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Quote1 Alpha Flight! Glad to see you finally made it, people. Pick a "partner" and let's finish this fight. Quote2
Guardian[src]

History

Early Life[]

James MacDonald Hudson was born in London, Ontario, Canada. Mac was the youngest of three children fathered by Frederick Hudson II, each with a different mother. Frederick died in a bar fight at age 30.[9]

Am-Can Oil Corporation[]

In his adult life James Hudson worked for the Am-Can Oil Corporation and developed a sophisticated exoskeleton suit to help search for oil deposits underground. However, after hearing it was intended to be used as a weapon by the United States military, he stole the suit from Am-Can and destroyed its plans; although he left the suit behind James took the helmet (which he had developed before Am-Can), making the suit unusable. A young secretary named Heather McNeill followed him, explaining that she agreed with his decisions and that they could seek help from the Canadian government. They admitted they both had developed a strong attraction to each other and soon married.[10]

To avoid prosecution for the theft of the suit, Heather contacted the Canadian government. As James had not repaid his government student loan, Ottawa retroactively declared him a government employee, and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau invited him to found the Ministry of Defence's secret research and development program known as Department H.[1]

Finding Wolverine=[]

While honeymooning on a hunting trip, James and Heather stumbled upon Wolverine, who was living feral in the wild. James left to get help, leaving Heather to deal with Wolverine on her own. Despite his wild appearance, Heather managed to keep Wolverine calm as he discovered his adamantium claws. She believed he wasn't truly malicious together they nursed him back to health returning his humanity and becoming friends.[11]

Alpha Flight[]

Hearing about the Fantastic Four,[1] James was inspired to form a team of superhumans to work for Canada, coming up with the name of Alpha Flight. He and Heather began recruiting members. Logan turned down Alpha Flight membership as he felt his presence and feelings for Heather would conflict with his friendship with James.[3]

When Am-Can went bankrupt, the Canadian government took possession of the suit James had designed. Calling himself Weapon Alpha, he was ordered to capture his old friend Wolverine and bring him back to Department H. While Storm and Colossus relaxed on the shore at a lake, Banshee and Moira MacTaggert frolicked in the water. In the surrounding woods, Wolverine stalked some deer. He confronted Wolverine and calling him "Weapon X" and claimed him as property of the Canadian government. Wolverine rejected any notion of surrendering to his old friend. The ensuing fight saw Wolverine's ferocious assault repelled by sending him the forest. Wolverine lands close to the lake and the other X-Men snapped to attention. He engaged Colossus and punched him back through the trees. Regaining control of his suit's flight systems, he turns back and unleashed a volley of electro-blasts against Colossus. One of his shots ricochets off of the hero's steel frame and hits Moira. Banshee went berserk and pummeled him with a concentrated sonic scream. Hudson realized that he cannot take on Wolverine and his teammates by himself. Promising a rematch, he escaped back to Canada.[3]

After this incident, he took the name Vindicator to redeem himself. He met with the Prime Minister regarding the X-Men's recent clash. He was urged to capture Wolverine, Vindicator rallied Alpha Flight, including Northstar, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch, and Aurora. Sasquatch disrupted the X-Men's plans, hurling their plane away. Vindicator reprimanded Sasquatch for the mishap, but the blizzard complicated matters. Suspecting elemental powers among the X-Men, Vindicator questioned Shaman. After the X-Men slipped away into the airport crowd, Cyclops divided the team for a downtown rendezvous. In a mall, Vindicator confronted Storm, Banshee, and Colleen. Banshee's sonic attack backfired, prompting Storm to retaliate. Vindicator retreated, alerting Cyclops and Colossus to their vulnerability to Alpha Flight's mutant-tracking technology. Cyclops resolved to finish the conflict, even at the cost of Alpha Flight's intervention.[4]

After the dissolution of Department H, James moved to New York for a job with Roxxon Oil, where he found an apartment in 569 Leaman Place, Brooklyn Heights. The job was a trap by his old enemy Jaxon, who had formed Omega Flight to battle Hudson and his team. Jaxon was killed while using the Box robot. However, as a result of their battle, Guardian's suit overloaded and exploded apparently killing him.[12]

"The Quwrlln and Becoming a Cyborg"[]

