Spaceknight Saturdays: Canada's Panel Majesty

Rom and Starshine's day trip across Canada's border continues in Rom #57 as they attempt, with Alpha Flight's help, to stop the Wraiths from flooding the country's water basin with some kind of evil-enhanced pollution, and incidentally, destroying the industrial town of Beaver Falls.

Now, last issue, Beaver Falls was squarely placed in Ontario, though strangely, in the Beaverkill Valley region, which is in upstate New York. THIS issue, it's still supposed to be in Ontario, but it's also described as being in Northwestern Canada, confusing it, I think, with the Beaver Falls in British Columbia.
Neither location, by the way, would be close enough to the St. Lawrence River to be prime spots for the Wraith plan, but if I don't bitch about not finding Latveria on a map, I shouldn't bitch about this.

In any case, if the heroes wanted to stop the flood, they're coming late to the party, cuz that dam has most definitely burst. And as the Spaceknights are pelted by shards of the local church, they come to realize that nothing's gonna stop Canadian Nature.
Not their combined Galadorian power.
Not Shaman's magic beanstalk barrier.
Not Sasquatch's makeshift barricade.
This is not a feel good issue where everybody lives at the end. (Are there any such issues of Rom?)
Snowbird can't be everywhere, but you know, she could be SOMEwhere. At last, she jumps in the water as an "awesome arctic polar bear".
Yes, that IS awesome. Sasquatch also fishes a guy out of the water, and Shaman?
He saves the one person that can breathe underwater. Bravo, sir. Bravo. (She's poisoned by the black waters, ok sure, but still. Your priority should not be your teammate who's issue away from becoming an alien monster.) With Alpha's poor performance (where's Puck when you need him?), it's a good thing Rom is there. Do you agree?
That's right. Another job well done.

I have to hand it to Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. They looked at Byrne's Alpha Flight and really respected its style when crafting this crossover. Panoramic views and as few words as possible. You know, cuz that Fantastic Four isn't gonna write/draw itself.

Next: Rom and Starshine follow the black waters to their next guest star.


Anonymous said...

I think the idea is giving a scene impressive enough. The kind of scene that leaves you wordless.

I think for being the 80s, that idea was new: even the heroes sometimes fails.

And you didn't catch Shaman's sharp tactical mind! If you help Marrina, the superswimmer, then she will save a lot of people after.

You should improve your Strategy skill, folk... :-D


Siskoid said...

1) I was just poking fun at Byrne. The issue looks great.;)

2) Marrina then... didn't. She was knocked out for the rest of the issue.

Toronto Realtor said...

Great idea, one that is rarely seen in this genre. I wonder how people back in 80s reacted to it...

Take care, Julie

Siskoid said...

Well, I read it in the 80s (one of the few issues I actually owned first time around) and it no doubt contributed to my (and my generation's) pro-environment tendencies.


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