Author: Robert Diehl
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Issue: Alpha Flight 101 Date: Oct-91 Story: Death and How to Live It (22 pages) Feature Characters: Walter, Windshear, Jean-Paul, Heather, Judd, Lil, Madison Jeffries, Knapp Regular Characters: Kerry Patrick, Gen. Jeremy Clarke Guest Stars: Her (J'Ridia/Starduster); Avengers Vision, Sersi, Hercules, Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), Wendell Vaughn (Quasar); Dr. Stephen Strange, Wong Villains: Other Characters: Synopsis: Hercules attacks Walter as a jest, and Quasar has to break them up. Sersi, Vision, and Northstar visit Dr. Strange, to get his help finding Aurora and the others (see iss. 98). He takes them to the Cross-Roads of Time and uses the Eye of Agamotto to search the dimensions, accidentally allowing some monsters to break in on them, whom they quickly defeat. Ultimately, Strange is unable to find them: there are just too many dimensions. Heather and Judd visit Mac's tombstone, and Patrick and Clarke assert the government's full support of Alpha Flight. At a memorial service, Heather honors his memory. Lil's tumor was benign. Issue: Alpha Flight 102 Date: Nov-91 Story: ...I Want to Live (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Judd, Windshear, Madison Jeffries, Walter, Lil, Jean-Paul; Weapon Omega (Kyle Gibney/Wild Child, see iss. 104) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: USAgent Villains: Esteban Diablo, the Whirlwind, Arthur Goddard (Headlock) Other Characters: Gunther, Bryce Synopsis: Diablo has taken over a Central American country and killed all the former junta. Alpha Flight is sent in covertly to stop him. Heather learns an unknown person is helping her. Northstar defeats Whirlwind, who was hired by Diablo. Jeffries as Box hits scramblers and crash lands. He lies wounded with Lil, while Diablo's fire elemental approaches. Diablo captures Heather with vines he has alchemically altered to steel, and then to acid. Kyle tries to rescue her and introduces himself as a new Dept. H operative, just before being captured himself. Diablo has done all this for an international audience, who want to trade with him for vibranium. We learn Aurora (her hair darker again) is being held in a cell with Headlock. Walter, trying to blow up Diablo's communication towers, is stopped by USAgent. Issue: Alpha Flight 103 Date: Dec-91 Story: Spontaneous Combustion! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Lil, Madison Jeffries, Walter, Windshear, Judd, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Kyle Regular Characters: Guest Stars: USAgent Villains: Esteban Diablo, Arthur Goddard (Headlock) Other Characters: Synopsis: Diablo has Heather in a flask, and Kyle on an X. Madison, about to be burned by a fire elemental, proposes to Lil, who accepts. Walter and USAgent fight and debates politics. Windshear is attacked on TV by a journalist, complaining about the devastation of Toronto when Alpha Flight defended Her against the Consortium (iss. 97-100). Kyle slips his bonds and frees Heather, who destroys Diablo's earth elementals. Northstar resets the bombs that Walter had set and USAgent had defused, blowing up Diablo's communication towers. Heather denounces Diablo's vibranium to his buyers (since made with alchemy, it is transient). Diablo creates the Elematrix, an elemental of earth, wind, fire, and water, and paralyzes the heroes. But Jeffries drills up through the ground, destroying the Elematrix (he had been able to reconstruct a Box to save himself and Lil from the fire elemental). Diablo starts to attack with cyanide, but Kyle throws a remnant of his exploding cloak at him, detonating all his chemicals and disintegrating him. Kyle then unmasks himself. Meanwhile, Headlock is torturing Aurora. Issue: Alpha Flight 104 Date: Jan-92 Story: Headache (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Walter, Jean-Paul, Lil, Madison Jeffries, Kyle, Jeanne-Marie, Windshear, Knapp, Judd Regular Characters: Guest Stars: USAgent Villains: Esteban Diablo, Arthur Goddard (Headlock) Other Characters: Strunk; Sister Anne (as illusion) Synopsis: Heather orders the team to accept a handsome, humorous, and government-certified sane Kyle into the team. Headlock enters Aurora's mind and finds five personalities (school marm, hero, strumpet, nun, spiritual hero). He decides to reintegrate them and takes the image of Sister Anne. He forces her to remember when she tried to commit suicide. Jean-Paul senses his sister is alive and races to her rescue. The team follows, and they find her mentally battling Headlock. Her base Jeanne-Marie asserts itself and uses the last of Aurora's healing power to set Headlock free (and kill him). We learn Aurora had not been ported away by Laura (iss. 98) but had been captured by Headlock on her way to the landing bay. She is back to her original split-personality. The team gets standardized uniforms, Jeffries and Lil quit to get married, Jeanne-Marie deigns to join the team, Windshear is relegated to desk jockey, and Puck is troubleshooter. Issue: Alpha Flight 105 Date: Feb-92 Story: The Bachelor Party! