Here’s the money quote – no pun intended – from Axel Alonso’s most recent interview with CBR:
It’s no secret “Alpha Flight” has a strong and vocal following, and is a favorite of many here in the Marvel offices. [Writers] Fred [Van Lente] and Greg [Pak] had a really interesting approach for a maxi-series. And the fan response to the “point one” and debut issues was encouraging enough for us to take a chance with making it monthly…until new budgetary mandates forced us to rethink the strategy.
So, Marvel has “new budgetary mandates” impacting profitability of titles from… Well, somewhere between August, when Alpha Flight was upgraded to an ongoing, and October, when the title was canceled. Considering the book was selling a solid 20,000+ throughout its entire run, I wonder if we can take it as read that that’s round about the new cut-off point for whether or not an ongoing title will stay alive at the House of Ideas?