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Flashback Friday: Elizabeth Twoyoungmen’s Evolution to Talisman

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Elizabeth Twoyoungmen is a superheroine with magical abilities steeped in spiritual energy. She is a John Byrne creation who debuted in Alpha Flight #5 (December 1983). Born in Calgary, Alberta, Elizabeth is the daughter of Michael Twoyoungmen (aka Shaman, a member of Alpha Flight), though they have been estranged since she was a kid.

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An archeology student, she was on an excavation of the original Fort Calgary where she found a skull, and when she touched it, an apparition manifested. Elizabeth was so scared that she sought her father’s help, who she knew to be a Shaman even though he had cast a spell to hide his identity. They investigated the phenomenon together and found that the skull was the source of ancient anger and evil.

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Later Elizabeth and Shaman learned about a woman named Emily Strang who was attacked by a mystical force, so the pair sought to help her. They temporarily defeated the manifestation, but it came back and possessed Emily who attacked Elizabeth. Shaman was able to identify it as Ranaq the Devourer, one of the Great Beasts of the North.

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As Ranaq attacked Elizabeth she became stronger to the point that she could turn its force against it. Shaman joined the fight, and together they exorcised the beast from Emily. With Shaman’s encouragement she took the Coronet of Enchantment from his mystical medicine pouch and when she put it on her head she became Talisman. She gained the ability to manipulate magical energies and command nature’s spirits. As Talisman, she joined Alpha Flight and then later was in Omega Flight.

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(W) Various (A) Various (CA) John Byrne
    The X-Men and Alpha Flight have always had Wolverine in common, even when they're fighting over him! But when the stakes get too high, the mighty mutants and the defenders of Canada can set aside their differences and join forces to save the world! In an all-time classic, Alpha Flight and the X-Men face the mythical might of Loki - and it's a transformative experience! And in a blast from the past, Alpha Flight must ride to the rescue when the X-Men fall victim to Hydra! Plus: Alpha Flight's legendary first appearances - from the X-Men's furious encounter with Weapon Alpha (a.k.a. Guardian), to the public debut of Canada's premier super-team, to a savage showdown with the wicked Wendigo! Collecting X-MEN (1963) #109, #120-121 and #139-140; X-MEN AND ALPHA FLIGHT (1985) #1-2; and X-MEN/ALPHA FLIGHT (1998) #1-2.
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In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $29.99

(W) John Byrne (A/CA) John Byrne
In 1983, exploding from the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN, came Canada's premier super-team: Alpha Flight! Vindicator, Northstar, Aurora, Sasquatch, Snowbird and Shaman - together with new recruits Marrina and Puck - took center stage in an always-surprising series, written and drawn by John Byrne at the peak of his powers! Alpha Flight may have been officially shut down by Department H, but they're still Canada's first line of defense when the giant Tundra wreaks havoc! Relive the issue that made stars of Alpha Flight - one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #1.
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In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $4.99

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