The day was Saturday February 15, 1992. I remember the date well for a couple of reasons, it was snowing, the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France were underway, and I was spending the night at my uncle and aunt’s. But the day started the with a trip to New England comics in Quincy MA with my best buddy Laneit.
During this visit to NEC, I picked up X-Men #6, Superman #65, Aquaman #1-4, and a few other issues. I also bought a Larry Stroman X-Factor poster, which I still have to this day. On the way to the register I grabbed an X-Force parody book that turned out to be awful. Another book I bought that day was Alpha Flight #107, the very first Alpha Flight book I read.
Alpha Flight #107 began the team’s World Tour ’92. In the first part of the arc, Alpha Flight is sent to visit X-Factor in Washington D.C. to see how they do business. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, the team had to fly coach and the airline lost their luggage. With nothing else to wear, the Alpha Flight members all have to wear X-Factor’s spare uniforms.
This was my introduction to Alpha Flight, and I loved it! The luggage thing made them instantly relatable to me, and the humor that followed only made me like them more. Within a couple of pages I knew exactly who the team members were and what their personalities were like.
Aurora is the one that flirts with everyone , while her brother Northstar is the uptight one always questioning others. Meanwhile, Heather can’t get over the lost luggage situation, or having to fly in a helicopter, and Sasquatch complains about his new outfit.
Before both long though, both teams were sent to Poughkeepsie, where flowers, food, a dress, and three hundred or so people have been mysteriously dragged to a graveyard. Jamie Madrox jokingly says that it sounds like a wedding is being planned. Both teams shoot him a look, but he turns out to be right.
Alpha Flight and X-Factor are escorted by risen corpses to the bride, who explains she died of food poisoning before the wedding, but her mind kept living. Her mutant power didn’t manifest until after her death, and this is how she was able to raise the dead. Now she wants the wedding to go on as planned.
When the heroes won’t submit to her wishes, she has the dead attack them. Sasquatch realizes Amy is powered by rage, so Aurora convinces the fiancée, Malcolm to marry her because after all, love is eternal. Malcolm agrees, and this calms down the bride, and after the vows are exchanged, she disintegrates. Ashes to ashes and what not.
Alpha Flight #107 was written by Scott Lobdell, and I think its one of the best things he’s done. He was able to tell a full story in 22 pages, starring two teams. That’s no easy feat with so many character to work with. Lobdell was even able to show growing friendships between the teams, and even a little rivalry as Strong Guy and Multiple Man compete for Aurora’s affections.
Tom Morgan’s art was pretty solid too, even if sometimes I can’t tell the difference between Northstar and Havok. I loved the cover featuring Alpha Flight in the X-Factor costumes, and it was because of the cover that I bought this book in the first place. Also, Tom Morgan’s version of the undead, the cemetery wedding sequence, and his rendition of Aurora are all top-notch.
I guess nobody will call Alpha Flight #107 a masterpiece, but I thought the story was well told and the artwork was surprisingly strong. And if nothing else, this issue made me an Alpha Flight fan, so there’s that.