Marvel Comics May solicitations have arrived and while there are numerous brand spanking new titles arriving from the publisher that month, there was one that was noticeably absent. That was the amazingly fun Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! series which has been one of the standouts of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative of 2015 and 2016.
Writer Kate Leth took to Twitter to reveal that the missing title was in fact because sadly the title has been canceled by Marvel.
While the publisher has ended the title Leth made sure to note that they allowed her and the rest of the creative team the chance to finish the story out their way all the way out to the upcoming issue 17 in April.
“We’ve known it was coming, and Marvel has been spectacular enough to give us space to wrap up the story exactly how we wanted in 3 volumes. I know it might come as a shock, and our whole team will miss the book too, but 17 issues with one team is pretty wild! We’ve been lucky!” Leth said in subsequent Tweets. “So there are two more to come out (#16 and #17) and then the final collection a few months after. If you want to send a letter – do it! I think the story wraps up in a very real and satisfying way (I hope) with 16, and then 17 is like a fun bonus episode at the mall.”
Launched in December of 2015, the series has been a very welcome addition to the growing number of more lighthearted and fun titles that Marvel has been exploring since the likes of Ms. Marvel, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and others were successful. Seventeen issues is a very accomplished run of issues nowadays with most titles ending or relaunching before or after the 12 issues mark, as Marvel has embraced a more TV seasons like mindset for many of their titles.
While the title was light and fun, it also was a very inclusive title that brought in characters of various genders, races and sexual orientations that were authentic full characters. They were not just stereotypes to fill any sort of quota like is found in a lot of media, instead they were a true reflection of the diversity found within the real world.
The work that Leth and artist Brittney Williams along with the amazing team of colorists, letterers, inkers and others that worked on the book fit the mold of showing that comic books can be so much more than just heroes beating up villains or one another. There is heart and fun and true characters within these pages that help tell stories of people who may not find themselves regularly represented in the world of entertainment.
“I am enormously proud of this book, of our team, and thrilled we got to tell SO MUCH story. We made Vampire Jubilee work. All I can hope for,” Leth said on Twitter. “It, like our audience, is queer, fun, weird, delightful and almost purely made of joy. So, thank you! Thank you with all my heart.”
The final issue of Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! arrives in April. If you haven’t checked the series out, now is the time to pick it up.