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Issue: Alpha Flight 33 Date: Apr-86 Story: A Friend in Need (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Marrina, Snowbird, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Roger, Madison Jeffries; Mac (in flashback) Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson Guest Stars: X-Men Peter Rasputin (Colossus), Ororo Munroe (Storm), Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), Logan (Wolverine), Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), Rachel Summers (Phoenix II), Rogue, Eric Magnus von Lensherr alias Michael Xavier (Magneto) Villains: Warlord Attuma of Atlantis, Mariko Yashida (Lady Deathstrike) Other Characters: Synopsis: Marrina, still a monster (since iss. 16) flees Attuma's vessel. She screams with abdominal pains, which are sympathetically felt by Snowbird. Heather flies across Canada to the X-Men in Westchester and is knocked out by Magneto, attacking from reflex. Storm leaves her in Wolverine's hands. Heather explains that she wants Wolverine to teach her to fight, and they reminisce. A feral Logan had attacked Heather and Mac on their honeymoon, and they shot him dead, but he got better. Mac went for help, while Heather stayed with Logan. They both saw his claws for the first time, which put Logan in such a state that Heather just held him all night to comfort him. He was adopted by them, until he realized she wouldn't leave Mac for him, so he left, instead. Wolverine tells her that being a hero doesn't mean having powers, and just then they are attacked by Deathstrike's samurai. Issue: Alpha Flight 34 Date: May-86 Story: Honor (22 pages) Feature Characters: Judd, Roger, Madison Jeffries, Jeanne-Marie, Jean-Paul, Snowbird, Michael, Heather (Vindicator henceforth), Mac (in flashback), Marrina Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson, Michael's grandfather Guest Stars: Logan (Wolverine), Matt Murdock (Daredevil) Villains: Mariko Yashida (Lady Deathstrike), Lord Dark Wind, Bullseye, Attuma Other Characters: Kira Yashida Synopsis: Judd flies off to retrieve Heather before she hurts herself. Thompson shows up at the mansion carrying Snowbird, whom he announces is ill and is his wife. She calls for Michael, but he is off in the wilderness talking to his dead grandfather. Deathstrike claims Wolverine's skeleton, since the adamantium technology was stolen from her father, whom she later killed. Heather suspects that Mac was involved, and that they didn't come across Wolverine by accident. Wolverine and Heather best Deathstrike's samurai, but the lady herself bears an indestructible blade and duels Wolverine. Judd arrives and accidentally crashes the Omniship into them both. Deathstrike shatters her blade against Heather's suit. Attuma nets Marrina. Issue: Alpha Flight 35 Date: Jun-86 Story: The Child Is Father to the Man (22 pages) Feature Characters: Marrina, Heather, Judd, Mac (flashback, again), Snowbird, Jeanne-Marie, Jean-Paul, Roger, Madison Jeffries, Michael, Elizabeth Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson, Michael's grandfather Guest Stars: Namor the Sub-Mariner, Logan (Wolverine) Villains: Attuma, Dara, Mariko Yashida (Lady Deathstrike) Other Characters: Synopsis: Attuma wants to use Marrina as bait to lure Namor, and she is still having abdominal pains. Judd professes his fondness for Heather, who, still shocked by the realization that Mac manipulated Wolverine and herself, is reluctant to get involved with another man. He chalks it up to his dwarfism. Returning to Mansion Alpha, they find Snowbird ill, mad as a bear, and calling for Michael to help her. Michael is off in Eskimo territory, being tested by the spirits of caribou, mosquitoes, a wide-mouth bass, and wolves. He bests them all and is given a new costume by Elizabeth, who had been his real tester. His final test is to vanquish the skeletons of Vikings, who centuries before had killed his ancestors. Michael no longer uses a medicine bag, but draws forth Eaglet, his familiar, and calls on other spirits to defeat the skeletons. He then returns to the mansion to aid Snowbird. Issue: Alpha Flight 36 Date: Jul-86 Story: Labor Pains (23 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird, Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Michael, Madison Jeffries, Roger, Marrina, Mac (flashback) Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson (here demoted to