks, but Puck is able to use his agility to avoid her. As the two tussel, Namor the Sub-Mariner suddenly leaps out of the water. Thinking Puck the aggressor, Namor attacks and knocks him out. Marrina then turns her attack on Namor. Namor gains the upper hand, but is blindsided by a new combatant. Though his name is not revealed in this issue, he does refer to himself as the Master of the World.

Meanwhile, Shaman is approached by his daughter. She seems unhappy to see him and demands that he speak to her only as Shaman, not as her father.

Appearing in "...And Forsaking All Others..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #16.

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Synopsis for "...And Forsaking All Others..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #16.

The Master has abducted Puck and Namor onto his submarine, keeping Namor in a tube that robs him of hydration and Puck in a tube that robs him of oxygen. He explains how he escaped the destruction of his original ship with this vessel that he had prepared 5000 years ago. He forces Puck and Namor to bear witness as he reveals a pair of adjoint water tanks containing the savage Marrina and the twisted inhuman form of her fellow hatchling. The Master opens the partition between the tanks, allowing Marrina and the other to engage in a violent struggle as part of their genetic programming. While his captor is distracted, Puck uses a mental technique to stop his own heartbeat and feign death, tricking the Master into opening his tube and giving him a chance to escape. Puck in turn releases Namor from his tube, but Namor desperately needs water. Puck rips the Master's helmet off to throw at the glass of Marrina's water tank, but the Master is more concerned that the helmet was fused to his head and was his means of controlling the ship. As the submarine crashes and a hull breach opens, Namor has to abandon Marrina to get Puck to the surface safely and before he can go back down, the ship explodes. Namor tries to search for Marrina afterwards but only finds the remains of the other creature. Puck reassures him that Marrina is tough and is likely still out there somewhere, and he accepts that there's nothing left to do but return to his people. After Namor leaves, Puck calls out to Marrina, who was hiding nearby. She tells him that it wasn't the Master that made her go berserk, it was the other, and she could tell it was made to be her mate. She now believes she doesn't belong alongside Namor or humans. She sees herself as a monster and leaves to be on her own.

Meanwhile in Moose Jaw, Roger Bochs has called in Madison Jeffries, a technological transmutator once scouted by Department H, to help him rebuild the Box robot so he can hunt down Jerome Jaxon and Delphine Courtney for revenge.

And in the Toronto hospital where Heather is recovering, she's visited by her old friend, Logan.

Appearing in "Dreams Die Hard..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #17.

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Synopsis for "Dreams Die Hard..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #17.

At the hospital, Logan and Heather reminisce about their past and about how Wolverine defected to the X-Men, forcing Mac to hunt him down as Weapon Alpha. Judd soon arrives and meets Logan for the first time, though the two start off with a mutual respect for their similar reputations as soldiers and adventurers. They come to the subject of keeping Alpha Flight going after Mac's death and who should lead them. Logan pre-emptively declines, but Judd says he had someone else in mind anyway. Puck offers the role to Heather, who has been with the project from the start and had been the invisible glue holding the team together. She's taken aback, but to fight for her own future as well as her husband's dream, Heather accepts.

Meanwhile in Vancouver, Walter Langkowski reluctantly conducts an experiment on Aurora at her behest to remove her mutant genetics while preserving her powers. She comes out of the process apparently healthy, and to mark the occasion of truly breaking away from her brother, she debuts a new, yellow costume.

Appearing in "How Long Will a Man Lie in the Earth `Ere He Rot?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #18.

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  • Home of Northstar

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Synopsis for "How Long Will a Man Lie in the Earth `Ere He Rot?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #18.

Heather tries to re-form the team. Northstar bluntly refuses but Puck is on her side and Aurora is already on board. They call Shaman, but he is out with his daughter investigating a mysterious skull that she discovered on the site of the battle between Alpha Flight and the X-Men[2]. The skull is infused with spiritual energies, but Shaman cannot investigate it much further for now because there is a call from Lucas Stang's great-granddaughter about her scrambled eggs attacking her. Shaman and his daughter teleport over to investigate and battle the "Scrambled Egg Monster".

After the battle, they run upstairs to see that Lucas has been possessed by a great evil and he is forced to curse his great-granddaughter with the possession of the demon Ranaq. While Shaman deals with Lucas, his daughters' latent powers manifest like a mutants powers, not with years of study as with Shaman. She is able to repel Ranaq's power and, while the house is obliterated, there are no casualties.

Also, Snowbird reveals her true, demonic face to Douglas after he professes his love for her.

Appearing in "Turn Again, Turn Again, Time in Thy Flight..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #19.

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  • Talisman (First appearance as Talisman)
  • Lucas Stang
  • Zebediah Chase (First appearance) (Death)

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  • Fort Calgary
  • The Bain Stable
  • Grand Central Hotel

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Synopsis for "Turn Again, Turn Again, Time in Thy Flight..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Alpha Flight #19.

