UPDATE: Looks like CANCELPOCALYPSE isn’t over – scroll down for the latest!
Yesterday, Marvel Comics announced the cancellation of X-23, their last on-going series being written by a female writer. What we didn’t talk about was that X-23 was the last Marvel Universe on-going solo title that featured a lead female character. Well, that is unless you count Ghost Rider, which featured the previously male Ghost Rider now in female form. So there’s still one book left at Marvel Comics that women and young girls can look to to find a relatable lead hero, albeit one who used to be a man.
Just kidding, Marvel has now canceled Ghost Rider too.
Things are looking grim for mid- and low-level books over the House of Ideas, which is now undergoing a thorough winter cleaning. Books like Alpha Flight, X-23, and Ghost Rider are being canceled. Some, like Nick Spencer’s teenage Dr. Doom series Victor Von Doom, have been scuttled before they even hit comic book store shelves.
For those curious, here were the October sales number estimates from ICv2 of the recently canceled books:
X-23 – 24,043
Ghost Rider – 21,012
Alpha Flight – 20,731
Which book will be next? If I were Daken or Black Panther I’d be checking to see if my palm was blinking right about now.
But do not mourn the dead, they are in a better place now. Instead, hold onto your butts because we have entered CANCELPOCALYPSE!
UPDATE by Ron Richards
Looks like we spoke too soon, because over at Newsarama where the solicits for Heroes line of books for February debuted, it looks like Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive is also ending/is canceled. The solicitation for Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #529 states that that issue is the “series finale,” which could mean, like Punisher MAX that the story came to it’s planned ending or that the book is canceled. I’m betting on the latter since we just read this week in Avengers #19 where Black Panther turned down Captain America’s offer to join the Avengers, because he still had work to do in Hell’s Kitchen. I guess that work took less time than than he thought.
It’s a shame because Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive has quietly been another one of Marvel’s best books of this year. Writer David Liss brought Black Panther into Hell’s Kitchen after the debacle of Shadowland in Daredevil and told some really engaging and compelling stories of urban crime and heroism. I think out of all the Fear Itself tie-ins, Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive was my favorite. Throw in some amazing art by Franchesco Francavilla and that book was gold. Guess not enough gold for Marvel though as it’s done.
This also means the end of the original numbering from Daredevil, which was inherited after Shadowland ended. Just in case you’re into that sort of thing.
Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive‘s October sales estimates according to ICv2: 18,248