Alpha Flight

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Name: Alpha Flight
Creator: John Byrne
Date(s): 1979 - present
Medium: comic books
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Alpha Flight @ Marvel
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Alpha Flight is a fictional superhero team created and a comic book published by Marvel Comics, noteworthy for being one of the few Canadian superhero teams.


The team first appeared in X-Men #120 (April 1979).

The team also appeared in X-Men: The Animated Series. Alpha Flight's name can be seen in X2: X-Men United on the computer when Mystique hacks into Stryker's computer. The team's insignia cameos in X-Men Legends, but three members appear in Super Hero Squad Online. Department H is mentioned in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Turn, Turn, Turn".



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Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Original Characters: similar to X-Men fandom, original characters were common. Often they were new members of the team, or a member of one of the training groups (Beta and Gamma). Stories where the Canadian government creates a new team, similar to Alpha Flight, could also be found.
  • Canada: fans sometimes felt that Alpha Flight portrayed Canada inaccurately, fans would try to correct this in their stories by adding more Canadian content. Sometimes they included pictures or web links, so readers could get a better idea of the geography in which their stories took place.
  • Northstar: in early Alpha Flight fandom team fics or stories focused on Puck seemed to be popular, however in the late 2000s and 2010s the most popular character appears to be Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier). This may be because he was in the X-Men comics for a time teaching at Charles Xavier's school. Northstar was also the first openly gay marvel character, so that may have attracted fans.
  • Crossovers: with the X-Men, which is commonly found in canon, but also with other Marvel or DC comics characters and universes


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.



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Websites and Webrings

Alpha Flight, like many Marvel Comics properties and characters, had its share of fansites, usually hosted on places such GeoCities and Angelfire


Further Reading