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Wednesday, September 02, 2020 

Why would Marvel cancel Rafael Nieves' Hellstrom TPB, but not one collecting Warren Ellis' stories?

Here's a strange report on Newsarama, regarding what Marvel's doing, or intends to, with a 90s series spotlighting Daimon Hellstrom:
Marvel Comics has canceled a planned collection of writer Rafael Nieves and artist Leonard Manco's 1993 series Hellstrom: Prince of Lies, which would have been released November 10.

Marvel Comics has offered no explanation for the cancellation.

[...] Another collection collecting Warren Ellis and Leonard Manco's Hellstrom: Prince of Lies run is still planned for release on November 10.
Hmm, now this is certainly disturbing, considering that, when you check Ellis' conduct and how he treated women under a magnifying glass after the scandal that made headlines nearly 2 months ago, he did do at least a few things that were reprehensible, and in that light, it wouldn't make sense to publish something he could get residuals from. It reminds me of how a year ago, Marvel was planning on a special reprint of one of the Hulk 2099 issues written by the disgraced Gerard Jones, but withdrew it after his criminal convictions were brought up by one of the news sites covering his case. Why is Marvel running the risk of making a similar mistake again?

We'll see if they still plan to release Ellis' run on Hellstrom by the end of the year, and whether Nieves' run will see print by contrast. But for now, this is another demonstration of the Marvel staff's own hypocrisy in motion. Even if the stories Ellis wrote at the time have merit on their own, it's ludicrous to provide him with a chance to receive royalties after the reprehensible acts he committed, at least so long as he hasn't paid his dues to society, and if Jones shouldn't get residuals, then neither should Ellis. What could be done is to make freelancers sign contracts agreeing to forfeit residuals if they're charged with illegal actions, and then, the companies could probably release the materials without concern of giving rotten creators what they don't deserve. The only questions remaining then, would be whether the audience would be willing to buy the material after what the author was accused of.

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