The new Black Panther movie trailer had the internet pretty unhinged since Friday (June 9). The cast, as well as all of the action, is enough to make any superhero movie fan geeked.
All of this aside, a new very quietly made announcement has dampened the mood somewhat. On Sunday night, it was announced that World of Wakanda, the Black Panther spinoff comic focusing on Dora Milaje, was canceled.
The timing seems pretty suspect, too. Marvel’s cancellation of a Black Panther comic book almost literally right after the announcement of a new movie with similar theme seems odd. It's a numbers game though, and Wakanda was not doing well. Every month, as a new issue was being released, sales were decreasing.
November’s initial issue sold 57,073 copies. By April’s sixth issue, that number was down to 14,547. Currently, if a comic book is selling well, publishers should expect at least 30,000 to fly off shelves. Some are arguing that WoW didn’t have enough time to gain an audience, especially since it was a new kind of storyline.
This all comes after another majority Black comic was axed with Black Panther and the Crew getting canceled in May. It didn’t even see its second issue, even though the comic debuted with over 35,000 issues sold.
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