By xerox_kitty 15 Comments
It's not uncommon for a title to skip a month of two. Usually it's because the artist has fallen behind schedule (which lead to infamous delays for J Scott Campbell's Danger Girl & Joe Madureira's Battle Chasers). Once in a blue moon it is for planned reasons, such as the brief hiatus X-Factor took when it made the number-jump from issue 50 to issue 200.
So Marvel's solicitations for May 2011 have been released today. Among the various X-Titles are:
- Astonishing X-Men #38;
- Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #6;
- Daken: Dark Wolverine #9;
- Daken: Dark Wolverine #9.1;
- Deadpool #37;
- Deadpool Annual #1;
- Deadpool MAX #8;
- Namor: The First Mutant #10;
- Namor: The First Mutant Annual #1;
- Wolverine #9;
- Wolverine: The Best There Is #6;
- Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants #3;
- X-23 #10;
- X-Factor #219;
- X-Men: Prelude #1 & #2;
- X-Men #11;
- X-Men: Earth's Mutant Heroes #1;
- X-Men: First Class Magazine #1;
- X-Men Giant-Size #1; and
- X-Men Spotlight.
That's a mighty amount of mutants... but where are New Mutants #25 & X-Men Legacy #248?!
The previous issues in April 2011 are final chapters in the Age of X storyline. Meanwhile, in May Marvel are making their big push for the new Fear Itself cross-over. The new X-Men: Prelude mini series is starting which is supposed to shake up the world of the X-Men.
So I honestly have no idea why New Mutants & X-Men Legacy haven't been listed for publication in May. I know that Marvel like to keep secret over little things like this to stir up rumours & interest. I don't think they would cancel two titles unceremoniously, especially with New Mutants about to hit issue #25 (usually a landmark issue for any title, with wrap-around gatefold covers or bonus stories included), but stranger things have happened.
As Baddamdog has pointed out, there are even more titles missing! Generation Hope, Uncanny X-Force & Uncanny X-Men are also missing!! These are the core X-Men titles. All these teams are based around the main flagship title Uncanny X-Men. X-Factor is independent & therefore seems to be immune to whatever is plaguing the other core on-going titles. Are they on haitus while X-Men: Prelude shakes up the status quo? Or would Marvel relaunch titles that aren't even a year old?
So... What do you think?