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Issue: Alpha Flight 50 Date: Sep-87 Story: This Mortal Coil! (40 pages) Feature Characters: Walter/Wanda, Judd, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Jeanne-Marie, Jean-Paul, Knapp; Michael, Snowbird, Mac (in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: They Who Sit Above in Shadow Villains: Dr. Lionel Jeffries and Roger Bochs (Omega, in flashback); Loki, Raazer (Razer in iss. 32) Other Characters: Madelyne Pryor (Anodyne), Jean-Claude Baptiste, Danae, all in flashback Synopsis: Alpha Flight returns to Ungava Bay (see X-Men/Alpha Flight miniseries) to find magical cures for the twins. Knapp joins Beta Flight and begins dating Kara. (She is 13; he is a doctor. Hmm.) The firefountain is not active, but Aurora finds a gate at its bottom, which the team enters. The twins stay behind, while the rest find a black firefountain. They are in Svartelfheim, home of the dark elves, who attack. Judd is pushed into the firefountain, which releases Raazer and cures his dwarfism. Loki gives the twins a vision of their father finding and marrying the elf Danae. When the elves came to take her back, they fled and crashed their car, killing both. This explains the twins' powers, pointed ears, and maladies, since elves cannot live long on Midgard. Aurora uses her light to heal Northstar, sacrificing herself, and dark elves carry her off. Northstar, shining bright, attacks Raazer, but the team still has to retreat. They close the gate behind them, abandoning Aurora and Judd. Northstar leaves the team, and a gate opens to receive him to Alfheim. They Who Sit Above in Shadow question Loki, who says he has had a now completely mortal Aurora taken to shelter, and Judd to Tibet. Not satisfied, they trick him into Svartelfheim, where the dark elves and Raazer attack him. Issue: Alpha Flight 51 Date: Oct-87 Story: Friends in High Places! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Madison Jeffries, Walter/Wanda, Kara, Knapp; the old Alpha Flight, plus Beta and Gamma Flights (in flashback) Regular Characters: Gary Cody Guest Stars: Logan (Wolverine), P.M. Trudeau, (both in flashback) Villains: Dr. Lionel Jeffries and Roger Bochs (Omega, in flashback) Other Characters: Synopsis: Alpha Flight's island is under attack by the Canadian military, but they are driven off. The whole thing had been a war game, monitored by Cody, to test the new Alpha Flight. They passed the test, but Cody nevertheless thinks they are too independent and unstable. Plus, he still thinks of Heather as a hausfrau. When she is not looking, he downloads all of her computer files onto disk, the weasel! Issue: Alpha Flight 52 Date: Nov-87 Story: Specters! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Madison Jeffries, Walter/Wanda, Kara, Knapp; Mac, Michael, Snowbird, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Walter, plus Beta and Gamma Flights (all flashbacks) Regular Characters: Gary Cody Guest Stars: Logan (in flashback as Weapon X, and as Wolverine) Villains: Bedlam Other Characters: Synopsis: Cody goes over Heather's files, summarizing Alpha Flight's history to date. The Canadian government is growing afraid that their super team may become uncontrollable and turn on them. Flashback to the beginning of the team: having searched Canada for heroes and finding only Logan, Mac decided make a hero out of someone with latent powers. He found a criminal, but there is no record of what happened next. Cody searches the old Dept. H, trying to learn if he can create his own race of superheroes. Kara kisses Knapp, and Jeffries Heather, on this, the first anniversary of Mac's death. Cody finds a cocoon, from which Bedlam bursts and kills him. Mac left a recorded warning, which alerts Wolverine by phone. Issue: Alpha Flight 53 Date: Dec-87 Story: Specters! