X-Men Misfits No More

X-Men: Misfits was a shojo twist on the superhero team that came out Summer 2009.

Now, its future (or lack thereof) has been revealed on Twitter. First, @debaoki asked

got a tweet from a reader that Del Rey has opted to not publish X-Men Misfits Vol. 2. true? not true?

To which @yaytime, aka co-writer Dave Roman, responded

Wow! News travels fast! @goraina [co-writer Raina Telgemeier] and I super disappointed since it was written as a 2-part story and it will be unfair to readers.

We only found out last week. We still don’t have a lot of the details beyond it being a cost of licensing vs. profits issue. :/

@Kuriosity pointed out that

X-Men Misfits 2 disappeared from a few retail sites earlier in the week – most that still have it have taken down pre-order options

While Deb Aoki reminded us

X-Men Misfits v. 1 made it to the NY Times Bestseller list for several wks

So it was relatively successful, possibly the most successful of Del Rey’s OEL manga line, but as Dave points out, using the X-Men brand can be expensive. And it may be the case that manga fans and X-Men fans are perfectly happy with the options they have and don’t need a blended version.

Update: (4/12/10) The followup to the other Del Rey-licensed Marvel manga, Wolverine: Prodigal Son, has also been cancelled, according to writer Antony Johnston. As he posted,

Unfortunately, the simple truth is that not enough people bought them. Despite WOLVERINE being praised by readers and selected for two library YA lists, despite MISFITS making it onto the New York Times bestseller list, and not least despite all the efforts of Del Rey themselves and our editors there, there just weren’t enough readers to justify the costs. This is, sadly, more common than you might think in comics.

Robot 6 looks at some of the sales data for context for this cancellation decision.

Update 2: The writers’ statement. Here’s an excerpt, click the link for the whole thing:

The saddest part for us is that the story was written as a 2-parter and we set a lot of things up to be played out or resolved in Book 2. We’d have done things VERY differently if we knew there was a chance of this happening. Less foreshadowing and more payoff! We certainly wouldn’t have waited until Book 2 to include Lockheed, that’s for sure! And, because it was work for hire, and the characters are all licensed, there’s no way the rest of the story will ever see the light of day.

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10 Comments

  1. I think that’s kind of like saying that fans of peanut butter and chocolate are perfectly happy having those options and don’t need a blended version of those. True, Marvel has made a lot of bad ‘manga’ attempts before, but I think this time there was finally a book done by people who really understood shoujo manga and were not just copying formulas and surface elements. It’s very disappointing to me that Del Rey will not be releasing the second volume. Also, to me, this seems like a bad decision on Marvel’s part, because if they had licensed the the characters for a second volume for less money, they would have gotten a little less, but now they are going to get nothing.

  2. But this way, anyone who wants X-Men comics has to come to Marvel. It’s hard to know how successful Misfits was, since we don’t know what the expectations for it were.

  3. [...] canceled the second volumes of its X-Men: Misfits and Wolverine: Prodigal Son. The news broke in a conversation on Twitter, where manga blogger Deb Aoki tweeted a tip that the books had been canceled and Lissa Pattillo [...]

  4. Wow, I only now found out about X-Men: Misfits; I totally would have read that as I love Raina’s work. I’m sorry for the creators; it always sucks when good work gets cancelled :(

    It’s a shame the publishers didn’t try this out as an eBook or for the iPad as well; black and white manga works really well on eReaders.

  5. [...] weekend ended with a bit of downer as news and confirmation of the cancellation of first X-Men: Misfits and then Wolverine: Prodigal Son came [...]

  6. If your not going to finnish the story why start it? It was only supposed to be two parts. I purchased both misfits and prodical son and enjoyed both. I was really looking foward to reading and buying both successors. I am a big Marvel comic and anime/manga fan. Why does this always have to happen? Weather it be a movie or comic, anime, book, or manga. I am very dissapointed/pissed thank you del rey/marvel for wasting my time, my money and forletting another fan down…good job!

  7. No one aims to cancel a series when they start it, but certainly, potential readers now should keep that in mind before they choose it.

  8. [...] wonder just how well this will do, since the early cancellation of the X-Men manga Misfits suggests that fans of superheroes and fans of manga may not overlap that [...]

  9. This is so disappointing. If it was only meant to be a two part series why not finish what was started and at least put it out in an ebook to satisfy those who already bought the first manga. Sad that now I will be wary to purchase a first volume because of the fear that there might not be a second one.

  10. I can’t believe they would cancel Misfits! I’m such a big fan of both manga and X-Men, and this book was just so perfect. I must’ve read it a million times. Curse you, dumb licensing jerks!

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