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In response to fan concerns about the future of Marvel’s Agents of Atlas, writer Jeff Parker announced this morning that the critically acclaimed, but low-selling, series will continue — for now, at least.
However, for Exiles it’s a different story: He confirms that September’s Issue 6 will be its last.
“… As they say, you can’t save every patient,” Parker writes. “The best we did was a momentary blip with issue one of the relaunch, and sales went right back to where they were previously. In hindsight, maybe we should have waited a year or two before trying it. It was a blow to me, I was having a great time working with Salva Espin and Casey Jones, and felt I was getting into a good groove with issues that you’ll never see. At least Marvel did me a solid and gave me a double sized issue in 6 to wrap things up. Curious to see what you think of how it… choke… ends.”
Debuting in 2001, Exiles ran for 100 issues, following a revolving roster of Marvel heroes from different dimensions and realities as they traveled through the multiverse. The original series ended in February 2008, relaunching two months later as New Exiles, which continued for less than a year before it again was rebooted this spring.
Agents of Atlas, whose sales figures have been the subject of recent online discussion, bowed in 2006 as a miniseries before launching as an ongoing in April of this year. While a critical and online darling, the series, which features heroes from the 1950s, has had difficulty finding an audience.
“We’ve got incredible critical acclaim,” Parker writes, “and the trick now is to convert that into more sales. I can’t give too much away right now, but you’ll see that you’re going to have quite a bit of Atlas action coming up.”