Cpl.); Nelvanna, Hodiak, Turoq the Shaper Guest Stars: Avengers Dane Whitman (the Black Knight), Namor the Sub-Mariner, Hercules, Monica Rambeau (Capt. Marvel), Steve Rogers (Capt. America); Dr. Stephen Strange Villains: High Priest Shakkoth, Vashti, Attuma, Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence) Other Characters: Byrrah, Richard Easton Synopsis: Snowbird hunts a rabbit, but is unable to eat it. Michael explains that she is expecting a baby. Byrrah breaks into Avengers' mansion to find Namor and tell him that Attuma has seized Atlantis. Namor resigns from the Avengers and returns to the sea. Judd tells Thompson how Snowbird was born (see iss. 7), and he cries out that he doesn't want a baby, just his wife back. He tries to take her to a regular hospital, but the team stops him. Michael examines Snowbird and realizes her son must be born in a place of power. Neither the house spirits nor the gods will help him find a suitable spot, but Dr. Strange does. However, this place of power actually houses Pestilence. Issue: Alpha Flight 37 Date: Aug- Story: Death Birth (22 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird, Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Michael, Madison Jeffries, Roger, Elizabeth, Marrina Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson (a 3-striper, again); Nelvanna, Hodiak, Turoq the Shaper Guest Stars: Namor Villains: Attuma Other Characters: Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence), Sir John Franklin Synopsis: In 1848, Pestilence was a ship's captain leading an expedition to the frozen north. Desperate for food, he led his dying men across the tundra, and before he died himself he drank an elixir to preserve himself until spring. But his men buried him, thinking him dead, and he remained trapped beneath the permafrost. Aurora flirts with Roger while Alpha Flight flies to a place of power to deliver Snowbird's baby. They are met by Elizabeth, has developed a decidedly haughty attitude. The gods appear, giving Snowbird a last chance to join them, but she wants to remain human. Spirits of decay attack the baby, and Elizabeth prevents Michael or any spirits from helping. She wants him to be shown up as a failure, like he failed her mother and herself. Pestilence lives again through Snowbird's baby, and when Elizabeth steps in to save the day, she finds she cannot stop him, since he was never dead and is not a spirit. Pestilence removes her tiara, returning her humanity and removing her power. Namor arrives in Atlantis to fight Attuma and rescue Marrina. Issue: Alpha Flight 38 Date: Sep-86 Story: Pestilence (22 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird, Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Michael (Talisman henceforth), Madison Jeffries, Roger, Elizabeth, Marrina Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Namor the Sub-Mariner Villains: Attuma, High Priest Shakkoth, Vashti, Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence); Kariooq the Corruptor, Tundra, Ranaq the Devourer, Somon the Shaper Other Characters: Byrrah Synopsis: Namor fights Attuma's forces alone and is overcome. The Atlanteans don't want Marrina as their queen, since she is an alien monster. Namor goes to the Avengers for aid, sending Byrrah to Alpha Flight. Pestilence takes Mac's face to deter Heather from attacking him, but she belts him one, anyway. Judd pulls him under the ice, and he and Heather free the team. Snowbird becomes a sasquatch to fight Pestilence, but he controls all the great beasts, and they attack. Michael dons Elizabeth's tiara to become Talisman, and he banishes the great beasts, except for the Snowbird sasquatch, who attacks Pestilence, who flees underground, still possessing Thompson and Snowbird's baby. Issue: Alpha Flight 39 Date: Oct-86 Story: The Invasion of Atlantis! