The GeeksverseAlpha Flight #1

Alpha Flight #1
Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by

Written by: Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente
Penciled by: Dale Eaglesham
Inked by: Andrew Hennessy
Colors: Sonia Oback
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: A- Phil Jimenez & Frank D'Armata; B- Dale Eaglesham w/ Andrew Hennessy & Sonia Oback
Asst. Editor: Jake Thomas
Editor: Mark Paniccia

First off, before I get into the book itself, this issue helps highlight one of the HUGE problems with Fear Itself. Issue #3 is out and the attack on Washington is occuring. This issue of Alpha Flight makes it seem like the events of Fear Itself have been going on for weeks. Long enough for refugees to flood the Canadian border and the Canadian government to declare their version of martial law. The problem is that the attack on Washington hasn’t been going on that long. The hammerfall wasn’t that long ago. There’s no way it’s been so long as to cause a flood of refugees and global panic. Not yet. It’s been too soon.

So one of the central plots of Alpha Flight #1 doesn’t make any sense in the context of the crossover. Now on to what else is wrong with this issue.

Where is Alpha Flight?

I’m serious. Where are they? This doesn’t feel like them or read like them. I was excited when they were resurrected after Chaos War and the Chaos War: Alpha Flight was a good series. Jim McCann wrote a decent Flight. So where are they? There are characters bearing their name but they aren’t the Flight.

Since when has Marrina had such a hatred for humanity and been such a wild child? When has Sasquatch been the stereotypical big hero? I don’t remember Sasquatch being so joking and flirty. When did Northstar hang up the tights? He’s been somewhat active in Uncanny X-Men. Shaman comes across as stereotypical and lacking personality. And the writers must not like Snowbird because she barely gets five lines. Northstar’s boyfriend gets more.

This just doesn’t read like Alpha Flight. And to have the Flight’s Department H liason call Guardian IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS to tell him that the Prime Minister wants to talk to him? Seriously? That was horrible. It was a groan inducing scene.

In fact most of it was groan inducing. During a tidal wave, the news reporter talks about a poll about whether Northstar should be on the team? This was obviously Pak and Van Lente’s idea of providing backstory and it comes across badly. That also highlights another problem with this issue, which the 0.1 issue didn’t help with, there is no backstory.

These people were DEAD. Why is no one mentioning that they’re back from the dead? Department H was reinstated and staffed that quickly? This mini-series should have been about the team returning from the dead, getting their lives back together, convincing the government that they are real.

The idea is to throw them into the crossover to use it to help sell the book, but it’s cheating long time fans. I’m a fan of Alpha Flight. I like the team. I like the characters. I like the history. I was disappointed in this book.

I was also disappointed in the art by Eaglesham. He’s supposed to be one of the top artists and this issue doesn’t look like it. It has a rushed feel to it, like he didn’t put as much effort into it. I’ve seen much better work from him. The characters look stiff and awkward. The layouts are odd in many spots.

He does draw a good Sasquatch though.

Alpha Flight #1 receives
2 out of 5

Fans of the Flight hoping for a great return will be disappointed.

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