Alpha Flight #13
Issue(s): Alpha Flight #13
Heather Hudson is having terrible nightmares, understandable after seeing her husband get shredded in a fiery explosion that was, in a very small way, due to her own accidental interference. With Puck and Shaman, she goes to visit Alpha Flight's former liaison to the government, Gary Cody, and he informs her that in terms of getting a pension or anything, she's out of luck.
I've always loved the expression on Heather's face while he explains it, although a few panels later, she's preventing Puck from "tak[ing] a pound of flesh out of [his] miserable hide as partial compensation", and acknowledging that it's not Cody's fault.
Also, as much as i sympathize with Heather, i don't really get the complaint. Guardian died in a grudge match after leaving Canada for a job offer in the US, and well after Department H was closed down and Alpha Flight officially disbanded. He didn't die "in the service of his country", as Heather puts it.
Regardless, Heather says "Without Mac there is no Alpha Flight. His dream died with him."
We didn't see the aftermath of the fight from issue #12. It's said that Omega Flight has been defeated and turned over to the New York authorities. Jaxon and Ms. Courtney have vanished. And Smart Alec, brain-dead after looking into Shaman's medicine bag last issue, has been shrunken down to the size of an action figure and stuffed into Shaman's bag for safe keeping. Puck says he'd prefer harsher punishment than that; i can't imagine what would be worse.
So, interesting, emotional stuff. Written very intelligently. And let's face it: those nightmare scenes were cool.
Quality Rating: A-
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's been "a month" since Guardian was killed.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Wolverine doesn't know about Guardian's death at the start of Uncanny X-Men 183- Wolverine first learns of Guardian's death in Kitty Pryde and Wolverine 4, which takes place concurrently with Uncanny X-Men 188.
John Byrne has said that the beginning part of the nightmare sequence did indeed take place as shown...up until the nightmare part, that is. I'm unclear if that means that Wolverine was there or not, though. Possibly not, since Heather expresses surprise at Logan's presence in Canada in AF#16.
Well Heather, you still get free health care. So you got that going for you.
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