What was behind the cancellation of Victor Von Doom from Marvel? Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool ran a story on Friday afternoon that he later withdrew, citing “two very adamant but contradictory sides” arguing over its validity to the point where he didn’t feel happy keeping the original up, but Kevin Huxford has a screengrabbed copy on his blog. The upshot of the original version of the story? Sources at Marvel said that artist Becky Cloonan didn’t complete a page of the project beyond the solicitation covers for the first two issues.
That’s a pretty hefty accusation to throw out there, especially when there are other sources who say that art for the first issue had been entirely completed; even with the explanation that Cloonan had personal problems at the time, it’s an incredibly damaging thing to be out there about her professionalism, even if it is true (I admit to having doubts about that, to be honest, mostly along the lines of “If true, why not reschedule the series instead of cancel it outright?”). In his blog post, Huxford asks why people were upset at Johnston for his story, and not the Marvel source:
Really…even if true…they wanted so badly to take the heat off of Marvel’s decision to cancel by taking a swing at the professional of a freelancer that, by their own explanation, seemed to be going through some trying times?
All of this goes through my mind as I saw Tom Brevoort address the issue on his Formspring:
There were problems with getting the work completed on time, and given that it was a pedigree project that likely wasn’t going to do huge numbers, I didn’t want to have to sausage it up among multiple creators in order to make the ship dates. Better, in my judgment, not to do it in the first place.
Again, I wonder why rescheduling it didn’t seem to be an option – It’s not like it takes place in current continuity, so rescheduling wouldn’t seem to foul up any other books – but, again, the blame is again being laid firmly on the work not being finished on schedule. Am I being that naive in thinking that this doesn’t really make sense?