- Series: Alpha Flight
- Hardcover: 1248 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1302904051
- ISBN-13: 978-1302904050
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.2 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alpha Flight by John Byrne Omnibus Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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"The brilliant John Byrne art mixed with the naturally flowing storytelling makes this series a must read. There are some great team moments and good character development. Out of the gate, the most interesting characters are Puck, Heather, Sasquatch and Guardian. And no review would be complete without mentioning the "Origin of Alpha Flight" back-up that ran through most of the issues." -- Chris Campbell
"John Byrne's artwork is Classic Marvel and perfectly realizes this curious band of characters." -- Leila Anani
"Byrne had the most creative ideas and could take minor characters and turn them into the most interesting people with distinct personalities. Guardian? Puck? Snowbird? Northstar? Aurora? Sasquatch? Marina? "Who are these characters?" you might have asked yourself ... Suddenly, they're starring in their own comic book, and you get to know (and love) each and every one of them. That's the work of a great writer." -- Eric Klee
" In a better world, there'd have been more of these ... in a perfect world, an Alpha Flight movie would be part of Marvel Phase III." -- Jim Ryan
"Byrne's Alpha Flight is an example of his mastery of the form, and yet another look at how much the comics medium has fallen since the 80s. There's never been another book like Alpha Flight. Byrne instilled each character with a personality and origin ... painstakingly ... bit by bit. It's so much fun to revisit these characters and adventures again, but those discovering them for the first time will have just as much fun." -- Edward Aycock
"Byrne's characters have scars, both in body and mind. Alpha flight ... transcends genre." -- Kirk Alan Edwards
"John Byrne did amazing backgrounds in Alpha Flight -- big, intense backgrounds that would hold characters within them. But, when a background would keep the focus off actions in progress, Byrne could take the same structures he'd just shown in detail and simplify or remove them in elegant ways to keep your attention where it should be." -- Travis Hedge Coke
"This is the Alpha Flight we all loved ... this is when Puck was elevated to alpha status. This is when Roger Bochs and his armor make their first real appearance. This is when Alpha Flight had focused on the individual members: Aurora was crazy. Northstar was hinted at being gay and at odds with his sister. Walter Langkowski was losing control of Sasquatch. Snowbird was in love with a mortal. Every character was written very well by John Byrne. A highly recommended read." -- Gerard Rinaldi
"Byrne wrote like an artist and drew like a writer, rightly seeing the different elements of comic book storytelling as things that needed to complement each other, rather than compete." -- Dan Seeger
About the Author
John Byrne has worked on nearly every major American superhero. His better-known work includes Marvel Comics' X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics' Superman franchise. Coming into the comics profession exclusively as a penciler, Byrne began co-plotting the X-Men comics early in his tenure, and launched his writing career in earnest with Fantastic Four (where he also started inking his own pencils). During the 1990s he produced a number of creator-owned works, including Next Men and Danger Unlimited. He also wrote the first issues of Mike Mignola's Hellboy series, and has produced a number of Star Trek comics for IDW Publishing.
Chris Claremont wrote the X-Men for seventeen years as well as the novelization of the movie X-Men 2. He has been the co-creator of several top-selling series for Marvel Comics, and wrote the Star Trek twenty-fifth-anniversary graphic novel Debt of Honor for DC Comics. His debut novel was Firstflight, to which he wrote two sequels, Grounded and Sundowner.
Roger Stern has written for radio, television, the stage,and the Internet, creating scripts for everything from sketch comedy to flash-animation. For ten years, he was the senior writer of the SUPERMAN series, and has written hundreds of stories about such diverse characters as Green Lantern, Supergirl, Starman, and the Justice League for DC Comics; and Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers for Marvel. His first prose novel, The Death and Life of Superman, was a New York Times bestseller.
Tom DeFalco is a former editor-in-chief of Marvel, well known for his writing on Spider-Man and Thor, among other titles. He is the author of DK's Spider-man: The Ultimate Guide.
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That being said, some of the issues aren't as good as others. There is a Marvel Two-In-One issue where Sasquatch faces the Thing (and of course, they fight). Sasquatch also fights the Hulk (again, through a convenient plot point that allows the heroes to fight). Not to be outdone, Machine Man faces Sasquatch, Northstar, and Aurora (and yes, they fight). The team's multiple encounters with the X-Men in their title before moving on to a solo title of their own makes for fairly interesting reading. But the team hits their stride when they get their own title. At that point, Byrne takes the team through a lot over the course of 40 issues or so. Team members leave, one dies (and comes back...or do they?), romances blossom and die, and there is action. Consider this a team book a lot like X-Men, with team conflict and resolution among the ranks all while facing supervillains that are sometimes cool and other times a little hokey. Overall, the collection is strong and the omnibus is well-built, so this is a great investment.
As an archival collection, Marvel has certainly done amazing work. Unlike DC, Marvel isn't afraid to collect dozens of comics in 1 omnibus and give buyers a compete run of an artist/writer on a book. What is unusual are issues that Byrne had no involvement with, either as a creator or as a continuation of a story that he began in this collection. There's no reason in continuity to include X-Men/Alpha Flight, for example, or a series from the 2000s. And there's no reason to call the collection the John Byrne omnibus when those other books by other creators are added. But these are only minor quibbles. Marvel has printed a beautiful collection that is worth every penny.