Earlier this year Marvel announced a 3-issue Luke Cage: City of Fire miniseries from writer Ho Che Anderson and a rotating team of artists including Farid Karami, Ray-Anthony Height, and Sean Damien Hill. Originally scheduled for release in October, the first issue was delayed to December, not surprising given the current flux state of the comics industry with the current worldwide paper shortage and other supply chain disruptions. However earlier today through an Instagram post Anderson revealed that the miniseries had been canceled.
MAN PLANS, GOD LAUGHS: No easy way to say this. I got the word Luke Cage got cancelled this morning, one month away from its premiere. The scripts are all written. The first issue is done and is a thing of absolute beauty. Issues 2 and 3 are deep into production. Covers have been drawn. People have gotten excited, and with good reason as far as I’m concerned. I remain as proud of this as any work I’ve ever done. Maybe someday it will be seen. But as of today this comic is dead in the water. If you want answers I am not the man to ask. My heart is broken. I’m taking a social media break to lick my wounds. Somewhere god is having a chuckle. Enjoy it.
Previous Luke Cage writer David F. Walker offered two potential reasons for the cancellation on Twitter, “#1 – pre-orders were too low to warrant the cost of printing. #2 – someone high up on the Marvel/Disney food chain saw something in the series that didn’t sit well with them, and decided to kill it.”
There are only two reasons a title is cancelled this late in the game. #1 – pre-orders were too low to warrant the cost of printing. #2 – someone high up on the Marvel/Disney food chain saw something in the series that didn't sit well with them, and decided to kill it. https://t.co/xo8qJEYEmk
— David F Walker (@DavidWalker1201) November 24, 2021
Given the current racial tensions in the country it very well that the powers wanted to avoid any potential backlash. But again, given the current disruptions in publishing including the aforementioned paper shortage, it’s very possible that after seeing the pre-orders Marvel decided it couldn’t afford to print the miniseries.
With any luck though, the Luke Cage: City of Fire miniseries will somehow, someway eventually see the light of day from such a celebrated team of comic creators.