canadian-superheroes

Politest superheroes on the planet.

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. 

[From New Avengers #16, 2006.]

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For your Canada Day enjoyment, here’s my complete 8-page story, “Whatever Happened to the Red Ensign?” from last year’s True Patriot anthology of original Canadian superheroes.

It’s as different a take on World War II from my graphic memoir Two Generals as you could imagine, but that was largely the point. And it’s my only professional superhero story to date, so please take a moment to marvel at its rarity (although a second True Patriot volume is on the way later this summer, and you can be sure it will feature more of the Red Ensign’s two-fisted, Nazi-busting adventures.)

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.

Published in 2013, this book features stories from Bevan ThomasCody AndreasenKamil GinatulinKsenia KozhevnikovaShannon LeClercAndrew MacklinSydney ParentAlexander ThomasColin UptonJayleen Weaver, Jeri Weaver, and Morgan Wolf with a cover byChenoa Gao and character files by such artists as Toren AtkinsonJeff EllisMicah IwaasaNina MatsumotoCameron Morris, and Jordan Stasuk.

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35 Hours left for True Patriot Anthology!

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!

Thaaanks everybody.

I was googling around Marvel’s database and….

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.

The original team was composed of (x):

  • 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 Mapleleaf who “is secretly a normal human with no superpowers who just rides a super-powered horse”. I mean WOW. Just wow.

Canadian Superheroes.

DC:

  • Centrix
  • Equinox
  • Mist
  • Sparx

Marvel:

  • Aurora
  • Box
  • Centennial
  • Diamond Lil
  • Flex
  • Guardian
  • Madison Jeffries
  • Major Mapleleaf
  • Manikin
  • Marrina
  • Nemesis
  • Northstar
  • Persuasion
  • Puck (Judd)
  • Radius
  • Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski)
  • Shaman
  • Snowbird
  • Vindicator
  • Wild Child
  • Yukon Jack
  • Deadpool
  • Great Beasts
  • Pestilence
  • Pink Pearl
  • Sabertooth
  • Squid-Boy (Samuel “Sammy” Paré) 
  • Scramble
  • Transonic
  • Weapon P.R.I.M.E
  • Wendigo
  • Wolverine

Others:

  • Amuro Ray
  • Atomic Betty
  • Angloman
  • Canadianman
  • Capitaine Kébec
  • Captain Canada
  • Captain Canuck
  • Fleur de Lys
  • Johnny Canuck
  • Mr. Canoehead
  • Nelvana of the Northern Lights
  • Northguard
  • Red Panda
  • Scott Pilgrim

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:McMuff/List_of_Canadian_superheroes)

Canada has a lot of great comic creators, so why hasn’t a Canadian creative team ever taken on Canada’s best-known superhero team, Alpha Flight?

(posted on 7/1/2014 aka Canada Day!)

Oh, how I’d love an All-New Alpha Flight comic… however the way Marvel is going the chances of that happening are slim to none. :-(

Out this June

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!