Black Knight Cancelled With Fifth Issue

Word has come down from writer Frank Tieri that of Black Knight cancelled by Marvel Comics. With orders falling from 39,000 for the first issue to 22,000 for the second, it looks as if there is a chopping block at the All-New, All-Different Marvel.

BLKKNGHT2015004_covIn a Facebook post, writer Frank Tieri broke the news:

Ok, bad news time, folks… I can officially talk about this now and can confirm that yeah, issue #5 of BLACK KNIGHT will indeed be our last. It sucks and there’s a lot I could say about it but in the end, the bottom line is the market is what it is these days and the sales just weren’t there. It was an honor and a privilege to bring Dane’s adventures in Weirdworld to you — and we’re not quite done yet as we’ll be wrapping up our storyline which actually can act as a limited series the way it’s structured. Proud of the work we did here and wanted to thank Team BK for all their efforts and great work. And most of all I wanted to thank the BK fans who have always been great in their support– without you there would never have been a BLACK KNIGHT book to begin with. Wish I had better news but hopefully you guys will enjoy the next 2 issues as we close this thing out. The ebony blade sheathes for now…

Black Knight has a little place here at Needless Essentials. We’ve enjoyed some incarnations of the character, and he has a history going back to the Silver Age of Marvel. We even suggested that he’d be a perfect character for the cinematic treatment. The quick cancellation of this book, before the third issue numbers were even made public, forced us to take a look at the three issues that have come out.

Well, the book has a lot going against it. It’s set in an entirely new part of the Marvel Multiverse, Weirdworld. It also features a character that has had a rough time catching on, mainly due to a halt in his momentum once it gets started. The last time he had a really high profile was the period just before the crash of the 1990s and a horrible creative period in Avengers history. Frank Tieri is really doing well with embracing the history of the character, but the artwork is not what many fans may have come to expect of an Avengers book. The first issue never really introduced the world and the character enough to grasp the imagination of a casual reader, and it wasn’t until the third issue that thestory really had enough background to explain how Dane Whitman got where he was.

The cancellation shows that Marvel’s flooding of the marketplace with comics does not guarantee every title a broad opportunity for success.