Marvel’s Next Big Thing Press Call: Fear Itself – Alpha Flight

Today Marvel has held a Press Call to shed some details on Fear Itself, there next big cross over event! They have been teasing that a mystery project is going to be announced.

Present on the call were Artist Dale Eaglesham, Writer Fred Van Lente and writer Greg Pak

Details about the upcoming project and fear itself as a whole are:

  • A New Maxi-Series Debuting during Fear Itself….. ALPHA FLIGHT
  • Team was resurrected during Chaos War…where will they be picking up the story?
  • Greg Pak says: “Some time has passed, but you don’t need to have read anything before this to jump on board”
  • Alpha Flight are back in Canada but are now the nations “greatest traitors” due to the events of Fear Itself
  • What made everyone want to work on this series? It was Fred’s favorite comic growing up, so this is a dream come true for him. He describes himself as a walking encyclopedia of Alpha Flight knowledge, while Greg Pak comes into it with a relatively clean slate, but he loves these characters.
  • The new series will explore what happens when the government you work for starts doing things you don’t like? It’s about your relationship to the government vs. your country vs. its people.
  • Greg describes them as a team of Captain Americas in a way, all of them are protectors of a nation. But they’re still kind of underdogs.
  • At the moment, the series is slotted for eight issues with a special .1 issue illustrated by Ben Oliver out in May
  • Fred Van Lente says “If there is demand, I would imagine there will be a ninth issue and beyond.”
  • They’re using the clean slate provided by Chaos War to do a ground-level reboot. They’re not ignoring everything that’s come before, but they’re not going to be referring to a character’s multiple resurrections or anything like that. They don’t want to get bogged down in the continuity.

Questions asked by press and fans

Q: What was the hook that brought the traditional Alpha Flight book back into the Marvel U?

A: They’re going to play with the idea of the government going crazy. Fred says they can do this story and do it right since it’s taking place in Canada–if they had the America government going crazy, it would effect every other book in the Marvel U.

Q: Will Puck be in the series

A: Greg says if you add the book to your pull list, you may be pleasantly surprised (that’ll be a yes)

Q: Will Northstar continue his status with the X-Men?

A: They believe he is leaving the X-Men. In the end, the continuity will make sense. Kyle, Northstar’s boyfriend introduced in Nation X, will be playing a big role in the book.

Q: Will there be a central antagonist?

A: Yes, but they need to phrase it in a very non-spoiler way. The government turns against Alpha Flight, but some members of Alpha Flight side with the government. Part of the point of the series is Alpha Flight trying to figure out who the main villains are.

Q for Dale: Is it a challenge to deal with so many characters?

A: He prefers a team dynamic, because he likes having a lot of characters to deal with. All the characters are so unique and odd that he has trouble choosing a favorite one. He can appreciate working on a single-character book, but he’s ready to get back to a team book.

Q: Did this series spin out of Chaos War and the audience’s reactions to their return?

A: It was something they’d talked about and workshopped, and once they realized Chaos War allowed them to bring back all the characters, that’s what did it–the realization that they could have the original team back.

Q: Will Wolverine, Namor, the X-Men and/or the Avengers showing up in the first eight issues

A: Fred laughed. They’re keeping mum on guest appearances–one of those four mentioned is a yes, but you may be surprised which one.

Q: Are they looking to modernize the characters at all?

A: They think they can retain some of the magic by going back to the original team members and what made them so special in the first place. The book will have a modern feel and will be compelling to readers today. It’s not a spoof book, it’s a crazy action adventure thriller with a big canvas

So to Recap!

Alpha Flight by Fred Van Lente, Greg Pak and Dale Eaglesham begins in June, with a special prelude .1 issue drawn by Ben Oliver in May!

Source: Marvel

GS Reporter: Matt

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One comment

  1. Christophe Montoya /

    Now this is great news. I always loved Alpha Flight with the original team. I for one will be picking this book up

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