The Small Lebowski:
Alpha Flight #107
Issue(s): Alpha Flight #107
Since Heather Hudson (i can't remember if she's Guardian or Vindicator again at this point) derives her powers from her costume, a contrived explanation is given where she chose to wear the interior microcircuits but not the outer costume layer because Windshear convinced her "it would be rude to show up in costume" but she has a fear of flying in planes so she wore the powered portion of the suit anyway.
The explanation for the World Tour is given pretty much in passing.
While Alpha Flight is visiting, X-Factor is sent on an assignment and Alpha tag along. The story is basically a ghost story, with a woman having returned from the dead to try to force her fiance into going through with their wedding. It's speculated that the woman is really a mutant, except that her powers were triggered upon death instead of at puberty.
The combined teams fight zombies for a while, but the situation is resolved when the husband agrees to go through with it (at Aurora's Jean-Marie personality's suggestion), and after the wedding the woman dies for real.
And it ends that abruptly. The Tour is, i think, an interesting idea, but it feels entirely undeveloped. The tour could have been about Alpha figuring out their relationship with their government, or establishing ties to create a kind of world network of super-heroes, and presumably that sort of stuff can be happening behind the scenes, but the stories themselves, as we'll see, are basically an excuse for random team-ups and even more random stories.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: I've pushed this forward in publication time to coincide with Weapon Omega's appearance in Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD #32, which happens during the World Tour. This issue is meant to take place on Valentine's Day, so i will make a half-hearted effort to line it up with other Valentine's Day books (i have She-Hulk #38-39 in mind). X-Factor have to appear here after they formed (obviously), but we have to watch the fact that a lot of their early issues take place within a short period of time. As AF notes in the comments, Quicksilver doesn't appear in this issue. That could work out to mean that he's spending time with Luna per the scene in Avengers #343 where it was said that he's getting custody of her for the weekend.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAurora, Havok, Madrox the Multiple Man, Northstar, Polaris, Sasquatch, Strong Guy, Valerie Cooper, Vindicator (Heather Hudson), Wild Child, Wolfsbane
It sounds like Havok's reference to an Alpha Flight-Wolfsbane meeting may be a reference to a comic that was never published. That's just my idle speculation, though.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | January 25, 2016 5:34 PM
I don't know about any long lost Wolfsbane stories so I'm inclined to believe Lobdell and/or his editor got confused.
They probably didn't realize the "Asgardian Wars" covered two separate storylines and the New Mutants never met Alpha Flight. Doesn't help that the trade paperback cover shows the X-men, New Mutants, and Alpha Flight all together in a group shot.
Posted by: Red Comet | January 25, 2016 7:21 PM
Poor Pietro. Not only does he get left out of most the team shots, he also gets left out of their crossover appearances!
Posted by: AF | January 28, 2016 1:14 PM
"Poor Pietro. Not only does he get left out of most the team shots, he also gets left out of their crossover appearances!"
Do you really need Pietro when you have Northstar to cover the "arrogant, obnoxious, tactless speedster" role?
Posted by: Erik Beck | February 21, 2016 8:55 AM
But that could have been kind of funny:
Posted by: Michael | February 21, 2016 12:13 PM
"How could Alpha Flight put up with an arrogant, obnoxious speedster who's overprotective of his sister"
...HIs sister, who John Byrne made mentally ill.
Wow, they really are similar.
Posted by: Jonathan | February 21, 2016 4:14 PM
This is also the first meeting of Havok and Northstar, who would later serve on the same X-Men squad during the Chuck Austen era of "Uncanny."
Posted by: Jeff | April 21, 2017 11:45 AM
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