#S a v e A N X F
What’s going on?
Peter David (writer of All New X-Factor) announced that the series will be cancelled at issue #20 because sales are low. (source) There are a great deal of people who adore this comic, and we want to share that awesome with everyone else. This is a campaign to lift that cancellation and try to renew the series.
What is being done?
If you care about All New X-Factor as much as we do, we urge you to take action. We are planning on setting up times to attempt to get #SaveANXF trending on Twitter to introduce the series to a wider audience. There are 6 issues left until the series is scheduled to come to an end. If we can raise sales and get Marvel’s attention, perhaps we can save it – or at least increase the possibility of the characters sticking around. We would also like to propose an “All New X-Factor Week” at some point in the near future; participation is encouraged to further spread the word.
How can I help?
If you can think of anything else, let us know! We want as many people to be involved as possible. Follow us on twitter: @saveanxf. Spread the news. Reblog/retweet. Most importantly, buy All New X-Factor.
Thank you for your support!
This is such a huge bummer. Peter David’s previous run on X-Factor was one of the best Marvel titles of the last decade. And while All-New X-Factor hadn’t quite reached the heights of the last series, it clearly was building towards something great.
I’d been keeping track of the sales through Comichron and they’ve been pretty bad for most of the run. The latest sales records for August shows that ANXF only sold 21,352 copies. This also doesn’t bode well for Captain Marvel, All-New Ghost Rider, Secret Avengers, All-New Invaders, Elektra, and All-New Ultimates as they all sell less copies.
I think part of the problem why this book wasn’t successful was due to two reasons. First of all, it’s an X-book that doesn’t feature either Wolverine, Cyclops, or Storm. In fact the most popular character in X-Factor is Gambit, and his last series was cancelled not too long ago as was Astonishing X-Men that was the only X-Men title that featured him heavily. A team featuring Polaris, Quicksilver, Warlock, Cypher, and Danger wasn’t going to be the most popular.
The other big issue was the art. Carmine Di Giandomenico is not a very well known artist and his work is extremely stylized. It grew on me over time, but I can see why many readers would be turned off.
I was hoping the Axis tie-in issues would have helped the sales but clearly they weren’t enough.
Peter David wrote on his blog:
Also for some reason Bleeding Cool is associating it with the fact that Quicksilver will be returning to the Avengers and that’s why the book is going away. No, it’s because not enough people are buying it. Which is exactly the reason they cancelled “Gambit” as well, so it’ll probably be a long time before he gets to star in another book.
All I did was write a book that got tons of positive write-ups. Which I guess is enough to encourage people to buy it when it comes out in trades, oblivious to the fact that books get cancelled when you do that. Whatever.
The Serval Industries concept could have had so much mileage. It breaks my heart that this book is getting the boot. I’m sure Gambit and Polaris will show up up in various X-books. Gambit would fit in perfectly in Amazing X-Men to pal around with Nightcrawler and Colossus, or maybe he could be a teacher at the Jean Grey School in Spider-Man and the X-Men. Polaris would fit in perfectly on the all female squad in X-Men, along with her former teammate Monet. Cypher and Warlock are always likely to show up any time there is a New Mutants revival. Quicksilver has the Avengers. Poor Danger is likely to be the one left behind..
I doubt Peter David will return to the X-Factor title again, which is the biggest crime. I’m sure he’ll continue to write random books. Spider-Man 2099 is a blast and I’m interested to see how he writes Deadpool in Deadpool’s Art of War. He continues to write the Marvel adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower, and his upcoming Phantom mini-series on Hermes Press looks very impressive. Unless Marvel and David want to revive the government sponsored team or the private detective incarnation, this might be the last time we see a David/X-Factor title.
I have been actually buying this comic to avoid this eventuality, and how it is happening and I am really really sad.
Save X-Factor. Let Peter David stay in the playground he’s spent 23 years building.
First: I have to call BS on the “A team featuring Polaris, Quicksilver, Warlock, Cypher, and Danger wasn’t going to be the most popular” line. This is implying the book’s only value came from Gambit, and that all the other characters on it couldn’t have sold the book without him around.
In truth, any collection of characters can sell a book, it all depends on what you do with them and how well word spreads of what you do with them. Just about all the characters we know and love today didn’t start out popular. I mean hell, Deadpool was created in 1991, and Emma Frost didn’t become well-known beyond hardcore fans until this past decade. Today we’d say both those characters are popular.
How well a book sells involves many, many factors. It’s complex. But if I had to pick just one here, it would be Marvel not promoting this book. Look at All-New X-Factor #14. People had been waiting YEARS to finally see Lorna and Wanda spend time together as sisters. Marvel didn’t promote it. They didn’t even release its cover until a week before release. And here’s the result: ANXF #14’s sales are going to be equal or lower than they should’ve been. I know this because I know Marvel screwing that issue over meant no issues on the shelves for walk-ins. I’ve seen it myself, and talked to others who saw it too.
So if you’re going to blame anything, don’t blame “not having popular enough characters.” Blame Marvel not giving it the support it actually needed (or needs). Saying it’s the fault of the characters is insulting, especially when we’ve seen countless times where “nobodies” rocketed into stardom status because Marvel gave an interesting, well-written book enough support for that character to become a star. Wolverine included.
Second: I’m very glad to see these initiatives being planned out. I don’t know how effective it will be, but no matter what happens or what can happen, everyone can at least say they made sure to let everyone know about the book and what it means to them.