Acccording to CBR, Marvel has canceled the X-23 ongoing. This leaves them with zero female solo ongoing titles( I don't count Ghost Rider as a solo title, even though a woman is wielding the power right now. It does still co-star Johnny Blaze.), and will leave the building story thread of her series hanging. Another brilliant move from the house of ideas. They are citing budgetary reasons, but are keeping titles that have underperformed far worse in comparison to her title.
X-23 will carry on in Avengers Academy and the upcoming Venom arc, but this is a blow to readers everywhere as the upcoming issue 17 in stores tomorrow is a perfect jumping on point for those curious about the title. You'd think Marvel would have at least waited until issue 23 to give the title a chance to wrap up properly, but what do you expect from the people that bat the character around repeatedly and change the personality of the character on whims without ever including storycentric reasoning until Marjorie Liu was writing her. Sadly I had anticipated this happening with how they shuffled the character off to a team book that seemed rather like a shoe-horned in addition with how they said they were going to do it. An odd choice for her considering she had already 'graduated' from a school once, but I had thought they might hold out to let X-23 end on issue 23. Instead, according to CBR it looks like issue 20 will be her last, which is the same number on her Marvel Universe figure's stand. Issue 20 being potentially where she deals with Surge's hypocrisy(seriously, they kick her off the New X-Men for killing and then side with those wanting to kill people? Hypocrite much?), sees Jubilee again, and has to endure further mistreatment by Cyclops who was using her just as the Facility did. That's not to say Wolverine's school would have been any better of a fit with Hellion there, and the fact she had already graduated once. Plus there's the fact the character has been better trained and taught than any other character in the Marvel Universe anyway already. Which will hopefully lead to some fun scenes in Avengers Academy if they've bothered to read up on the history of the character they are about to use.
Here's hoping Avengers Academy uses X-23 well, because other than the Venom arc it will be the only regular fix her fans will be able to get. As for the dangling plot threads of who the mystery woman was, and what'll happen with the soul mark/uni-power mark? They will forever remain a mystery.
Chalk this up to another misfire from Marvel, and show them your displeasure by picking up the remaining four issues. Let X-23 go out with a bang on the top 300 chart! You can also write to Marvel, and tell how unhappy you are about this rather arbitrary decision that can't be rationalized in comparison to what they've kept. Like Daken that is losing readers left and right and is performing worse than X-23 did. This is especially weird as the numbers were on the rise for X-23 while Daken's were falling.
KP will be covering the X-23 appearances in Avengers Academy, so let us all hope they don't screw the character up.
We would like to give a special thank you to Marjorie Liu for her hard work on this title though, and her work will be missed as she was one of the first writers to take the character forward in the public eye without being vague about the character's origins. Finally proving to the fandom at large X-23 is more akin to a daughter, and that Sarah Kinney shares some genes with Laura too.
That's not to say the series was perfect. There were some mis-steps along the way, but also some utterly amazing issues. The same could be said of Yost/Kyle who had done an amazing job on the minis, and Academy X until they completely unraveled the character and destroyed their own work via X-Force at times. The solo title lacked action as a whole, but the X-Force title pushed too much glee in destroying the character at times that borderlined on painful to read. Here's hoping Avengers Academy finds a happy middle ground between the two with their usage.
When the final issue hits, I'll do a follow up entry on this that covers the mistakes and problems from past to present from all the writers. For now, a moment of silence for another fallen solo female title.
Thanks to afgoosett of Toyark for making me aware of some articles via Comicvine about this.
Marvel Cancels X-23
Should Marvel have Canceled X-23?
Bleeding Cool has also chimed in with their utter displeasure at Marvel for this move.
So yeah Marvel, that's 4 outlets already that are reacting with shock and pissed off about it. Care to rethink it yet?