Marvel ending 33 comics during ‘Secret Wars’ event

Secret Wars.

Marvel comics. All comics. Are generally like the Universe itself. Death. And Rebirth. A cyclical dance for all of sequential-art eternity. So though apparently Marvel is canceling thirty-three fucking comics during Secret Wars, you’d be daft to think rebirth won’t logically follow. All-Fancy Uncanny Glimmering Thor. X-Forceful Assembling Avengers and so forth.


Speaking with Comic Book in an interview yesterday, Marvel’s David Gabriel revealed that a huge chunk of their current output would cease publication during Secret Wars, the event that will smoosh together many various Marvel Universes into a single, mishmashed conglomerate called the “Battleworld, out of which a new rebooted singular reality will emerge: the first such reboot in Marvel’s entire history. Gabriel notes that some will take short breaks after the end ofSecret Wars before returning, some will be rebooted into new titles all together, but some will be gone for good:

Some may take a hiatus for a month or two (something the industry is accustomed to); some will reach their “616 finale;” some become Battleworld transformed; and still others…well we’ll get to those!

Here’s the complete list of titles that will end.

  • All-New Captain America
  • All-New Ghost Rider
  • All-New X-Men
  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Amazing X-Men
  • Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
  • Avengers
  • Avengers World
  • Captain Marvel
  • Cyclops
  • Deadpool
  • Elektra
  • Fantastic Four
  • Guardians 3000
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hulk
  • Inhuman
  • Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
  • Legendary Star-Lord
  • Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
  • New Avengers
  • Nightcrawler
  • Nova
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Secret Avengers
  • Spider-Man & The X-Men
  • Spider-Man 2099
  • Storm
  • Superior Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Wolverines
  • X-Men

Hoo boy, that’s a lot of disappearing comics!

Now, don’t start panicking just yet. It’s very obvious that a lot of these books will return: overwhelmingly popular series like The Amazing Spider-Man, the new Thor and X-Men are basically all but guaranteed. Captain Marvel is not just a big seller for the company but also on the cusp of becoming a movie franchise for them, and Ms. Danvers would be a shoo-in to return even if Marvel hadn’t already announced a new Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps in June. Other obvious candidates include series with movie tie-in hooks like Guardians of the Galaxy orAvengers.

Whatever. It’s the way it goes in comics. My only grouse is that it’s a fucking spin-kick to titles rocking wonderful momentum. Sweeping Thor off her narrative feet for the sake of an event kind of sucks, no?