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Saturday, June 11, 2011 

Uncanny X-Men is canceled at 544

I'm sure they'll have either a different series or a renumbering to replace it soon, but for now, Marvel is canceling one of the few series that, until now, they'd amazingly resisted the temptation to renumber, Uncanny X-Men, with the 544th issue, at the end of their latest time-wasting crossover, Schism. Predictably, it'll be in one of the most common ways they see appropriate these days, with the X-ers all torn up and divided:
"Everyone has basically gone along with Cyclops, no matter what reservations they had," he added, but now, those reservations are reaching the breaking point, which is the focus of "Schism" and sounding the death knell of the Uncanny X-Men.

Marvel has likened the fracture, and its fallout, as world-changing as its Civil War, a 2006-2007 crossover that divided Marvel heroes in ways still being felt.

"The X-Men are getting torn apart from within. The events of Schism do more damage to the X-Men than any villain has ever done," said Nick Lowe, who has been editing X-Men books for Marvel for six years and Uncanny X-Men since 2006.
And that's the problem - too often now, they're being torn up for the sake of it than just needing some rest and practice to face their next supercrook opponent. Too often, they're depicted more at odds with each other instead of the actual villains. There's nothing inspiring about that.

That they're canceling the series just now does tell that Marvel clearly isn't trying to cash in on the latest movie based on the series, and maybe that they're willing to abandon their comics publishing business in the near future too. They really do care very little about the original material.

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Postmodern writing leaves no room for heroes.

Bet if the X-Men were villains, Marvel would find them easy to write. Heh. I love Magneto, but I do need a counterbalance. Oh, well, guess we don't deserve them. Heh.

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