Sort of. Joe Q said, at Philly con, that Marvel is going to revisit Alpha Flight but wants them to be other than Canadian heroes or Avengers (how were they ever Avengers, I don't know).
So he's at least acknowledging that AF has a huge fan base and that there's hope for a future.
But what makes AF not Avengers? Come on Joe, give me a break:
- More mystics than Avengers
- People of different ethnicities right from day one.
- a family atmosphere but not a FF family (Shaman had Talsiman, helped 'raise' Snowbird, Heather helped raise Snowbird, Heather and James are married, Aurora and Northstar are brother-sister, Aurora has a thing for Sasquatch, Box and Lil got married, Pathway and Goblyn are sisters....)
And why do they exist, as a government-created defence team, not a group of self-servers (X-Men) or a power group who 'must' exist (Avengers) or Avengers-Light (New Warriors, Young Avengers, Runaways, Force Works, the Initiative, the Order...all variations on the Avengers, some more militaristic than others).
Alpha Flight only became like the Avengers after Quesada came on board, they never were in the Avengers realm before. After all, how 'unique' is Exaclibur now? each team has its stories and what makes it special. For AF it's the family aspect, the inconsistent team make-up, the mysticism, the North, the non-U.S. aligned actions, to mirror today's events...
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