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Jean-Paul, Walter, Judd, Madison Jeffries, Kyle, Windshear, Heather, Lil, Jeanne-Marie Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Corky, Tungsten Ravitch, Pearl Gross (Pink Pearl) Synopsis: In Corky's bar, the men have a bachelor party for Jeffries, who picks Kyle as his best man. A drunk Northstar makes his first joke and harasses some men who were harassing some homosexuals. Judd tells the bartender he is really Puck, but nobody believes him. Walter is about to make a confession to Kyle, but a man bursts in with a shotgun. He is quickly subdued, and pleads poverty and Christmas eve, so they buy his house for him, and Jeffries makes his kids toys from scrap metal. In Poughkeepsie, NY, a woman is buried in her wedding gown. The women have a bachelorette party for Lil at a male strip club. Jeanne-Marie is mortified, until Aurora takes over. She hops on stage and makes a spectacle. The boss, Pink Pearl, tries to bounce her, and Lil punches her out the window. The Alphans are arrested, and Jeanne-Marie calls her brother to bail them out. He thinks she's joking and rolls into bed. NOTE: a pin-up of the bachelorette party follows. Issue: Alpha Flight 106 Date: Mar-92 Story: The Walking Wounded (21 pages) Feature Characters: Walter, Jean-Paul, Heather, Jeanne-Marie, Windshear, Judd, Kyle Regular Characters: Guest Stars: the Invaders: Captain America, the original Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner (flashbacks), Maj. Louis Sadler (Major Mapleleaf); Logan (Wolverine) Villains: Mr. Hyde Other Characters: Michael Sadler (flashback), Dr. Cahill, Joanne Beaubier Synopsis: Mapleleaf reviews a film of his own career, and then breaks down, sobbing. While helping Alpha Flight subdue Hyde, Northstar finds an abandoned baby girl, who is soon diagnosed as being HIV positive, infected in the womb. Mapleleaf attacks Northstar in the hospital, and while fighting they talk: Mapeleaf's son Michael died of AIDS, but because he was gay, nobody cared. Mapleleaf is angry at the media attention Northstar's adopted baby is getting. Northstar retorts: "I am gay" (making Marvel history, finally; you could have guessed it since iss. 7). Mapleleaf says he should make his lifestyle public, to counter homophobia. Northstar subdues him, and they get back to the hospital in time to hold the baby as she dies. He proclaims his homosexuality in the press the next day. NOTE: a pin-up of Wolverine, Judd, and Northstar follows. Issue: Alpha Flight 107 Date: Apr-92 Story: Rage Against the Dying Light (23 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Kyle, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Walter Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Factor: Alex Summers (Havok), Lorna Dane (Polaris), Guido Carosella (Strong Guy), James Madrox (Multiple Man), Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane), Valerie Cooper (government liaison) Villains: Amy Brewer Other Characters: Malcolm Codsworth Synopsis: NOTE: this begins the World Tour '92. Alpha Flight has been sent to visit X-Factor in Washington, and because their luggage was lost, they all have to wear X-Factor uniforms. They are all called off to Poughkeepsie, where flowers, food, a dress, and three hundred people have been mysteriously dragged to a graveyard. Madrox correctly guesses that a wedding is being planned. They are escorted by risen corpses to the bride, who explains she had died of food poisoning (see iss. 105) but her mind kept living. She raised the dead, and wants the wedding to go on ("I know it sounds disgusting, but when you're dead and lonely and angry, you'll try anything."). When the heroes won't submit, she has the dead attack them. Walter realizes Amy is powered by rage, so Aurora convinces Malcolm to marry her (it's the "love is eternal" shtick). This calms her, and when the vows are exchanged, she disintegrates. Issue: Alpha Flight 108 Date: May-92 Story: The Global Village (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Kyle, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Walter Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Le Peregrine, Shamrock, Micro-Max, Prodigy, Omerta, Ursula; British P.M. John Major, Polish President Lech Walesa Villains: Werner Schmidt (The Brain Drain); the Master of the World; Adolph Hitler (flashback) Other Characters: Synopsis: Alpha Flight attends a conference in Switzerland, with European heroes live by satellite. They are attacked by the ice sculpture, in which is the Brain Drain. He had been a Nazi scientist (Invaders 2), and is now a brain in a jar that can control minds. He says he has planted commands in each hero's mind to kill his own country's leader. Jeanne-Marie switches control of her mind with Aurora, who dashes forward and