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Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 11:23:17 pm EST (Viewed 92 times)
Reply Subj: Wolverine/Alpha Flight query
Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 at 10:22:14 pm EST (Viewed 113 times)

    With Wolverine now being in multiple teams, do you think an Alpha Flight series would sell as an on-going if it was titled, Wolverine And Alpha Flight?
    Or something to a similar vein. Just, have Wolverine back in Alpha Flight (alongside his duties with the X-Men, X-Force, and Avengers).

I don't think it would sell well enough to sustain an ongoing series.

The most important thing is that the reason why would make such a move is the idea that there are a number of people that wanted to read about BOTH Wolverine AND Alpha Flight. Some people just want to read about Wolverine, some people just want to read about Alpha Flight. I don't think it would make sense based on that alone, since that number isn't going to be as high.

The inclusion of Wolverine is also no guarantee of high sales. Wolverine has had series canceled before (First Class). His most recent series in Wolverine: Weapon X sold really bad for a Wolverine title, and Origins didn't do much better. Wolverine hasn't had a series selling in the high to mid range (50 to 70K) in a while. The most recent series had it's second issue sales at 63K, which means will probably settle in the 40K range.

For Alpha Flight the goal right now should be to establish a reader friendly lineup with a classical status quo. Hopefully this is done with Chaos War. The next step is to test the market with their own miniseries. Follow that series up with a secondary series with Wolverine. If proven successful, follow up with guest appearances and maybe an ongoing.

What's going to happen is that Alpha Flight will be relaunched as an ongoing and get canceled in 6 issues. Marvel doesn't take the time to develop titles anymore, which result in series after series getting canceled and becoming associated as failures.

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