People whos have been reading the book knew it was coming. They even annouced it last year....
Marvel: S-man 2099, Rocket Raccoon
DC: Wonder Woman, Injustice, Detective Comics, Sandman Overture
Indie: Sonic the Hedgehog, MegaMan, Street Fighter, SkullKickers, Fatale, Elephantmen, Afterlife of Archie, The Wicked+The Divine
Shame to see Hellblazer getting cancelled. I'm getting the new trade collections so I should be good for the next few years.
I get the feeling that when Karen Berger moves on DCE are going to quietly fold Vertigo. I just don't see it in their commercial interest to make product that they don't own all the rights of, they can just slap a 'mature readers' advisory notice on the stuff they own outright.
Whilst there may be creators that don't like this approach and walk DCE knows there are still plenty of others that are willing to work in this environment.
I'm not happy about this but I'm really not interested in ascribing this to any 'boys club' theory because ultimately my attachment is always going to be to a good story, I mean whilst I like the contrary bastard, there are always going to be other contrary bastards I can read about, many of them by creators that worked on Hellblazer.
One thing that I do find paradoxical is this whole sea-change in the 'big two' away from the prestige of high numbered titles to this re-numbering fetish. If it's an attempt to reach a younger demographic why maintain the same creators, story styles and concepts? Is there any demographic data to show whether this approach actually works beyond raw sales figures and is there any info about trade, digital & bookshop sales at all? do (or can) they even collect this data in any meaningful sense? or do they rely on the dark arts of market research, anecdotal evidence and hunches?
Last edited by Mike H.; 11-09-2012 at 01:28 AM. Reason: forgot to type "Manhunter" -- how confusing that post must have been without that one word.