Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at Mike Oeming and Scott Kolins making lemonade out of the lemons in Omega Flight…
During the Avengers storyline, The Collective, the Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight, was decimated (a young man in Alaska absorbed a whole ton of mutant powers set loose after the events of the House of M and he could not handle it all, releasing the energy in waves of destruction). All but one member of the main team was killed (at the end of the previous volume of Alpha Flight they established that there were two sets of Alpha Flight running around, but let’s just say for now that that team of duplicates no longer exists and Alpha Flight is, indeed, dead).
So how, then, do you do a book where all but one member of the team is dead? Well, writer Mike Oeming and artist Scott Kolins resolved this by tying in nicely with Civil War.
At the time, in the Marvel United States, heroes were forced to register with the government. People NOT wanting to register were flooding into Canada, where the country was now unprepared to deal with the influx of superpowered bad guys since the loss of Alpha Flight.
So the government decided to create Omega Flight (wishing to distance themselves from the Alpha name, and also to “take back” the name from the villains who had taken the name Omega Flight years ago) to deal with these villains.
Sasquatch, the remaining survivor of the main Alpha Flight team, was to head up the group.
However, when he found himself up against the Wrecking Crew (a powered up Wrecking Crew), things went poorly…
Pretty interesting way to kick things off, huh?
So the next issue, Omega Flight has to form withOUT Sasquatch. Talisman, daughter of the slain Alpha Flight member Shaman, is the lone connection to Alpha Flights past. US citizens Arachne and USAGent also joined up (Arachne had fled the US because she did not want to register and USAgent was on loan from the US to hunt down rogue supervillains). Finally, the mutant who killed all of Alpha Flight was being treated by the Canadian government, who sought to use his powers to SERVE the country as the replacement for one of the men he killed, Guardian.
Talisman took that about as well as you would expect…
Later, Beta Ray Bill (who Oeming had just featured in a mini-series) also shows up…
Here’s the team in action…
Really, the series was a lot like a Canadian version of the Defenders. A group of heroes who didn’t quite fit in anywhere else thrown together as a team filled with cool action and interesting character conflicts.
Scott Kolins’ art was quite strong on this series, and Oeming has the various characters down pat (and the idea of having the whole thing tie in with Sasquatch’s origins and the demons of Tanaraq was clever).
It’s too bad that this was only a five-issue series.
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