With all this paranoia about Marvel canceling comics, I think Christos Gage has some good words should be helpful.
Sigh. iFanboy has been good to me & they can write what they like (Daniel Day Lewis quote!) But my problem with this:
...is that speculating a book may be canceled tends to make skittish readers stop buying it and retailers stop ordering it. So let me add:
Yes, sales is usually the major factor in cancellations. But the only book canceled that sold more than Avengers Academy was X-23...
...and I think that may be as much about rethinking the strategy of how to handle that character as anything else. (Purely my speculation.)
Look at X-FACTOR, one of the books considered in the "danger zone" by this article. It's been selling at this level for years. YEARS.
If a book is profitable, as X-FACTOR is, and it stays at the same level, canceling it is taking money out of your own pocket.
AVENGERS ACADEMY has been selling at the same level, steadily. Now, what's true is the books on this list can't afford to lose many readers.
So absolutely, if you like the books on the lower end of the Marvel sales charts, PRE-ORDER, and recommend to your friends.
I do think the "where does the axe fall next" mentality has a way of being harmful and a self fulfilling prophecy. So let's not go there.
To be clear I'm not mad at @iFanboy at all. I just wanted to inject a counter-argument before speculation becomes self-fulfilling prophecy.
I speak as one who all too often sees fans on message boards say, "I hear your book's good but I'm afraid it'll get canceled."
I got that a lot when AVENGERS ACADEMY started. "I want to buy it but books with new characters always get canceled"...
...to which I say, if you WANT books with new characters, you HAVE TO BUY THEM! You vote with your $. OK, rant over. Back to work.