COMICS: Marvel Cancels Nine Major Titles This October

In order to make way for the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Marvel will cancel nine titles this October. These include Captain America, Invincible Iron Man and Uncanny X-Men. Several other books are also listed as the last for certain creative teams.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/10/2012

The first issue of Uncanny Avengers will be released in October, but that's not the only major change at Marvel this Halloween. Nine titles are set to be cancelled, while Avengers #31 and #32 are listed as being the the beginning of Brian Michael Bendis' "final explosive arc" on the series. The same applied for both New Avengers #31 and #32. Meanwhile, Avengers Assemble #8 is listed as being the last for Bendis and artist Mark Bagley and Journey Into Mystery #645 is sadly Kieron Gillen's last issue as he "bids farewell" to the book. This October, the following titles will be coming to an end.

-Captain America #19
-Fantastic Four #611
-FF #23
-Incredible Hulk #15
-Invincible Iron Man #527
-New Mutants #50
-The Mighty Thor #22
-Uncanny X-Men #20
-X-Men Legacy #275


This is perhaps out first indication that these titles will all be relaunched with new #1 issues between November and February. With rumours that we will see Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. on Captain America and Kieron Gillen and Greg Land on Iron Man, big changes are afoot over at Marvel. Unfortunately for cash-strapped comic book fans, many of the above titles will be double shipping in October, making it a VERY expensive month. Stay tuned for highlight from Marvel's solicitations later today.

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marvel72 - 7/10/2012, 9:48 AM
does my head in how marvel cancels titles,just to relaunch them again with an issue 1 a year & half later.

Asterisk - 7/10/2012, 9:49 AM
Sad, but true.
OdinsBeard - 7/10/2012, 9:56 AM
face. palm.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/10/2012, 9:57 AM
wtf Marvel?! Really? They JUST relaunched Uncanny X-Men not even a year ago!smh

So why would they offer Fantastic Four available for subscription if they're going to cancel in October?
Deadpool101 - 7/10/2012, 9:58 AM
yes Deadpool is safe
writerguy1976 - 7/10/2012, 9:59 AM
In my opinion this was needed by Marvel. To many titles all over the place right now. Get it streamlined and modernized. Please Relaunch Thor, he has been really disappointing storywise over the past couple of years.
bathead - 7/10/2012, 9:59 AM
UGH!!!!! Three worst words in this article are as follows:

1. John

2. Romita

3. Jr.

Seriously, I completely skipped avengers vs x-men because of his crap cartoon art.
Show4God1 - 7/10/2012, 10:00 AM
guess marvel figured it worked so well for DC...
ralfinader - 7/10/2012, 10:04 AM
Marvel87 - 7/10/2012, 9:57 AM
Report Comment wtf Marvel?! Really? They JUST relaunched Uncanny X-Men not even a year ago!smh

So why would they offer Fantastic Four available for subscription if they're going to cancel in October?

The bulk of these 'cancelled' titles are getting #1'ed again (Hulk is going to be like Hulk: Agent of SMASH or some such nonsense). Uncanny X is being replaced with Uncanny A, not sure about FF and New Mutants though.
marvel72 - 7/10/2012, 10:05 AM
@ BizzaroNumber1

nearly all marvel titles from the 60s have been cancelled & relaunch i,e the avengers,uncanny x-men,daredevil,the incredible hulk,iron man,silver surfer & so on.

even modern comics i.e wolverine,x-force,punisher,moon knight,new avengers,daredevil,captain america,guardians of the galaxy,ghost rider,nova & so on.

they should just make them good jumping on points,instead of going back to issue 1.
kirynthemighty - 7/10/2012, 10:05 AM
OUT OF ALL OF THOSE TITLES YOU COULDN'T HAVE [frick]ING REBOOTED OR RELAUNCHED DEADPOOL AND GOTTEN THAT F#$%ING HACK WAY OFF THAT GODDAMN BOOK. SONUVA BITCH BASTARD!!!
Asterisk - 7/10/2012, 10:06 AM
^ This. Way needs to get off that book pronto.
Spartan11 - 7/10/2012, 10:06 AM
Would anyone still read these characters if marvel just allowed them to age or die permanently and continued on with new unfamiliar characters?
Tymminator - 7/10/2012, 10:07 AM
Sigh.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/10/2012, 10:08 AM
@ralfinader-Uncanny X is going to be Uncanny A?? Wish we could have both of them.

