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4.5 out of 5 stars
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on 23 October 2013
At last! The 3rd collection of this great series which unfortunately brings John Byrnes input to an end.

The artwork is dynamic & outstanding as always - & most of the stories are as well.
I say most, as sorry - Northstar & Aurora's encounter with Pink Pearl was a low point for me.

However - this collection evidences Mr Byrnes long term plotting as:-
- questions are answered as to how Walter Langkowski turned into the orange hewed Sasquatch through Gamma Radiation,( which if it didn't kill, usually gave people a green outlook), &
- one of the interior/original comic covers is a direct flip of issue 11, collected in Vol 2!
What great design - issue 11 has the late Guardian face down Omega Flight, only to have the team themselves in the same positions being faced down by his seeming return here...

I say seeming - as this is another criticism for this collection - the Tpb cover reveals the mystery of Guardians return. I know that this series is many years old - but some thoughtless "planning" there, & there are other more worthy cover candidates for this. (Even the aforementioned face down !)

So apart from the above grumbles - this is a highly recommended addition to your library, which includes the odd pages from Secret Wars II, for completion sake & the cross-over with the Hulk, as both creative teams literally swapped over with each other.
This is indeed classic Alpha Flight - as in recent years for some reason,the team has all been wiped out & resurrected about 2 or 3 times...!?

John Byrne has often gone on record to say that this was only ever a group put together to take on the X-Men - but these initial 30 odd issues,(collected over Vols 1-3), showcase Mr Byrnes highly skilled writing & character development - a lesson that could still be learnt from current "hot" writers!

Cheers
Steve O
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on 9 August 2017
I used to subscribe to Alpha back in the 80's and it was a real trip down memory lane re-reading these stories. John Byrne was at his peak and the title really does go down hill once he departs. The crossover curse hits hard towards the end with the Hulk and Secret Wars 2 interrupting the otherwise excellent storytelling. Yes the dialogue is very of it's time with raging monologues but it all adds to it's charm. This was a brilliant age of comics and Alpha Flight was (in my opinion) right up there with X-Men, Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes and Infinity Inc as the top books of the era. Definitely worth checking this out people.
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on 30 March 2013
Glad I bought the graphic novel version, cheaper overall. Been trying to get these issues for years, especially since issues 26 to 29 are the ones that got me hooked on the John Byrne stories of Alpha Flight. Wished he'd stayed with Alpha Flight longer despite him not liking it much himself. I think these & the X-men stories he did were his best work. Just wish Marvel would bring out an omnibus of just his issues alone
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