DC Cancellations: Northlanders [UPDATED With Additional Info From Brian Wood]

Not only is Brian Wood no longer DC exclusive, not only was he ditched from Supergirl days before the DC Relaunch announcements, not only is DMZ coming to an end (his choice), but now I understand that DC have prematurely cancelled their Vertigo comic Northlanders, Wood’s ongoing series of series set amongst the harsh northern European landscapes a thousand years or more ago.

It’s probably not the greatest time to be Brian Wood at DC. We do rather look forward to The Massive though...

Updated by Mark: Brian Wood has further details on the matter on his tumblr:

Bleeding Cool correctly reports that my Vertigo series NORTHLANDERS has been cancelled by the powers that be at DC Comics.  It has a very loyal fanbase but the trade sales just aren’t cutting the mustard.  But it is staying around for awhile yet, and will finally conclude with issue #50.  That means next week’s one-shot “Thor’s Daughter” (w/ Marian Churchland) and the nine-part “Icelandic Trilogy” (w/ Paul Azaceta) will still happen as planned.  Please, retailers, do not cut your orders, and please, readers, don’t cancel your subs.  No story is getting cut short, nothing will be left hanging.  As always with NORTHLANDERS, you can jump in at the start of any story, including the ones listed above.

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.  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).

I read a lot of twitter comments linking this to my saying the other day that my exclusive was up.  I don’t think these two are connected.  Also, while I’m here, 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.

Back to work!  Announcements of new books should start appearing soonish… not sure when, but closer to NYCC at any rate.  Thanks everyone, lots of really nice comments from you guys.  Don’t stop reading!

Read more about Northlanders and what else Brian Wood has coming up on his tumblr.

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