The problem I have with relaunch of titles is because once they get to a "milestone" issue they'll just go back to their original number. In a way, I understand that but still...
ATrueHero1987 - 7/10/2012, 10:10 AM
Maybe the FF will go back to their blue costumes??
kirynthemighty - 7/10/2012, 10:10 AM
@Deadpool101 if you think that Daniel Ways righting of my beloved character is at all good you're a damn fool. I would much rather have Remender or bring back Simone to write. Way has made Deadpool a freaking on going joke from the early pages of Vol.3. I dream of the day they pass this goddamn title to someone other than Way, but it never seems to happen.
marvel72 - 7/10/2012, 10:11 AM
@ BizzaroNumber1

have you never heard of something "doing someones head in",hence "does my head in".
rebellion - 7/10/2012, 10:12 AM
a mess.
kirynthemighty - 7/10/2012, 10:13 AM
@Asterisk I 100% agree with you. I love Deadpool, but I honestly quit buying the books because the stories are just freaking horrible. When they were doing Deadpool-DEAD I was so freaking happy thinking they were going to kill him off and relaunch it......NOPE, just made the character and story more horrible.....GODDAMNIT!!
ralfinader - 7/10/2012, 10:16 AM
@Marvel87 - Yeah, Uncanny Avengers is replacing Uncanny X-men. Also the All-New X-Men (or whatever the title is with the original 5 time travelling from the 1960's somehow making a home in the present continuity) is replacing another cancelled X-title, not sure which.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/10/2012, 10:19 AM
smh, Well at least I can catch up with Matt Fraction's run on Iron Man before the new Iron Man series starts.
comicb00kguy - 7/10/2012, 10:20 AM
So here we have yet another gimmicky rebooting of comic titles because everybody buys #1 issues. SMH Why not try something really radical like telling exciting and interesting stories, contained within one title?
jimoakley666 - 7/10/2012, 10:21 AM
Really? They're cancelling FF and Fantastic Four? What's happening with Reed's crew, then? I'll be a bit pissed off if the whole Marvel Universe is pretty much folded into two teams of Avengers.

Cancelling the F4 titles, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Titles, although only temporary, I'm sure, is a bloody silly mistake-a to make-a.
comicb00kguy - 7/10/2012, 10:23 AM
Grif is right yet again. All these multiple titles starring every solo character and every team have really diluted the quality of the books. We used to have just two Spidey books a month, Amazing and Spectacular. One Avengers. One FF. One X-Men. The books were a LOT better in terms of both story and art.
novaprime - 7/10/2012, 10:28 AM
This is For No Reason they have to Copying off of Dc, First it was fear itself, now its this Reboot SHIIT..and I ALSO AGREE THE JOHN ROMITTA JR ART SUCKS!!!. AND SO DOES ,HUMBERTO RAMOS!!!.
Asterisk - 7/10/2012, 10:29 AM
@ Grif

Honestly, I think there's only one Spiderman book, aside Avenging Spidey, which I think will be cancelled anyways.
AgentSmith - 7/10/2012, 10:29 AM
I am undecided about this. I believe this is in direct result of the success of the DCnU (which coincendtly WB has to launch a JL movie as soon as possible due to the success of The Avengers). And while part of me excited that there will be updates - It's the fact that Marvel feels they have to "reboot" that concern me most.

The success of the movies is driving comic sales alone. Want to make more money? Filter out the crappy books, spin-off books (how many Spiderman titles out there today?) artists, and writers, quit telling major arcs with cross overs including 50 books, drop the price back down to $2.99 a book, and mainstream your best titles with the best artists, writers, and characters in the business!

You officially have my two cents.

- Agent Smith
Durranto - 7/10/2012, 10:30 AM
At a time when Marvel comics have the potential to hit "mainstream" audiences through whopping the great success of The Avengers and all the films preceding it, as well as the ones to follow, why do they continue to over complicate everything by these great big crossover events and renumbering of everything? I started reading X-men during the Hunt For Xavier storyline and continued until just after they started putting more crossovers out after Grant Morrisons run. I got fed up and a bit confused after refusing to buy several comics I don't read just to complete one storyline. Basically I gave up on the x-men. Spiderman I dropped after BND, Wolverine I am just bored of since he is everywhere.
Point that I am getting to is, as far as I am concerned, Marvel needs to do a bit of "housework" and get rid of the clutter (needless crossovers) tighten things up a bit (keep characters to specific stories - lose Wolverine down a big adamantium coated hole for a few years...)and try to have a bit more continuity (How can Wolverine have his x-men, his own solo stories as well as being in the Avengers?)
If this happens, I am sure new readers will not be so daunted by getting into these stories.
Rant over lol
AC1 - 7/10/2012, 10:31 AM
@grif agreed. Sometimes I really don't understand comics. I mean, why is it that each character seems to have like 7 titles running at the same time? Surely if they saved those ideas and reduced the number of titles being released per character, then the characters would have greater longevity in terms of quality. Does Spider-Man need so many titles? No.

Certain comic books warrant multiple titles, mainly team books, because it means different members can be involved in simultaneously running stories. Like X-Men or Avengers. There are so many members of both teams, that they could run two titles simultaneously for each team, with each title featuring a different roster of characters, and the teams can be changed up at the end of each story arc. I mean, as much of a fan I am of Wolverine, for example, there are other X-Men out there who deserve to be highlighted.

