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Bendis comments on end of Spider-Woman

At this weekend’s Emerald City Comicon, Brian Michael Bendis said that this week’s Spider-Woman #7 would be the last issue of the series. Over on his message board forum, he shares a few more details on why the book is ending:

Spider-Woman #7

Spider-Woman #7

alex did the work of 24 issues just to make this story. it was a lot of concentrated spider-woman for one man. i got to come and go to other projects. this was all he was doing, day in and day out. when we got to 7, he needed a break. i didn’t want to go on with it without him.

meanwhile, we’ve been deving our new icon book for two years. its something different. something bold. it’s time to do that. if you love our work, you’ll love it. it will be announced in chicago.

this was not a matter of sales or interest. we were number one on itunes for weeks.

thank you for digging her as much as i . she will be in every issue of avengers. and when the dust clears marvel has told us to consider returning to it and we might.

After an Origin limited series in 2005, Spider-Woman returned to her own ongoing series last fall, along with a “motion comic” on iTunes. Her previous ongoing last 50 issues before being canceled in 1983.

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This kinda sucks. I can understand the whys of it from Bendis” point of view, but this was a comics that a lot of people had been waiting for since a Spider-Woman ongoing was first announced years ago. I mean, all that wait and all we get is seven issues? It’s a let-down.

While I agree Amit, I was buying the series for Alex Maleev. I dont want an inferior artist on a book I was buying on artistic merit.

So a Spider-Woman series is teased for four years and lasts seven issues. And the lead character is barely in costume. Toss in Bendis’ trademark laborious storytelling and the result is a tedious appetizer that never had the chance to get off the ground.

One of the worst cases of overblown comic book hype I’ve seen in years.

Shame on Bendis for hyping this for years to Spider-Woman fans only to wimp out after seven issues.

So much for the “Women of Marvel” nonsense.

DC continues to be the only welcome home for female characters.

“this was not a matter of sales or interest. we were number one on itunes for weeks.” Number on against whom?

“this was not a matter of sales or interest. we were number one on itunes for weeks.” Number on against whom?

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LOL

That’s what I want to know also.

I knew that either Bendis or someone from Marvel would try to offer up some BS PC excuse to cover up the fact that SPIDER WOMAN was canceled because of low (and rapidly falling) sales. We got a similar BS PC excuse from Ellis and Fraction about why their low selling books (NEXTWAVE and THE ORDER) were canceled. What is it about today’s current “popular” and “critically acclaimed” writers that they can’t check their fragile egos at the door and swallow their pride, and admit that their books were canceled due to low and falling sales.

“DC continues to be the only welcome home for female characters”

Ironic seeing how Gail Simone was removed from Wonder Woman, after driving it to appalling sales, and in the same week that Jimmy Palmiotti abandoned Power Girl rather than work with an artist he’s not married to. Nevermind the disgusting censorship exerted over Supergirl since Geoff Johns’ lil buddy took over as writer. And, of course, most disapointing of all, DC abandoning the one, real female hero they’d manage to luck into, by giving Batgirl to the Stephanie fans, while ignoring Cassandra. Am I leaving anything out?

Dave:

Your quibbles with DC’s female-centric titles only further prove the point.

DC HAS female-centric titles you can bother quibbling about. Marvel has cancelled every title with a female lead in its stable. I expect the new Black Widow series to make it six issues before they claim it was intended as a mini.

Meanwhile, Gail lost WW but gained BOP. In other words, they ADDED a female driven title.

Conitune lamenting about the infinitely boring Cassandra. DC is far more friendly to female characters.

Andrew Collins

March 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm

So, can we all agree that this “motion comic” crap was a huge failure AND waste of time? It burned out a super-talented creator, and is now also being blamed for causing a title that was teased for nearly 4 years to be cancelled after only 7 issues. I’d like to know if it actually accomplished, well…ANYTHING…

“DC is far more friendly to female characters”

I did forget one – DC kicked Rucka and Williams off Detective because of Batwoman. And don’t give me that shit about them launching a new Batwoman series – if it hasn’t been solicited, it doesnt exist. We’ve been down this road before (Devin Grayson and JG Jones), and that was never seen either.

“Meanwhile, Gail lost WW but gained BOP. In other words, they ADDED a female driven title”

Drawn by an AWFUL cheesecake artist

Dave:

Again, your complaints are specific to artistic interpretations. At Marvel, you have nothing to complain about because there’s nothing there to read.

Meanwhile, Rucka has all but confirmed Batwoman is getting her own series. DC is notorious in controlling their messaging for the right moment.

You may be upset at the choices DC has made regarding their female-specific titles. But at least they have female specific titles.

“Meanwhile, Rucka has all but confirmed Batwoman is getting her own series”

Um, so did Grayson. What I’m saying is -the homophobia of those higher up than Rucka will guarantee the book gets shitcanned.

“You may be upset at the choices DC has made regarding their female-specific titles. But at least they have female specific titles.”

So this X-Men Pixie strikes Back mini in my hands…..doesn’t exist…weird….

Dave, you are such as Marvel Zombie, it’s not funny. Wow, Pixie mini, I wonder if they will make an ongoing out of that character, whoever she is.

“What is it about today’s current “popular” and “critically acclaimed” writers that they can’t check their fragile egos at the door and swallow their pride, and admit that their books were canceled due to low and falling sales.”

Only the writers ego? I think here is also Marvel´s ego, it must be hard to admit that your number one writer screwed the book of a ccharachter who alegedly loves. But I think Marvel doesn´t care about the fans, just his collectors market (Who buy every piece of garbage they published… such as Avengers #1)

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