A new year is upon us, and FUNday continues with our 15th post spotlighting the lighter side of Alpha Flight collecting. Sorry, no “Top 10 List” for the end of the year. But, we will take a look at an issue that (arguably) belongs on the “Top 15 FUNday posts… so far List!”
Great Lakes Avengers #2
Exploding from the pages of the West Coast Avengers, which exploded from the pages of the Avengers, the Great Lakes Avengers was a brilliant four issue mini-series in 2005 by Dan Slott and Paul Pelletier. Created by none other than John Byrne in West Coast Avengers #46 in 1989, the G.L.A. consisted of Z-list heroes with dubious superpowers, an ever-changing roster due to frequent deaths, an ever-changing team name and general ineptitude all around. Sasquatch appears on the cover of this issue, rejecting Flatman’s offer to join.
Due to a recent death, the group needed to go on a membership drive, but were rejected by everyone they ask over a 6-page stretch including the Swordsman, Moon Knight, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, Energizer (from Power Pack), Living Lightning, The Punisher, Justice, Firestar, Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hercules, Cloak, Dagger, Nightcrawler, Tigra, Shang-Chi, Black Bolt (who just sort of waved it off), Paladin, Sleepwalker, Prodigy, Captain Ultra, Ursa Major, Brother Voodoo, El Aguila, Andy the Awesome Android, Araña, Marvel (Kal-AOL), Iron First, and Luke Cage. Shown on the cover rejecting them but not appearing inside are: Thor, the Black Cat, Wonder Man, Rogue, the Silver Surfer, the Wasp and Sasquatch.
It’s harder than you’d think to write a full issue of truly comic material, and Dan Slott was able to pull it off for all four issues. When interviewed about this title on Toon Zone, he admitted:
Is it a comedy? Yeah. A sick, twisted, ethically impaired, DARK comedy. Very dark. This is one that I’m definitely not letting my nephews look at.
What better endorsement can you give your own work than restricting your own family members from reading it??!?! He continued in another interview on comicsbulletin.com:
In fact, when I turned in the first issue, I think my note to the office went something like this: “Here’s the plot for GLA #1, the most morally reprehensible thing I’ve ever written. Sorry.”
Note: For those of you who keep track of these sorts of things, the G.L.A. did recruit Squirrel Girl and Grasshopper in this issue. Unfortunately, Grasshopper, after performing the incredible feat of out-leaping Batroc the Leaper, died 5.8 seconds later by getting himself skewered in the head with a thrown sai dagger as it went through a doorway in Doorman’s head. Too bad Doorman’s power is to allow objects to pass through a doorway created by his body. Oh, well, not the best guy to stand next to during a battle with sai daggers flying around, I suppose.