Five Years Later Legion Book Cancelled Along With Others
I was looking forward to the rumored hardcover collection of Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later. I have quite a fondness for that run, since it changed my life.
Unfortunately, it now appears to have been cancelled, as seen on Facebook. There were a number of announced DC collections cancelled as well, including the Electric Warriors trade, The Joker: Lovers and Madmen, a new edition of Absolute Dark Knight, the third book of Peter David’s Aquaman run, and Flash/Impulse: Runs in the Family, which is a shame, since those Mark Waid/Humberto Ramos Impulse comics are great fun.
The likely cause is retailers and customers complaining the market is oversaturated. There’s just too much product. DC announced last month at a retailer meeting that they had cut output by 10-15% and would not be putting out so many collections. Some chatter around this news has pointed out that, although back issues aren’t the moneymakers they used to be, when some are so ready available at reasonable prices, the market for expensive, nice-format collections may be smaller than expected. Although we should keep in mind that hardcovers may be preferred by libraries, since they are sturdier, less prone to damage, and thus lend better.