CHAOS WAR ALPHA FLIGHT #1
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Penciller: REILLY BROWN
Cover: SALVA ESPIN
At its heyday, Alpha Flight was the epitome of plot-driven, twist-a-minute 80s comics. Characters died, were resurrected, joined the team, left the team, changed their costumes and had their powers and origins retconned at a pace that boggled the imagination. Somehow, Jim McCann has boiled down the spirit of those comics into a single issue, referencing decades of continuity (for those who are into that sort of thing) in a story that still moves.
The Great Beasts are back, having made a deal with Sasquatch to fight the Chaos King together with a resurrected Guardian, Vindicator, Shaman and Marrina. They don’t dwell on the resurrection at all; they’re back, they hug, then they punch demons — pausing only briefly to acknowledge that, for Alpha Flight, death is no big thing.
Be warned: This is a wordy book. The art finds room to breathe on a few decent splash pages, but it’s densely packed everywhere else. In a way, though, this only adds to the classic feel — and, again, if you’re into that, this book is a worthwhile diversion in the larger Chaos War saga.
Art: 3 - Good