throws the brain out the window. Alpha Flight splits up to stop the assassinations. Walter knocks out the Peregrine in France. Aurora catches a small Micro-Max and shakes him till he passes out. Prodigy takes over Heather's battle suit. She is nearly forced to kill Walesa, but then just turns her suit off, and womphs the brat. Northstar finds out that Shamrock's good luck had shorted out the broadcast before her mind was effected. Kyle womphs Omerta and gets his mask ripped in half. All the heroes reassemble in Switzerland for a party. The Master retrieves a sad-eyed Brain Drain as the first member of the new Omega Flight. Issue: Alpha Flight 109 Date: Jun-92 Story 1: By Right of Memory (18 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Kyle, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Walter, Judd Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: the Hand; Magneto, the Presence (flashbacks) Other Characters: Alexei, Tretiak, Polyani, Edvarde, Mickey Romanov, Col. Pushkin, Turgenev Synopsis: In Red Square in Moscow, the team is attacked by ninjas who had been disguised as soldiers. They are just as abruptly rescued by three gunmen (well, one's a woman, but you think of a word for them, then) and escorted to KGB headquarters. There, Romanov explains the Hand is trying to take over the Omega Red facility, and he asks for their help. They attack the facility with Russian assistance, and are beset by ninjas. Jean-Paul gets cut, while Jeanne-Marie creates quite a blast. Heather and Alexei penetrate the base, enter the self-destruct codes, and blow it up. They have lost five Russians. Story 2: Distant Thunder (5 pages) Feature Characters: Laura, Goblyn, Witchfire, Kara; Heather, Judd, Jean-Paul, Kyle, Jeanne-Marie, Walter, Madison Jeffries, Lil, Windshear, Knapp; Elizabeth (not seen since iss. 91) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Reed Richards Villains: The Dreamqueen Other Characters: Darby and Susan Dean Synopsis: In Liveworld, the Dreamqueen chases Goblyn and those Laura ported here to help rescue her (iss. 98, but where's Michael?). In Toronto, Richards notifies Heather of an important meeting the next morning. (Alpha Flight's world tour and the Jeffries' honeymoon were both cut short.) Laura opens a portal and brings everyone through to Alpha Flight HQ, angering Windshear, who has to push back the Dreamqueen's demons. Elizabeth mystically realizes trouble is coming. Issue: Alpha Flight 110 Date: Jul-92 Story: Bare Bones (22 pages) Feature Characters: Walter, Jean-Paul, Judd, Elizabeth, Windshear, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Knapp, Kara, Witchfire, Goblyn, Laura, Jeanne-Marie, Kyle, Judd, Michael Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Avengers Hercules, Dane Whitman (the Black Knight), Bruce Banner (the Hulk), Steve Rogers (Capt. America), Sersi; X-Factor's Guido Carosella (Strong Guy); X-Men Bobby Drake (Iceman), Logan (Wolverine), Scott Summers (Cyclops); New Warrior Robbie Baldwin (Speedball) Villains: The Master of the World; the Ska'r; Omega Flight: Tech-Noir, Miss Mass, Sinew, Strongarm, Brain Drain, Bile; Firebug Other Characters: Synopsis: NOTE: this is an Infinity War crossover. The Master tells of the Ska'r, a race who feed on base emotions. He says a storm is coming, and must move precipitously to confirm his dominion. Elizabeth, shopping in a mall, is attacked by the Master's new Omega Flight. Brain Drain forces Elizabeth's mind, letting something out. As she is taken to the hospital, she warns Windshear. Beta Flight has been renamed Gamma Flight, and they sneak out to fight some petty thugs for fun. Then they run into Firebug. Michael has appeared (not seen since iss. 98) without explanation, in 4 Freedoms Plaza, where Reed Richards (or his impersonator) has gathered heroes to battle Thanos. Wolverine pauses to be intimidating to Kyle. Issue: Alpha Flight 111 Date: Aug-92 Story: Bare Bones Part 2 (22 pages) Feature Characters: Windshear, Witchfire, Knapp, Laura, Goblyn, Kara, Walter, Heather, Michael, Judd, Jean-Paul, Kyle Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men Warren Worthington, III (Archangel), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Logan (Wolverine), Dr. Henry McCoy (Beast); Avengers Steve Rogers (Capt. America), Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlet Witch), Dr. Druid; Agatha Harkness; Bruce Banner (the Incredible Hulk); the Fantastic Four's Ben Grimm (the Thing), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) Villains: Firebug, Mad Dog, Thanos; The Infinity Watch's Adam Warlock, Drax, Gamora; the Ska'r; The Master of the World; Omega Flight: Tech-Noir, Miss Mass, Sinew, Strongarm, Brain Drain, Bile Other Characters: Synopsis: NOTE: this is an Infinity War crossover. Toronto goes mad. Witchfire prevents Firebug from reintegrating, but Mad Dog attacks, and Windshear breaks her concentration saving her, so Firebug explodes himself again. Windshear blows