Heather and Puck join Shaman and Elizabeth in Calgary as Shaman conjures the portal to the source of the magic that attacked them. Snowbird arrives since she found out one of the Great Beasts is involved, and upon noticing Elizabeth, suddenly bows to her, implying Elizabeth is the chosen one of prophesy. Confirming his own suspicions, Shaman bids his daughter to reach into his pouch. Before she does, she glimpses into it and sees it as empty, proving that her mind is naturally more resistant to the infinite unknowable it contains. She reaches in an pulls out a tiara that when she puts it on, makes her transform, donning a costume.

Shaman, Elizabeth, Puck, and Snowbird head through the time portal and land in the recently incorporated town of Calgary in 1884. Elizabeth's new powers are put to the test of tracking the source of the magic and they soon find a cabin where bandits Zebediah Chase and young Lucas Stang are forcing a native medicine man to summon Ranaq by holding his grand-daughter hostage. When Ranaq arrives, he immediately tries to smite the mortals that dared to toy with him, but Luke and Zeb are wearing talismans that protect them from magic. Zeb demands the Great Beast grant his wishes for money, women, and power. Ranaq plays along and creates these things, but Zeb finds that he can't touch them because his necklace blocks out all magic, good and bad. He hands his necklace over to Luke and immediately falls prey to Ranaq's trick, his body becoming the Beast's mortal vessel. At this point, Snowbird can't hold back any longer and bursts into the room to attack the Great Beast, but Ranaq overpowers her. Elizabeth challenges him next and finds she is able to hold him at bay just as she did in the present. Luke tries to get away but Puck tackles him and the medicine man convinces him that only his skill with mortal weaponry holds the key to defeating Ranaq. Understanding, Luke loads a piece of the magic-nullifying necklace into a bullet and shoots the body of his friend possessed by Ranaq. He then follows the instructions to bury the remains where Elizabeth will unearth them a hundred years later and accepts his fate to stand guard against Ranaq's return for as long as possible, thus closing the loop that Alpha Flight traveled through time to participate in. Elizabeth is dubious, thinking that their objective had been to prevent Ranaq's attack in the present, not to ensure it. Shaman assures her that history cannot be changed, as if he knew their adventure would play out that way when he decided they should head back in time.

As they head back to their own time, Snowbird mentions that Elizabeth will need serious training with her newfound powers, dubbing her "Talisman".

Appearing in "Home are the Heroes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #109.

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  • Unnamed Shi'ar spaceship

Synopsis for "Home are the Heroes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
X-Men #109.

The X-Men at last return home after their adventure in the Shi’Ar galaxy. Wolverine is in a hurry to shed Fang’s uniform as he finds the alien fabric distinctly uncomfortable. They are accompanied by Lilandra, who is shown around the school. Phoenix reminisces about a moment that occurred just prior to returning to Earth: a brief conversation with Corsair in which he asked her to never tell Cyclops that he is his father. Phoenix agreed but stated that she feels she is betraying Scott by keeping such a secret from him. Storm, who overheard their conversation, warns Jean about keeping such vital information from the man she loves.

In the present however, Phoenix has a heart-to-heart with her parents. She reveals to them her recent experiences and her new identity as the Phoenix. From a distance, Scott observes them and thinks to himself that Jean now seems like an entirely different person. Nightcrawler sees Scott and tries to break him out of his funk, but Scott snaps at him angrily. Nightcrawler then retorts at how difficult it is being born blue and furry.

The X-Men take a well-deserved day off. Moira tells them of a lake in upstate New York where Charles and she once visited during their courtship. Moira, Sean, Ororo and Peter prepare for an outing. Misanthropic Wolverine elects to tag along in order to do some hunting. Storm is appalled and criticizes him for wishing to kill defenseless animals. Wolverine responds sharply that it "takes no skill to kill..." and that he does not intend to use lethal measures. Storm apologizes, but Wolverine couldn’t care less.

Meanwhile in Canada, James-MacDonald Hudson, an agent of a Canadian government-sponsored defense program (Department H) dons a high-tech battlesuit and becomes Weapon Alpha. He flies to the United States on a mission to capture and retrieve a rogue agent: Wolverine. James and Wolverine have a long history together, and he knows that he will be in for the fight of his life.

At the lake, Storm and Colossus relax on the shore, taking in the sun, while Banshee and Moira play around in the water. Wolverine skulks about the surrounding area, tracking a small deer. Just as he comes in close enough to touch it, Weapon Alpha appears before him. Hudson refers to Wolverine as "Weapon X" and states that he is still the property of the Canadian government. Wolverine has no intention of returning to his former employers. He lunges at Weapon Alpha, slashing at him with his claws. The electromagnetic fields of Hudson's battlesuit protects him, however. He blasts the feisty mutant away with his repulsor weapons, sending him flying through the trees.

Wolverine lands close to the lake and the other X-Men snap to attention. Weapon Alpha engages Peter, who transforms into Colossus and punches him back through the trees. Regaining control of his suit's flight systems, he turns back and unleashes a volley of electro-blasts against Colossus. One of his shots ricochets off of the hero's steel frame and hits Moira. Banshee goes berserk and pummels Weapon Alpha with a concentrated sonic scream. Hudson realizes that he cannot take on Wolverine AND his teammates by himself. Promising a rematch, he flies off and returns to Canada.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. X-Men #120-121



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