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Canada’s Homegrown Marvel Heroes

Canada’s Homegrown Marvel Heroes

While they might not always receive as much attention as their friends and foes south of the border, these Canadian champions are no less ferocious. Here’s the story of Alpha Flight, Canada’s foremost Super Hero team.

Parliament Hill (formerly Tamarind, British Columbia

First appearance:
Uncanny X-Men #120 (April 1979)

Original members:

An electromagnetic battlesuit allows him to fly, surrounds him with a powerful force field, and permits him to throw bolts of electromagnetic force.

A geothermic battlesuit allows her to fly, to cause the earth to erupt volcanically, and to blast a lavalike substance from her hands.

Possesses superhuman strength and is impervious to harm.

Can withdraw needed objects from an enchanted medicine pouch.

Is a trained fighter and skilled acrobat.

Is able to transform into various Canadian animal forms.

Conceived as the Canadian government’s answer to the recent spate of superhuman activity within the United States, Alpha Flight was the brainchild of James MacDonald Hudson, soon to be known as Vindicator, and then as Guardian.

Inspired by the Fantastic Four, Hudson and his wife Heather convinced the Canadian government to found Department H, which would be tasked with assembling a team of superhumans indigenous to the Great White North.

The project was implemented using a three-tiered training system: new recruits or those whose powers proved unstable would be assigned to Gamma Flight. Those whose command of their abilities required further training formed the basis of Beta Flight. The frontline, the active members whose job it would be to rout any superhuman threats to the nation, were Alpha Flight.

Hudson intended that the man known as Logan or Weapon X would lead Alpha Flight. However, that task fell to Hudson himself when Logan was recruited by Professor X to become a member of his X-Men team. Alpha Flight endured a rocky relationship with the Canadian government, being cast aside and then drafted back into military service.

While the Beta and Gamma Flight units produced heroes, such as Puck, to serve with Alpha Flight, the programs were perverted to form the nucleus of the sinister Omega Flight. Alpha Flight soldiered on through deaths and resurrections, strange transformations, sudden reversals, and numerous roster changes – loyal to their mission of protecting their homeland.

In the aftermath of M-Day, a man known as the Collective blazed across Canada, bursting with the energy of all the mutant powers lost that day. Alpha Flight assembled to stop him, but Guardian, Major Mapleleaf, two Pucks, Shaman, and Vindicator were killed, leaving only Sasquatch alive. During the Chaos Wars, Guardian, Marrina, Shaman, and Vindicator returned from the dead to help Aurora, Northstar, Sasquatch, and Snowbird protect Canada. They later reunited with the first Puck to defeat the Master of the World, who’d taken over the Canadian government.


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