However, some time later it was revealed that James was sucked through a spatial rift. James returned as a cyborg.[13] Members of the Quwrlln race had found him and mistakenly thought that the suit was a part of his body. Thus, they bonded him to it while making repairs and healing his body. They altered him, thinking he would make a useful backup if Galactus arrived since they knew the world devourer had been stopped by Earthlings in the past.[citation needed]

James Hudson (Earth-616) from Alpha Flight Vol 1 88 001

Guardian becoming a cyborg

They sent him back in a ship, but it was found by the Roxxon. Roxxon attempted to use his computer systems. Madison Jeffries was also asked to help deal with "a computer problem." James's cyborg mind was too strong, so they attempted to cut him off life support. He responded by destroying the facility, but Jeffries was able to keep him alive. He was distant with the computer side often overriding his human side, which greatly troubled his teammates and wife.[citation needed]

Galactus soon approached the alien planet. Most of Alpha Flight and the Avengers were transported there. They were all sucked into another dimension under which conditions Galactus was able to be stopped. But this also meant he lacked enough energy to power a device that could transport them all back to the proper dimension. James and Heather's suits could manage enough energy to assist Galactus, but the process was likely fatal. James impulsively knocked Heather out, handed her to his teammates and seemed to sacrifice himself to send the others home.[citation needed]

He was found by the Master of the World somehow in another area of space. James was brainwashed into leading a new version of Omega Flight as the Antiguard in the Master's attempt to take over Canada. Apparently the new programming and repairs counteracted the aliens', and James returned to normal.[citation needed]

Later James learned of Department H's true plans after reinstating Alpha Flight. They attempted to kill him by rigging his armor to warp him into space. A younger clone of Hudson was created and sent by Department H to lead the team.[citation needed]

However, James fell back to Earth and was found in Antarctica by Sasquatch and Shaman. With Northstar and Aurora they confronted their other teammates. The Hudson clone was killed in battle, helping the others escape from A.I.M..[citation needed]

Although there has been some difficulty, and at one point a divorce was mentioned, it seems James and Heather have rekindled their relationship. Heather gave birth to a daughter. However, James was attacked by a rogue Department H operative obsessed with Heather, nearly destroying the new family's happiness.[citation needed]

James traveled into space with the rest of Alpha Flight overseeing the return of the Plodex eggs.[citation needed]

Alpha Flight fell in battle against the Collective. Michael Pointer the mutant who had become the Collective has been in the custody of the Canadian government. While in prison he was approached by Sasquatch. Sasquatch proposes to Michael Pointer that he will make up for his deeds as the collective by becoming the new Guardian in Canada's new premier super team Omega Flight.[citation needed]

When Alpha Flight tried to block the Collective from entering Canada, Puck, Major Mapleleaf, Shaman, and both Mac and Heather Hudson were killed. They returned to life during the Chaos King's war on all of reality when the gates to the Underworld were left open.[citation needed]

Soon after his return to life, James reformed Alpha Flight with many of its old members. They have reported back to the Canadian government to resume the duty of protecting their homeland.[citation needed]

James and Heather had a difficult time returning from the dead, especially when they learned they no longer had custody of their child Claire. The custody was given to family after the two of them died. The two even had to go as far as go to court to get their child back. But the defense told the judge that the child would have an extreme amount of risk being parented by superheroes.[14]

True North[]

After the Serpent's War, Guardian discovered that Heather was mentally manipulated by Master of the World and had released her rage on Claire's adoptive parents, killing them. She only regained her mind afterwards, but went on the run with Claire fearing they'd be separated again if she turned herself in. Having developed a way to find Heather, James kept track of her whereabouts. He eventually agreed to bring her to Department H in order to ensure her safety and well-being. To this end, Guardian set up a scenario in which he rescued Heather from a group of mercenaries. James brought Heather and Claire to the Department H headquarters, using virtual reality and neurostimulants to make her believe she was setting her up in a peaceful cabin in British Columbia to help her stay in the down-low. James intended to use the virtual scenario as part of a process to make Heather trust Department H again even if it took years for it.[15]

Orchis[]

Guardian was a Canadian representative to the first Hellfire Gala on Krakoa.[16] Deeply concerned by the Mutants' terraforming and colonization of planet Mars, he would join the anti-Mutant terrorist organization Orchis after being invited by Alpha Flight Space Program leader and former Avengers governmental liaison Henry Gyrich.[17] But Guardian quickly turned his back on Orchis when Gyrich was willing to let the Peak crash to Earth in the middle of a populated area.[18]

