Looking for more Marvel Misfits or Wolverine: Prodigal Son? Unfortunately, MoCCA resulted in some saddening news: Del Rey Manga has cancelled the two titles, leaving an uncertain future for Marvel’s manga lineup.
Deb Aoki had the scoop, after a fan let her know that Raina Telgemeier told her that she might not see a follow-up to the X-Men Misfits story anytime soon. Aoki did some digging, and got a surprising reply.
“Wow! News travels fast! @goraina and I super disappointed since it was written as a 2-part story and it will be unfair to readers,” Misfits’ Dave Roman confirmed on Twitter. ”We only found out last week. We still don’t have a lot of the details beyond it being a cost of licensing vs. profits issue.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Johnston — writer of Wolverine: Prodigal Son — said on his blog that his series was also cancelled.
“It’s a great shame. I was very pleased with the second volume, and Wilson’s work for it was even better than for the first… Unfortunately, the simple truth is that not enough people bought them.” Johnston said. “Despite WOLVERINE being praised by readers and selected for two library YA lists, despite MISFITS making it onto the New York Times bestseller list, and not least despite all the efforts of Del Rey themselves and our editors there, there just weren’t enough readers to justify the costs. This is, sadly, more common than you might think in comics.”
No word yet as to what might happen in terms of any other manga titles, whether this line is slated for a Marvel Adventures-style soft relaunch, an Ultimates-style rejiggering, or if it’s simply going the way of the now-defunct Tsunami line. What say you, Rama readers? Are you going to miss these books?