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Friday, July 10, 2020 

Marvel cancels Black Panther series prior to the Empyre crossover

2 days ago, I'd written about a German paper claiming the BP movie had given a big boost to the comics. But this information from ComicBook contradicts that:
The coronavirus pandemic has had a cataclysmic effect on the comic publishing industry, and the waves are still being felt as Marvel is scrapping previously announced comics and cancelling titles with no warning. Scribe Jim Zub took to Twitter today to reveal that his series Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda has abruptly ended with its eighth issue, released this week by the publisher. In addition, the planned tie-in for the upcoming Empyre crossover event, titled Empyre: Invasion of Wakanda, has apparently been outright cancelled before it could even be released. Zub called the sudden cancellations "not ideal," but wrote that he was proud of what he and his collaborators put together.
If the series had done any better, selling over a million copies month after month, it's unlikely it would be cancelled. So this only proves that, despite what was claimed earlier, it's not doing well, and the movie didn't change anything. I have no idea if the cancellation of this particular title has anything to do with Zub allegedly being a conservative and they see his work as disposable - he has written questionable material for them previously, after all - but it does indicate that no matter the situation right now, the book in focus hasn't built up an audience.

Games Radar/Newsarama says there's several Marvel series that had originally been planned for digital only release that are now resuming print editions after all, but I couldn't find anything on BP among them. And that only confirms that Deutche Welle's prior reporting wasn't very accurate. It's a shame if BP's not doing as well as it could be, but in an age where political correctness has become entrenched, and the hero was subject to a writer as bad as Ta-Nehisi Coates, it can't be too surprising if that wound up having a negative impact on sales in the long run.

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"If the series had done any better, selling over a million copies month after month, it's unlikely it would be cancelled."

Truer words were never spoken. I think they probably would have kept it going even if its circulation dipped into the low nine hundred thousands for a few months.

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