- Posted by Johanna on October 26, 2011 at 8:21 am
- Category: Comic News
I’m not surprised to hear that Marvel cancelled the eight-issue miniseries All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes with issue #5. I never saw anyone talking about the title, and it wasn’t even in demand enough to get pirated, from what I could tell.
But I was liking the story, about a young woman hearing about her grandfather’s adventures as part of a wartime unit of costumed heroes. As is typical of some of writer Paul Jenkins‘ retro tales, the story compared our ideals of heroes now with our whitewashed view of history, showing us that things weren’t necessarily better back then. I’m disappointed that I’ll never know what the conspiracy was.
Those who were reading it are particularly disappointed. Issue #5 ends on a cliffhanger. All 8 issues had been written, with pencils done on issues #6 and 7. That link has the covers from those two unpublished issues as well.
If a big comic company has gotten to the point of refusing to complete closed-end stories, that’s just another argument for avoiding serialized comics. (As if $4 for 20-some pages wasn’t enough of a reason to cut back on Marvel purchases.) There’s an implied agreement in soliciting a story as part whatever of eight that purchasers will be able to buy all eight pieces and find out what happens. Backing out of that leaves customers with a very bad taste that might affect future purchasing decisions.
Then again, with promising miniseries like Mystery Men not even bothering to have a satisfying conclusion, maybe that’s too old-fashioned of me. I understand wanting an “open-ended” resolution, in order to potentially set the stage for a spin-off or sequel, but sometimes, it’s taken too far. Marvel likely sees the downside of this cancellation as minimal, since so few addicted readers actually do vote with their wallets.