The 31 Greatest Marvel Characters: Number Thirteen!

MARRINA!

Who are Alpha Flight? Nobody really knows. Reports suggest they would be the national superhero team of Canada, but have you ever BEEN to Canada? No, of course you haven’t – it’s a fictional country, like Latveria. I haven’t seen a single piece of evidence to suggest that Canada really exists, and I spent a week in Toronto once.

But I’ll tell you what – Marrina exists. And she’s FANTASTIC! A somewhat embattled ex-wife of Namor (could there be any other kind) with a desire to beat up humans which conflicts only SLIGHTLY with her desire to be a hero, Marrina is one of the most dynamic and interesting members of her team.

She wasn’t always that way, but the recent Alpha Flight series by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and (perhaps especially, given that he’s Canadian and has said this was a dream job) Dale Eaglesham gave Marrina a complete makeover. From being a slightly fishy looking character, she suddenly learnt the value of fashion, resulting in the punk diva you see above.

She’s punchy, mad, and very very entertaining. I’d love to see her turn up in more comics — she’s got this really unexpected x-factor about her.

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