YMMV / Alpha Flight

  • Author's Saving Throw: Done in the simplest possible way to remove the revelation that Northstar and Aurora were half-elven: that story came from Loki, and Loki lies.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Every Alpha Flight story after the original series, save for the brief Omega Flight series, which did it's best to undo Bendis's slaughter of the team by way of revealing Sasquatch survived "The Collective" and only stating outright, that the two least liked Alphas (James MacDonald Hudson and Shaman) were dead.
  • Flat Character: Creator John Byrne felt this way about the majority of the team, especially Mac, which is why Guardian was killed so early into his run. The only exception would be Northstar and Aurora and, to a lesser extent, Heather Hudson. This is also why many fans consider Bill Mantlo to be the real father of the series. The definitive take on the bulk of the cast were the result of Mantlo fleshing out the characters into three-dimensional people.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Bizarrely, Alpha Flight has historically been more popular with Americans than Canadians.
    • Probably because Canada is evil in the Marvel universe.
    • Alternately, Canadians are very used to American media, and so tend to have a very negative opinion of American media portrayals of Canada and Canadian cultures (see Dudley Do-Right). A newcomer to the comic would suspect that, since Marvel is an American company, Alpha Flight would be a continuation of those stereotypes. So, like any stereotype, best to be avoided, and certainly not a good basis for a comic series. It doesn't help that, in a lot of Alpha Flight's guest appearances in other books, all they do is play up those roles (when they're not unexpected antagonists). Plus most Canadians only like jokes about Canada when we tell them (because we do it right).
  • My Real Daddy: As noted above, Bill Mantlo made the characters beyond the flat characters they were originally and gave them depth.
    • Though again, YMMV, as some still consider Byrne's work to be the pinnacle of the book and everything Mantlo did to be be an abomination that spat in the face of it, with later runs never surpassing Byrne's original vision for the series.
  • The Woobie: Despite his killing the previous team while possessed by Xorn and it being explicitly not his fault, the third Guardian is treated as if he's a psychotic criminal.
    • Poor Marrina. So, so much.
      • Marrina stopped being the woobie in volume four, when Fred Van Lente recast her as no longer giving a fuck about humanity after being brought back to life. Arguably the only redeemable thing from the Van Lente series many would argue.