Real Name: Michael Twoyoungmen
Other Aliases: Talisman II
Group Affiliation: Alpha Flight
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #120
Creator: John Byrne
Michael Twoyoungmen is a Native Canadian who had turned his back on
tribal traditions for most of his life. He instead became a doctor, a
surgeon, and one of the best at that. Before his grandfather died the
old shaman tried to get Michael to be his apprentice, but Michael refused.
Then, however, Michael's wife Kathryn became quite ill, and all his
skill couldn't save her. Grief-stricken and angry his daughter
turned away from him. She was taken in by Claire and Ramsey McNeil, the
Twoyoungmens' next-door neighbours. Michael would not see her again for many
years. Utterly heart-broken, Michael became a
recluse, living alone in the wilderness... until one day he heard a call.
That call was from his grandfather's spirit. Michael was now more
receptive to the "old ways", and over time the spirit of the wise
man taught Michael all he knew. Michael gained the ability to cast
spells using a special "medicine pouch" that opened up into a myriad
of dimensions. The only limitations on what he could pull from it were
set by the size of the opening and Twoyoungmen's own imagination.
After a time, Michael got a visit from Nelvanna, goddess of the
Northern Lights. With his aid she gave birth to a special child, Narya...
who would become known as
Approximately one year after Snowbird's birth, the McNeils' daughter
Heather came by to visit... and took her new
husband, one James MacDonald Hudson along.
Heather ended up discovering Narya's rather unique nature, and Jimmy invited
them both to join Department H.
[Compiler's notes: It is interesting to that Snowbird was an active part
of the group involved in First Flight, while
Shaman was not.]
Shaman served faithfully in Alpha Flight
until their second meeting with Omega Flight.
During this encounter Talisman had to enter a dimensional rift caused by the
pouch being turned inside out, and
was nearly killed as a result. This led to Shaman suffering a crisis of
confidence... and he renounced the use of his medicine pouch. Returning to
the life of a hermit for a time, he was once again visited by the spirit of
his grandfather. His grandfather taught him a new approach to native magicks,
and after passing certain tests Michael gained new abilities.
Returning to Alpha Flight in time to aid Snowbird during her pregnancy,
Shaman donned his daughter's enchanted coronet during a battle with the
villain called Pestilence. Twoyoungmen then
left the team for a time following Snowbird's death. He rejoined Alpha when
his daughter tracked him down to regain her power. After relinquishing the
coronet Twoyoungmen returned to the use of his medicine pouch.
Shaman went AWOL from Alpha around the time that other members
were unwillingly (and accidentally) sucked away from headquarters by
Laura Dean. It was eventually revealed that he had been called into an
audience with the gods of his people. Michael returned to the team during the
events that became known as the Infinity Crusade. He remained a member in
good standing until the team's most recent disbanding.
Michael was acting as a tribal shaman in Bear Lake, Northwest Territories
when he was approached by Walter Langkowski. Walter
needed help with a near-dead James Hudson. Shaman was able to help, and from
Hudson the other two learned of atrocities being performed at Department H.
Deciding to do something about it, the three rescued
Jeanne-Marie from the Department and recruited
Northstar to aid them in their efforts to rid her of
the effects of a Department experiment. This venture led them into conflict
with the latest version of Alpha Flight. The conclusion found Michael and the
others to rejoining their old team.
Shaman is capable of using his medicine pouch to create an almost
infinite array of magical feats. He is limited in what he can create only by
the size of the mouth of the bag. He has also earned the right to request
aid from the spirits; entities that his people believe inhabit everything on
Earth. For example, he has called on the North Wind for travel purposes,
and animated statues to serve as warriors.
Shaman possesses the power of mystical levitation without using outside
aids (the pouch or the spirits.) Movement is strictly vertical; hence he seldom
uses the ability for travel purposes. Shaman taps into Earth's ambient mystic
energy to accomplish the levitation.
Michael Twoyoungmen is also one of the most gifted surgeons to ever
practice medicine in Canada.