UNCANNY X-MEN #120-121: The First Alpha Flight!

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Kinda cool–they’re introduced first as civilians, then ultimately in their roles as superfolk…

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The Canadian supergroup is, of course, all part of the growing legend of Wolverine.  In these issues, we also learn that he speaks fluent Japanese, as the team does a brief stopover near Tokyo and Wolverine meets Mariko for the first time.

The Claremont/Byrne run established so many iconic ideas for Marvel–it’s easily as good as the Lee/Kirby stuff on X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Thor.

They also seem to have gotten away from the constant plane crashes.  We haven’t had one in over a dozen issues.

It starts with the team wrapping up last issue’s visit with Sunfire in Japan, and Wolverine wrapping up a little time spent with Mariko, when he gets popped by Sasquatch.

Canada is trying to reclaim their asset–and they don’t recognize The X-Men (despite the fact that the X-Man most prominent on the screen is Cyclops, who has been around for decades).

Also: A cameo by the issue’s inker and colorist!

In the foreground, that’s Dave Cockrum and Bonnie Wilford.  In the background, reading the paper that says “Ink this now!  [Signed] Sterno” is Terry Austin.  Roger Stern was the editor.

Creators: Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Grade: B

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