Who's in this issue?
Fans of the recently-cancelled Alpha Flight title would probably be thrilled to see Alpha Flight return in this issue, especially when it also tells about what happens to the Alpha Flight team after the original Alpha Flight members returned in the final two issues of the title. I was slightly baffled, though, as how Wolverine ended up with Alpha Flight in this adventure in the first place: the book doesn't do a very good job as to what this adventure had to do with Wolverine other than Guardian being Wolverine's friend, and it doesn't say much as to where this compound they are breaking into is located.
It's also amazing how this villian, Modok, can have so many loyal followers, and how Weapon X would even be associated with him. To me, Modok just doesn't appear to be a villian who could have so many followers be loyal to him, especially considering his only mutant trait is mental powers. Although mental powers is a very powerful mutant trait, due to the lack of any scene showing Modok actually using his powers, I am led to believe that Modok is more of a 3rd-string villian.
I did find this book relatively fun to read, especially for those who likes action more than talking. The people who worked on this book did a relatively good job to bring a decent story to a title in a time when everyone is waiting (almost impatiently) for the return of the adamantium. Plus, in my opinion, the best thing about this title is that this one is a multi-issue storyline! :-) What better way to pass time for a landmark issue than to bring in a lengthier storyline!
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
IN THIS ISSUE:
Wolverine joins up with Canada's superhero team, Alpha Flight, to break into a heavily-guarded compound. Working as a team, Alpha Flight and Wolverine takes care of the guards outside and gains entrance into the compound. Once inside, Logan tells Vindicator that her husband, Guardian, was the one who got himself captured by a band of hi-tech arms trader and knowing the danger, Guardian should've found another line of work. Furthermore, Logan has a gut feeling that the lack of any resistance inside made it highly suspicious, and he felt as if someone was watching them.
Through a camera, the mutant known as Modok, who gained his vast mental powers through a mutation accident, and his men were watching Logan and the rest of the Alpha Flight squad through their compound. A shadowy associate with Modok recognizes Logan as Wolverine, who was friends with the captive they held, Guardian. Modok's men protests to Modok, with success, that they should stop toying with Wolverine and Alpha Flight, and should capture them immediately.
As Alpha Flight and Wolverine progresses down a corridor, Logan and Vindicator continues their discussion: about how the department and the team had changed since they last met, how Department H (the department which owns Alpha Flight) had reformed the original Alpha Flight squad and the new members who had been with Alpha Flight had been grouped into a new group called Beta Flight, as well as reflecting on how much had changed since they first met. Suddenly, as Logan was passing through a doorway, the group was ambushed, and Logan and Alpha Flight were separated by a metal gate which closed between them. Alpha Flight is knocked out by gas emitted into their room. Wolverine, being in the other room, was safe. As the unconscious Alpha Flight members were carried away, Logan is able to break into another floor of the compound where Guardian was being examined and experimented. Logan takes out the soldiers in the room, and forces the doctor to free the restraints on the unconscious Guardian.
In another part of the compound, Modok is told by one of his men that Wolverine had gained access to the lower level of their compound and had found Guardian, but Modok's men were unable to get in as the doctor had been forced by Wolverine to shield off the entrances to the room. Modok sends the shadowy figure, Kane, (aka Weapon X), to deal with Wolverine.