• Summary - Alpha Flight v.1 #44

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    Issue: Alpha Flight 44
    Date: Mar-87
    Story: Plague! (22 pages)

    Feature Characters: Snowbird, Michael, Heather, Madison Jeffries, Jean-Paul, Jeanne-Marie, Judd, Roger; Walter

    Regular Characters: Sgt. Douglas Thompson, Dr. Lionel Jeffries (Scramble), Dr. Whitman/William Knapp

    Guest Stars:

    Villains: Capt. F.R. Crozier (Pestilence)

    Other Characters:

    Synopsis: Snowbird and Michael call for help in a vision, so Alpha Flight flies off.
    Walter in Alec Thorne's body crawls out of Michael's medicine bag (see iss. 13).
    Lionel cures Roger of the bends, and then offers to give him legs.
    Pestilence has left a trail of death all the way to Burial Butte. Thompson dies just after directing Alpha Flight into the mines.
    Northstar, ill but afraid to see a doctor, bumps his sister, canceling her power to make light, and the darkness of the mines temporarily reverts her to her Jeanne-Marie personality.
    Pestilence impersonates Mac, Wolverine, Judd and Jeffries, and Heather blasts each one. He creates monsters from coal, and Jeffries uses metal from the mine to give himself armor. Aurora helps him and then flirts with him, but he rejects her.
    Michael and Snowbird are about to kill Pestilence, but Northstar intervenes, concerned about the life of the child he possesses. Pestilence kisses Northstar and grows stronger from the disease he is dying of. Snowbird chooses saving her child over letting him die and being free to join the gods in paradise. Pestilence realizes the child's spirit is too strong for him and takes control of Snowbird in sasquatch form, making her kill him so his evil spirit can seek another host. Heather kills Snowbird (!), but not soon enough. Pestilence goes free.