Marvel Cancels Alpha Flight
The Marvel Comics January solicits reveal that Alpha Flight will be canceled with #8.
This may come as a surprise (or not) to some seeing how just at the end of August at the 2011 Canada Fan Expo, Marvel announced Alpha Flight would continue on as an ongoing series.
Sales for the first issue were really good, at almost 46,000, but sales for subsequent issues fell - with #2 at 26,860 followed by the third issue at 23,400.
I find the cancellation interesting for a number of reasons.
First, the return of Alpha Flight came out of the "Chaos War" event, which was - shall we say - less than stellar. However, the new Alpha Flight was not really tied to that, I believe.
Second, Marvel promoted this as just a mini. Would it have made a difference if readers knew ahead of time that Alpha Flight was an ongoing?
Third, I think every Alpha Flight issue was a "Fear Itself" tie-in, which is why I stayed away, to be honest. I think the days of "must buy" tie-ins ala Civil War are long gone.
Co-Writer Greg Pak had the following to say via his twitter:
“Fans and friends, I’m sorry to confirm that #AlphaFlight will indeed end with issue #8, but the book was originally conceived as an 8 issue mini, so we’re still telling the big, fun story we intended from the start. THANK YOU, #AlphaFlight fans — you guys are the best and have provided us huge amounts of fun and inspiration. And have no fear … the story’s heading for a huge, satisfying ending that @fredvanlente and I have been champing at the bit to unleash for months.”
Fred Van Lente thanked readers via his own twitter:
"Thanks for all the well wishes about #AlphaFlight, folks. I don't have much to add to what @GregPak has already said..."
"Thanks for you terrific readers for the support."
Thanks to CBR's Robot 6 for the info.