Marvel Cancels 2 Low-Performing X-Books
'X-Treme X-Men' & 'Age of Apocalypse' Ending in April
Published: 01/18/2013, Last Updated: 01/21/2013 04:05am
Marvel Comic’s solicitations for April include the announcement of the final tear-stained issues of Greg Pak and Andre Araujo’s X-Treme X-Men with issue #13 and David Lapham and Roberto De La Torre’s Age of Apocalypse with issue #14.
Given the shakeup in the X-Book world with the dean of Marvel writers Brian Michael Bendis taking over Uncanny X-Men and launching All-New X-Men and the April launch of the a new adjectiveless X-Men title written by superstar scribe Brian Wood, the disappearance of Age of Apocalypse and X-Treme X-Men will raise few eyebrows, especially since both books fell below Marvel’s "Mendoza line" of 20,000 copies in December with X-Treme X-Men #8 selling 16,536 and Age of Apocalypse #10 at 19,337.
As a parting shot Marvel commissioned artist Giuseppe Camuncoli to create a trio of interlocking covers for the final issues of Age of Apocalypse, X-Treme X-Men, and Astonishing X-Men #61 (the only one of the trio that is not being cancelled--issue #57 in December had a circulation of 26,263--see "Top 300 Comics--December").
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