The April solicitations for DC Comics have announced the cancellation of Manhunter and Firestorm at issues #30 and #35 respectively. This, naturally, has gotten people talking.
Iain Jackson is unsurprised by the cancellation of Manhunter.
And, to nobody’s surprise, Manhunter bows out in April, this time likely for good. Seriously, the chances that another four-five issues, all tied into Crisis Crisis Redux, would pull in new readers under these conditions was just about nil. If they’d really wanted new readers, DC would have rushed trades into print; instead, they forced people to try to find older issues to see what all the fuss was about. If most retailers were like Chicago Comics, they just plain didn’t have a lot of back issues, never mind continuous runs. I mostly liked what I’ve seen in the two trades (although volume 2′s link to the OMAC Project was seriously annoying), but there was just no way to keep up easily.
Loren Javier, on the other hand, refuses to accept the end of Manhunter.
I can’t believe that DC would give Manhunter a chance to survive cancellation and find an audience, only to cancel it again with only one issue for which we know the sales for. According to ICv2, sales for Manhunter #26 is an estimated 23,767 and ranks #96. Is that Batman, Justice League of America or X-Men numbers? No. BUT, it’s very close to sales of She-Hulk at Marvel which, I understand, is respectable. It’s about 4,000 units away from Birds of Prey. And, it ranked higher than Catwoman.
What do you think?