CELL COMBATTRE

Membership: Numéro Un (Jacques Paradis), Numéro Deux (Clementine D'Arbanville), Numéro Trois, Lettre A, Lettre B (Yves ??), Lettre C, Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier)

Purpose: Sovereignty for Québec

Affiliations: Front de Libération du Québec (FLQ)

Enemies: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Scourge (Giles McHeath)

Base of Operations: Quebec, Canada

First Appearance: Alpha Flight I#22 (Clementine D'Arbanville; May, 1985), Marvel Fanfare I#28 (September, 1986)

History:
(Northstar#3 (fb) ) - Cell Combattre went with other FLQ members to the streets to demonstrate. In later hours they broke into government buildings where they wrecked havoc and burnt files.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) ) - Cell Combattre became a feared terrorist cell. Northstar carried their communiqués and was too fast to be detected or stopped by the police. Northstar left them because he didn't want anything to do with their murderous methods. In the year of the October Crisis, Cell Combattre attacked an R.C.M.P. outpost on Christmas and slaughtered all present policemen. Some time later several FLQ members were caught and the organization destroyed, but no member of Cell Combattre was among the captured. All Cell Combattre members quit their terrorist activities, went underground and began normal lives.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28) - Commander Giles McHeath (as Scourge) started a hunt for the former Cell Combattre members. Numéro Un was found by Scourge and killed in a fire, Clementine died in an explosion after Scourge followed Northstar and Alpha Flight to her hideout. The same happened to Numéro Trois and Lettre A who died through a bomb in their car. Lettre B and C were found as well by Scourge, but Alpha Flight saved the former terrorists and their children from the vigilante. Lettre B and C survived and seemingly continued their normal life.

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo & Ken Steacy; Clementine D'Arbanville created by John Byrne & Bob Wiacek.

Profile by Markus Raymond

The woman in Northstar#3 wasn't named as Clementine, but the look and her history as a circus artist works with Northstar's past. In the same issue another member of Cell Combattre is seen, but he was wearing a mask and could therefore not be identified.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cell Combattre has no known connection to:

Numéro Un, Deux and Trois have no know connection to:

Lettre A, B and C have no known connection to:


Numéro Un

(Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) ) - He was the leader of Cell Combattre and participated in all their terrorist activities including the Christmas slaughter at an R.C.M.P. outpost. After several FLQ members were caught he retired and went underground to live a normal life.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28) - One evening Jacques called his former Cell Combattre partner Northstar because he was afraid of something. While Northstar ran to him Jacques was killed by Scourge who in the process laid a fire in the apartment complex in which Jacques lived. Northstar arrived and found Jacques dead on a stretcher.

--Marvel Fanfare I#28


Numéro Deux

(Northstar#3 (fb) ) - Clementine was together with Northstar an artist in a circus. She introduced Northstar to the FLQ and later joined Cell Combattre. Northstar followed her way.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) ) - As a member of Cell Combattre she committed various terrorist acts. One Christmas she joined Cell Combattre in a murderous attack on an R.C.M.P. outpost. She was never caught and one day she decided to retire from her role as Numéro Deux.

(Alpha Flight I#22 (fb) - BTS) - Clementine returned to her circus and became its owner. She stayed in contact with Northstar by writing him letters. On a tour through Europe she hired Pink Pearl who eliminated all of Clementine's regulars behind Clementine's back to replace them with her own crew. Further problems arose when strange delays kept Clementine's circus from getting to their winter quarters. She wrote Northstar that something bad was happening in her circus.

(Alpha Flight I#22) - Clementine welcomed Northstar and his sister at her circus and explained to Northstar what had happened. Pink Pearl entered Clementine's trailer and knocked her and her friends out. Clementine awakened tied up next to her friends in the circus tent. Pearl told Clementine that she was hired to assassinate the Canadian prime minister and the US president with the bomb she had placed in Clementine's circus. She chose Clementine's circus because of Clementine's past as separatist would lead the authorities to believe that it was an attack by the FLQ. After too much talking Aurora started to fight back and was soon joined by her brother and Clementine. Pink Pearl and her men were defeated. Clementine thanked Northstar and was happy that the secrets of her past would remain secret.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) - BTS) - Clementine lost her circus after the Pink Pearl affair. Northstar helped her to go underground again, and Clementine found a new home in a theatre.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28) - After Numéro Un's death Northstar flew to Clementine to look if she was okay. Alpha Flight and Scourge followed him to Clementine, and she was killed by Scourge.

--Alpha Flight I#22 (Northstar#3 (fb), Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb), Alpha Flight I#22 (fb) - BTS, Alpha Flight I#22, Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) - BTS, Marvel Fanfare I#28


Numéro Trois & Lettre A

(Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) ) - They were members of Cell Combattre and participated in all their terrorist attacks among those the Christmas slaughter at an R.C.M.P. outpost. After several FLQ members were caught they went together underground and led a scrapyard in Toronto.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28) - Northstar flew to them after Clementine's death and warned them. Armed with a pistol and a MP they accused Northstar of leading the killer to them. Box cracked open their bus and Vindicator destroyed their guns. The former terrorists tried to run away, but suddenly a car on the scrapyard exploded and they died.

It wasn't revealed whether the man or the woman was Lettre A or Numéro Trois.

--Marvel Fanfare I#28


Lettre B & Lettre C

(Marvel Fanfare I#28 (fb) ) - They were members of Cell Combattre and participated in all their terrorist attacks including the Christmas slaughter at an R.C.M.P. outpost. After several FLQ members were caught they went together underground and began to live a normal family life. Lettre B became an ordinary businessman while Lettre C became a loving mother of two children.

(Marvel Fanfare I#28) - Northstar led Alpha Flight to them and they worked out a plan to lure the vigilante who killed the other Cell Combattre members into a trap. Lettre B was followed by Scourge on his way home and he was really afraid, but before Scourge could hit him Box took the vigilante down. The former terrorists and their kids watched how Alpha Flight took the vigilante apart, and everyone was shocked when it turned out to be McHeath. Lettre B and C seemingly continued to live a normal life after this incident.

left picture: Lettre B (man), Lettre C (woman), two unnamed sons

--Marvel Fanfare I#28


Images:
Cell Combattre main picture: Marvel Fanfare I#28, p8, pan5
Numéro Un head shot: Marvel Fanfare I#28, p6, pan5
Numéro Deux head shot: Alpha Flight I#22, p9, pan1
Numéro Trois head shot: Marvel Fanfare I#28, p20, pan3
Lettre A head shot: Marvel Fanfare I#28, p20, pan3
Lettre B & C family picture: Marvel Fanfare I#28, p28, pan3


Appearances:
Alpha Flight I#22 (May, 1985) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#28 (September, 1986) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Ken Steacy (artist), Al Milgrom (editor)
Northstar#3 (June, 1994) - Simon Furman (writer), Dario Carrasco Jr. (pencils), Tim Dzon & Danny Bulanadi (inks), Rob Tokar (editor)


Last updated: 08/04/05

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