David Liss was cagey when I asked him back at New York Comic-Con about the potential for T'Challa to break out of his narrow focus on Hell's Kitchen, but now it looks like he won't have the chance to try to expand his lead character's world back to where he belongs, because Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive will be ending with the finale of his current arc with the Kingpin in #529. The final story is entitled Reign's End, and artist Francesco Francavilla showed off the cover on Twitter. Of course, that numbering was borrowed from Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, so it's unclear whether or not Mark Waid's current DD series will retake its initial numbering, or just wait until it would approximate a 600th issue and revert then.
"There’s always been a lot of enthusiasm since the character’s creation for trying to bring Black Panther into the first tier of characters," Liss said, describing the controversial New York-centric take on the international hero as "a sign of Marvel trying to take risks. And we got 16 cool issues out of it and did something new with this character that hasn’t been done before. I’ve just had a great time working on this character and I’d love to have done it longer, but it was a great ride.”
Also chopped off the block is the new Ghost RIder series, as writer Rob Williams confirmed on Twitter. This series put the vengeance demon into a new female form, but even though there's another Ghost Rider movie coming out in February, apparently, there aren't plans for a comic tie-in as yet. Maybe they don't have much confidence in another Nicolas Cage effort, or maybe they thought having a lady Ghost Rider would be confusing to people coming in to check out the fiery biker demon they saw urinating fire in the movie.
This adds two more books to the bonfire that recently victimized Marjorlie Liu's X-23, Alpha Flight, Iron Man 2.0 and two series that had yet to even be published, Destroyers and Victor Von Doom – not to mention a miniseries that was ended before it was finished – All-Winners Squad: Band of Heroes.
Are Marvel's new corporate Disney overlords cracking the whip? Or is business just that bad for the comic industry today? Discuss.
UPDATE: Looks like Daken: Dark Wolverine is getting the axe, too.