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Madison Jeffries, Walter/Wanda, Kara, Knapp; Mac (flashback) Regular Characters: Gary Cody (flashback) Guest Stars: Logan (in flashback as Weapon X, and as Wolverine) Villains: Bedlam the Brain Blast, the Derangers: Freakout, Janus, Breakdown, Goblyn Other Characters: Synopsis: Wolverine arrives at the mansion, finding that Bedlam has already attacked. He gets Jeffries to tell him the story: the team was training with Beta Flight when the mansion came under attack. Bedlam captured the team except for Jeffries, who buried his own mind to escape. Above the Arctic Circle, Bedlam has established a base, where he has taken Alpha Flight and makes them fight the Derangers, who were survivors from Scramble's lab (see iss. 48). Whichever team survives will become his new super-race. Wolverine and Jeffries bury their minds in animal and machine, respectively, so Bedlam won't notice their approach. But Bedlam lies to Wolverine, telling him that Mac was the one who created him (which is what Heather has believed since iss. 34). This shocks Wolverine out of his berserker rage and allows Bedlam to control him. But Heather blows Bedlam to ashes. Goblyn runs off. The rest decide to take over this base and break all ties with the Canadian government. Issue: Alpha Flight 54 Date: Jan-88 Story: Goblyn! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Madison Jeffries, Walter/Wanda, Kara, Knapp; Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Roger, Snowbird, Michael (all in flashback) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Logan (Wolverine, in flashback) Villains: the Derangers: Freakout, Janus, Breakdown, Laura Dean and Goblyn; Bedlam, Lillian van Loont (Gilded Lily), the Auctioneer (all in flashback) Other Characters: Melanie Killgrave, Darby and Susan Dean (all in flashback) Synopsis: Goblyn sits in the cold, unwilling to join Alpha Flight inside. Alpha Flight starts putting the base back together. Bedlam and the Derangers are dead, we are subjected to yet another series of mini-flashbacks, and Kara convinces the team to go out and look for Goblyn, who sneak-attacks Walter, Heather, and Jeffries. Laura and Goblyn were twin sisters, whose father was anti-mutant and tried to have Goblyn killed in utero. But the autistic Laura hid Goblyn inside herself, until Bedlam freed her. When Kara has just about made friends with the fiend, Alpha Flight arrives and attacks. But Kara intervenes, saving Goblyn's life. Issue: Alpha Flight 55 Date: Feb-88 Story: Identity Crisis! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn; Roger, Jean-Paul, Michael, Judd, Jeanne-Marie, Snowbird (in flashback) Regular Characters: Gary Cody, Nelvanna, Hodiak, Turoq the Shaper (all in flashback) Guest Stars: The Hulk (flashback) Villains: Alec Thorne (Smart Alec), Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence), Bedlam, the Derangers: Freakout, Janus, Breakdown (all in flashback), the remaining great beasts: Somon the Artificer, Tundra, Kariooq the Corrupter, Tolomaq the fire beast Other Characters: Darby and Susan Dean (flashback) Synopsis: The team convinces Heather to stay in Bedlam's old base. Kara makes nice with Laura and learns that there is an alternate universe, Liveworld, within her. Walter, out in the cold, is driven to create a portal for the great beasts, who offer to conquer the world with him/her. Walter rejects them, and they attack. Heather buries Kariooq under ice, Somon attacks Knapp, Walter crushes Somon's skull, and Goblyn hides Laura and Kara in Liveworld. Jeffries transforms Bedlam's base into a giant robot to fight Tundra, and then decides to destroy some of his own mass to melt Tundra. There is a large (presumably nuclear) explosion. Issue: Alpha Flight 56 Date: Mar-88 Story: Have You Ever Heard a Spaceship Scream? Warped! (23 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries (here as Boxship), Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Tundra (flashback), Bedlamites, the Dream-queen (see iss. 58) Other Characters: Synopsis: Jeffries has transformed Box into a spaceship and blasted off in the explosion last iss., with the rest of the team aboard. Both Jeffries and Goblyn have gone mad, Goblyn attacking the ship, and creatures aboard the ship fighting back. Kara and Laura are inside Liveworld, where the Dreamqueen observes them. Knapp is sucked to the Boxship's brain, which has a tumor. He has Goblyn attack it (she does so indiscriminately and damages the brain), and is attacked himself by cancer cells (actually creatures created by Bedlam that are trying to control the ship, which was Bedlam's base, see last iss.). Heather arrives, cages Goblyn, and destroys the Bedlamites and the tumor. Jeffries is cured and heads back to earth. Issue: Alpha Flight 57 Date: Apr-88 Story: Life (23 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries (still as Boxship), Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn Regular Characters: Gary Cody (flashback) Guest Stars: Villains: Bedlam, Tundra (flashback), the Dreamqueen Other