So, word on across the web today is that Marvel comics has canceled one of its only female led solo titles, X-23. Speaking as a long time fan of the character and a fan of the title itself, I am not happy.
Yes, I understand that X-23 is going to have a part in Avengers Academy coming this December (and I’ve been planning on picking up the title just so I can keep up with her story), but is that really any reason to cancel the title? Wolverine is a member of team after team, in title after title, so what’s the problem with his clone appearing in multiple titles? Especially when this cancellation means that Marvel’s only solo-lead female title come February will be Ghost Rider (which, coincidentally, X-23 has been outselling.)
It’s utterly ridiculous, that with so many strong female characters in the Marvel universe, that they can’t get one female title to stick. Personally, I think that some of Marvel’s female characters are even more compelling than the males, and are fully capable of holding up solo titles. If DC can have Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Batgirl, and a host of other female lead-titles that I hear have been selling well (I don’t read Batwoman, but I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about the current rebooted title), then what’s the deal, Marvel? You can totally let Storm or Spider-Woman (or Ultimate Spider-Woman for that matter) take the lead for once, or even do your own “Birds of Prey” type book.
Come on, Marvel. What gives?