Fall of X[]

After an Orchis attack on the first Hellfire Gala left most of Earth's mutant heroes dead, captured, or missing, governments around the world would begin implementing vast anti-Mutant legislation.[19] The Canadian government would task Alpha Flight with apprehending and arresting Canada's remaining mutant population. Although they would seemingly find themselves in opposition to an "anti-Alpha Flight" team (composed of Northstar, Aurora, Fang, Feedback, and Heather McNeil as Nemesis), Alpha Flight would secretly be cooperating with them, helping to evacuate Canada's mutants to the Alpha Flight space station, from which Marrina and Walter Langkowski. For these acts of treason, Alpha Flight and Nemesis would be arrested and jailed.[20]

Attributes

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Powers

  • Cybernetic Enhancement: Many of Hudson's powers originally stemmed from his Guardian's Battle-Suit; however, he was later converted to a cyborg and those powers became a part of him. Hudson seems able to hide his metallic features if he wishes so.
    • Computer Mind: After an encounter with the Quwrlln Hudson's mind was enhanced and became like a computer and grants him photographic memory, incredible mental processing skills, vast mental storage capacity and can access or block all electromagnetic frequencies.[21]
    • Superhuman Stamina: Hudson possesses enhanced stamina and endurance and can convert perspiration into electrical energy by the means of an electro-osmotic reaction.[21]

Abilities

  • Gifted Intellect: Hudson is an accomplished inventor and engineer, having created both the Groundhog Armor and later the Guardian's Battle-Suit.[10]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat: Guardian is a good hand to hand combatant although he originally relied mostly on his battlesuit.[22]

Paraphernalia

Equipment

James Hudson (Earth-616) from X-Men Alpha Flight Vol 2 2 001
  • Guardian's Battle-Suit: Hudson's powers come from his suit and later cyborg conversion. The suit has a very sophisticated navigation system.
    • Flight: Guardian can fly at the speed of sound.[21]
    • Superhuman Strength: The armor grants Hudson enough physical strength to lift 1 ton[21] and perform incredible feats like uprooting trees with no effort.[23]
    • Gravitational Propulsion: The ability to let gravity propel the suit westward at 1000 mph.[21] The visual effect is confusable with teleportation and/or cloaking. It is most effective when used close to Earth's magnetic poles.
    • Superhuman Durability: The armor is composed of advanced steel-mesh which in combination with his force field absorbs most impacts and forms of energy directed against him.[21] His suit in the past has allowed him to endure falls from great heights, being slashed by Wolverine's Adamantium claws[24] and blows from Colossus.[23]
    • Force Field: Protective force field which automatically triggers if the gravity ability is used. The field reduces impacts and absorbs and shunts the energies of most incoming radiation in the electromagnetic spectrum.[21]
    • Flares
    • Acoustikinesis: Able to generate ultrasounds.
    • Energy Projection: Concussive electromagnetic beams.[21] These were originally designed to bore through rock.
    • Electromagnetism: Electromagnetism for 'dispersal beams', electrostatic charges and other effects. He can also magnetize metals.[25]
    • Simulated Telekinesis: Lift objects via a 'graviton beam'.
    • Plasma Generation: Limited ability to generate and control plasma, often in the form of a funnel or vortex.[21]
    • Technopathy: Able to interface with computers.

Notes

  • James' identity is known to the Canadian Government.
  • In his first encounter with the X-Men, the mutant known as Banshee refers to Hudson as Major Mapleleaf. Major Mapleleaf is also the name of a character who will one day join the ranks of Hudson's former super-hero team, Alpha Flight.
  • James is the great-nephew of Wolverine's mother Elizabeth, making James a first cousin, once removed of Wolverine. Nick Fury revealed that James is one of several maternal relatives of Logan that were there at almost every turning point in Wolverine's life.[9]

Trivia

  • As a Canadian government agent, Guardian's code name would be known in both official languages (English & French): Le Gardien.
  • According to Alpha Flight (Vol. 2) #1 (August, 1997), James Hudson's astrological symbol is Sagittarius.[26] This indicates Hudson was born under this sign of the zodiac, sometime between November 21 and December 21.

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