Alpha Flight #1 Review

Writer: Ed Brisson

Art: Scot Godlewski

Colors: Matt Milla

Letterer: Vc Travis Lanham

Cover Art: Leonard Kirk

Publisher: Marvel

Price: $3.99

Release Date: August 16, 2023

Reviewed by: Samriddh Chaudhary


The Canadian Government decides to relaunch the Alpha Flight to deal with the Mutant Menace while ex-mutant Members of Alpha Flight try to stand up for the mutants of Canada. Alpha Flight #1 is the ultimate culmination of the past and present of the team and will go on to define the future of the team for the years to come.

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Alpha Flight has entered a new era with the Canadian Government relaunching them to remove the Mutant Threat for good. This puts the team in a morally complex position because they have had a history of having mutant members. The issue plays around with the complexity for the most part but, the story takes a new direction towards the end of the book. Each character is given great characterization and the stand out of all of the characters is Roger Bochs Jr soars above everyone else only because of two comic panels and one line of dialogue specifically (you will know it when you read it). This comic is also very good at incorporating the history of the Alpha Flight to make the narrative stronger. It is clear that Ed Brisson has a deep appreciation for the history of the team and is constructing a plot that is respectful to the roots of the characters.

Alpha Flight #1 does suffer from a problem that impacts the reading experience negatively. As mentioned before the issue attempts to deal with the complexity of the Alpha Flight fighting its ex-members who were mutants. But, unfortunately, it seems like for the sake of reveal they decided to throw away this intriguing plot in favor of something much more conventional.


The Art of this book is great. The designs for the Alpha Flight are reminiscent of the classic designs we have grown accustomed to while being tweaked enough to represent the modern sensibilities that the comic is adopting.


Alpha Flight #1 marks a significant juncture for the team, effectively bridging their storied past with the uncertain path ahead. The incorporation of Alpha Flight’s history enriches the story, a testament to Ed Brisson’s reverence for the team’s roots. Despite a stumble in plot execution, the art flourishes, seamlessly blending the classic and contemporary design elements of the characters. In wrapping together Alpha Flight’s rich legacy with the uncertainties of the future, the debut issue skillfully weaves character depth and nods to its history, leaving readers intrigued by the potential direction of the story.


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