Northstar cameo in X-Men: To Serve and Protect #4

X-Men: To Serve and Protect #4
Apr 2011

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.

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17 Responses to “Northstar cameo in X-Men: To Serve and Protect #4”

  1. Suzene Says:

    Well said. I also thought Cyclops telling the kids to keep running around the city sans supervision instead of oh, say, promoting them to friggin’ X-Men or at least lending them some back-up for their jaunts was irresponsible, but it’s been pretty clear for a while now that Cyclops and Emma Frost shouldn’t be responsible for the care and feeding of house plants, let alone a bunch of mutant kids with nowhere else to go.

    • rplass Says:

      Well, that part didn’t bother me so much. How old are Rockslide and Anole? How old was Scott when he and the other Original X-Men kids were battling Magneto and the Brotherhood of evil mutants in X-Men #1 back in 1963? Time for some Free-Range Parenting!

      On Wed Mar 9th, 2011 10:58 AM EST

      • Suzene Says:

        Anole’s 15. For me, that’s a bit too young to be putting the kids in harm’s way without supervision. Considering all the flak Xavier has gotten for making “child soldiers” of the original class of X-Men and considering the utter lack of regard Summers and Frost showed for these kids in the wake of “Divided We Stand”, I’m really not willing to cut them any slack for their general neglect.

        • rplass Says:

          Gee, you’re a tough mom! Glad you weren’t the one catching me sneaking out of the house when I was 15! But seriously, it doesn’t seem all that strange to me for the kids to be sneaking out at that age (I did!) and being on their own in the city without supervision. At 15, I was working a full-time summer job in a research lab, working with radioactive compounds and taking the NYC subway by myself. Not exactly “in harm’s way” but also trusted to know how to handle things on my own.

  2. Ahab Says:

    So Alpha Flight must REALLY be in the doghouse then. Persuasion, Laura Dean, Goblyn, Ghost Girl, Flex – they were all in this category, weren’t they?

    • Suzene Says:

      I like Kara, but yeah, I wasn’t best pleased with her (and Laura and Goblyn) in combat positions. However, I also don’t think it’s the same situation — Kara was held back quite a bit, and later-issue Beta Flight was still, more or less, the second-line team. None of our Alphans ever kicked a pack of traumatized children who had nowhere else to go to the curb without even the number of a good shrink, then came back to collect them when they needed warm bodies for their PR project. For me, it’s the difference between an action that’s kind of irresponsible, but doesn’t snap the suspension of disbelief, and one that’s selfish enough that it strips characters of the right to call themselves heroes.

      WRT Ghost Girl and Flex in AF 2.0, the people running the show there were a pack of shadowy bad guys anyway — those are the kinds of folks I’d expect to see using kids without much regard to their safety.

  3. Flightpath07 Says:

    This article does not mention (or show) Dazzler or Rogue. I am offically on strike now…picket line forms to the left…

  4. Chris Says:

    I like Rogue and Dazzler but I also want to hear about Aurora, Snowbird, and Vindicator. Rplass, will you be reviewing the upcoming Alpha Flight maxi series even though they are not guest appearances? Please, please, please… AF needs as much publicity as possible this summer.

    • rplass Says:

      Thanks for the kind words, but I won’t be covering the upcoming maxi-series for the same reason I skipped the Chaos War: Alpha Flight one shot, all of volumes 1, 2, 3 and the specials – they aren’t guest appearances. They are regular issues of Alpha Flight. Besides, there isn’t much I could add to what I predict will be comprehensive and excellent reviews on alphaflight.net and other fan sites.

      On Thu Mar 10th, 2011 12:44 PM EST

  5. Chris Says:

    Maybe Flightpath07 will write some lengthy reviews of the new series? πŸ™‚

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