Was it only 2 months ago that Marvel Comics played to the home crowd at FanExpo Canada with the announcement that the 8 issue Alpha Flight mini series, by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Dale Eaglesham, was being upgraded to an ongoing series? Well, today with the January Solicitations from Marvel Comics it looks as if Alpha Flight #8 is the last issue of the series and that Alpha Flight has been canceled.
The solicitation copy for Alpha Flight #8 reads:
ALPHA FLIGHT #8
GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE (W)
DALE EAGLESHAM (C)
COVER BY CARLO PAGULAYAN
VARIANT COVER BY LEINIL FRANCIS YU
• THE FINAL ISSUE!
• The big showdown between Alpha Flight and the Master of the World!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
The question naturally is, why is Alpha Flight canceled so soon after Marvel announced that it would be an ongoing? With rumors swirling of cost cutting measures at Marvel Comics, it’s expected to see some cancellations of under performing books, but this seems somewhat odd given the big announcement around this title becoming an ongoing.
UPDATE: When we asked Marvel Comics about the cancellation they issued a “no comment”, but series co-writer Greg Pak has been talking on Twitter:
On the bright side, Alpha Flight #8 features a variant cover from Lenil Francis Yu, so they got that going for them: