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I hope everyone heard Testament was canceled as of issue 22... I wonder which other series will go next I hope the Exterminators will last longer i think its one of the better series out there imho...

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I'm not surprised Testament is cancelled.

 

It was never going to be a popular title based on the premise to start with.

Then there were some problems with the writing, for one the idea of rewriting the Bible stories was very interesting, but Rushkoff never figured out how to blend the two, and the Bible stories ended up looking pointless amongst the wider plot.

And although I enjoyed the series for a great while, at some point the plot started to go in circles. I cannot honestly say how much progress has actually been made in the series from issue #1 to the current issue.

Then there's been a lot of hiatuses of late between issues and I find myself not remembering what's been happening in the book between issues with these delays.

I think the circuitous stories mixed with the delays between issues would make it very easy for a lot of the readers to drop the title.

 

Put it all together, and I'll mark Testament as an interesting failure.

It was the only current Vertigo book I was reading besides H.B.

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Who's next for the boot ? Well, let's see what the numbers are looking like....

 

FABLES

 

06/2007: Fables #62 — 25,726 (-1.3%)

07/2007: Fables #63 — 25,603 (-0.5%)

08/2007: Fables #64 — 25,498 (-0.4%)

 

JACK OF FABLES

 

06/2007: Jack of Fables #11 — 19,797 (- 0.9%)

06/2007: Jack of Fables #12 — 19,337 (- 2.3%)

08/2007: Jack of Fables #13 — 19,187 (- 0.8%)

 

HELLBLAZER

 

07/2007: Hellblazer #234 — 13,112 (- 0.7%)

08/2007: Hellblazer #234 — 13,214 (+ 0.8%)

08/2007: Hellblazer #235 — 13,153 (- 0.5%)

 

DMZ

 

06/2007: DMZ #20 — 12,704 (- 3.1%)

07/2007: DMZ #21 — 12,433 (- 2.1%)

08/2007: DMZ #22 — 12,175 (- 2.1%)

 

THE UN-MEN (the persons responsible for green lighting this should be fired on the grounds of gross stupidity)

 

08/2007: The Un-Men #1 — 11,868

 

LOVELESS

 

04/2007: Loveless #17 — 10,334 (- 4.2%)

05/2007: –

06/2007: Loveless #18 — 9,906 (- 4.1%)

07/2007: –

08/2007: Loveless #19 — 8,851 (-10.7%)

 

FAKER

 

07/2007: Faker #1 of 6 — 11,461

08/2007: Faker #2 of 6 — 8,735 (-23.8%)

 

THE EXTERMINATORS

 

06/2007: The Exterminators #18 — 8,651 (- 1.8%)

07/2007: The Exterminators #19 — 8,454 (- 2.3%)

08/2007: The Exterminators #20 — 8,289 (- 2.0%)

 

96/203 - AMERICAN VIRGIN

 

07/2007: American Virgin #16 — 8,403 (- 2.4%)

08/2007: American Virgin #17 — 8,204 (- 2.4%)

08/2007: American Virgin #18 — 7,727 (- 5.8%)

 

SCALPED

 

06/2007: Scalped #6 — 8,689 (- 3.7%)

07/2007: Scalped #7 — 8,303 (- 4.4%)

08/2007: Scalped #8 — 7,942 (- 4.4%)

 

ARMY@LOVE

 

06/2007: Army@Love #4 — 9,089 (-11.9%)

07/2007: Army@Love #5 — 8,386 (- 7.7%)

08/2007: Army@Love #6 — 7,858 (- 6.3%)

 

224 - CROSSING MIDNIGHT

 

06/2007: Crossing Midnight #8 — 6,612 (- 3.7%)

07/2007: Crossing Midnight #9 — 6,351 (- 4.0%)

08/2007: Crossing Midnight #10 — 6,142 (- 3.3%)

 

Now entering the land of the dead which has a suitable fitting doorman...

 

232 - DEADMAN (Cancelled at #13)

 

05/2007: Deadman #10 — 6,690 (- 7.2%)

06/2007: Deadman #11 — 6,336 (- 5.3%)

08/2007: Deadman #12 — 5,803 (- 8.4%)

 

It would appear that Testament was on either a skip month or simply failed to make the top 300 titles for August of 2007.

 

Crossing Midnight, barring Sandman-esque trade sales, is obviously fucked. I'll be surprised if anything below Hellblazer is still around in a year's time as all of those titles are shedding readers month on month. Brian Wood's mentioned on his site that DMZ trade sales are strong, so maybe that'll be enough to help it last a little longer than the others.

 

The only title I'll be particularly sad to see go would be Midnight Crossing, the first trade for which was all kind of aces.

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I don't think it's just a matter of numbers, I doubt they just drop a Mike Carey or Brian Azzarello title.

 

And to hear Shelly Bond talk you'd think she was writing American Virgin, so i don't think anything with sales above that could be canned too soon.

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Yeah, Testament didn't come out that month.

 

Unless Vertigo is closing shop, or unless Vertigo releases a bunch of hits (which I doubt with Vertigo's recent track record), I think they really have to keep a large number of these titles alive, especially since the solicits of new Vertigo books for the rest of this year are pretty boring to dire.

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As are all those of good heart, Lou. That was probably the best new thing Vertigo's published in the last decade, and the fact that they felt it was beneath their dignity to plug or promote it is more than a little annoying.

 

Looks grim for Crossing Midnight, though, and I doubt that American Vigin is much longer for this world, however much Shelly Bond likes it.

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Yeah, Outlaw Nation was the first title that sprung to mind when I saw what this thread was about, keep meaning to pick up the big fat Image collection of the whole series.

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The Crusades was unfairly truncated at the same time as well.

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Oh don't even get me started on The Minx: so much potential pissed away it's untrue.

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Becky Cloonan, the original artist is pretty good. She did DEMO with Brian Wood. She experiments with different approaches often, or did while she drew DEMO. I DL'd American Virgin a few times, but the writing was never all that.

 

I'm still pissed about Outlaw Nation. :glare:

 

Yeah, me too.

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Becky Cloonan, the original artist is pretty good. She did DEMO with Brian Wood. She experiments with different approaches often, or did while she drew DEMO. I DL'd American Virgin a few times, but the writing was never all that.

 

I'm still pissed about Outlaw Nation. :glare:

 

Yeah, me too.

 

Okay that's four of you on this page alone,so...what the hell was Outlaw Nation?

 

And anyone who might be wondering the same thing about Triggger,merely scroll up to post #12 on this page and get Kejoxen's short and acurate review.I bought it for the art cause I love John Watkiss,but the story went nowhere.

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Outlaw Nation was Jamie Delano's attempt at the Great American Novel, starring a family of extraordinarily long-lived rebels. It was pretty weird but still rather good, and - as far as I can remember - failed because Delano chose to write in a totally novelistic, "chapter-by-chapter" format rather than self-contained arcs.

 

You can pick up all 19 issues in a reasonably-priced B&W trade from Image. I'd certainly say it's worth a shot.

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Tony was it worth it?

 

and James do you mean "Rebel" as in southern United States?I know some or a few of the characters are immortal,just wanted to clarify.

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It was worth it. Because most of em were in dollar boxes.

 

Not a glowing review my friend.

 

Still I'll probably give it a try.Delano's cool and I think Sudzuka & Parlov are both underated(though the series of movies they starred in during the 1980's as "the Gorans" were terrible.)

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It's worth hunting down, Rak. It's one of the better later-90s Vertigo titles. Delano didn't actually accomplish what he started out intending to do, and at first I didn't enjoy the series, I think because I was expecting something different than what the book ended up, because I reread the whole series recently, now having completely forgotten what Delano wanted the book to be, and it's really good.

I always thought of it as a Preacher-rip-off, but I'm not sure how I got that now. I enjoyed O.N. much more than Preacher.

You can usually find the back-issues for cheap though, which is always good.

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