With 2012 a mere 24 days old, Marvel yet announces another cancelation and it's significance goes beyond just another book ending.
With 2012 shaping up to be the biggest year for Marvel Entertainment since it opened up its Movie Studios, the publishing arm of the company has been staying apart of the news cycle for a reason that is becoming a growing concern among fans, as just 24 days into the new year "Moon Knight" has been confirmed to be the latest in a growing number of titles that have been canceled in the last 120 days. Starting out as a rumor at the end of last week, Brian Michael Bendis confirmed that Issue #12 would be final issue of this volume with this message on his forum which can be accessed here
"I am grateful that we got to do our entire 12 issues. When you get to 12 you'll see we got to tell our entire story uninterrupted which is very nice. I do wish it sold better and I do wish it was continuing with another team. But I wish that about every comic on earth."
Bendis would also go onto to explain that himself and Artist Alex Maleev were only signed on for a 12 issue/1 year run and would've left regardless of whether the book would've been pegged to continue beyond that point. Said message would end by informing fans that you could see more of the creative team with future releases of their creator-owned title in "Scarlett."
The cancellation of Moon Knight is significant for a number of reasons, including....
- The title had been a part of the heavily promoted "Big Shots" initiative last summer where three longtime fan favorite characters were paired with a Superstar Writer and Artist. Along with Bendis' and Maleev's "Moon Knight", the initiative was headlined by a Waid/Rivera "Daredevil" and a Rucka/Checchetto "Punisher"
- Also, "Moon Knight" joins an ever growing list of catalogue alterations that span on-going cancelations (including "X-23" and "Black Panther: The Man Without Fear/The Most Dangerous Man Alive"), mini-series length alterations ("All-Winners Squad" from 8 to 5 Issues and "Villains for Hire" from 5 to 4 issues), miniseries abortions (both "Doomed " and "The Destroyers" were announced only to be subsequently canceled before the 1st Issue was released) and "Alpha Flights" unique case of first being upgraded to an ongoing from a maxi-series, only to be re- regulated to a maxi series weeks later.
No matter what the reasons are, this announcement will only serve to add fuel to the fire of the ongoing concerns of fans that are looking for more from Marvel than the big ticket franchises. Just a short 4 months away from culmination of arguably the most ambitious movie project we have ever seen, Marvel continues to shrink its home-grown comics catalogue with very little prejudice. With a summer of the shelves being dominated by Avengers and X-Men comics, the rumors of a possible DC style re-launch are bound to gain even more traction. Whether that scenario, or the one where Marvel is going to focus on just those properties (among a few others) for the foreseeable future winds up playing out will surely be one of the defining stories of 2012. As always, The Outhouse will be the source to get the story behind the story.
Written or Contributed by: SilverPhoenix