Vindicator. Art by Clayton Henry
|First appearance||Uncanny X-Men #139 (Nov 1980)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont
|Alter ego||Heather MacNeil Hudson|
|Team affiliations||Department H
Vindicator (Heather MacNeil Hudson) also known as Guardian, is a fictional character, a Canadian superheroine in the Marvel Universe, and a former leader of Alpha Flight. (The codename Vindicator is also briefly used by Heather's husband, James MacDonald Hudson, although he eventually settles on the name Guardian).
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Fictional character biography
Heather was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She was originally a secretary at Amcam corporation, where she fell in love with James MacDonald Hudson. After he had stolen his power suit to prevent it from being used as a military weapon, Heather discovered his secret and decided to share it with him. Soon after they were married.
Heather supported her husband in the forming of Department H and his becoming a superhero. She also assisted Wolverine in a time of trouble before his career with the X-Men, and was later reunited with him.
After Department H is dissolved, Heather brought the members of the disbanded Alpha Flight together to battle Tundra of the Great Beasts. With this initiative creating a spectacular success, the team decided to continue operating Alpha Flight as an independent group.  Before Alpha Flight had been back together for long, Heather witnessed the apparent death of James Hudson. She was then injured attempting to rescue a child from an alien Plodex.
Heather is asked by the members of Alpha Flight to take over leadership of the team when her husband James, the leader of Alpha Flight, is apparently killed. She accepts, though initially she leads purely as a non-combatant. She led Alpha Flight on a mission with the X-Men, and was temporarily transformed by the mystic Fire Mountain. This transforms her into a state Loki refers to as a 'demi-god'. She has increased leadership abilities along with vague powers that put her above all other humans. She rejects these powers when all involved learn it would come at the cost of humanity's creativity and the lives of anyone magical, such as her two friends Shaman and Snowbird. She was briefly "reunited" with what she thought was James Hudson, but who really turned out to be an impostor - the robot Delphine Courtney. Her body was temporarily distorted by Scramble, and then she was captured by Deadly Ernest.
Eventually, these dangerous encounters led to Heather adopting a copy of her husband's battle-suit. Through extensive training by Wolverine, Heather is able to hold her own in a battle. Heather teamed with Wolverine against Lady Deathstrike, and took the name Vindicator. She became stranded in the Savage Land, and formed the mutated natives into a team called Alpha Prime. Some time later, Heather was forced to defend Alpha Flight in a Parliamentary hearing.
Heather and James have a baby (an as-yet-unnamed girl) and travel with their child and several other members of Alpha Flight to return a clutch of Plodex eggs to their homeworld. In addition, an accident brings temporal copies of most of the original Alpha Flight - from a time before her husband's "death" - to the present. This group includes a copy of Heather. While she is not a member, this "new" group is active as Alpha Flight while the originals are helping to rebuild the Plodex homeworld.
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". They are killed and their bodies are left in the Yukon Territory as the Collective continues on to the United States.
During the Chaos War storyline, Vindicator (alongside Guardian, Shaman, and Marrina Smallwood) are among the heroes that return from the dead after what happened to the death realms. Reuniting with Aurora, Northstar, Sasquatch, and Snowbird, Alpha Flight gets back together to fight the Great Beasts.
During the Fear Itself storyline, Vindicator helped Alpha Flight in fighting Attuma in the form of Nerkodd: Breaker of Oceans. When Alpha Flight returns to their headquarters, they are betrayed by Gary Cody and his newly elected Unity Party. Vindicator sides with Cody. It is shown that six weeks earlier, Guardian and Vindicator were unable to regain custody of their child. While bringing Guardian to the Box Units for imprisonment, Vindicator is ambushed by Puck who knocks Vindicator out. After reclaiming her daughter Claire from her cousin, Vindicator assembles Alpha Strike (consisting of Persuasion, Ranark, a Wendigo, and a brainwashed Citadel) in order to spread the Unity program and take down Alpha Flight. It is later revealed that Vindicator and Department H had actually fallen under the mental control of Master of the World. While at a beach in Ontario with Claire, Vindicator is visited by Wolverine who states that the people in the United States are starting to be concerned about the Unity Party's actions, and when he saw Vindicator call the rest of Alpha Flight traitors Wolverine decided to investigate. Vindicator then accompanies Alpha Strike into attacking Alpha Flight, Taskmaster, and Wolverine. Vindicator fights Guardian, who tries to get through to Vindicator by stating that Master of the World is controlling her. At the end of the Alpha Flight series, Vindicator (still under the influence of the Master) helped Alpha Flight against Alpha Strike and then Master of the World attempts to kill their child Claire. He was killed by Alpha Flight but Vindicator escapes with Claire. After the Unity Party is abolished, Vindicator with her daughter Claire leaves Canada.
Powers and abilities
Formerly, Vindicator wore the Guardian suit that her husband currently wears. Currently Heather's suit, which she first employed in Alpha Flight vol .2, taps into a different source for its power. Instead of manipulating electromagnetic energies, this suit allows its wearer to control geothermal energy, allowing Heather to melt rock and manipulate the resulting lava, create jets of lava, create both hot and cold jets of water, including jets of steam and cooling sprays of water. The suit can absorb heat into its power cells, provides its wearer with a personal force field, and enables feats of super-strength and super-speed.
A black Canadian version of Heather Hudson, who served as her Alpha Flight's version of Sasquatch, was a member of the Exiles. Recruited against her will to replace a brain-damaged Thunderbird by the time broker,[volume & issue needed] Heather served as a member of the Exiles. Little was revealed about her background or how she gained her powers.
In other media
- In the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wolverine seeks refuge with an elderly couple, named Travis and Heather Hudson, after he escapes from Weapon X. Both are subsequently killed by Weapon X agents. Heather is portrayed by Julia Blake.
- Alpha Flight (vol. 4) #3
- revealed in Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #2
- revealed in Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #3
- Uncanny X-Men #139
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #1
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #12
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #14
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #17
- X-Men and Alpha Flight 1 #1-2
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #25
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #30
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #31
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #32
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #33
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #34
- Alpha Flight Annual #2
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #61
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #90
- Alpha Flight Vol. 1 #93
- New Avengers #16
- New Avengers #16
- Chaos War: Alpha Flight #1
- Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #1
- Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #2
- Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #4
- Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #7
- Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #8
- Ultimate Comics X #1