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Guardian (Marvel)(01 - James Hudson)
Real Name: James MacDonald Hudson
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Formerly, Guardian used a skintight technological suit which allowed him to fly, fire energy blasts and has a personal force field for defense. Perhaps his most spectacular power was his ability to suspend his positioning relative to the Earth's electromagnetic field while the planet rotated, allowing him to travel West at high speed depending on his latitude positioning.

When he returned from space, the technology that formerly existed as a separate part of his suit was incorporated into his body. As a result, his powers were greatly enhanced.

Guardian's power suit allows for:

* increased strength and durability;
* cybernetic link-up and hacking abilities;
* advanced weapons systems, including (but not limited to) electromagnetic projectors, concussive beams, ultrasonic beams, and a graviton beam;
* increased intelligence due to the fusion of his battle suit to his neural network;
* increased speed, reaching Mach 1;
* ability to create and travel through a wormhole.
* the ability to lock himself relative to the Earth's electromagnetic field. This allowed him to apparently vanish, while actually being whisked west at incredible speeds.

James MacDonald Hudson is a leading scientist for the Am-Can Corporation developing a powered exo-skeleton suit. When he learns that his work will be used for American military purposes, Hudson raids his workplace, steals the prototype suit and destroys the plans. He leaves the suit to be recovered (albeit without the vital control helmet) and fully expects to be sued and arrested for his actions.

However, Hudson's girlfriend, Heather MacNeil, uses political connections in the Canadian government to persuade Am-Can to waive the charges against him. As a result, Department H is formed, a secret branch of the Canadian Ministry of Defense, and Hudson is named as head of operations. Inspired by the debut of the Fantastic Four, Hudson forms Alpha Flight as a superhero team for the Canadian government and develops his exo-skeleton into a battle suit.

Hudson's tenure with Alpha Flight, however, is short lived. Although seemingly killed when his battlesuit explodes, he is in fact transported to Jupiter's moon, Ganymede. There he meets an alien race known as the Qwrlln. In their attempts to heal Hudson, the Qwrlln integrate his battle suit into his body, fusing it to his biological and nervous systems.

Hudson eventually returns to Earth and takes the name Vindicator, leaving the title of Guardian (and position of leadership) with his wife, Heather. Again, Hudson's time with the team is cut short when the Qwrlln summon him (and a select group of heroes) to protect their planet against Galactus. As before, Hudson seemingly perishes when his suit detonates while transporting the heroes back home. However, during the explosion Hudson is transported to an alternate dimension. After some time, he eventually returns to Earth.

While again working for Department H, Jamie becomes caught up in the nefarious plans of its new director, General Jeremy Clarke. Scientists working for Clarke clone Jamie, steal his memories, and attempt to shoot his body into outer space. The plan does not succeed, though, as Hudson crash lands in Antarctica.

A seemingly de-aged Hudson reappears to the members of Alpha Flight. This is in fact the clone created by Department H. The original Jamie is eventually found by Sasquatch in Antarctica. After his return he once again becomes team leader while, the clone becomes leader of Beta Flight. Later, both Hudsons are captured by AIM, and the clone is killed in the escape.

Along with several other members of Alpha Flight, Hudson attempts to return a clutch of Plodex eggs to their homeworld. However, an accident brings temporal copies of most of the original Alpha Flight - from a time before Hudson's first "death" - to the present. This group, including James Hudson, takes up the role of Alpha Flight.

Alpha Flight (the team consisting of Sasquatch, Guardian, Vindicator, Shaman, Major Mapleleaf II, and both Pucks) are brutally attacked by a new villain, "the Collective". Their bodies are left in the Yukon Territory as the Collective continues on to the United States. The exact status of these heroes is unknown.


First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (1963) #109

Other Identities:
Antiguard (Marvel)
Vindicator (Marvel)(01 - James Hudson)
Weapon Alpha

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Alpha Flight (1983)
Alpha Flight (1997)
Alpha Flight (2004)
Alpha Flight (2011)
Amazing X-Men (2014)
Astonishing X-Men (2004)
Black Panther (1998)
Chaos War (2010)
Chaos War: Alpha Flight (2011)
Citizen V and the V-Battalion: The Everlasting (2002)
Civil War: The Initiative (2007)
Classic X-Men (1986)
Dark Angel (1992)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning (2009)
Deadpool (2013)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Free Comic Book Day 2009 (Wolverine: Origin of an X-Man) (2009)
Generation X (1994)
Hulk (2008)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Atlas (2008)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
New Avengers (2005)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Wolverine 2004 (2004)
Saga of the Sub-Mariner (1988)
Stan Lee Meets Dr. Strange (2006)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
Uncanny X-Force (2013)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
What If...? (1989)
Wolverine (1988)
Wolverine and Deadpool (2004)
Wolverine And Deadpool (2010)
Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
Wolverine: First Class (2008)
Wolverine: Origins (2006)
Wolverine: Season One (2013)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
X-Men/Alpha Flight (1998)

Group Affiliation(s):
Alpha Flight (Marvel)
Department H (Marvel)

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