Characters: Synopsis: Boxship has to land on a planet to absorb more mass. Knapp and Goblyn fight, until Jeffries separates them. Heather asks Goblyn to return Laura and Kara, and so she swaps universes with them. In Liveworld, Goblyn is greeted by the Dreamqueen. Boxship bores into the gas-planet's surface, causing the planet to come alive. When it tries to blast off, it is restrained by crystals. Jeffries gives everyone environmental suits, and they battle the crystal that is now growing all around the ship. They soon realize the crystals are alive, and when Kara tries to control their mind, she is overwhelmed with their alienness. Goblyn attacks the crystal to save her, she merges minds with Goblyn to stop that, and Goblyn then understands the crystals, purrs at them, and gets them to stop attacking. Boxship blasts off, but Laura does not return. The Dreamqueen has decided to hold her captive. Issue: Alpha Flight 58 Date: May-88 Story: Well, You Can Bet Your Bones It's Not on Liveworld (22 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries (still as Boxship), Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Tundra (flashback), the Dreamqueen Other Characters: Synopsis: Jeffries doesn't remember the way back to earth, but Walter thinks Box's computer will have stored the data. Kara accidentally merges minds with Goblyn and Jeffries, forcing Boxship to warp to Liveworld, onto which they crash. The Dreamqueen controls this universe, dreaming it up as she goes along. She had allowed Laura and Goblyn to share it to study them and find a way out to the real universe. She attacks Laura with demonized replicas of her parents, and Goblyn runs to her rescue. The Dreamqueen extends her hand in friendship, and Goblyn bites it, which makes her really, really mad. Issue: Alpha Flight 59 Date: Jun-88 Story: Comes a Dragon! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Judd, Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn; Roger (flashback) Regular Characters: Veronica "Ronnie" Langkowski Guest Stars: the Geomancer (flashback), the High Lama Villains: Raazer (flashback); Chinese troops including Dei Guan (the Jade Dragon), the Dreamqueen Other Characters: Cavendish (see iss. 64) Synopsis: In Danwei in Tibet, Puck observes Red Chinese troops attacking Buddhist priests, who defend themselves by magically creating flowers (to block vision) and a force-field (to block bullets), but are unexpectedly attacked by helicopters. Puck uses plastique explosives to fight back (although he knows the priests believe only in passive resistance). Since he has no malice, he is able to penetrate the force field. He asks the High Lama to give him access to another world, to start his life over without the mistakes of his past. Dei is ordered to use his power to become a dragon, given him by the Geomancer. He breaches the force field, allowing the troops to advance. He attacks Judd and the High Lama, killing the latter and then regretting it. But the High Lama wanted to die, to gain access to other worlds. He opens the door to Liveworld, where Alpha Flight is battling the Dreamqueen. Back in Canada, Walter's widow tries to take possession of the mansion and is stopped by government troops. Issue: Alpha Flight 60 Date: Jul-88 Story: War! What Is It Good For? (22 pages) Feature Characters: Judd, Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn; Mac, Marrina, Michael, Elizabeth, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Snowbird, Roger (all flashbacks) Regular Characters: Dei Guan (the Jade Dragon) Guest Stars: Canadian P.M. Brian Mulroney, the High Lama Villains: Chinese troops, the Dreamqueen Other Characters: Synopsis: In Danwei, Alpha Flight battles Dreamqueen and the Jade Dragon has turned against his former comrades. The Soviet, US, and Canadian governments go on alert. Jeffries, observing the unassailable Buddhist priests, realizes that the dream warriors are not real. The High Lama also tells Judd this, and he goes through the dreams and attacks their queen directly. Laura realizes that since she could open a portal to Liveworld, she can also close it. She does, and traps Judd with the Dreamqueen, but not before she plants seeds of nightmares in the team (see iss. 67). The High Lama heals Heather and sends the team away. The Chinese government calls off the attack, to avoid World War III. Issue: Alpha Flight 61 Date: Aug-88 Story: ...Inquisition! (28 pages) Feature Characters: