Marvel Comics announced this morning that “Uncanny X-Men” #544 will end the long-running series, largely thanks to the events unfolding in the mini-series ”X-Men: Schism.” Knowing Marvel’s history with canceling long running series such as the Avengers, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four, we can expect the X-Men’s earth shattering relaunch with a #1 issue to take about 30 days or in other words about the same amount of time it would have taken for issue #545 to hit the shelves.
A cynic could see this as a money grab, an attempt to keep up with DC’s 52 relaunches coming in September or an excuse to launch a “new” X-men series on the coattails of the recent success of the X-Men: First Class movie. I guess what really bothers us here in the lair is that Uncanny was one of of the last series with it’s original numbering, continuity and history and that meant something. We’re getting fed up with all of these phony excuses to create new #1 debut issues every ten months, it really doesn’t feel all that earth shattering or even significant and that’s a shame. All right, with that said here’s more.
Marvel Press Release: