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Alpha Flight #5

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artists: Clayton Henry and Mark Morales with Avalon

Publisher: Marvel Comics

The book isn't nearly as much fun as the writing seem to be trying for, as while the humour managed to make me smile a couple time, but for the most part it left me a bit annoyed that Scott Lobdell looks to have placed a greater focus on being funny than on the actual delivery of a plot. I mean we're closing in on the final chapter of a six part arc, and we've yet to receive a moment that has really convinced me that this new group of characters are going to be able to carry this series. I mean at the moment these character feel like little better than seat-fillers while the real stars have spent the arc strung up by the villains. Since the story is pretty much a mirror of the classic story that introduced the comic reading world to the All New, All Different X-Men, I can't help but point out by the end of the Giant-Sized X-Men issue, the new characters that were replacing the original X-Men not only felt like a team, but they were a darn sight more interesting that the characters they were replacing, and truth be told neither appears to be the case with the All New, All Different Alpha Flight.

Still, I will concede that this issue does manage to offer up an entertaining time, as the new team battles against genetic constructs that look like the original team, and this in turn results in a fun display of powers. Plus as a lifelong fan of the Edmonton Oilers, I have to say I was delighted by the collision of my two interests, as the Puck construct show his loyalty to the copper and blue, while offering up a fun explanation for why Puck choose his heroic moniker. Plus, I can't deny the fact that this issue does offer up a pretty solid cliff-hanger finish to carry us into the final issue.

Clayton Henry's a bit too fond of the big page eating panels, but I can't deny that when he's called upon to deliver the action in this issue he's quite effective at making the action easy to follow, and visually engaging. I mean the battle between the two Pucks has a nice Jack Kirby vibe to it, as the two characters exchange a flurry of blows. The visual comedy elements are also well done, from the classic shot of the two teams preparing to do battle, to the scene where Sasquatch stops Snowbird's attack. The cover image is also a lot of fun, as it deftly captures the various personalities elements of the new team.



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