As reported by Comics Should Be Good, writer/artist David Lapham has announced the impending cancellation of DC/Vertigo’s brilliant Young Liars title with August’s #18. On Jason Aaron’s Standard Attrition message board, Lapham told fans, “Got word yesterday. 18 will be the last. There will be plenty of mind blowing shit in every issue till the last.”
Regular readers know that Blog@ usually carries a Q&A feature with Lapham on the title right after new issues hit monthly; that feature will resume on Monday with a look at last week’s Young Liars #14 and follow through to the end. The delay is unrelated to cancellation. In this week’s podcast, Lapham addressed the notion of cancellation, saying that he had a plan in place so that “if DC came to me and asked, ‘What’s the minimum that you need?’…” he had an ending in mind. On the message board, though, he said, “I’m not going to try and force my ‘ultimate’ ending in there but we will have an end, and as this is a series of endings, I can hold out hope that one day I may see it through to the end I had intended be the end, end.”
Ironically with all the talk of endings, Lapham shares real estate on the Standard Attrition site with Brian Azzarello, of the recently-concluded 100 Bullets fame. With the departure of these titles, I’m no longer reading any Vertigo books on a monthly basis (though I do buy Scalped and Fables in trade).