Are you fucking kidding me, Marvel?

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Are you fucking kidding me, @Marvel?!

You’re seriously going to cancel the best book you publish?

Is that what we’re talking about here?

Thor : The Mighty Avenger is everything wonderful about comics. I know that might seem hard to swallow if you haven’t read it since it is a comic about Thor, but it is completely true.

Heartfelt. Beautiful to look at. Enjoyable for any age without being insulting to an older reader or talking down to a younger reader. Totally satisfying in installments from a story standpoint, but masterfully building on a larger arc when read together.

And, most importantly, so much fun.

Unless you’re cancelling this book to let Langridge and Samnee take over the regular Thor title, we’re done, Marvel.

I quit.

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  1. Agent Orange

    Marvel has been on a streak of disappointing people lately. It’s kind of disappointing. :/

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  2. TexasNinjaBuzzard

    I can just see Joe Quesada jumping up on the table at an editorial meeting and shouting “THOR! ungh! The god, y’all! What iiiiis he good for? Absolutely nothin’– canceled again!”

    Honestly, when I heard that something Thor-related was geting canceled, I just automatically assumed everyone was talking about a Joss Whedon movie. Maybe Marvel needed more room in the lineup for another crossover event about how much Quesada misses his mother and wishes he could trade his wife for her.

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  3. Colin

    Marvel canceling a beloved title that people are very passionate about? Isn’t even surprising anymore. It seems like they don’t understand the concept of the movie cash in title, what with them canceling it well before the movie even comes out. Now that Spider-girl is gone, if I don’t like the way the whole death of a Fantastic Four member goes down and if the upcoming Alpha Flight one shot doesn’t lead to a new series, once the Thunderstrike mini is done I’ll be done with Marvel. Time to work on complete my DeFalco back issue collection!

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  4. Finster

    You’re acting like there isn’t going to be a new Thor movie out and that Marvel won’t be rebooting Thor as soon as the marketing campaign for Thor gets into full swing.

    lern2rage

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  5. mahatmazombie

    There’s a lot of us who are trying to boost sales for this in the hopes we can make some sort of impact. Tomorrow, we’re looking to get people to take pictures of themselves buying, reading, or holding issue #6. Then you can tweet your photo @Marvel with the hashtag #SaveThorTheMightyAvenger.

    We’ve also got a facebook fan page up. Join the fight! It’s better to die on our feet than bow down to the editorial whims of a bunch of know-nothing fanboys.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Thor-The-Mighty-Avenger/143000499082324

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  6. TheDudeVonDoom

    Everything about this post is wrong.

    Marvel (including the ever vilified Joe Quesada) plugged this book as much as they could when it was first starting up. Everyone loved it and recognized it for the gem it was/is. Now they have to cancel the book because it isn’t selling. I don’t know if you know this, but Marvel and any other publishing business is just that: a business. If the people don’t want to buy it, then why supply it.

    If it wasn’t for Marvel and Joe and whoever else is in this hypothetical ivory tower you’re imagining, you wouldn’t get series like Thor: TMA, or (Agents of) Atlas or Doctor Voodoo – other series that were pushed and promoted as much as possible, but still got axed because the readers didn’t read them.

    You want to ignorantly blame executives for the fans’ mistake? Go ahead. It’s the cool thing to do on the Internet. But if you want to actually do something productive, and actually be a part of the solution, #SaveThorTheMightyAvenger by buying the book and telling others about the book.

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  7. chrishaley

    @DudeVonDoom – First of all, nothing about my post is wrong. Nothing about it is wrong because it is nothing but facts (the book is being cancelled) and my personal opinions (the book is great, I am upset it is being cancelled) which you may disagree with, but cannot say are objectively “wrong”.

    The fact that I never mention Joe Quesada and you mentioned him so much makes me think perhaps you didn’t actually read what I wrote.

    Now, you also suggest I do something productive.

    It seems to me, that trying to alert as many people as possible that a book I think is worth their time and money (because of the reasons I listed in the post) is a productive thing to do. I have to imagine that all this public outcry over the cancellation of the book is going to lead a lot of people who hadn’t yet checked it out to do just that… which again, to me, seems productive.

    Oh wait, telling people about the book (which is what my post was doing) is one of the things you suggest I do to be productive and part of the solution. Thank goodness we got that sorted and can see that I was already doing what you were saying I should do.

    The other thing that flummoxes me a bit here is that you say I should buy the book to be a part of the solution. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that the reason I’m so upset about the book’s cancellation is that I already buy it and would like to continue doing so?

    That seems like a logical forgone conclusion, but maybe that’s just me.

    Now since I didn’t mention this in the post (and as far as I know, neither Dr. Doom, nor The Dude have telepathic abilities), I’ll tell you that before this book was canceled not only was I buying it, but I was so enthusiastic about it that I urged some of my friends to buy it with the promise that if they didn’t love it, I would buy the copies they bought back from them.

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  8. Dylan

    @DudeVonDoom – First off, what Chris said. As somebody who Chris made the “if you don’t love it, I’ll buy the issues off of you” pledge to (about both this and Langridge’s Muppet Show comic which is also great and you all should be reading), I can testify that this guy is all about the productiveness and the enthusiasm.

    Secondly, the fact of the matter is – and this is hell of cynical of me to say, but sadly it’s the truth – that great art doesn’t win most of the time. Take a look at the box office receipts, the Billboard charts, the Nielsen ratings, the NY Times bestseller list, the top selling comics, etc.; and a lot of the stuff at the top of that list is garbage or fluff. Sometimes it’s well-constructed garbage/fluff, but it’s still garbage. I mean, there are what? 12 CSI shows and we can’t get ONE Veronica Mars or ONE Arrested Development or ONE Better Off Ted? When shows like Community or Parks & Recreation don’t get half the draw that a show like (blech) Two & A Half Men gets, you have to wonder about the tastes of the general populace. Excellence, sadly, does not equal widely beloved. Right, Nextwave?

    Thirdly, maybe if Marvel had promoted this as less of an all-ages book, and more of an “All-Star Thor”-type of book, it might have had more of a chance. Personally, I think that the “All Ages,” signifier is a kiss of death most or the time – like a G-rating for a movie – that promises that no matter how good it is, most adults won’t see if/pick it up just because it’s perceived as kiddie stuff. Especially in a culture as obsessed with looking “mature” and “grown up” as comic culture.

    Finally, it’s a THOR comic. Who cares about Thor? Nobody, that’s who. Well, okay, like Lord of the Rings nerds probably, but honestly, before the announced a movie, who cared about Thor? I sure could not have cared less until Chris got all boner-fied over the comic while we were chatting one day and enticed me into picking up the first few issues which I loved the hell out of.

    Anyway, basically what I’m saying is that you will not find a more proactive, enthusiastic and genuinely nice guy as Chris. So back off, man.

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  9. Joel Priddy

    Oh, please. Like Chris even reads comics.

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