MARVEL's BLACK KNIGHT Cancelled
Frank Tieri has announced that his Marvel series Black Knight has been cancelled. March's Black Knight #5 will be the finale, and it marks the first "All-New All-Different" ongoing series to be cut short.
"Ok, bad news time, folks... I can officially talk about this now and can confirm that yeah, issue #5 of Black Knight will indeed be our last," Tieri posted on Facebook. "It sucks and there's a lot I could say about it but in the end, the bottom line is the market is what it is these days and the sales just weren't there. It was an honor and a privilege to bring Dane's adventures in Weirdworld to you -- and we're not quite done yet as we'll be wrapping up our storyline which actually can act as a limited series the way it's structured."
Tieri has been the primary writer of Black Knight stories for over a decade now, writing him in Excalibur, Original Sins and now Black Knight.
"Proud of the work we did here and wanted to thank Team BK for all their efforts and great work. And most of all I wanted to thank the BK fans who have always been great in their support-- without you there would never have been a Black Knight book to begin with. Wish I had better news but hopefully you guys will enjoy the next 2 issues as we close this thing out. The ebony blade sheathes for now..."
Black Knight debuted in November 2015 with an estimated 39,381 in the North American direct market according to ComicChron. December's second issue dropped to 22,081. Black Knight #5 is scheduled for release March 9.
Black Knight is the first "All-New All Different" Marvel ongoing series to be cancelled, although the solicited Blade series has been delayed indefinitely as well.
Marvel had no official comment on Black Knight's cancellation.
My personal view - This doesn't surprise me, and this lack of surprise is not directed at Marvel's lack of understanding of anything UK connected, but rather at Marvel's 'All-New All Different' approach to the Marvel universe in general. I know you can't please everyone all the time, but Marvel seems to be forgetting it's roots and upsetting a whole host of die-hard Marvel readers.
As it stands at the moment, Steve Rogers isn't Captain America, Banner's not The Hulk, Thor's female, Wolverine is dead, and has been replaced by X-23, The Fantastic Four no longer exist, and The X-Men have been downgraded, and soaked up by The Avengers, in part. All of Marvel's big hitters are now not as important as they used to be. Why? Two reasons - Firstly, Marvel's movies now dictate what happens in the comics, more than the comics dictate what happens in a film. Marvel don't own the rights to The X-Men, or the Fantastic Four... coincidence? Secondly, Marvels fascination with young new characters, such as the new Ms. Marvel, and Nova, plus many more. Will these characters still have their own comics in five years? Could they outsell the Fantastic Four, or the X-Men on a regular basis... I think the answer is and will be no.
I've been reading Marvel comics since the mid 70's, and this 'All-New' Marvel seems to be going out of it's way to destroy it's own history. Is this Disney's doing? Don't get me wrong I love Marvel's movies, but it should represent all that's good in the comics, telling the wonderful tales that have been written in the past, then portrayed on to the big screen, not a studio battle to promote their own!
These were Marvel's big hitters, I still care about them, do Marvel?