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird, Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Michael, Madison Jeffries, Roger, Elizabeth, Marrina Regular Characters: Cpl. Douglas Thompson, Gary Cody Guest Stars: Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers: Monica Rambeau (Capt. Marvel), Steve Rogers (Capt. America), Hercules, Dane Whitman (the Black Knight), Janet Van Dyne (the Wasp) Villains: Attuma Other Characters: Byrrah Synopsis: Alpha Flight ignores direct orders from the Canadian government and goes to attack Atlantis. Snowbird regrets having chosen to remain human, and Thompson storms off without her, going after their son. Atlantis fires the first shot, blowing the Omnijet out of the sky. After an underwater skirmish, Alpha Flight meets up with the Avengers and plans to rescue Marrina. They are together surrounded by Attuma's forces, and the story continues in Avengers 272). Issue: Alpha Flight 40 Date: Nov-86 Story: Love (23 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird, Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Michael, Madison Jeffries, Roger, Elizabeth, Marrina, Walter and Mac (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers: Monica Rambeau (Capt. Marvel), Steve Rogers (Capt. America), Hercules, Dane Whitman (the Black Knight), Janet Van Dyne (the Wasp) Villains: Other Characters: Byrrah, Vashti, Gladys Smallwood and her son Dan Synopsis: Marrina has fled in shame, Namor follows her, and Northstar follows him. Marrina suspects that she has been impregnated (see iss. 16. Note: her race is here designated Plodex). Namor finds her and decides to marry her and raise her brood as his own. They are then attacked by Marrina's mate (iss. 16), which she is uncontrollably drawn to. Alpha Flight attacks them both. Marrina overcomes her genetic programming and rejects her mate. This restores her from her monstrous state, and it turns out she was never pregnant but just fertile. Alpha Flight kills the other Plodex, and all repair to Namor's villa, where his followers have already gathered under Lord Vashti. Namor declares it his new kingdom, Deluvia, and weds Marrina. Issue: Alpha Flight 41 Date: Dec-86 Story: It's Not Easy Being Purple (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Roger, Michael, Judd, Snowbird, Elizabeth, Madison Jeffries, Mac (flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Zebediah Killgrave (the Purple Man) and his daughter Kara (the Purple Girl) Other Characters: Melanie Killgrave, Raymonde St. Jacques (Raymonde Belmonde from iss. 7) Synopsis: Kara is a 13 year old girl who has turned purple. Her mother explains that her father was the Purple Man, who used his control of minds to force Melanie to marry him. He later freed her mind, she rejected him, and he ran off without ever having seen his daughter. Alpha Flight inducts Jeffries as their newest member, and he works on getting Roger out of Box (he has the bends from their Atlantis adventure and doesn't dare come out). Northstar resigns and returns to skiing. Kara runs away from home and watches him ski and accidentally makes a girl to jump off a cliff. Northstar saves her, revealing himself as a hero and getting accused of cheating on the ski slopes. He vows never to ski again. Kara takes control of his mind and forces him to be her boyfriend. He flies them to the South Pacific, they swim and are attacked by a crocodile, which Northstar quickly dispatches. He realizes he can stop her controlling him by staying under water. She promises to stop using her power but can't control herself, so she order him to take her to Alpha Flight. Issue: Alpha Flight 42 Date: Jan-87 Story: Auction (23 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Roger, Michael, Judd, Snowbird, Madison Jeffries Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Kara Killgrave (the Purple Girl), the Auctioneer Other Characters: Melanie Killgrave, James the chauffeur Synopsis: Kara returns Northstar to the mansion and makes him jump in the pool to break her control of him. She asks for their help controlling her power, but they hesitate, and she runs away, making Jeffries help her. Jeffries had been trying to help Roger emerge from Box, which he transformed into a decompression chamber. Roger is left inside with a bad case of the bends. Kara takes Jeffries out on the town (Toronto, that is), eating and spending and manipulating minds at will. Returning home, her mother lectures her, so she leaves. The Auctioneer kidnaps Kara and gasses her to control her. He tries to auction them both off as weapons, but when he cuts off her power, he inadvertently frees Jeffries, who blows the roof off the joint. Alpha Flight comes to the rescue, Kara fells the Auctioneer herself, and all return to the mansion. Kara uses her power to awaken Roger, who merges once more with Box. The team decides to reestablish Beta Flight, with her as the only member, to train her. Northstar is not thrilled. Issue: Alpha Flight 43 Date: Feb-87 Story: Strike Across the Border! (24 