Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review: Captain Marvel: Rise of Alpha Flight by M. Fazekas et al.

Captain Marvel: Rise of Alpha Flight written by Michelle Fazekas and Tara Butters, art by Kris Anka and Felipe Smith

In a sort of reboot of the Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel recent story (i.e. not her origin story), she accepts the assignment from the Avengers to guard the Earth from extra terrestrial threats. Instead of being a loner like last time, this time she is the head of Alpha Flight, a space station with a handful of heroes (Sasquatch, Puck, and Aurora, all reincarnations of the Canadian superhero team where Wolverine had a stint back in the 1980s). She takes on the duty willingly but is concerned about being stuck behind a desk. The station is threatened by a a freak meteor and a saboteur, so she has plenty of action to keep her on her feet (or flying through space). Also she has a semi-insubordinate second-in-command to spice things up.

The story has some tension between being a leader/administrator and being an action hero. Carol is naturally drawn to the action side (and let's face it, action is mostly what people read superhero comics for). She acts more as the heavy hitter for the team, a natural and fun role for her. The story is fun and action packed.


  1. I've ordered this one and am very excited to see Alpha Flight in action again. What was your take on them?

  2. They were fun in the story. I honestly don't remember them very well from back in the day, so I can't say if anyone got changed significantly. Didn't seem like it. And I didn't make the connection between the title of the book and the Canadian team until I saw the characters and had that "hey, wait a minute..." moment.