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When you think of Canada, you probably think of amazing beer (Molson Canadian), amazing donuts (Tim Horton's) and superior fast food (Harvey's). You probably also think of really polite people playing hockey and living in igloos, with an odd little superhero team called "Alpha Flight" waiting to protect them. Unfortunately, Alpha Flight recently met its end in the pages of Marvel Comics' "New Avengers," seemingly leaving only the Mounties and that guy from "Due South" to protect the country. As we reported yesterday, that isn't the case, as 2007 will see the launch of "Omega Flight," featuring an all-new Canadian superhero team. While we spoke with writer Mike Oeming and editor Andy Schmidt yesterday, today CBR News caught up with artist Scott Kolins to learn about his involvement with the book.
"I heard that a new 'Alpha Flight' book might be getting kicked around, so I asked Tom Brevoort to pass my name along and see if I could be involved," Kolins told CBR News. "At the time, Mike Marts was the editor and after my 'Excalibur' fill-in, Mike asked me on board. I talked it over with Mike Marts and Mike Oeming and jumped on full throttle. I'm a huge old school Alpha Flight fan so I couldn't pass this up."
Thought Alpha Flight has always been a well-known team since their debut in "Uncanny X-Men," and their self-titled series by John Byrne drew quite a bit of acclaim, it's always seemed as though 'Flight never quite made the top tier of Marvel's superhero team hierarchy. However, for fans like Kolins, there was no doubt that Alpha Flight was the epitome of greatness. "It was just a great group with wonderful variety and an interesting and 'unique' theme. Very different from the Avengers, X-Men or FF. At the time, these were the 'new, hot' characters. A fresh face, but they also had some real depth as the series grew during its first year. An alien with orders to kill humankind, a pair of feisty (some say, unstable) speed mutants, a child-like demi-godess, a mystic father figure, a fun-loving dwarf, and two scientists that could probably keep up with the best minds in the Marvel U – how doesn't that sound cool?
"Issue #12 of the original series is obviously a milestone in several ways, but the whole first year had these great origin stories that just blew me away. If I had to pick a favorite of the group, I guess it would be Sasquatch – but not just because he's the big strong guy. There's a side to him that was completely undeveloped that I just thought was the real key to the character. Huge profound stuff. But all the characters were awesome – again in that respect they could go toe to toe with any group in the Marvel U. Just as interesting as the FF or Avengers or X-Men."