Day 2 of Akuma/Miracusona Week 1 I missed the first day BUT I’M HERE FOR THE REST
This is Snow Drift, a Canadian superhero. When transformed she harnesses the power of the snow leopard, giving her sharper eyesight and lighter footsteps that make her harder to hear when she moves around. Her tail is actually her weapon, a whip, which can be detached from her belt. Her special ability is Flash Freeze, which makes her hand glow and instantly freeze the first thing it touches.
Her kwami, Blizz, is calm and matter-of-fact. She doesn’t give long, drawn out explanations and always prefers to get straight to the point. She eats crackers to regenerate her strength. Animal crackers are her favourite.
Nelvana of the Northern Lights, the first Canadian superhero. She was a superstrong sorceress-queen of a legendary polar kingdom who emerged from it to help Canada fight World War II. She was basically a Polar Wonder Woman.
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.
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.
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.