The GeeksverseChaos War: Alpha Flight #1

Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1
Published on Sunday, November 28, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Jim McCann
Note: There is no credits page for this issue

Another issue of Chaos War involving dead heroes coming back to life. This one does it with a bit of a twist. The Great Beasts, classic enemies of Alpha Flight, manipulate Sasquatch by saying they (and only they) can restore his friends to life. In return they want protection until they gain their full powers on the Earth plane and can fight the Chaos King as equals.

McCann does a good job with the cast. Not much time is spent on the individual members, but old school Alpha Flight fans will be able to see the characters back in action again. Alpha Flight has never been a completely harmonious team, lots of in-fighting and squabbling, and McCann uses that that to good effect dividing the team in half over their mission and what it means to be heroes.

McCann does a good job of explaining why Puck is not part of the resurrection. And it makes sense in the context of this particular issue and how these particular characters were able to come back to life. Shaman was able to keep all their souls together except for Puck, who is in the hell that Wolverine is trapped in. It’s a nice little touch to help tie Chaos War into the larger MU.

The artist does decent work. His layouts and panels flow smoothly, no odd angles or jump in the action. He does a good job with the characters, the Great Beasts and the minions of the Chaos King. The lack of a credits page is kind of annoying, as I’m not sure who the artist is. He does have the last name of Brown but I can’t think of who it could be off the top of my head.

Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1 receives:
3.5 out of 5

Decent tie-in issue that brings Alpha Flight back. Be interesting to see what kind of impact they have on the overall Chaos War and who/if any survive.

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