This is it! This is actually the last part! About time.
Previously, on Part One: the first run of Alpha Flight! Then, on Part Two: writers scrambling to figure out what the heck to do with all the characters after Alpha Flight got canceled.
Jean-Paul Beaubier, Marvel figured out pretty quickly. He joined the more-mainstream X-Men in 2001 (Uncanny X-Men Volume 1 issue 392), and has been on-and-off with them ever since — and it’s been great. He’s a breakout hit!
Aurora and/or Jeanne-Marie Beaubier, on the other hand, Marvel is still trying to figure out. Doesn’t help that “hey, they’re canon plural” — the system’s biggest source of Unique Story Material You Couldn’t Do With Any Other Character(s) — is a trait the writers seems to just straight-up forget half the time.
Part Three covers the rest of the major Beaubier system content, up to the present day. The main reason it got long is, I keep stopping to think in detail about the continuity errors. And then trying to reverse-engineer the Headmate Action we aren’t getting on-page.
If you just want a recommended reading list, here it is:
tl;dr Read These For The Good Stuff:
- Alpha Flight Volume 1 (1983) issues 1-10, maybe 11-20, and 104
- Dark X-Men: The Beginning (2009): the Aurora bonus story in issue 3
- Alpha Flight Volume 4 (2011): the whole miniseries
- Astonishing X-Men Volume 3 (2004): Northstar’s wedding in issue 51 (2012)
For the rest of the detailed tour, read on:Continue reading