X-Men Forever #10
In Chris Claremont’s re-imagining of the X-Men (which continues after X-Men #3 in 1991), Wolverine dies in the first issue and is given a proper super-send off here, nine issues later. Logan’s friends from all over this Marvel reality arrive at the Xavier Institute to pay their respects. Four members from Alpha Flight appear at his funeral: Puck, Heather, Walter and Aurora.
Drawn by Paul Smith, the artist well-known among Alpha Flight fans for the X-Men/Alpha Flight LS “The Gift”, the team shown here would be concurrent with (roughly) the team from Alpha Flight #103 or so, which does include those four members, and others. We really wouldn’t expect any of the other members at the time to show up: Wild Child, Windshear, Northstar, Mister Jeffries nor Lil, as none of them really had all that much of a connection with Wolverine, so Claremont really got this one correct, nice job.
Alpha Flight appears unnamed and in formal dress, and joins the others in solemnic silence in a 2-page splash showing the gathered heroes at the memorial service. I should point out there is a horrible coloring error on Heather’s legs: she was obviously meant to have worn a skirt as well as the grey suit jacket. Luckily, her little blue handbag seems well-positioned to maintain a G-rating for this issue.
As Cyclops delivers his eulogy, various of the heroes in attendance appear in close up, with Puck and Heather looking on in silence. One thing to note is that unlike other funerals attended by Alpha Flight members, they are not in costume and Walter is not in Sasquatch form. I am referring to Doctor Strange #1 (Heather shows up in her EM suit, goggles and all), Deadpool #61 (Funeral for a Freak issue where Walter sits in Sasquatch form) and New X-Men: Academy X #13 (where Walter delivers a eulogy for Northstar in Sasquatch form). Claremont got it right again, writing the characters in a more realistic way.
Walter is chosen to be one of Wolverine’s pallbearers, among an A-list crowd: Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Nick Fury, Rogue and The Thing. Here’s another nice touch: there were literally dozens of other heroes who could have been one of the six pallbearers, but Claremont chose to honor Logan’s Canadian background by choosing an Alpha Flight member. Of course, it really would have been fun to see Puck as a pallbearer, but the poignancy of the moment didn’t afford much for levity. Well, nice job Claremont, you did your homework, made good sense out of it and showed some respect to Department H and Wolverine’s history with Alpha Flight, thanks!
Note: For those of you who keep track of these sorts of things, this story exists in the universe designated Earth-161.
Note: this issue has a variant cover by Sean Chen.
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