This issue has been reprinted in a trade paperback called Alpha Flight Classic Vol.1. Since it's readily available in a nice, glossy book format, I won't be featuring many scans from the issue.
Let's take a look at "Snowblind", written, penciled and inked by John Byrne. The Assitant Editor for this issue was Linda Grant.
Corporal Anne McKenzie (better known as Snowbird of Alpha Flight) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is being disciplined by her superior. She's made a nasty habit of disappearing from her post, since she's often called away when she needs to help Alpha Flight. When asked to explain her absences, she can't, because she doubts they'll believe her.
|The "Beware" of AEM stamp shows up on the splash page.|
McKenzie is confined to a cell.
Nearby, oil workers are working on a well. A worker named Thom says that the land is sacred to his people and drilling there could lead to disaster. Thom's pleas are ignored. Their efforts accidentally awaken Kolomaq, the Great Beast of the Snow! He can control the snow, ice and temperature.
Their efforts accidentally awaken Kolomaq, the Great Beast of the Snow! He can control the snow, ice and temperature.
Snowbird arrives and attempts to stop Kolomaq.
He creates a blizzard around them, rendering Snowbird...snowblind, as the title would indicate. Snowbird counters by using her shape-shifting powers to transform into a white bear. She attacks Kolomaq, this is what it looks like:
It goes on like this for several pages, as Snowbird changes from white bear to white owl.
Eventually, Snowbird defeats Kolomaq and buries him under rubble.
I want to acknowledge the contributions here from letterer Michal Higgins. You can almost see the battle due to Higgins' action-packed words in the "blizzard" panels.
I know some readers didn't like the "blank" panels, but I've always thought they were funny.
At the end of the issue, we get this "message in a bottle" from Linda Grant. It's drawn by legendary artist Marie Severin.
Thanks to John Byrne, Michael Higgins, Linda Grant and Marie Severin producing an entertaining AEM issue.
That's all, for the rest of the story, pick up the aforementioned Alpha Flight tpb.