Last fall Robbie Reyes’ version of Ghost Rider made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in a small arc of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s fourth season. Following that debut, the character made his big return to a solo series after his first series came to an end during 2015’s event Secret Wars.
That comic book return has turned out to be a short-lived one.
Marvel Comics has officially canceled the series with issue #5 and canceled the previously solicited issue #6, according to Newsarama. The publisher has given no reason for the ending of the title.
Many had worried that an end was coming when the series, along with others like Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! which was recently canceled as well, was missing from the publisher’s solicitations for May comics. Those other titles included Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Silver Surfer, Silk, Great Lakes Avengers, Thunderbolts, Gamora and Deadpool & The Mercs for Money.
Jim Zub, the writer of Thunderbolts, recently revealed that his series is on hiatus during the summer Secret Empire with hopes to pick it back up afterward. The fate of those other titles is still up in the air currently but could be answered soon with June solicitations about to arrive.
The stealth cancellation of a title is not surprising, as this has been the way that Marvel has handled the ending of titles in the recent years. Most of the time the creators either reveal that it’s ending like writer Kate Leth did with Hellcat, or fans find out when the solicitations stop coming for a title and the publisher then confirms the ending.
Since Jason Aaron’s Ghost Rider series came to an end in 2009, the character has seemed to have a hard time finding a footing.
In 2011 a new character Alejandra Jones became Ghost Rider but her series only lasted for 9 issues before it came to an end. Robbie became Ghost Rider in 2014 and the series ran 12 issues but received a lot of rave attention and the character caught on enough to have a mini-series during Secret Wars and of course to be the Ghost Rider chosen to be featured on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last fall.
What happens next with the character of Robbie and the Ghost Rider remains to be seen.