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Roger, Judd, Madison Jeffries, Kara Regular Characters: Dr. Lionel Jeffries (Scramble) Guest Stars: Villains: Mesmero, Mark VI Stealth Sentinels, Sebastian Shaw Other Characters: Dr. Muramoto, FBI agent Billings, Ms. Kelly, Carmody Whyte Synopsis: Mesmero (in prison since Amazing Spider-man 207), pretends to be in pain and collapses, fooling his doctor into removing his negator helmet. He uses his ability to control minds to break prison. Billings gets Kelly to use Interdefence's Sentinels to chase him across the border into Canada. Whyte calls the owner, Shaw, warning him of this misuse. Roger goes on a rampage, trapped inside Box and taunted by Aurora, who won't love him as a robot, and then announces she doesn't love him at all. Jeffries uses his metal-morphing abilities to make Box a straight-jacket, and transforms the Omnijet into a Monopede to avoid crashing on a highway. They take Roger to Lionel's research lab, New Life, to cure him of the bends. The Sentinels locate Mesmero at Expo '86 in Vancouver, but he takes hostages. Alpha Flight arrives and attacks the Sentinels and Mesmero. Northstar is ill (presumably of AIDS, see iss. 106), coughing, and is not identified by the Sentinels as a mutant. Jeffries is very effective in defeating the robots, and Kara's mind control overrides Mesmero's. Heather realizes she has feelings for Jeffries, and Puck has been seriously injured. Issue: Alpha Flight 44 Date: Mar-87 Story: Plague! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird, Michael, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Roger; Walter Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson, Dr. Lionel Jeffries (Scramble), Dr. Whitman/William Knapp Guest Stars: Villains: Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence) Other Characters: Synopsis: Snowbird and Michael call for help in a vision, so Alpha Flight flies off. Walter in Alec Thorne's body crawls out of Michael's medicine bag (see iss. 13). Lionel cures Roger of the bends, and then offers to give him legs. Pestilence has left a trail of death all the way to Burial Butte. Thompson dies just after directing Alpha Flight into the mines. Northstar, ill but afraid to see a doctor, bumps his sister, canceling her power to make light, and the darkness of the mines temporarily reverts her to her Jeanne-Marie personality. Pestilence impersonates Mac, Wolverine, Judd and Jeffries, and Heather blasts each one. He creates monsters from coal, and Jeffries uses metal from the mine to give himself armor. Aurora helps him and then flirts with him, but he rejects her. Michael and Snowbird are about to kill Pestilence, but Northstar intervenes, concerned about the life of the child he possesses. Pestilence kisses Northstar and grows stronger from the disease he is dying of. Snowbird chooses saving her child over letting him die and being free to join the gods in paradise. Pestilence realizes the child's spirit is too strong for him and takes control of Snowbird in sasquatch form, making her kill him so his evil spirit can seek another host. Heather kills Snowbird (!), but not soon enough. Pestilence goes free. Issue: Alpha Flight 45 Date: Apr-87 Story: Resurrection (22 pages) Feature Characters: Snowbird (deceased), Heather, Madison Jeffries, Michael, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Roger, Kara; Walter as Alec Thorne, as Box, and as Wanda Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson and his son (both deceased); Nelvanna, Hodiak, Turoq the Shaper; Dr. Lionel Jeffries (Scramble), Dr. Whitman/William Knapp Guest Stars: Villains: Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence) Other Characters: Synopsis: At the Thompson family funeral, Heather leans on Jeffries for support, and Judd realizes he has no chance with her. Michael summons the gods, who after some consideration raise the Thompsons' spirits to go with them. Michael then resigns and leaves the mortal plane, as well. Returning to the mansion, they find Lionel and Roger, in shape and with legs, which he uses to carry Aurora off to bed. That night, Snowbird's body (still in sasquatch form) rises from the grave. It attacks the mansion, and Smart Alec goes into Box and battles it. Judd and Heather realize that it is Walter's mind in Alec's body in Box's armor, and the sasquatch announces himself as Pestilence. Heather has a crisis of conscience and fails to lead the team. But she comes to