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Liked X-Men: Misfits? Too Bad, Canceled!

Sad pandas were had by the entire X-Team


What a terrible way to start off the morning. Anyone who has listened to the squadcast recently knows that AHR and I are pretty big fans of Del Rey's X-men: Misfits Manga. An OEL (original English language) manga, Misfits revamped the series to follow a decidedly more romantic comedy vibe, as Kitty Pryde finds she's the only girl at Xaiver's School for Gifted Individuals. This was fine and all, apparently the first volume even made the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller List for several weeks, but that seemingly won't keep the series in print.
 
The news came straight from a candid question at the creator's tables, Misfits fans were warned not to look forward to next volume, because she has no idea if/when it'll ever come out. Of course, Deb at Manga.About.com got her sleuthing hat on. Talking with Raina Telgemeier and husband/collaborator Dave Roman, they had this to say on the matter... 

Wow! News travels fast! @goraina and I super disappointed since it was written as a 2-part story and it will be unfair to readers.

We only found out last week. We still don't have a lot of the details beyond it being a cost of licensing vs. profits issue. :/ I only saw about 20 pages of Book 2 pencils a few months back so I assumed Anzu was far along, but still deep into it. Those are the emotions that I keep going through regarding Misfits. Confusion then disappointment. Most successful non-success.
And thus you are up to speed. Raina said they would have more to say later, but I can't help but feel confused, and slightly abandoned. This, of course, presumably means the Wolverine: Prodigal Son series is also on the chopping block, though I didn't actually like that one. Misfits seemed fairly successful, so one can only speculate on what else must be going on behind the curtain.
 
The most likely culprit is, of course, licensing issues with the Marvel IPs. This seems all the more likely if we just set our way back machine to remember how Disney bought Marvel late summer. Anyways, check out Deb's blog for her entire findings.
sora_thekey moderator on April 12, 2010 at 11:55 a.m.


Nooooooooooo!!!!!! T_T 

I really enjoyed it!  
I guess I will never know what heppened to Kitty Pryde... 
 
*sobs*

Chibi_Kajion April 12, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
Of course I hear this right AFTER I order the first volume.
AHR staff on April 12, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
booo...this sucks.  i read the first volume fairly recently, and i thought it was super fun.  i definitely LOLed. but then again, the best i can say about the book is that it comfortably fit in the reluctant-girl with male-harem manga genre - it didn't exactly bring anything new to the genre and it didn't really bring anything all that exciting to the world of the x-men.  still, i would have definitely read the second volume, so this is pretty sad news.
sora_thekey moderator on April 12, 2010 at 4:19 p.m.
@AHR said:
"booo...this sucks.  i read the first volume fairly recently, and i thought it was super fun.  i definitely LOLed. but then again, the best i can say about the book is that it comfortably fit in the reluctant-girl with male-harem manga genre - it didn't exactly bring anything new to the genre and it didn't really bring anything all that exciting to the world of the x-men.  still, i would have definitely read the second volume, so this is pretty sad news. "

I think the manga did it's job when it made you (and me for that matter) want to read the second volume... 
I would say it brought something new to the X-men since it was a whole new world (No Aladdin pun intended) of mutants... The look was beautiful and the story was pretty different.... 
 
*crying now*
ShadowKnight508 moderator on April 12, 2010 at 8:24 p.m.
This is a real shame...another promising manga who's life is cut way too short due to loss of support and/or licensing issues. This manga looks to be very promising, but sadly, we will not get to enjoy the second volume thanks to the idiot IP'ers at Marvel.
Gaseroon April 12, 2010 at 8:59 p.m.
I'd assume it would be rather expensive to continue with the Marvel license. The profit margin would be reduced by too much
Charagonon April 12, 2010 at 9:08 p.m.
This sucks. I really enjoyed the first volume and even got my little sister interested in it.
 
Thanks a !@#$ing lot, Marvel.
John_Martoneon April 13, 2010 at 12:32 p.m.
@Chibi_Kaji said:
" Of course I hear this right AFTER I order the first volume. "
Your pain makes me feel better about my own.
 
@ShadowKnight508:
The worst part, to me, is that it was only going to be 2 volumes anyway, so its not like they pulled out of a long term investment or something. They were pretty much at the finish line.
Konandaon April 13, 2010 at 12:33 p.m.

That's the Disney empire for you, it's a shame Marvel is in that crowd now.

Jeysuon May 10, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
The first volume was really aweeesome!!!  I was totally looking forward for the 2nd one ..... *crying*. I hope they reconsider their decision.
CrAzYcAnDyon July 16, 2010 at 9:48 a.m.

This really stinks.... :S

I just boought Xmen misfits and it was sooper dooper totally awesome... so awesome it should be made a movie! Buit then I wanted to see where you can by Volume 2 *sob* but Nooooooo there IS no volume 2!

*crys* man that was a really good manga...    ;( 
Come on now Marvel! I have like almost every game you made and now this? What is wrong with you people!? 
 
This book is everything thats like... totally awesome  
Funny:

Kitty: Mainly because telepathy is so creepy    Dr.X: All your secrets are Mine MINE!!!!!!
 
godeateron July 16, 2010 at 2:19 p.m.
i had a feeling  it would not last..
amushion Sept. 29, 2013 at 10:08 a.m.

why not just change the title?

taichokageon Oct. 4, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.
I'm fine with it I guess. I've read and seen so many versions of X-men that one being cancelled doesn't bother me. 90's X-men, X-men Evolution, Wolverine and the X-men, New X-men anime, X-men movies, Canon 616 X-men, Ultimate X-men, and a bit of Age of Apocalypse X-men.
sickVisionz moderator on Oct. 4, 2013 at 7:45 a.m.

@amushi: @taichokage: Are you aware that this news is over 3 years old?

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