With all of the carnage in Marvel’s solicitations this week, it’s not surprising that it took the comic book community a while to figure out what’s going on. Trying to figure out what books Marvel is still publishing after the solicits dropped has been like one of those scenes in a movie where an explosion occurs and all you can hear is ringing in your ears while everything moves around you in slow motion. Bleeding Cool reported earlier today that Defenders, America, Gwenpool, and Generation X appeared to be canceled due to their absence in Marvel’s March solicitations. Additionally, the solicit for Amazing Spider-Man confirms that all good things must come to an end, and additionally Dan Slott’s run on the book is coming to an end too. On top of all that, Jim Starlin today announced a split with Marvel due to an editorial dispute with Tom Brevoort (how could anyone possibly have a problem with the always charming and amicable Tom Brevoort?!)
The cancellations of Generation X and Gwenpool have been officially confirmed, though there’s no word yet on America or Defenders. Defenders writer “The Great One” Brian Bendis has been ill recently, so that one could simply be delayed. Also missing from the Marvel solicitations for March was Captain Marvel, but writer Margaret Stohl revealed on Twitter that the book. Instead, it will likely be sucked into Marvel’s upcoming super-mega-crossover event, Infinity Thing Part 47 and come out the other side with a relaunch.
— MARGARET STOHL (@mstohl) December 19, 2017
But another casualty we missed entirely: Hawkeye. Writer Kelly Thompson confirmed that, though the book is present in the March solicits, that will be its final issue.
Hawkeye #16’s solicit is below:
KELLY THOMPSON (W)
LEONARDO ROMERO (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
• As Madame Masque, Eden and a crew of misfit villains take on Hawkeye and Hawkeye with renewed vengeance, our heroes dig deep into themselves to solve the unique challenges they face.
• Arrows can’t solve EVERYTHING, it seems. Who knew?!
• When the dust settles, what will the future hold for the two Hawkeyes?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
So is it over? Anything else? The Hollywood Reporter speculates, or at least hedges by claiming fans are speculating, that Iceman, Champions, and She-Hulk could be canceled as well, if not this month, then next. Luke Cage is another title being tossed around. We’ll keep you updated on that.
But things aren’t all doom and gloom for Marvel. The aforementioned Infinity Stuff super-mega-crossover event comic will probably spike sales some, as should an increase in Wolverine guest appearances in 2018. And now that Disney is buying Fox, Marvel can actually promote the X-Men again and bring the Fantastic Four back.