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DC Comics cancels Northlanders

Northlanders, Vol. 3

DC Comics has canceled Northlanders, Brian Wood’s well-regarded Vertigo series set during the Viking Age.

The writer confirmed an earlier report by Bleeding Cool, announcing last night on his blog that the title will end with March’s Issue 50. “It has a very loyal fanbase but the trade sales just aren’t cutting the mustard,” Wood wrote.

“I’m not going to eulogize the series yet and start thanking everyone, since I have the next nine or ten months to do that,” he continued. “While this news sucks, I consider it a triumph for everyone responsible that our depressing, often cerebral comic book about Vikings and history is lasting FIFTY ISSUES. It feels appropriately epic, and the eventual seven volumes of the series will hopefully stay in print forever (or close to that).”

Debuting in December 2007, Northlanders is a bit of a storytelling oddity, utilizing self-contained arcs to tell tales set at different times and locations, and with different characters, during the same historical era — the late 8th century to the 11th century. Wood has worked with a range of artists on the book, including Becky Cloonan, Leandro Fernandez, Davide Gianfelice, Ryan Kelly, Vasilis Lolos, Dean Ormston, Fiona Staples and Danijel Zezelj. Massimo Carnevale has illustrated all of the covers. A one-shot with Marian Churchland and a nine-part story with Paul Azaceta still remain.

“Please, retailers, do not cut your orders, and please, readers, don’t cancel your subs,” Wood wrote. “No story is getting cut short, nothing will be left hanging.”

News of the Northlanders cancellation follows word that the writer’s exclusive agreement has ended with DC. However, Wood says, “I don’t think these two are connected.” He also alluded to being dropped from Supergirl only days before DC announced its line-wide relaunch, writing, “I was not given a role in the recent DCU reboot after all but I think its an exciting idea and wish everyone the best.”

Northlanders #41 goes on sale on June 15.



Tom Fitzpatrick

June 8, 2011 at 5:22 am

I read on a blog, where someone indicated that B.Wood was on the outs with DC.

I can’t imagine what B. Wood’s going through, as far as I know, this was the first project he created that was cancelled before he ended it.

Sorry to hear it.

Well, there goes one of my favourite books.

Ah one of my favourites bites the dust, never mind, I plan to collect the TPBs.

50 issues is appropriately epic. Loved this series and all the artists on it. Thanks Brian.

And thanks to DC for I guess for letting it finish at 50 even if it’s not a money spinner.

:O Paul Azaceta!? Hook me up! That guy draws awesome! When does that one start?

Very classy response from Mr. Wood.

yeah, I agree… great response. This news still sucks tho. I’ve been buying the singles since it came out, but after the Shield Maidens I started waiting to read the story until I had them all in hand. I really really enjoyed this series; it’s going to be weird when both this and DMZ disappear from my monthly pulls. :(

Of course, this just makes me even more excited for The Massive, so there’s that. :)

Wow… :(

I love Brians work.

I don’t know why they wouldnt put him at the front of the pack.

Does DC not like smart comics anymore? With the current announcement of 90’s creators it looks like they are willing to assume the vapidness of a lot of what Marvel put out in the 90’s.


June 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

At least there is a new Red Lanterns title coming out, right?

What DC is doing to Vertigo is pretty shameful. They should be celebrating the fact that they’re selling things other than superheroes and instead they’re cancelling their quality titles and increasing the level of crap. Not that there isn’t good superhero work being done. But come on.

Martin Costello

June 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Damn, sorry to see this end prematurely.

Why not just move the series to Image? Eff DC.

Random commenter

June 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

This sucks balls. I had quit collecting series completely, except this one. Maybe an indie company will pick it up, but that’s hoping against hope. I’m flat out pissed.

Gee, a book that isn’t selling is canceled and they’re pushing ones that do, THAT’S AN OUTRAGE!! I CAN’T FATHOM WHY A COMPANY IN THE BUSINESS OF MAKING MONEY WOULD DO THAT!!!! RAAARRR!!!

It’s a great series, but as he said, at least they’re letting him finish his stories without leaving a cliffhanger which other publishers aren’t always so kind to do (thanks a lot Pirates of Coney Island). Also, as these are all self-contained stories, it could have ended at any time, there’s no overarching mystery to solve or point to get to, just great stories about a dark period. Vertigo has always been the place to get great stories with a clear ending, and I view each Northlanders story as individual books.

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