X-Men: To Serve and Protect #4
The anthology format is a favorite of Alpha Flight Collector for featuring artists, stories and characters not usually seen much in the main titles. Last time the X-Men had an anthology series, both Jeffries and Northstar had their own 8pp stories in Nation X #2 and Nation X #3, but we weren’t so lucky this time. After Northstar’s brief cameo on the cover of the first issue of this four issue series, Northstar appears in just one panel.
He appears in the first story, “X-Dudes!”, which ran through all four issues. The unlikely team-up of Rockslide and Anole comes to an abrupt end when a group of grownup X-Men teleport in to winkingly scold the two young X-Men for their vigilante crime-fighting in San Francisco. Likely, writer Christ Yost (who is still officially in the Alpha Flight Collector doghouse for the unceremonious killing of Diamond Lil in X-Force #23) chose Northstar to be among the group because Anole was one of Northstar’s students when he headed up the Alpha Squadron back in the good old days of Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis’ New X-Men run.
Artist Derec Donovan gets the pointy ears right but unfortunately, either he or the colorist put a white sparkly effect right over Northstar’s left eyebrow. Overall, I would have more praise for this story (and I do have plenty for the other very enjoyable and lighthearted stories in this book), but both Rockslide’s inscrutable answer to Cyclops, “I thought Jean Grey was totally hot” and Cyclops’ non-response of an ellipsis to this brazen and disrespectful line are so bizarrely inappropriate that it made me think this entire four-part story were a throw-away dream sequence.