Oh, but we thought we were onto something there. A dazzling expose which revealed a new maxiseries Marvel had confirmed, which would showcase some of their most loved but least published characters, free of the Fear Itself logo or marketing. But no, those hopes have been dashed. Instead, we can only offer you a slightly dazzling expose which does indeed confirm a maxiseries featuring some of Marvel's most popular but unused characters. "Who are these characters you speak of, ComVan?!" You yell, for you come to our website before you visit CBR or Newsarama or ComicsAlliance or heck even IGN (do their images EVER show up?) Those characters, devoted and loyal reader, are Alpha Flight.
Their return happened in Chaos War, the start of which saw all the characters unite, even the dead ones, and the finish of which kept every single member alive. Even Marrina, and we thought nobody liked her. This means that Northstar is going to leave the X-Men to rejoin his home team, while Aurora will leave Limbo and maybe even Puck could escape Hell at some point and join in. Although the last aprt is unlikely. The creators of Chaos War are the people who will write this maxi-series, eight issues long. Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente are your writers here, joined by Dale Eaglesham, a native Canadian himself who appears utterly thrilled with his assignment. There will be a Point One issue before the series itself starts, presumably to catch new readers up on the long history of the Canadian Superteam - Ben Oliver will provide pencils for that story.
And what will the story be? Well, it's tying in to Fear Itself. Just like every single other Marvel comic this Summer (seriously - check the May solicits). Fear is going to make the Canadian Government turn on their own superheroes, leaving Alpha Flight branded as traitors to their own country. How will the Flight respond to this? If we could think of something stereotypically Canadian at this point, we would end on it. Something about hosting a successful Winter Olympics, perhaps? We really need to learn more about what Canada is.