him to the four winds, nearly exploding Knapp, too. Some of the team are in the crossover, fighting Thanos and the Infinity Watch. Michael contacts Elizabeth's mind, forcing her to open an inner door and see the Ska'r, who have been released and are causing the trouble in Toronto. All a part of the Master's plan: he will sacrifice Canada to the Ska'r and keep the rest of the world for himself, even if he has to fight Magus for it. Witchfire senses the Ska'r, and Omega Flight attacks. In 4 Freedoms Plaza, the rest of the team fights evil duplicates. Kyle is faced by himself as Wild Child, who incites him to blood lust. Issue: Alpha Flight 112 Date: Sep-92 Story: Bare Bones Part 3 (23 pages) Feature Characters: Windshear, Kara, Knapp, Witchfire, Goblyn, Laura, Elizabeth, Kyle, Walter, Jean-Paul, Heather, Judd, Jeanne-Marie Regular Characters: Guest Stars: X-Men Prof. Charles Xavier, Jean Grey; Infinity Watch's Moondragon Villains: The Master of the World; Omega Flight: Tech-Noir, Miss Mass, Sinew, Strongarm, Brain Drain, Bile Other Characters: Synopsis: NOTE: this is an Infinity War crossover. Windshear and Gamma Flight fight Omega Flight in Toronto and bests them. Elizabeth mentally explores the Ska'r city, a race that feeds on bad emotions. A Talisman had trapped them in their universe, so they ate all the humans they had and hibernated. She accidentally let them out and resolves to lock them back in. The Master attacks Gamma Flight, with Firebug's collected molecules. Witchfire's shield holds, but the team is rendered unconscious. Before he can finish the job, the Ska'r attack Omega Flight, and he has to put Tech-Noir down before she kills them all. Then they attack him; he instinctively retaliates, and his hold on Magus is broken. Elizabeth awakens the team, Laura opens a portal to the Ska'r city, and Windshear blows them all through, including the Master. Windshear is impressed with the team, and restores the Beta Flight name to them. They get new standardized uniforms. Issue: Alpha Flight 113 Date: Oct-92 Story: Speaking of Experience (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Kyle; Madison Jeffries, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd (flashbacks); Mac (sub-flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Reavers including the Mauler Other Characters: Synopsis: Heather trains with Kyle and to boost his self-confidence tells him one of her early misadventures as Guardian: Reavers crash a Maple Leafs' game, trying to capture Heather. The team fells most of them (Northstar: "I'm better than human! I'm French-Canadian!"), while Heather races after Mauler, and we get a good idea of what it's like to operate the suit, which she is still learning to use. After some difficulty, she finally captures him on the US border. Roxxon executives plan to replace Mauler. Issue: Alpha Flight 114 Date: Nov-92 Story: Bloodline! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Kyle, Heather, Windshear, Knapp, Witchfire, Kara, Goblyn, Laura (Pathway henceforth), Jeanne-Marie, Walter, Jean-Paul, Judd; Mac (flashback) Regular Characters: Wyre Guest Stars: Villains: Jackal II Other Characters: Chief Conrad Synopsis: Flashback: Kyle's origin as Wild Child, being observed in an artificial environment as he kills a man. Flash forward: Kyle as Weapon Omega runs through the woods and realizes he has blood on his hand. Heather has deployed Beta Flight to deal with the Jackal, who is holding hostages in Sudbury. Kara's power is getting stronger; the Jackal slashes Knapp with poisoned claws; Kara talks to the Jackal, learning about his evil father (the original Jackal), but Witchfire attacks him, wanting an antidote. Walter runs tests on Aurora and Jeanne-Marie, to see how their powers work. She are proud of and angry at her gay brother. Judd has investigated Kyle's supposed rehabilitation and voices his suspicions to Heather. Kyle is attacked by Wyre, whom he says is his child. Issue: Alpha Flight 115 Date: Dec-92 Story: Extreme Prejudice Part I (22 pages) Feature Characters: Kyle, Judd, Heather, Walter, Elizabeth, Windshear, Jeanne-Marie, Witchfire, Kara, Knapp, Laura, Jean-Paul Regular Characters: Nemesis, Wyre Guest Stars: Garrison Kane (Weapon X) Villains: Rok Other Characters: Synopsis: Wyre is hunting down his evil children, starting with Kyle, who sees his point, since he has of late been struggling with his psychotic tendencies. Alpha Flight tracks Kyle and beats off Wyre. Witchfire has fried the Jackal's brain (last iss.), so Beta Flight has no antidote to the poison he used on Knapp, who is unconscious and hairy. Nobody answers their call to HQ (Northstar was supposed to be there, but was off on a personal mission), so they take him to the hospital, by which time he is covered in a cocoon. Kyle and Judd separately want to investigate his connection to Wyre. Kyle decides to find Nemesis, who is being held prisoner by Rok.
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