MEMBERS: Earthmover (Chuck Moss), Guardian,
Puck (Eugene Judd), Sasquatch,
Shaman (Michael Twoyoungmen), Snowbird,
Vindicator (Heather Hudson); Major Mapleleaf (Lou Sadler),
Puck (Zuzha Yu) (reserve members)
FORMER MEMBERS: Aurora,
Box (I), Centennial
(Rutherford Princeton), Diamond Lil (Lillian Crawley),
Flex (Adrian Corbo), Guardian clone, Madison
Jeffries, Manbot (Bernie Lachenay), Mar, Marrina
(Marrina Smallwood), Murmur (Arlette Truffaut), Nemesis
(Amelia Weatherly), Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), Radius
(Jared Corbo), Sasquatch creature, Talisman (Elizabeth
Child, Windshear (Colin Hume), Wyre, Yukon Jack (Yukotujakzurjimozoata)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Uncanny X-Men #120
Alpha Flight is a Canadian team of adventurers, most
of whom have superhuman powers, which was organized under
the auspices of the Canadian government's Department H.
Roughly ten years ago James MacDonald Hudson, an engineer,
resigned from the Am-Can Petro-Chemical Company in Canada
when he learned that a special super-powered suit he had
built for the company for use in geological exploration
was going to be used by the United States military instead.
Hudson secretly destroyed Am-Can's copies of the plans
for the suit and made off with the psycho-cybernetic helmet
that was necessary to make the suit work, and which he
could claim as his own property with legal justification.
Shocked by what happened to Hudson at Am-Can, Heather
McNeil, the executive secretary to Hudson's immediate
superior there, Jerome Jaxon, also resigned from the company.
McNeil arranged for herself and Hudson to meet with officials
of the Canadian government, who heard their story and
settled with Am-Can for any damages incurred when Hudson
reclaimed his helmet. Hudson was then invited by the Canadian
prime minister to participate in the creation of Department
H, a top-secret research and development agency within
the Canadian Ministry of Defense. Soon afterwards Hudson
married McNeil, and within the next few years Hudson had
recruited the mutant called Wolverine
as one of the Department's special agents.
Reading a newspaper account of how Reed
Richards and three of his friends became the Fantastic
Four inspired James Hudson to create a team of superhumanly
powerful agents to go on missions for the Canadian government.
Wolverine aided Hudson in the initial phases of the creation
of the team, which would be called Alpha Flight, and it
was planned that Wolverine would lead the team. However,
Wolverine eventually left Department H for his own reasons
and joined the X-Men. Hudson continued
to develop his super-powered suit, and it eventually became
the costume that he himself wore as a member of Alpha
Flight. As a costumed agent Hudson at first called himself
Weapon Alpha, later changed his code name to Vindicator,
and finally settled upon the name Guardian. Hudson reluctantly
became the leader of Alpha Flight himself after Wolverine's
standard procedure for recruits for Alpha Flight was that
they would begin as members of a training team called
Gamma Flight. Upon successfully completing their initial
training, recruits would move into a transitional team,
Beta Flight, to receive more advanced training. Those
who proved to be successes in Beta Flight as well would
finally join Alpha Flight, the team of agents who would
participate in major missions.
Alpha Flight had six members when Department H was disbanded
by the Canadian government for financial reasons: Aurora,
Guardian, Northstar, Sasquatch, Shaman, and Snowbird.
However, the six members decided to continue acting as
a team, performing altruistic missions, and were joined
by two trainees from Beta Flight, Marinna and Puck. In
practice, however, the majority of the members undertook
the same mission infrequently after the team became independent
of the government, simply because the various members
lived in different parts of Canada.
James Hudson was presumed to have been killed in the
course of Alpha Flight's first major battle with a group
called Omega Flight. Alpha Flight, however, continued
as a team despite the loss of its founder, and the members
chose Hudson's highly capable wife Heather to act as their
new leader. Heather adopted her husband's costume and
his codename, Vindicator. The Canadian government resumed
funding Alpha Flight, and the team established a headquarters
on Tamarind Island off British Columbia. Other members
who joined Alpha Flight were Wildchild and Windshear.
Funding problems plagued this group and it was then forced
to disband once again.
Now they have been brought back together by a more stable
and powerful Department H with deeper secrets yet to be
revealed. Recently, after joining Wolverine against the
Wendigo and a conflict with the X-Men regarding a student
at Xavier's school, Alpha Flight disappeared, forcing
Sasquatch to seek out a patchwork version of the team
to find them.
Sasquatch offered membership to Yukon Jack (king of a
hidden civilization) and then Zuzha Yu (daughter of Puck),
but they both turned him down. Despite reviving Nemesis
from suspended animation and awakening Centennial's longdormant
powers, neither of them wanted to join either. Eventually
tricking them all into becoming a part of the team, and
joined by the new Major Mapleleaf, son of the WW2 hero
of the same name, Sasquatch prepared them for a battle
with the Plodex, who were responsible for the disappearance
of the prior members. Discovering that the Plodex ship
was full of unhatched eggs, the group hit a moral snag;
although the Plodex were a warlike race, many members
felt they still deserved a chance to change. The infighting
stopped when the prior Alpha Flight decided to take the
Plodex back to their home planet and raise them themselves.
Sasquatch's group, along with a young Plodex named Mar
who stayed behind, were left to defend Canada. While out
on a date Mapleleaf and Puck were attacked by wax duplicates
of dozens of heroes, controlled by the Manimator, whom
Puck easily defeated with a left hook.
Following a struggle with a mind-controlled Big Hero
6, events spiraled out of control when the team tried
to use time travel to save former enemy Flashback, whose
future self had been killed in a previous battle. A series
of efforts resulted in history being rewritten for the
worse with each change they made. Sasquatch was ultimately
able to enlist the past Shaman's help in stabilizing the
timeline and saving Flashback. Soon after, Centennial
and Nemesis apparently perished, Mar' and Yukon Jack left,
and Puck and Major Mapleleaf went to reserve status.
Creation of the Flight (Alpha Flight Special Edition #1.
Sasquatch assembled new team (Alpha Flight #1, 2004)
prior team traveled to Plodex homeworld (Alpha Flight
battled Manimator (Alpha Flight #8, 2004)
time-travel chaos (Alpha Flight #9-12, 2004-2005)
NOTE: Updated using The Official
Handbook Of The Marvel Universe: Teams 2005