her senses, tells Walter to shock the sasquatch with Box's power pack, and uses Michael's medicine bag to capture his spirit. Walter, meanwhile, has possessed the sasquatch body, and Aurora attaches herself to him, until they realize that he is now female, since the body had been Snowbird. Issue: Alpha Flight 46 Date: May-87 Story: Friends... and Lovers (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Madison Jeffries (Box henceforth), Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Roger, Kara, Walter/Wanda; Mac, Snowbird, Michael, Marrina (in yet another flashback) Regular Characters: Dr. Lionel Jeffries (Scramble), Dr. Whitman/William Knapp Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Synopsis: Lionel is unable to effect Snowbird's body, so Walter has to remain Wanda, and Aurora runs off, chased by Roger, but she rejects him, too. Roger's new legs are getting flaky, as is his mind. That night, Aurora is attacked by memories of three weird sisters, by her Jeanne-Marie personality, and by Roger. Judd grabs her out of his arms, and Walter holds him, while he raves. Turns out he, Jeffries, and Judd were all institutionalized with mental disorders before Mac brought them into Beta Flight. Roger fells Judd, Walter, and Heather, and Jeffries is unable to reason with him, so he phases into Box, forcing Roger out. Issue: Alpha Flight 47 Date: Jun-87 Story: You Can't Tell the Forest from the Trees (23 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Mac (flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Logan (Wolverine, in flashback) Villains: Other Characters: Tommy Mayhew, Bayberry; Ramsey and Claire MacNeil, Mrs. Chenen and her kids Simone and Eric Synopsis: A strange seed falls from space and is caught by a kid baseball player. It bursts open and covers him with roots, and he slinks off into the woods. Heather is called home by her parents, who haven't spoken to her since she eloped with Mac. Ramsey was the baseball team's coach, and many of the players have gone missing. Searching for them, Ramsey picks up another seed and is rooted, too. Heather's suit protects her, and she defends her parents' house against an attack by the tree-creatures. She burns away the surrounding bark and frees the humans within. But some seed pods still remain. Issue: Alpha Flight 48 Date: Jul-87 Story: Madness (22 pages) Feature Characters: Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Roger, Judd, Walter/Wanda Regular Characters: Dr. Whitman Knapp Guest Stars: Villains: Dr. Lionel Jeffries (Scramble, later Omega, with Roger), the Derangers: Freakout, Janus, Breakdown, Goblyn (see iss. 53) Other Characters: Raymonde Belmonde (flashback) Synopsis: Roger's mind and legs are in advanced states of decay. The team fights about what to do with him, then decide to take him to Lionel. He turns out to be still insane, conducting experiments with the dead to create superior beings. He attacks his brother and Knapp, but Roger agrees to merge with him and create a superior villain, Omega, who can reshape his own body into any imaginable monster. Aurora stumbles across Lionel's first 5 attempts, kept in large glass jars. Omega attacks, and Heather gives orders to counter, killing if necessary. Omega captures and begins to absorb each member of the team, while Madison notices something happening to Knapp. Issue: Alpha Flight 49 Date: Aug-87 Story: Flesh of My Flesh! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Judd, Walter/Wanda, Dr. Whitman/William Knapp (Manikin: Highbrow/Hybrow, Prime Unit, Apeman, and Proto) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Dr. Lionel Jeffries and Roger Bochs (Omega) Other Characters: Synopsis: Knapp splits into four beings, each at a different stage of evolution. Highbrow explains, while Apeman moves Madison close enough for him to phase into Box. Proto just gurgles. Madison and the Knapps attack Omega, who has captured most of Alpha Flight. Roger changes his mind about being a villain, and fights Omega from within, only to be lobotomized. Madison blasts him, and Kara takes control of his mind, forcing him to restore Madison's body, who decides the only way to make sure Omega never causes trouble again is to kill him. Northstar collapses, ill and dying. Aurora sits alone in the dark, singing to herself, in the room where Lionel's creatures have broken out of their jars (see last iss.).
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