Just like it’s predecessor, Christopher Priest’s 2003 series The Crew, Marvel Comics Black Panther and The Crew series has been cancelled after only two issues.
Announced through The Verge, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates confirmed the news to them that because of poor sales the series will go from being an ongoing to just a six issue mini-series. The move will allow Coates, co-writer Yona Harvey and artist Butch Guice to wrap up the story they started just last month.
While Black Panther was in the title of the series he starred alongside many of Marvel Comics other prominent black superheroes including Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Storm and the former Avengers member Manifold. Together the heroes were taking on police violence in Harlem and exploring the mystery of the death of an activist named Ezra Keith who died in police custody.
This title’s end is just another in a growing line of titles, many of them focusing on characters that are not the big name superheroes and/or characters of color, that have come to a swift end. These recently cancelled titles include the latest volume of Nova, Star-Lord, Nighthawk, Hyperion, Redwolf, Ghost Rider and Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat! among others.
Outside of the Hellcat title, most of those mentioned titles ended around or before six issues, and many of them receiving an early ax after just a few issues.
Black Panther and The Crew joins the recently ended Black Panther: World of Wakanda as titles that spun off Coates Harvey Award winning Black Panther series that have been cancelled. The main Black Panther series is still ongoing, currently moving into it’s second season after the first story covered the first 12 issues.