Amongst the weekly product updates Marvel sent out to retailers last Friday was this odd notice:
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #6 has been cancelled and will be resolicited in November 2011’s Marvel Previews.
The sixth issue was one of two solicited for December:
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #5 & #6
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI (#5) & CHRIS SAMNEE (#6)
Cover by Kaare Andrews
• Miles’ journey to becoming Spider-Man continues!
• Will Miles live up to Peter Parker’s legacy?
• A mysterious figure from Peter Parker’s past returns!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 ISSUE #5 COVER
What’s odd about the update is that it’s an outright cancellation. Books aren’t canceled because of artist changes, or page count changes – those are just listed as part of product updates, like the one that the cancellation news was part of. For example, the Kapow Guinness World Record Special #1 is now just 24 pages, not 32 pages, and the Dream Logic #5 information has been corrected to reflect the fact that David Mack is creating it, not Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Oeming as solicited. Neither of these books were cancelled because of these updates; the information was just corrected. Similarly, if a book is running late, that’s not reason for cancellation unless it’s running really late (and sometimes, not even then). So what’s so special about Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6?
We’ll doubtless never find out – The book will be resolicited in the next round of previews, and because of the nature of the previous solicit (which could simply just refer to #5, and not #5 and #6), we won’t even know if there’s been a storyline change. Chalk this one up to “random curiosity” and move on, I guess…