To mark Canada Day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Canadian superheroes that everyone should check out. Some are new and some are old, but they are all unique and bring something cool to their respective comic book companies. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Snowguard – Amak Aliyak is an Inuk superhero from Pangnirtung, Nunavut. Created by Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse, Snowguard made her first appearance in June of this year in Champions. Bilingual, speaking both English and Inuktitut, Snowguard can harness the spiritual energies of the arctic, fly, shapeshift into various wildlife and generate auroras.
Captain Canuck – Created by Richard Comely, Captain Canuck made his first appearance back in 1975. With an alien-created nanotechnology suit, Captain Canuck is granted powers that include super strength, super speed, enhanced durability, the superhero is always ready to save the day. The comic book series marked Canada’s first popular comic book since the fall of the country’s comic book industry following World War II.
Equinox – Hailing from Moose Factory Island, Ontario, Canada, Equinox a.k.a. Miiyahbin Marten is a young Cree girl who utilizes the the power of the Midayo (embodiment of the seven pillars of Cree life) to protect her people from the Whitago (embodiment of the seven dark pillars). Created by Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone in 2014 and based on activist Shannen Koostachin, Equinox’s powers are rooted in elemental connection and change with the seasons.
Deadpool – Created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, the Merc with a mouth hails from an undisclosed city in Canada. Having spent his anti-hero days both solo and with teams (including X-Force, Mercs for Money and Secret Defenders, just to name a few) the mutant has a healing factor, disease immunity, chemical resistance, immortality and telepathic immunity. Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool could be a great teammate, if only you can handle his nonsense.
Nelvana of the Northern Lights – Debuting back in 1941, Nelvana is the first national Canadian superhero and also one of the first female superheroes, arriving even before Wonder Woman. A powerful Inuit mythological figure, Nelvana protects the people of the North with her superhuman abilities. Her powers include flight at the speed of light, telepathy, shapeshifting and invisibility. Calling on the powers of the Northern Lights, Nelvana took on Nazi agents who infiltrated the north.
Shaman – Dr. Michael Twoyoungmen is a former surgeon from the Sarcee Reserve in Calgary, Alberta. Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in 1979, Shaman made his first appearance in X-men #120 alongside Alpha Flight. Trained in Sarcee sorcery, Shaman has the ability to control the elements/weather, alter appearance, control plants, teleport/time travel, communicate with both animals and spirits, flight, cast illusions and has the power of healing.
Sasquatch – Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Dr. Walter Langkowski turned into Sasquatch after an experiment with gamma radiation. With this transformation, Walter gained superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability, as well as regenerative healing. On top of all this, the Vancouver, British Columbia native has genius-level intelligence and is an asset to his Alpha Flight team.
Guardian – Making his debut in X-Men #109 in 1978, James Hudson a.k.a. Guardian is the leader of Alpha Flight. Before joining the team, Hudson worked for an oil corporation where he created a suit which would help search for oil underground. When he learned that the suit’s technology was intended to be used as a weapon, he stole his creation back and joined Department H, a secret segment of within Canada’s Defense Department, which led to the creation of Alpha Flight. With no powers of his own, Guardian’s battlesuit gives him the ability of supersonic flight, electromagnetism, protective force field, body armour and concussive electromagnetic beams that can break through rock.
Vindicator – From Calgary, Alberta, Heather McNeil a.k.a. Vindicator is another original member of Alpha Flight. Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Vindicator made her first appearance in X-men #139 back in 1980. While she is an excellent combatant, trained in hand-to-hand combat, Vindicator does not have any special powers. However, she has two suits which grant her multiple abilities. Her electromagnetic suit grants her supersonic flight, exert force equivalent to 25-75 tons and can interface with computers. Vindicator’s geothermal suit can give her flight in speeds in excess of Mach one, hydrokinesis, geokinesis and superhuman durability.
Wolverine – Created by Len Wein, Roy Thomas and John Romita, Sr. in 1974, Wolverine is a mutant and part of the X-men, and probably the most recognizable Canadian superhero on the list. His heightened senses, adamantium-laced skeleton, claws and healing factor make him a formidable adversary. Always ready for a fight, Wolverine is definitely a great addition to your team, proving that much as he’s not only been part of the X-men, but X-Force, the Avengers and Alpha Flight at various points in his heroic career.
Hope you enjoyed this list! For more Canadian superheroes, be sure to check out our fancast for the all-Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight!