October's Champions #10 will be the final issue of the series starring a team of Marvel's teenage superheroes, writer Jim Zub revealed on his blog Thursday. Zub said that the book "didn't click the way we hoped" and that his "long-term plans for the series have been cut short."
Once the October solicits arrived online, I knew discussion would start around our current run. It's with a heavy heart that I let all of you know CHAMPIONS will be wrapping up with issue #10.
I built this new take on the team as a way to try and bridge classic teen superheroic drama with an eclectic cast of characters – old school Marvel brought to the present with a new generation of heroes.
I took a risk with the book and it didn't click the way we hoped, so my long-term plans for the series have been cut short. That's the way it goes sometimes.
It hurts. Dressing that up any other way would be disingenuous. I wish it had worked out. I'm sorry I let you down.
Zub went on to thank his creative collaborators and editors, but revealed that "there are big plans for Marvel's teens" in the works for next year, and that the Champions' story will continue, though he didn't offer any clues about what to expect.
If you're reading this and lamenting the future of your favorite young heroes, I can tell you that there are big plans for Marvel's teens in 2020. I've heard about the next stage of the Champions story – It's exciting, vibrant, and absolutely worthy of the House of Ideas. I'm a bit wistful that it's not mine to tell, but also hopeful for the future of these inspiring young heroes.
On Twitter, Zub asked that fans not ask him about his future plans, or Marvel's future plans right now.
You can read Zub's full blog post here. Champions #10, the final issue, hits stores in October. Zub will next be writing Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda with artist Lan Medina, the first issue of which hits stores in September.
(W) Jim Zub (A) Steven Cummings (CA) Kim Jacinto
• The next generation made a vow to do better.
• Now, they have to live up to it, as the future of the Champions hangs in the balance.
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019