It looks like Marvel’s current cost-cutting is also going to extend to the cut-off point of books themselves: Bleeding Cool is reporting that Iron Man 2.0 is canceled with #12, and a commenter in the subsequent thread reports that Paul Jenkins’ eight-issue All-Winners Squad miniseries has been canceled with the current fifth issue, and I understand that Alpha Flight is also to end with #8.
Looking at the Diamond Chart for September, it’s worth pointing out that Iron Man 2.0 may not have been the lowest-selling ongoing Marvel title, but it was the lowest-selling ongoing Marvel title that hadn’t already been canceled – Herc charted lower (#140, to Iron Man 2.0‘s #132), suggesting that 15,000 copies would appear to be the cut-off point for ongoing MU series moving forward.
The rumored cancellation of All-Winners Squad is more troubling. It was selling poorly (Charting at #211 in September, with an estimated 7,914 copies), but there were a number of Marvel titles selling even less – Ka-Zar being the only Marvel Universe title, but even outside of titles where the financial metrics are likely different (Both Halo: Fall of Reach and Anita Blake are licensed and likely to sell more digitally and outside the direct market when collected, while Casanova: Avaritia is an Icon title and subject to its own metrics, with writer Matt Fraction admitting in the most recent issue “I even still don’t get paid for Casanova“), the future for both Mystic and Marvel Adventures Spider-Man appears grim.
Meanwhile, Alpha Flight will be canceled with #8 after all, despite earlier sales being strong enough that the series was upgraded from an eight-issue mini to an ongoing just three months ago. Sales in the September chart for the series had it at around 23,242 orders in the US, ahead of books like Thunderbolts, Ghost Rider, Generation Hope, Black Panther and PunisherMax, but this cancellation is also believed to be sales-related.