Heather, Walter/Wanda, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Knapp, Laura and Goblyn; Judd, Mac, Michael, Elizabeth, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Snowbird, Roger, the old Beta and Gamma Flights (flashbacks all) Regular Characters: Gary Cody (flashback), Dei Guan (the Jade Dragon); Veronica Langkowski Guest Stars: The Fantastic Four: Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), Ben Grimm (the Thing), Susan Richards (the Invisible Girl), Crystal; the Avengers: Monica Rambeau (Capt. Marvel), Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), Marrina, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Thor, Dane Whitman (the Black Knight), Dr. Druid; the X-Men: Longshot, Logan (Wolverine), Betsy Braddock (Psylocke), Peter Rasputin (Colossus), Rogue, Ororo Munroe (Storm), Alex Summers (Havok), Alison Blaire (Dazzler) Villains: Dreamqueen, Bedlam, Tundra (flashbacks) Other Characters: Pace, Stiles, Laughton, Dannon; Darby and Susan Dean; Meg, Barney Synopsis: Heather and Jeffries speak before Canada's Parliament, which is mad because they had a battle in China (last iss.). Heather gets mad and blasts a desk (live on television), and the MP sitting there calls for the government to neutralize Alpha Flight, or at least control it. The rest go out to a bar, where they also find it hard to live with humans. Walter realizes that as Wanda he can't access his own money. Parliament wants to monitor the team they are funding, but Heather rejects their funding and control, counting on Walter's money. She then proposes to Jeffries, and he accepts. Walter goes to his wife's house and convinces her it is him, but she knows no one else will believe it. She wants Walter to stay dead so she can keep his fortune. Issue: Alpha Flight 62 Date: Sep-88 Story: A Real Gone Daddy! (28 pages) Feature Characters: Kara, Laura, Goblyn, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Walter/Wanda, Knapp, Elizabeth Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Namor the Sub-Mariner (flashback) Villains: Dr. Victor von Doom (flashback), Zebediah Killgrave (the Purple Man) Other Characters: Melanie Killgrave, Brad Synopsis: Kara dreams that her father comes to life and wants to attack her. Flashback: Walter explains to Heather that he as Wanda has no access to his fortune. Broke, Alpha Flight breaks up, taking their frustrations out on nosy reporters. Kara, Laura, and Goblyn go to live with Mrs. Killgrave, who receives a telegram that her husband was killed (in the Emperor Doom graphic novel). Kara goes to the grave and tries to resurrect him, to no apparent effect. He shows up, decaying and angry and with dead friends, who attack. Goblyn and Kara fight back, the Purple Corpse accidentally douses himself in gasoline, and Kara makes a spark, burning him up. At an archaeological dig in the Yukon, Elizabeth senses a menace. Issue: Alpha Flight 63 Date: Oct-88 Story: Technomancer (28 pages) Feature Characters: Madison Jeffries, Heather; Roger, Judd, Jeanne-Marie, Jean-Paul, Kara, Walter (flashbacks) Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Villains: Electro; Ted Larkin (Technomancer) Other Characters: Maj. Blackwood Synopsis: Technomancer, an unemployed computer geek, creates a virus to transfer funds from bank computers. He gets rich and lives the good life, while his virus spreads. The US Air Force makes a money transfer from a bank computer, then links up with the new facility Jeffries has built in Heather's basement in Ottawa. The virus spreads, causing Box to go mad and attack Heather. While she suits up and pursues, Jeffries is stuck inside, unable to control Box, so he transforms his watch into a translator so he can communicate with the computer brain. Box flies into US airspace, and the Air Force attacks, but Box shoots the planes down. The virus has become intelligent in Box, and following its programming decides it must transfer the units (nuclear missiles) from the Air Force base to the Technomancer. Once it lands, Jeffries phases out, uses the base's equipment to form another Box, destroys the first one, and returns to Canada. Another military weapons system is infected, and delivers its unit (a conventional missile), to the Technomancer, blowing him up. The Soviets have stolen computer programs from the US Air Force. Issue: Alpha Flight 64 Date: Nov-88 Story: Where There's a Will There's a Way (28 pages) Feature Characters: Walter/Wanda, Kara, Laura, Goblyn, Knapp, Madison