I can’t figure out whether Marvel takes Alpha Flight seriously and intended them getting their asses handed to them as a display of how powerful the bad guy is, or whether they’re just a really gratuitous running joke.
Hey guys, one final plug! The Canadian superhero comics anthology I’m a part of is on its home stretch! The book has enough money that it WILL be made, but we’re just trying to squeeze in a few more pre-orders before deadline, to get closer to our funding goal. If you want to read the epic adventures of many different Canadian superheroes (including an all new Superhero Girl comic by me) please consider pre-ordering the book on Indiegogo!
Check out Epic Canadiana a new anthology series from Cloudscape Comics. It’s an ebook, only $3. It re-imagines Canadian heroes from the Golden Age by a bevy of talented BC comic creators. Here’s the book’s synopsis:
Thrill to the adventures of Canada’s greatest superheroes! The patriotic Johnny Canuck! The mythic Ikniqpalagaq! The enigmatic Loon! The disturbing Ghost-Woman! The activist Jacques de Canada! The mighty Energy Trader! The dynastic Nite-Flyer and Nitro-Girl! The roguish Gin! From Nazi-ravaged Arctic to modern Montreal to post-apocalyptic Vancouver, nine diverse heroes defend the country against a multitude of foes.
DID YOU KNOW MARVEL HAS A GROUP OF CANADIAN AVENGERS???
This badass team of badass individuals is called Alpha Flight, was created in 1979, and some members still exist today.Marvel calls them “Canada’s answer to the Avengers”. Just pause for a second and read that again.
Guardian: a scientist from Winnipeg who flies and does shit with Earth’s magnetic field, wears a goddamn mAPLE LEAF on his costume
Northstar & Aurora: twins from Montreal, mutants with super-speed and light generation powers, also Aurora has multiple personality disorder
Sasquatch: basically canadian!hulk, from BC, turns into Sasquatch as result of a gamma radiation experiment
Shaman: a First Nations medicine man from Calgary
Snowbird: an Inuit demi-goddess from Yellowknife who can TRANSFORM INTO NORTHERN ANIMALS
Alpha Flight not only represented provinces AND territories, it represented the First Nations, and features characters with issues such as mental illness and dwarfism.
Plus if you’re not sold yet, Wikipedia literally, word for word, says there’s a character called fucking Major Mapleleafwho “is secretly a normal human with no superpowers who just rides a super-powered horse”. I mean WOW. Just wow.
Canadian superheroes, Canadian comics creators, all new stories, all new heroes–what more could you want? J. Torres’ new project is TRUE PATRIOT, and the IndieGoGo fundraiser is going to go live in October. So far he’s announced participation by Andy B., J. Bone, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott Chantler, and Ramon Perez. You can follow the project on Twitter, Facebook and/or J. Torres’ blog for information:
AMAZING X-MEN #9
CRAIG KYLE AND CHRIS YOST (W) • Carlo Barberi (A)
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
Part 2 of World War Wendigo!
• The X-Men and members of Alpha Flight join battle to stop the growing tide of Wendigos from consuming everything and everyone in its path!
The idea behind this pair is simple: government sanctioned crime fighters from Canada. Their arch nemesis will more than likely be Goose or various Pine Trees… Haha! Kidding, of course. Other than Wolverine, Alpha Flight and Johnny Canuck, you don’t have that many heroes from up North. You have to Google them, which proves my point.
I started off designing them for kicks, but things started coming to me as I was sketching. The carrot-topped male is a super soldier type, in the same vein as Captain America except without a shield and less of a badass. 9 times out of 10, he’ll talk a criminal out of whatever crime he or she is committing. He wears the peace-keeper hat proudly and kicks your teeth in as a last resort. The girl is similarly passive. She is quite the opposite of my usual self sufficient sidekicks, too.
This is how the pair will start off.
During the course of the journeys—after some tight spots and close calls, they will develop thick skin. Think of them as Rookie cops gradually turning into the seasoned veterans you see at your local Donut shop. They’re not as nice, you see? The focus for the long haul is to test their grit, ethics and overall good nature. After the dust settles, will they remain who they are?
I was sitting on the colors for months, so it was good to get it out of the way.