Saturday, March 10, 2007

Omega Flight

Background on the Flight Program

Source: Wikipedia

"The original Omega Flight

The name of Omega Flight was originally used by a group of super-villains assembled with the specific purpose of killing the original Alpha Flight - particularly its founder, the original Guardian.

Delphine Courtney, the robotic assistant to Jerome Jaxon (a bitter ex-boss of James McDonald Hudson aka Guardian) recruited superhuman operatives to join Omega Flight as part of Jaxon's revenge scheme against Hudson. Recruits primarily came from members of the then disbanded Beta and Gamma Flights.

It included Wild Child, Box (controlled by Jerome Jaxxon), Diamond Lil, Flashback and Smart Alec.

The group reappeared several times throughout the series run, in different incarnations, with membership including Bile, Brain Drain, Dark Guardian, Miss Mass, Sinew , Strongarm, Technoir and The Master.

Post-Civil War

The team emerges from the aftermath of Marvel's Civil War crossover event. The lineup includes elements of the original Canadian super-team Alpha Flight as well as other superheroes. The team roster is shown to be U.S. Agent, Arachne, Beta Ray Bill, Talisman, and Michael Pointer in a suit similar in appearance to that of Guardian. It has also been confirmed that former Alpha Flight member, Sasquatch, will have a role in this book; however, it has not yet been revealed whether he will be a member of Omega Flight or simply a supporting character. Solicitations for April 2007 lists this series as a five-part limited series."

The Original team

"Alpha Flight is a Marvel Comics superhero team, noteworthy for being one of the few Canadian superhero teams. Created by John Byrne the team first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #120 (April 1979).

Throughout most of its history, the team has worked for Department H, a fictitious branch of Canada’s Department of National Defence that deals with super-powered persons. Most team members have distinctly Canadian attributes, such as Inuit or First Nations heritage.

The team was originally merely a part of the back story of the X-Men’s Wolverine but, in 1983, Byrne launched an eponymous series featuring the group, which continued until 1994. Two short-lived revivals have been attempted since, with a third recently announced, called Omega Flight, despite most of the team's apparent demise.

Many of Alpha Flight's story-lines are heavily influenced by Native-American lore. In issue #1 Tundra the team battles the re-animated evil spirit named Tundra. Snowbird is the child of a Native-American female spirit -- Goddess -- and a human."