Jeffries, Heather, Snowbird, Jeanne-Marie, Elizabeth; Mac, Jean-Paul, Michael, Judd, Roger (flashback) Regular Characters: Dei Guan (the Jade Dragon); Nelvanna, Hodiak, Turoq the Shaper, Veronica Langkowski Guest Stars: the Hulk (flashback) Villains: Alec Thorne (Smart Alec), Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence) (flashbacks); the remaining great beasts: Somon the Artificer, Tundra, Kariooq the Corrupter, Tolomaq the fire beast; the Dreamqueen, China Force (see iss. 69) Other Characters: Cavendish, Melanie Killgrave, Johnny Burns, Nurse Chapel, Ramsey, Claire, and Becky MacNeil Synopsis: Walter tries to prove his is himself in court, and get his money back. He becomes Sasquatch, smashes a desk, but then submits to a scan by a machine he himself devised, which shows him to be an amalgam of male human with female immortal, and a polygraph test, under which he tells his whole story. The judge is told by Canadian National Security not to award the fortune to Walter, since the government doesn't want Alpha Flight to be independently funded. The team is getting on with their lives. Dei is interrogated by Canadian officials and observed by China Force. Walter has an attack in court. The gods and great beasts burst out from him and battle. He is forced to aid the gods as Sasquatch and drives the beasts away. He rejects the gods, too, and his money, which goes to Veronica. Aurora had shown up to help dispel some of his suffering. She is a nun, now. Elizabeth notices a rock formation for the first time. It houses the Dreamqueen. Issue: Alpha Flight 65 Date: Dec-88 Story: When Robots Dream! (28 pages) Feature Characters: Madison Jeffries, Heather, Laura, Kara, Goblyn, Knapp, Walter/Wanda, Elizabeth; Roger, Mac, Michael (flashback) Regular Characters: Dei Guan (the Jade Dragon) Guest Stars: Villains: Lionel Jeffries (Omega) (flashback) Other Characters: Ramsey and Claire MacNeil, Brad Synopsis: Madison has nightmares that Roger and Lionel return to reclaim Box. Heather's parents worry about her marrying another superhero. She gets fitted for her bridal gown, and they learn that Madison's dreams are real, and Box is somehow causing destruction. They are going to a priest for counseling, when Madison goes mad, transforms the car into a Box, and attacks Heather, and then a passenger jet. Madison comes to his senses and phases out of Box, which continues under Lionel and Roger's control. He creates yet another Box from a railroad car and does battle, but is quickly defeated. But not killed. Madison realizes that Lionel and Roger are not really there, and all this has been the work of his subconscious, guilty over having killed (see iss. 49). Issue: Alpha Flight 66 Date: Jan-89 Story: Killing Me Softly with His Word Processor! (28 pages) Feature Characters: Knapp, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Kara, Laura, Goblyn; Michael, Marrina, Judd, Mac, Jeanne-Marie, Jean-Paul, Snowbird, Walter, Roger (all as flashbacks) Regular Characters: Dei Guan (the Jade Dragon); Veronica Langkowski (flashback) Guest Stars: Villains: Bill Mantlo, the writer of the book; Attuma, Flashback, Courtney Delphine, Sentinels, the Purple Man, the Super-Skrull, Lionel Jeffries, the Dreamqueen, Bedlam, Tundra, Somon, Kariooq, Tolomaq (all as flashbacks); China Force Other Characters: Claire and Ramsey MacNeil Synopsis: Knapp tells Mantlo he knows he is a character, manipulated at the writer's sadistic whim. He learns his own death has been planned (Heather's suit goes bad; Proto tries to dissolve it, killing him and thereby Knapp), and declares his independence and will to live. Heather, Kara, Jeffries, and Walter each begin to feel their lives and troubles aren't real. Walter, angry at Veronica and rampaging in the wilderness, finds gold. China Force attacks Dei's guard, wanting to return him to China. Heather's suit bonds to her, and she goes to Knapp for help. He hides to avoid the plot-line. Mantlo says since he promised the readers a death, Knapp has to choose either himself or one of his teammates. Heather's suit attacks Jeffries and herself, so Knapp sends Apeman and Highbrow to rescue them, while he and Proto hide. But Mantlo is not satisfied. He has the suit drive Heather mad, and she corners Knapp. Proto eats the suit off her. Knapp is surprised to find the suit deactivated and nobody dead. Mantlo lied, and Knapp forgets all about him.
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