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    Default Alpha Flight chronology

    The following is culled from my inventory files (which are more detailed to appearances, etc in individual issues) of Alpha's chronology.
    Note, this is Alpha history as I have inserted it at times of publication, not a chronological list of publications!
    I.E., (nit pick here?) the 1998 X-Men Alpha series doesn't chronologically fit continuity between both Alpha Flight and the X-Men due to memberships of the respective teams, so it is put in that area between Alpha Flight #1 and 2.
    Alpha Flight #1 was written by Byrne to bridge the appearances between the disbandment of Alpha in X-Men #139 and a still-together team as seen in Marvel 2-in-1.
    Many cameos, such as Northstar and Aurora being stricken by worldwide mutant attack, are not included, particularly when they had no speaking role. They were also seen in cameos several issues of Secret Wars II.


    Alpha Flight #1-4–Sasquatch’s new team, Nemesis
    Weapon X #22–Aurora, Box
    Weapon X #18–Northstar
    Uncanny X-Men #433–Sasquatch, Guardian, Vindicator
    Weapon X #12
    Weapon X #11
    Weapon X #10–Director attacks Aurora
    Weapon X #7-9
    Uncanny X-Men #421422–rules of engagement
    Weapon X #6–Director & Aurora
    Weapon X #5–Box armor mass produced as concentration camp guards
    X-Men Unlimited #45–birth of Heather’s Baby
    Northstar joins X-Men in UNCANNY #414
    Weapon X #1-4--Aurora, Wild Child
    Wolverine #180–Shaman cameo
    Wolverine #179–Shaman calls for Wolverine, a Puck shot
    Citizen V: Everlasting #3–cameo
    BLACK PANTHER #42-4--Heather established as pregnant in #43
    Weapon X: Wild Child #1–Aurora institutionalized, partially recovered
    Wolverine #173--Heather pregnant, Aurora kidnapped for Weapon X
    Wolverine #172--Alpha Flight
    Wolverine #171--Wendigo
    Wolverine #170--Stay Alive part 1 of 3
    AVENGERS #47--Marrina in captivity of Master
    X-MEN #111-113–Northstar
    Wolverine #143–Snowbird returns
    Wolverine #142–Modok
    Alpha Flight #18-20–last issue
    Alpha Flight/Inhumans #1–Heather exposed to Terrigin mists
    Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1-3
    Alpha Flight #9-17–Brass Bishop
    X-Men #355
    Alpha Flight #3-8
    Maverick #3–Puck & Heather
    Alpha Flight #1-2–Master
    Domino #1, 3–Puck (does not appear in #2)
    Wolverine #110–Shaman
    Deadpool #1–Sasquatch
    Generation X #19–Sasquatch
    X-factor #116
    Wolverine #92-95
    Wolverine #83-84
    What If? #62
    What If? #59
    Northstar #1-4
    Alpha Flight #128-130
    Death Metal #2--Alpha Flight
    Death Metal/Genetix #2--Box
    Alpha Flight #110-127
    SHIELD #32–Wild Child
    Alpha Flight #97-109
    Alpha Flight Special #1-4--dual printing #97-100
    Marvel Comics Presents #99--Puck
    Alpha Flight #96
    Marvel Comics Presents #92--Northstar
    Alpha Flight #91-95
    Avengers #321-324
    Alpha Flight #62-90
    Marvel Comics Presents #51-53–Heather, Wild Child
    Alpha Flight #51-61
    Alpha Flight Annual #2
    Alpha Flight #41-50
    Alpha Flight Annual #1
    Alpha Flight #40
    Avengers #272
    Alpha Flight #29-39
    Incredible Hulk #313--death of Langkowski
    Alpha Flight #25-28
    Iron Man #195--Shaman
    Alpha Flight #23-24–death of Sasquatch
    X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2
    Alpha Flight #20-22
    Power Pack #9-10--Marrina
    Alpha Flight #14-19
    Crystar #11--Puck, Shaman, Northstar
    Marvel Team-up Annual #7
    Alpha Flight #9-13
    Rom #56-57
    Alpha Flight #2-8
    X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2--1998 series
    Marvel 2-in-l Annual #7–Sasquatch
    Incredible Hulk #272--Sasquatch
    Marvel Two-in-One #84--Alpha Flight
    Marvel Two-in-One #83--Sasquatch
    Alpha Flight #1
    Machine Man #18--Sasquatch, Aurora, Northstar
    Uncanny X-Men #140--Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird
    Uncanny X-Men #139--Guardian, Shaman, Snowbird
    Hulk Annual #8--Sasquatch
    X-Men #120-121
    reprinted Classic X-Men #26-27--Alpha Flight vs X-Men
    X-Men #109
    reprinted Classic X-Men #27—lst Guardian
    Alpha Flight Special #1--team's formation
    Alpha Flight #-1--Puck, Wolverine, wedding of Mac & Heather

    If you think different publications should be inserted differently for continuity, say WHY you think that, such as my above explanation for placement of the 1998 X-Men/Alpha limited. Reasonable enough?

    My highest recommendations outside the Alpha Flight titles are:
    1st X-Men/Alpha limited series/"The Gift" Trade Paperback
    Marvel Team-up Annual #7
    Avengers #321-324

    Some of the most important outside appearances was Hulk #313 for the death of Langkowski, Machine Man for the off-panel beginning of the relationship between Sasquatch and Aurora, and the more recent Weapon X appearances.

    Hope this helps some newer readers find enjoyable stories!

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    One other cameo is Northstar's presence at Rick Jones' wedding in Hulk. It seems he was invited as a potential date for Hector. It would be interesting to have seen Sasquatch's reaction to the fact that Northstar was invited and he was not!

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    Right, skipping aside the loads of other guests and cameos, this is the order that we managed to put together up to Vol.1 #2 on the mailing list a few years ago, when doing the (Not So)/Swift Thoughts:

    AF 5.5
    2.5
    3.5
    -1 (Flashback issue)
    6.5
    (Volume 2) #1 (Flashback period)
    Wolverine 144
    Hulk 180, 181
    Wolverine -1
    AF 7.5
    8.5
    First Flight Special
    9.5
    Gt Sized X-Men #1 (I just read the Wolvie recruiting page and
    moved on with this one.)
    X-Men 109
    AF 11.5
    X-Men 120, 121
    Hulk Annual #8
    Contest Of Champions v1
    Machine Man #18 / X-Men 139, 140 - Simulataneously
    Hulk 272, 273
    Alpha Flight #1
    Marvel 2-In-1 83, 84
    Hulk 279
    Marvel 2-in-1 Ann 7
    Rom 56, 57
    Alpha Flight #2

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    Putting the Rom issues between AF 10 & 11 brings them closer to publication dates without directly contradicting Byrne's internal continuity.

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