What’s that, up in the sky? A bird? A plane? A Maple Leaf clad superhero? Just about everyone knows Canadian superheroes like Wolverine, Captain Canuck and maybe even the Alpha Flight team.
But who knew the Merc with the Mouth Wade Wilson (AKA Deadpool) was Canadian too. He’s got a healing factor, just like Wolverine, that makes him nearly invincible. Must be something in the maple syrup up here.
Speaking of multi-cultural mutants, did you know that Montreal born Jean-Paul Beaubier (AKA Northstar) became a full fledged member of the X-Men after a heroic tour of duty in Alpha Flight.
Considered by many to be one of the first female superheroes ever, Nelvana of the Northern Lights is definitely Canada’s first lady of comics. First appearing in the Golden Age of Comics in the 1940s, she actually predates Wonder Woman. With the ability to fly on a beam of Northern Lights and the alias Alana North, she was pretty cool.
DC Comics also featured a First Nations superhero named Equinox (AKA Miiahbin ‘Mii’ Martin). As a 16-year old in Moose Factory, Ontario Mii developed elemental powers to protect her community from the a dark creature known as the Whitago. This confrontation earned her a place in the Justice League of America.
Did you know that some superheroes can change citizenship just as easily as secret identities? Booster Gold, one of DC Comic’s most popular heroes from the 1980s, became Canadian when the publisher rebooted its comics universe in the mid 2000s with the New 52 crossover event.
Talk about ‘true north strong and free!’