Say it ain’t so!
Via Uncanny X-Men writer Kieron Gillen himself, the Associated Press has reported that the long-running X-Men series will end in October with issue #544, as Schism rolls through Marvel’s band of merry mutants.
“The X-Men are getting torn apart from within. The events of ‘Schism’ do more damage to the X-Men than any villain has ever done,” editor Nick Lowe told the Associated Press.
Schism, which pits longtime leader Cyclops against fan-favorite Wolverine for the future of the mutant race, has been likened as “the X-Men’s Civil War,” according to Marvel EiC Axel Alonso.
“The X-Men has always been a book with ideology and ideas at its heart, and to be fair to them — to best present them — you have to be entirely true,” Gillen added to the AP. “And if the story we’re telling demands that you end the Uncanny X-Men, you end the Uncanny X-Men. No, it’s not taken lightly — but it’s taken if it’s necessary to do it.”
For me personally, this is pretty sad news — Gillen only took over the book entirely back in April with #534.1, and so to hear that his run will end in October with issue #544 is just a shame. He himself has joked that after his ill-fated space series S.W.O.R.D., there are no limits to his power about getting a book cancelled, and has said he will not elaborate further on his future plans. Here’s hoping that Gillen has a place with the Children of the Atom once the dust clears for Schism.