Real Name: Toby Wood
Identity/Class: Human (Canadian) mutate (see comments)
Occupation: Unrevealed; formerly Alpha trainee
Group Membership: Alpha Flight trainees (Ghost
Girl/Lilli Stephens, Ouija/Bill Astin)
Affiliations: Mr. Gentry, Mr. Hames, Dr. Huxley (possibly Hull House caretakers, see
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Department H, Canada
First Appearance: Alpha Flight II#14 (September,
Powers/Abilities: Flinch's meta human abilities
have not been revealed. His body appeared to be permanently covered in a
dark red glow, he also gave off a noxious odor (see
Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
(Alpha Flight II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways,
young teenager Toby Wood ended up at Department H. Because of his
powers, he was considered a potential Alpha Flight recruit and entered a
training program with other young superpowered Canadians like Ouija and
Ghost Girl. Their training was monitored by the unscrupulous Dr. Huxley
who was free to experiment with them. When Ghost Girl tried to escape,
security around the residential wing was increased, making it impossible
for all trainees to leave their cell like rooms.
(Alpha Flight II#12 - BTS) - Flinch and the other Alpha
Flight trainees were locked in their residential wing while the Zodiac
attacked Department H.
(Alpha Flight II#14) - Flinch was still locked away in his
cell when Mr. Gentry, newly appointed Department H director,
toured the facilities. Gentry briefly looked in on the unresponsive boy
who was standing around in his room, looking sad. It didn't take long
for the director to be overwhelmed by Wood's smell. Gentry told his
assistant Hames to make a note to look into Wood's medical history and a
way to fix his foul aroma, adding that he prayed the department wasn't
responsible for the way "Mr. Flinch" turned out.
Comments: Created by Steve Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (pencils), Troy Hubbs (inks).
Very little is known about Flinch's origin or history
before he ended up at Department H. Given the fact that most of Beta Flight's
recruits came from the Hull House orphanage in Orloo, Ontario it's not
unthinkable he spent some time there as well. That would also mean he
was "processed" in the same way his teammate Ghost Girl was, complete
with identification barcode tattooed on his lower back.
As for his powers, your guess is as good as mine. With a codename like
Flinch, one would assume he has ways of startling his opponents or
freezing them in their tracks, perhaps using his harsh body odor (hey, it
worked for Tatterdemalion!).
Whether or not his abilities are the result of genetic mutation or, as was
hinted in the issue, the result of Huxley's experiments, remains a
Flinch's full name was revealed in the Canada entry in the Marvel Atlas#2.
Profile by Norvo.
Flinch should not be confused with
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Alpha Flight II#14, p8, pan7 (main image)
Alpha Flight II#14 (September, 1998) - Steve Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (pencils), Troy Hubbs (inks), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Last updated: 07/11/15
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