- Posted by Johanna on March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm
- Category: Comic News
Marvel doesn’t plan to publish any more CrossGen titles, with SVP of Publishing Tom Brevoort stating on Formspring that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Route 666 (due out in December and February, respectively) “have been shelved for the time being”.
I suspect no one’s surprised, since as Graeme reports (in a link no longer available), the final issue of the Mystic revival sold about 6,000 copies (estimated). Before that, there were Ruse and Sigil, which came out beginning a year ago. All were fine books for what they were, but who needs a short miniseries these days that’s not firmly tied to an existing successful property?
The books would have done better from someone other than Marvel, I suspect. A big company has big expectations and costs. And if you’re looking for something out of their ordinary superheroes — the CrossGen books were mysteries, pirate comics, and stories of magical girls — you can find that elsewhere, put out by a publisher who’s much more dedicated to the work.
It was unclear who the audience for these books was supposed to be, since Marvel turned off those new to CrossGen by emphasizing the return of the previous brands while annoying CrossGen fans by rebooting everything. There really wasn’t any point to this, except maybe to retain trademarks. Or, as Heidi speculates, “Disney overspent an insane amount of money for the Crossgen library, and this was the last attempt to get some return on that.”
At least Brevoort uses Formspring. It’s casual and odd to get news that way, but without it, mention of the series would have likely just faded away, with no one remembering the once-announced plans.