Uncanny X-Men Ends in a Press Release That Seems Awfully Familiar

Uncanny X-Men #544 cover

I first saw it on the AP NewsWire, but Marvel has also sent out a (minimal) press release announcing that

This October, fans will bear witness the end of an era as Uncanny X-Men #544 concludes the long-running series. It’s all come to this! Years in the making, the seeds of dissent finally bear fruit as the events of X-Men Schism tear the X-Men and the Marvel Universe apart! When the dust settles, the state of mutantkind will irreparably be changed forever.

Wow, that sounds even more generic now that I look at it again. Also familiar, as competitor DC Comics has gotten a ton of press and monopolized the news cycle this week with their announcements of long-running titles ending. I know the companies probably don’t pay as much attention to their “rivals” as fans think they do, but this looks to me a lot like bandwagon-jumping.

If you want an explanation of the storyline, title writer Kieron Gillen does a great job in that AP article:

“Well, as anyone who’s watched the movies will know, the traditional axis of the X-Men has been the polarity of Magneto and Xavier. Xavier basically believes in peaceful integration. Magneto doesn’t. In the last five years or so, the X-Men have been exploring a different angle. A catastrophe reduced the population to a couple of hundred mutants, and no new ones are being born. … Everyone has basically gone along with Cyclops, no matter what reservations they had. … The X-Men has always been a book with ideology and ideas at its heart, and to be fair to them — to best present them — you have to be entirely true. And if the story we’re telling demands that you end the ‘Uncanny X-Men’, you end the ‘Uncanny X-Men’. No, it’s not taken lightly — but it’s taken if it’s necessary to do it.”

The X-Men: Schism five-issue miniseries, which this news is promoting, starts next month, written by Jason Aaron and drawn by a different artist each issue: Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuna, Alan Davis, and Adam Kubert. (Wow, what a style mix!) Betting starts now on how little time it takes Marvel to restart the Uncanny X-Men title with a “all-new #1″!

My favorite response to the whole thing? Kieron Gillen’s quote:

“When I joined Uncanny after S.W.O.R.D. I thought ‘There’s no way I can get THIS cancelled.’ But there are no limits to my power.”


12 Responses to “Uncanny X-Men Ends in a Press Release That Seems Awfully Familiar”

  1. Faith Says:

    Whenever stuff like this happens (and this was my feeling about the DC reboot too) I’m very glad that there are so many non-Marvel/DC options for me to read. I couldn’t imagine caring about comics that constantly feel the need to reboot, revamp and recycle without doing anything much with the status quo. I would quit comics for life.

    In conclusion, I love manga/creator owned comics. Because this stuff doesn’t seem to happen there (and god willing it never will).

  2. Johanna Says:

    We do have a wonderful variety of books available now, more than ever before. Which also may be one of the reasons the superhero companies, who were used to having the market to themselves, are going through these contortions.

  3. Jer Says:

    An all new #1 and it will be 56 issues of the new series before #600 was supposed to be hit.

    That means that they can run the new series almost 5 years before switching the numbering back at the big round-numbered anniversary issue.

    They’re going to miss out on that #550 anniversary, but the “50”s aren’t as big a deal as the round numbers except for magic ones like #50, #750 or #250 (I don’t know exactly why being a multiple of 25 and 10 makes you magic, but those are magic issue numbers). And they’ll get a “#50″ of the new series a half a year before the #600 of the old series. Two sales boosts in a year from the magic numbers!

    By my count DC has a lot less time with their reboot before Detective Comics has a big anniversary coming up that they’ll want to jump back the numbering for. So perhaps this is well-timed by Marvel :)

  4. Prittstift Says:

    The article seems to insinuate that this is a knee jerk response by Marvel to DC’s recent news. You seem to forget however that Marvel has been rebooting more high numbered titles recently (like Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk(s), Thor), announced (long) before DC’s big announcement.
    It’s a stupid sales gimmick, just like restoring several books to their original numbering in 2009 and 2010 was a stupid sales gimmick. But I doubt it has anything to do with DC’s news in such a direct manner though.

  5. Eric Gimlin Says:

    Right now I’m trying to figure out what this leaves as the longest-running, never restarted or renamed or renumbered book. (Since UXM was the leader for Marvel, with most people giving some slack for the few months it was missing between 66 and 67) I’m pretty sure Archie is the winner for US comics, with 2000 AD being an arguable point since it does get US distribution. For the big two, I think Hellblazer, of all titles, will be the king of the hill unless they drop since JC is heading back to the DCU.

  6. Johanna Says:

    Hellblazer isn’t listed on DC’s new titles list, so looks like that one’s done, too. Big numbers just aren’t a good idea any more, I guess.

  7. James Schee Says:

    Hellblazer is still going according to Milligan in an interview I read. Odd really there will be two Constantines, one in the DCU and one in Vertigo written by the same writer but different.

  8. Anthony Says:

    From what I read, this leaves “Archie” as the longest-running not-restarted/renumbered American comic book. (Though Archie-the-company’s done the renumbering game too, restarting “Jughead” and “(Archie’s Girls) Betty & Veronica” in the 80s/90s…).

  9. Diana Green Says:

    Doesn’t an irreparable change imply forever?
    This hyperbolic copy bought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

  10. Diana Green Says:

    And here is Marvel’s real plan:
    http://www.againwiththecomics.com/2011/06/marvel-to-relaunch-entire-line-publish.html

  11. Grant Says:

    Given that there are what, half dozen Xbooks now? Getting rid of the oldest one is actually pretty smart. Stirs up the pot a bit and they really don’t lose anything. But yeah, this is bandwagon jumping for sure.

    I hadn’t heard that about the various artists on Schism. It seems that the Xbooks have the best talent on them these days. I’ve just recently started getting back into the Xmen. I enjoyed Liu’s X23, the New Mutants and the Lost in the Negative Zone thing. And even though I came in way too late, I like the Xbook that Dodson is on. Between that and the new DC stuff, looks like the wife won’t be getting that vacation this year.

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