James Robinson tweets the truly depressing news that The Shade may end before its time, if sales on the mini don’t improve:
If sales don’t improve it may be cancelled before the 12 issues are done.
Truly depressing, of course, for two reasons:
- It means that DC is joining Marvel in the “finishing mini-series before their limited run is done” school of thought (Mind you, DC have a history of this; The Great Ten and, years ago, Slash Maraud were canceled early).
- The Shade is a great book with a fantastic art line-up. Future issues are slated to have work by Jill Thompson, Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido and Frazer Irving, and when you factor in current artist Cully Hamner, that’s pretty much an unbeatable line-up of talent right there.
DC told CBR that there were no plans to pull the series earlier, but it’d be nice to see numbers rise on this series to ensure that doesn’t come up as a hypothetical again anytime soon.