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FanExpo Canada wraps up today in Toronto, and both Marvel and DC were there this weekend announcing various projects:
If you look at the Marvel solicitations for August, you’ll see there’s no listing for Captain Britain and MI-13 #16 … unfortunately, this doesn’t mean it’s a skip month. After thanking many of the people involved with the series, including its fans, writer Paul Cornell talks about the end of the series on his blog:
Thirdly, you know that time when the whole internet thought we were cancelled? We genuinely weren’t. The book coming to an end now isn’t a revelation that the rumours then were ‘true all along’. If it had been true then, I’d have told you then. I think that controversy, and the extremely welcome reaction from fans, ended up doing a lot of good.
Lastly, and this is really important, while we didn’t know this would be the last arc until comparatively recently, I had it in mind that it was possible it would be from the time I started plotting it. Indeed, the end of this arc marks the end of what I had planned for the book when I started. One of the images right at the finish is what I always felt I was heading towards, and I’m very pleased I got there. So: you will get a real, thorough, proper, ending, not just of ‘Vampire State’, but of the whole run. It hasn’t been rushed to fit the space, it hasn’t been compromised, it won’t just suddenly cut off: it’s what I intended. I think the Annual and the two remaining issues finish off one of my best stories in any media, and that story is actually the entirety of Captain Britain and MI-13. You’ll see what I mean a bit more next issue. This is a comic with a proper ending.
Quite frankly, this sucks.
We’re all accustomed to message-board speculation being presented as fact. But it’s rare that the gossip is substantiated by a publisher’s representative, only to be denied later. Repeatedly.
Such is the case with the fate of Marvel’s Captain Britain and MI:13, which launched with some fanfare — thanks to Secret Invasion tie-ins and a cameo by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown — in May 2008, only to hemorrhage readers over the subsequent months.
Those flagging numbers have been the subject of much hand-wringing in a long-running thread on the CBR message board, which on Thursday evening received somber news from none other than Jim McCann, Marvel’s marketing manager.
Responding to a post that criticized him for saying in a podcast that Captain Britain has performed better than Marvel had expected, McCann wrote:
… The story, the creative team, and critical reception was through the roof. Unfortunately, the audience left after Secret Invasion tie ins. That podcast was recorded before the cancellation came down & we were all hoping it would stay longer.
In this economic climate, things can change quickly. But something that will NOT change is that I will not be one to lie to you and blow smoke up your ass. Paint me like that if you like, but it’s not what I am.
And guys, I am just as sorry as the rest of you that the book is cancelled. …
That’s all pretty clear, right? Well, no.
It seems that, despite low sales — around 21,000 in December, if ICv2 is to be believed — the series isn’t canceled. Really.