Friday, April 23, 2010

Hiatus is becoming an ugly word

As some of you know, the last issues of Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy shipped this week. According to Marvel, they will be going on a hiatus after these issues, while their next big space event story (Thanos Imperative) is being published. Since all of the characters from both Nova and Guardians will be featured in the story, it will be like you're buying their normal issues. One would assume, when using a word like hiatus, that the books would resume once Thanos Imperative has run its course. So why am I treating these are their last issues?

The reason for that is because another one of my favorite books from Marvel was put on hiatus a while ago, Iron Fist. This was a great series that seemed to end for almost no reason. The sales weren't low and the stories were good. I haven't met a person who didn't like that series. That's saying something, given how jaded the comic community can get. Yet the book was shelved, under the guise that it would return at a later date. It's been over a year now, and no sign of Iron Fist returning. Meanwhile, Hulked Out Heroes one shots seem to be coming into our shop every week... I wish I could figure out the complex equation that Marvel has developed that determines what gets printed and what doesn't.

So, should I hold out with cautious optimism for Nova or Guardians to return? I don't think so. I'm going to begrudgingly accept that this is the end of two of my favorite series. Two series that I have been shamelessly plugging since my first day of employment at Coast City. I highly recommend coming in and grabbing the trades and back issues for these series. They have awesome characters, stories, art, and a raccoon that fires massive guns. I really don't know what else you would be looking for in a comic. I can only hope that my reasoning is wrong, that the series will return as suggested...but they're probably not.

Also, I'm going to write a letter to Marvel about this. I'll post that once I do.


    Released today, towards 5 minutes or more in he mentions that there's going to be stuff going on with Iron Fist soon.

  2. It makes me happy that we sell a crap load of Iron Fist trades. We do sell a decent amount of Guardians back issues/trades. The support is there, but sadly not globally spread.

  3. That bit of Iron Fist news makes me very happy