Marvel announced this morning that Uncanny X-Men will end following issue #544 in October. According to the press release, this is meant as a form of fallout from Schism, though of course they have yet to release any substantial details. But fret not X-fans. While Marvel has yet to announce anything on the subject, history shows that Uncanny is likely to be back in some form (with or without a new #1) before too long. Of course, all of this may seem rather routine these days, considering Marvel’s penchant for relaunching/renumbering established series (Daredevil is currently approaching a third #1). The true significance of this announcement lies in the fact that Uncanny X-Men is the last Marvel title with numbering that dates back to the 1960s. While other books such as Amazing Spider-Man have cracked #600, they have all been relaunched some point (many of them in the late 1990s, when nearly all non-X-books were reset to #1) before reverting to their original numbering. As such, Uncanny X-Men has (had?) a certain legacy that those other titles lack, even when one takes into account the so-called reprint years. Stay tuned to Comic Booked for more information as it is announced.
The press release is included below.
X-MEN: SCHISM Brings UNCANNY X-MEN To An End!
All things must come an end…even for the X-Men, and this October fans will bear witness the end of an era as Uncanny X-Men #544 concludes the long running series. It’s all come to this! Years in the making, the seeds of dissent finally bear fruit as the events of X-Men Schism tear the X-Men and the Marvel Universe apart! When the dust settles, the state of mutantkind will irreparably be changed forever. Don’t miss the historic final issue of the longest running X-Men title this October, in Uncanny X-Men #544!
UNCANNY X-MEN #544
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
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