Real Name: Bill Astin
Identity/Class: Human (Canadian) mutate (see comments)
Occupation: Unrevealed; formerly Alpha trainee
Group Membership: Alpha Flight trainees (Flinch/Toby
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: Ouija's powers have not been
revealed. He could levitate through undetermined ways. He seemed able to
determine the future, literally spelling out answers. When he used his
powers, a dark red glow surrounded his body (see
Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 110 lbs. (by approximation)
(Alpha Flight II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed ways,
young teenager Bill Astin 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 Flinch and
Ghost Girl. Their training was monitored by the unscrupulous Dr. Huxley
who was free to experiment with the young children. Astin didn't care
for the codename Ouija, feeling they must have run out of all the good
ones. 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) - Ouija and the other Alpha
Flight trainees were locked in their residential wing while the Zodiac
attacked Department H.
(Alpha Flight II#14) - Still locked away in his cell,
Ouija immediately perked up when he spotted the newly appointed
Department H director Gentry who was on a tour of the facilities.
Sensing Gentry was able to improve his fate, Ouija talked with the
director and his assistant Hames. He remarked that he had no complaints,
except for being bored. He also mentioned disliking his codename, which
prompted Gentry to make it a point to come up with a new codex for the
trainee. Before he moved on to Flinch, Gentry told Ouija to pack his
things because he'd be moving today.
(Alpha Flight II#14 - BTS) - A little while later, the excited Ghost Girl told Ouija she'd be moving to Alpha Flight's living quarterss.
Comments: Created by Steve Seagle (writer), Duncan Rouleau (pencils), Troy Hubbs (inks).
Very little is known about Ouija'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 Ouija 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, apart from levitation, he didn't display any other
superhuman abilities. His codename suggests he's able to talk to the
deceased, who help and advise him. He was able to foretell that Mr. Gentry
was able to improve his living conditions for instance. But whether or not
this ability was a result of genetic mutation or magic is hard to tell.
Ouija's full name was revealed in the Canada entry in the Marvel Atlas#2.
Profile by Norvo.
Ouija should not be confused with
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Alpha Flight II#14, p8, pan5 (main image)
Alpha Flight II#14, p8, pan4 (knows Gentry can improve his fate)
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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