Membership: Unit One, Unit Two, Unit Three, Unit Four, Unit Five
Purpose: Weapons system
Affiliations: Captain Mansfield
Enemies: Alpha Flight (Aurora, Box (Walter Langkowski), "Guardian" (Delphine Courtney), Puck (Eugene Judd), Shaman, Talisman (Elizabeth Twoyoungmen)) (for testing purposes only)
Aliases: Macro-Man (by Box), Ironsides, Bozo Brigade, Clunky (by "Guardian")
Base of Operations: Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Proving Ground, Red Deer, Alberta
First Appearance: Alpha Flight I#26 (September, 1985)
Powers/Abilities: Actually five separate robots (all about human-sized), the Macro System was composed of Unit One (blue body, slightly larger), and Units Two, Three, Four, and Five (all identical). The five robots were individually controlled by separate operators. Along with possessing great strength, they were equipped with flight jets and a "macro beam". Unit One could fire six tentacles from the palm of its right hand to ensnare opponents. All Units could combine in "Joint Venture/Fusion Mode" to form a single larger unit, with Unit One forming the main body and the other four Units forming the arms and legs.
Magnetic waves could disrupt the Macro System's circuitry.
History: (Alpha Flight I#26 - (fb) - BTS) - The Macro System was developed as a weapons system for the CAF Special Forces and put through tests against their weaponry. It had proven unstoppable against conventional resistance, so Captain Mansfield contacted Alpha Flight to give it a real "trial by fire" as one last major test before the government would commit to full-scale production.
(Alpha Flight I#26) - The Macro System operators were surprised when Alpha Flight showed up during their test, but they were confident they could take on the heroes. They attacked the team members individually with little success in the skirmish. As his circuitry was being disrupted by "Guardian," Unit One ordered the other Units to converge and link-up with him to form a larger robot, which fired on the super-heroes. But working as a team, "Guardian" ordered Shaman and Talisman to conjure an illusion to distract the amalgamated robots, while Box flew in low and grabbed its legs and threw it into some rocks.
Captain Mansfield then ordered all to terminate the testing sequence.
Comments: Created by John Byrne (writer/artist).
No further appearances were made of the Macro System, so it's possible the project was cancelled or put on indefinite hold.
The Macro System was probably a take-off on all the transforming robot toys (Shogun Warriors, Transformers, Go-Bots, etc.) that were popular at that time.
Profile by John Kaminski
Macro System has no known connections to
An officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Special Forces who supervised the testing of the Macro System.
--Alpha Flight I#26
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Alpha Flight I#26, p2, pan1 (group shot)
Last updated: 10/01/06.
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