DC Cancels Multiple Titles, Including Arkham Manor
The solicitations for March 2015 have been hitting the Internet recently and those astute enough to look have noticed a slew of DC titles announcing their final issues:
- Aquaman and the Others
- Arkham Manor
- Batman Eternal
- Green Lantern: New Guardians
- Infinity Man and the Forever People
- Injustice: Gods Among Us – Year Three
- Red Lanterns
- Secret Origins
- Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie
- Swamp Thing
- Trinity of Sin
- World’s Finest
Sorted by recent sales, it becomes obvious that many of these titles are due for the chopping block, though some surprises arise as well.
Several of these titles are reaching their logical conclusions such as Batman Eternal and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Numerous titles on this list are obviously falling flat in terms of sales: Infinity Man and the Forever People and Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie don’t even crack 10,000 copies sold in November.
However, there are a few surprises on the list. Leading the pack is Arkham Manor, which debuted to rave reviews only recently and is selling on-par with Gotham Academy, which is not canceled. This is likely linked to writer Gerry Duggan’s recent exclusivity signing with Marvel. It’s just sad that DC isn’t continuing the series with another writer.
In that same vein, writer Charles Soule also recently signed on with Marvel, which is leading to the ends of Red Lantern and Swamp Thing, though both of those books have had much longer runs than Arkham Manor, so fans aren’t feeling quite so jilted.
The canceled Green Lantern books, however, are more of a mystery. The titles have sold well, but the solicitation for Green Lantern #40 hints that there may be big changes afoot on DC’s cosmic front, so that may be the cause of the title shakeup.
So fare thee well, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern Corps, and all the rest. An especially fond farewell to Arkham Manor. It feels like we hardly knew ye.