Well you may ask, "Why did you read this book?"
I have always loved Alpha Flight, at least the original
series and, yes, the idea. A super team staffed and run
by Canadians for Canada. I can't help it, I like the concept
so I always give it a try.
Well, a fool and his money, you know.
To be fair, this creative team did achieve
the impossible. I thought after the last reboot of Alpha
Flight that the team could not possibly suffer a worse disservice.
And, evidenced by the change in name, I think the powers-that-be
at Marvel agreed. Can't name another book Alpha Flight
because people still have a bad taste in their mouths from
the last one? Let's use the only other letter of the Greek
alphabet we know.
Yes, their creativity spans the gamut from
A to B. This distasteful mish-mash of contrived concept,
slapdash writing, slipshod art and neglectful editing should
never have been inked, much less distributed and sold. The
entire misguided enterprise screams rush-job. Aren't editors
supposed to catch things like this before they see print?
I like a lot of Oeming's writing, which
makes me wonder what could have possibly been the impetus
for this series? Were some or all of the characters' copyrights
about to lapse? I don't believe so. Does someone at Marvel
secretly harbor a burning hate of Canada and all it represents?
Most of the team were not only not Canadians, but discredited
Americans at that. There was nothing to associate this team
with Alpha Flight, other than the incidental inclusion of
a couple of characters that had been associated with that
It didn't even live up to the legacy of
the original villainous Omega Flight. Walter Langowski is
such a rich character and the best that could be done with
him is to turn him into a furry Hulk on angel dust? And
what in the name of Aunt Petunia was Beta Ray Bill even
doing in this book?
As a writer, I am embarassed to say that
I cannot sufficiently express my disapprobation for this
drek. I simply lack the words. The English language lacks
the words. There is an Ubuntu dialect that has over four
hundred different ways to use the sneeze as an expression
of insult and it lacks the words.
Scott Kolins is not to everyone's taste, but I think he
has done some darned fine and distinctive work in the past.
But in this case, the less said about the art the better.