CHINOOK
Chinook's monstrous mutated form

Real Name: Not revealed

Identity/Class: Human mutate (WWII era to current), citizen of Canada

Occupation: Former superhero

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unknown

Enemies: Alpha Flight (Guardian (synthoid duplicate of James MacDonald Hudson), Puck (Eugene Milton Judd), Sasquatch (sasquatch creature mistaken for Walter Langkowski), Vindicator (Heather Hudson)), Weapon Alpha (James MacDonald Hudson), Weapon X (later known as Wolverine)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Grew up in his hometown of Orloo, Ontario, Canada

across Canada, potentially worldwide during the "great wars";
returned to Orloo, Canada
adrift in a dark dimensional rift for 10 years
died in Orloo, Canada

First Appearance: Alpha Flight: In the Beginning#-1 (July, 1997)

Powers/Abilities: Chinook initially could manipulate wind so that he could fly (similar to Storm) at about natural winged flight speed and appeared to have peak human strength, being able to easily pick up another person while in flight. He had at least peak human durability with a retarded aging factor (similar to Captain America). He was 6' tall with blonde hair, and was a proud and patriotic man willing to fight for his country. His uniform was a red stretch jumpsuit with white gloves and boots, plus a yellow visor to protect his eyes.

After his mutation from the overloaded Cosmic Collector, he grew to double his size, destroying his original costume, his skin stretching under significantly enhanced musculature, but also covered in boils. His command of the wind was significantly stronger, displacing winds nearby just by his presence. Chinook's anger and rage became his prime emotions and he hungered for violent and lethal vengeance, becoming a dark, malevolent and much more powerful version of his former self. He now had superhuman regenerative durability, being able to withstand energy weapons and plasma blasts.

Chinook arrives on the scene before his mutation by the Cosmic CollectorHistory:

(Alpha Flight II#3 (fb) - BTS) - Chinook used his powers to fight for Canada in the "great wars" (presumably WWI and WWII) and retired a hero, returning to his hometown of Orloo in Canada.

(Alpha Flight: In the Beginning#-1 (fb) - BTS) - Chinook donned his costume and flew again for the first time since retiring after WWII to aid Orloo against the threat of the overloading Cosmic Collector.

(Alpha Flight: In the Beginning#-1) - Chinook arrived on the scene at the overcharging Cosmic Collector, and picked up Weapon X to prevent him going on a suicide mission to destroy the Cosmic Collector. Weapon Alpha recognized Chinook, who introduced himself and overconfidently announced himself as a legend before charging at the Cosmic Collector, which finally overloaded, catching Chinook in the explosion. The cosmic energy and stored matter in the machine transformed and mutated Chinook into a hulking and malevolent creature. Weapon Alpha, Weapon X and Puck then threw themselves in a joint attack against the large and monstrous Chinook, who threw them away easily, using his control of the winds to scatter the heroes.

Chinook was growing rapidly to twice his original size until Weapon Alpha blasted him, trying to draw him away from the Cosmic Collector. Puck stopped Weapon X from charging and the two rigged a slingshot; Puck then hurled himself at Chinook, knocking the hulking brute so that he was sucked into the Collector, thereby returning the lost mass taken by Chinook into the Collector.

(Alpha Flight II#3 (fb) - BTS) - Lost in the black dimensional rift created by the Cosmic Collector, it took Chinook ten years to climb out, his thirst for lethal revenge against Hudson festering all the while.

(Alpha Flight II#2) - In modern-day Orloo, the town experienced many tremors as Chinook clambered his way up through the soil, pushing his hand through the ground's surface at Department H's abandoned Cosmic Collector project site. Chinook cries for revenge against Hudson and his team

(Alpha Flight II#3) - Chinook's presence generated powerful winds in Orloo. Meanwhile, Department H heard about this and dispatched an Alpha Flight reconnaissance team (Guardian, Manbot, Puck, Sasquatch, Vindicator) to the town in the Alpha jet, but Chinook's winds caused it to crash. The team then investigated the area and Guardian found Chinook's hand poking through the ground, when Chinook's monstrous form suddenly burst through the ground, his winds blasting away Guardian, Manbot and Sasquatch. Chinook then blamed Hudson, recognizing his voice, for his mutated condition. Puck kicked Chinook away before Vindicator blasted him with molten plasma, but this only angered Chinook. However, Sasquatch came up behind him, picked him up and savagely ripped Chinook apart, causing a sudden last blast of wind and a strange symbol like a crop circle left in the long grass.

Comments: Created by Steve Seagle (writer), Anthony Winn (penciler) and Alquiza, Ryan & Conrad (inkers).

Chinook initially introduces himself as: Out of darkest nights, 'gainst the northern lights, from gusts on high, o'er Canada's sky, soars the man they call Chinook!

In Alpha Flight II#3, Chinook states that he was "Canada's greatest and only champion", but this denies Major Mapleleaf (see Alpha Flight I#106), although his mutation seems to have induced delusional psychosis.

Chinook may initially have been a mutant, or possibly mutated in one of them freak accidents or even been augmented in an early Canadian Super Soldier program.

Alpha Flight: In the Beginning#-1 (July, 1997) was one of the various "Flashback" issues released in 1997 by Marvel.

Chinook's name was derived from the Chinook winds, fast and warm winds that roll over the Rocky Mountains. Chinook also relates to the native American tribe.

Profile by Grendel Prime

Clarifications:

Chinook has no known connections to:


images:
Alpha Flight: In the Beginning#-1 cover (main)

p15, panel 2 (original appearance)
Alpha Flight II#3, p19, panel 3 (headshot)


Alpha Flight: In the Beginning#-1 (July, 1997) - Steve Seagle (writer), Anthony Winn (pencils), Alquiza, Ryan & Conrad (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor) (cover by Tony Daniel and Marlo)
Alpha Flight II#2-3 (September-October, 1997) - Steve Seagle (writer), Scott Clark (pencils), Chris Carlson (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)


Last updated: 08/21/06

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