Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier) is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic book published by Marvel Comics. He is the twin brother of Aurora. Through his mutation, Northstar gains superhuman powers, which he uses for the betterment of society. Although originally a member of Alpha Flight, a fictional team of Canadian superhumans, Northstar is later portrayed as a member of the X-Men. He is one of the first openly gay superheroes in American comic book.
Northstar makes his comic debut in Uncanny X-Men #120, part of the Canadian government sponsored team Alpha Flight, who seek to take Wolverine of the X-Men into custody. In 1983 the Alpha Flight team went on to star in their own comic, with Northstar as a charter member. In addition to the Alpha Flight comic and associated annuals, Northstar and other members of the team made numerous guest appearances in other titles, particularly Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine. Northstar also featured in limited series, such as two X-Men and Alpha Flight series and Secret Wars II.
Northstar remained with Alpha Flight until the dissolution of the group and cancellation of the title with Alpha Flight #130 in 1994. Directly after this, Northstar starred in an eponymous four issue limited series. In 1997 a second on-going series of Alpha Flight was initiated. Northstar was not initially a member of this group, but appeared in later issues searching for his missing sister Aurora. He featured in eight issues before the series cancellation with issue #20.
In 2005, Marvel killed Northstar in three separate continuities within the space of one calendar month. Between February 16 and March 9, 2005, versions of Northstar were killed in the Earth-616-based Wolverine #25, and in X-Men: Age of Apocalypse and X-Men: The End (a possible story of the X-Men's final days; Northstar was one of many to die in the series), both of which were set in alternate timeline. Northstar did not stay dead long in Marvel's primary continuity, however; he is resurrected in Wolverine #26.
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