I also think this is why not too many people read comics any more. It's becoming too complicated for new readers to pick up titles, because there's too many different versions being released, and it's hard to keep track.
Durranto - 7/10/2012, 10:31 AM
@Agentsmith .... beat me to it and said it better.... d'oh! Took me ages to type that as well lol!
spectre88 - 7/10/2012, 10:31 AM
If you've read comics long enough you'd know that these title are not coming to an end. They'll just be renamed and renumbered to boost sales for the new event/status quo. Once one of these books are nearing a mile stone they'll rename the book back to it's original title and continue numbering the book as if everything during the retitling/renumbering counted as if it was always part of the original title and numbering. As much as I love this universe and these characters, the fact remains it's Marvel's (not so) sneaky little way to drive up sales.
marvel72 - 7/10/2012, 10:34 AM
@ BizzaroNumber1

where are you from,mate? it said quite alot in the uk,it can be used in the form of say "work is doing my head in" or someone could say something or the way someone acts that can do your head in. :D
AC1 - 7/10/2012, 10:35 AM
This is the reason comic book companies, like Marvel, now rely on these big events and civil-wars between heroes. I thought Marvel Civil War was OK because it was pretty new back then, but now, it's like every year there's a new civil war between different heroic groups, the latest being Avengers Vs X-Men. If there weren't so many titles being pumped out, then the quality wouldn't be suffering so much.

And DC are guilty of this too. Why does Batman need like five solo titles plus individual titles for each of his sidekicks? It's ridiculous, I don't even attempt to buy comics any more, I just buy graphic novels and trades if I hear they're good.
AgentSmith - 7/10/2012, 10:35 AM
@Spectre88 - And that's a problem too - They did the same thing with Hero's Reborn after the Onslaught Saga. Sure #1's are exciting - but they are hardly collectible anymore because they not introduce anything all that new, they also dilute the market with 5 different covers and then go back to the original numbering. What a waste!
artofjaymz - 7/10/2012, 10:41 AM
Marvel doing this would be like the following;

Take image's 'walking dead'. Its done very weel for it's run and is about to hit issue 100. WHAT IF in issue 100 the whole group of character's gets divided, with rick leading a team against negan's characters, and michonne and glenn defecting to help negan (im using this in refference to cyclops and wolverine's schism).

Image cancels walking dead, and relaunches it at 1 again (to draw in those who saw the tv show, like marvel is doing now with those who watch the movies). So say WD starts back up again at issue 1, MEANWHILE michonne is given a title called 'Michonne and the walking dead' while rick takes the flagship title (like the xmen books)

Then a year and a half later, BAM, a crossover happens where the teams reconcile, then WD gets canceled again, relaunches again, and within the span of two years this thing jumps from longstanding volume one, all the way up to volume three.

THIS....THIS is what marvel is doing right now, F#$#*in with our favorite characters and their history until its such an indecisive, non-comitted cluster%*&$ that they've screwed themselves into a corner. Because of this crap doesnt work, then what? RELAUNCH AGAIN!?!

MARVEL NOW really DOES need a reboot, not a relaunch.
Let the original xmen go back and change the past so that the original lineups and ideas replace the present day ones, and you make 1 xmen, 1 avengers, 1 ff, 1 spiderman.....and NEVER let any of them spinoff anymore than three books.

And for the love of god, only do 1 major crossover every three eyars, not 6 months out of EVERY year. Whats so special in the marvel universe if it's "special all the time"

as they said in incredibles,"when everybody's super...NO ONE will be."

(and thats a quote from a DISNEY movie....marvel's new boss....c'mon marvel, quit looking at our characters as TAB A and SLOT B. You're not rearranging and selling furniture here so that it looks prettier in the display window....you're supposed to be writing and crafting the best stories in fantasy....AND YOU ARE SUCKING AT IT! BIG TIME!)
superotherside - 7/10/2012, 10:41 AM
These titles should stay pretty much the same though.

-Captain America #19
-Fantastic Four #611
-Incredible Hulk #15
-Invincible Iron Man #527
-The Mighty Thor #22

Why? Because they've been great. Incredible Hulk has had a few misses though. And they need to bring back old Asgard and Odin in Thor. But besides that it's fine.
SkywayTraffic - 7/10/2012, 10:42 AM
Am I the only one who thinks Uncanny X-men is the worst marvel book probably ever?
inky - 7/10/2012, 10:42 AM
may be spectre88 but this feels more like a disney baord room chopping to control marvel and i fear those they chop might never return what happened before was heroes reborn and that was totaly different as the comics did indeed return to normal but the year off they ran in ulternate universe. and several new and old teams filled there place on the original universe.
this feels different and i fer is different.
Zounds - 7/10/2012, 10:46 AM
Thor, again???

Fantastic Four and Iron Man? Those high issue numbers, are numbers of fan loyalty...If you put quality art and writing teams on books and you demand and search for the absolute best, you keep readership.

Start a title called Restart and then endlessly supply stories based on an elsewhere platform.

For the love of Jack Kirby, stop screwing with continuity and tradition.

Enow!
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