Alpha Flight #78
Issue(s): Alpha Flight #78
Let me just say up front that i continued to be fascinated by the art. The similarities to Mike Allred amaze me, but while i feel like there's an ironic nature to Allred's art (whose career was just starting around this time), John Calimee is maybe doing the same thing earnestly. Although i have to admit i'm not really sure what i mean by that.
I guess let's just go around the room and see what everyone is up to. We'll start with the villains. We're introduced to a new superhero in Brazil called Captain Forsa.
He's immediately killed by a character called Zeitgeist.
Zeitgeist will later turn out to be the existing super-weirdo Every-Man.
Also on the villains' side, Llan the Sorcerer revives the Master of the World.
Note that Llan says that Marrina's children are the children of the Sub-Mariner as well, contra to what Namor told himself in Solo Avengers #17. Llan also says that Marrina is sleeping a false death. And that he's going to send Zeitgeist after Alpha Flight.
One other bit of information: it looks like Marrina's eggs have hatched. This comes from one of Dr. Strange's visions.
Now on to the heroes. Vindicator and Talisman are scoping out a new headquarters location.
Talisman tells Vindicator, 'I know you're the leader and all, but we have to move into this base because i say so'.
Also notice Talisman flipping Zeitgeist's power vs. knowledge/wisdom comment, whatever that's about.
Now Sasquatch. He shows up at his wife's place and tells her that he's a man again, baby, so so much for your claim on his money.
Goofy expression and posture!
Next, Madison Jeffries and Diamond Lil visit Shaman and Puck in the hospital. Puck feels like he's being squeezed. Seriously? It doesn't occur to anyone what that might mean?
Madison and Lil don't tell the others that they are seeing each other, because Madison hasn't told Heather yet.
And that's it. Unfortunately, Dr. Strange is not going to be able to do anything about it, at least for now, thanks to Acts of Vengeance and the stuff going on in his own book.
Dr. Strange will eventually show up in Alpha Flight again in issue #86.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Since the Avengers are coming to tell Dr. Strange about Acts of Vengeance, this obviously takes place after Acts of Vengeance has begun. In fact, the MCP places this after Doctor Strange #11, which is an Acts of Vengeance issue. The MCP also gives a BTS appearance to Thor, so i guess that's the Avenger(s) that has arrived to tell Strange about AoV. I'm fitting Thor's visit to Dr. Strange in at the same time that he and Captain America tried to go to the Fantastic Four's building after Avenger #311/during Fantastic Four #334.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showDiamond Lil, Dr. Strange, Every-Man, Llan the Sorcerer, Madison Jeffries, Master of the World, Puck, Sasquatch, Shaman, Talisman, Veronica Langkowski, Vindicator (Heather Hudson), Wong
Annoyingly, Zeitgeist never shows up in this book, and eventually Gruenwald uses him in Captain America. The Master eventually encounters Alpha Flight again, but it has nothing to do with Llan. Marrina's kids next appear in a Quasar story. And the line about Marrina being alive is forgotten about for a LONG time. (If they wanted to keep Namor single, they could have just said that under Atlantean law, being declared dead ends a marriage, since several countries have a similar law.)
Posted by: Michael | November 8, 2014 11:37 AM
Captain "Forsa" is not a spelling anyone in Brazil would use (nor is "Senor"), but the characterization is spot on for a hypothetical Brazilian superhero.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | November 8, 2014 12:32 PM
Jeffries looks here like he is twenty years younger
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | November 9, 2014 9:08 AM
Totally jersey foul by Madison here.
Posted by: Mark Black | November 9, 2014 2:46 PM
Flames won the cup in 89, Mark.
Posted by: kveto from prague | November 9, 2014 3:26 PM
@kveto from prague a jersey foul is when you wear an NHL jersey with your name/a nickname/a joke/etc. I was being tongue in cheek referring to Madison having the nickname 'Jef' on his jersey, not commenting on the relevance of having a Flames jersey in the comic book (even if I am a Habs fan and that 89 final was heartbreaking).
Posted by: Mark Black | November 9, 2014 3:39 PM
I do wonder though if Lil would approve, considering she seems to be from Edmonton and probably is an Oilers fan for life. I'd want her on my team support staff.
Posted by: Ataru320 | November 9, 2014 4:16 PM
Gotcha. I thought the jersey foul was him wearing a Calgary kit when heading for Edmonton.
Posted by: kveto from prague | November 10, 2014 7:51 AM
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