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Jun 13 16 7:10 PM
tony wrote:Just too big a book for my tastes as much as I enjoy oversized John Byrne art. Hopefully this makes those who missed out on the trades happy and we don't need to triple down on Alpha Flight reprints with more epics.
Jun 13 16 7:14 PM
Jun 13 16 7:33 PM
Optimus81 wrote:A great selection for an Omnibus. If we're speculating on the contents of this book and are wondering how we could come up with 45 issues, I'm thinking it will probably include:
Uncanny X-Men 109
Uncanny X-Men 120-121
Uncanny X-Men 139-140
Machine Man 18
Marvel Two-in-One 83-84
Incredible Hulk 272
Alpha Flight 1-29
Incredible Hulk 313
Claremont, DeFalco, Wilson, Ditko, etc are all included in the credits line so I'm thinking this is a pretty accurate list. Alpha Flight also appeared during this time in ROM 56-57 (current copyright issues notwithstanding), and Marvel Team-Up Annual 7, and Byrne did the covers for all three.
That brings your total issue count to 38, plus with all the standard phenomenal extras Marvel always includes in their Omnibuses. That might stretch it out to 1200+ pages.
Marvel Team Up Annual #7 is definitely needing to be included, since it features major plot points for Marina's storyline (she meets her own species for the first time in the story).
Also, I'd toss in Alpha Flight Special #1 (prequel special that sets up some major plot points for why James McDonald Hudson became Guardian and his relationship with Wolverine) and the second "directors cut" of Uncanny X-Men #109 that ran in Classic X-Men to contrast Byrne's own directors cut version of the issue that ran in Alpha Flight #17.
Also the Secret Wars #4 material, that is absolutely critical to the resolution to Byrne's second to last storyline (the Omega Flight/Alpha Flight rematch).
Jun 13 16 11:50 PM
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Jun 14 16 8:22 AM
Debord wrote:As I said in another topic, I think this would be the best way to collect Byrne's Alpha Flight, including all related material
The Incredible Hulk #180–182
Giant-Size X-Men #1 [just the scene where Wolverine resigns from Department H]
Incredible Hulk Annual #8 [Sasquatch versus Hulk]
Machine Man #18 [Sasquatch, Aurora and Northstar versus Machine Man]
Incredible Hulk #272-273 [Hulk and Sasquatch vs Wendigo]
Alpha Flight #1
Marvel Two-in-One #83-84 [Thing and Sasquatch and Alpha Flight]
Alpha Flight #2-13
Marvel Team-Up Annual #7 [Alpha Flight and Spider-Man]
Alpha Flight #14-22
X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2
Alpha Flight #23-27
Secret Wars II #4 [just Alpha Flight related]
Alpha Flight #28
Incredible Hulk #313
Alpha Flight #29
Maybe that's what we'll see in the Omnibus? Fingers crossed.
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Drew Geraci wrote:But I absolutely love his Alpha Flight and see no lack of enthusiasm on Byrne's part.
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Jun 14 16 10:53 AM
SamyMerchi wrote:The art isn't important. The point is he really built the characters and made you get to know them as people.
Jun 14 16 11:07 AM
fubarthepanda wrote:Another one I'd gladly buy in two volumes, but not a 1200+ page whopper.
Jun 14 16 11:18 AM
Five Years Later wrote:SamyMerchi wrote:The art isn't important. The point is he really built the characters and made you get to know them as people.We disagree. In any case my point is the art in the first issue is uninspired and illustrates a lack of enthusiasm for this project. Or maybe he was rushed on getting out the double-sized issue to meet a deadline. I don't know.
Jun 14 16 11:22 AM
Jun 14 16 11:32 AM
The art in John Byrne's Alpha Flight isn't important?! WTF?! I beg to differ.
Byrne's art made the comic series he worked on. If he hadn't been as great of an artist, he wouldn't have been as popular & fans/collectors wouldn't have been buying his books back in the '80's. Going along with this, if his art hadn't been as great, fans wouldn't now be buying collected editions of these series 30+ years later.
Jun 14 16 12:17 PM
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