That’s the latest rumor according to Rich Johnson of Bleeding Cool, anyway. As some folks may already know, Johnson has a knack for gathering potential scoops on comic book related news before any official announcements are made, the return of Peter Parker and the relaunching of Amazing Spider-Man being one recent example. So what’s his basis for the possibility that The Superior Foes of Spider-Man might soon be coming to an end?
As Bleeding Cool readers know, you can often tell a planned cancellation of a title by a trade paperback listing of upcoming issues that seems to have more issues collected than you might expect.
So while the first trade paperback was the standard six issues long, the second is nine issues long.
Issue 12 is published in April. Issue 15 would be expected in June or July…
Sure enough, the Amazon.com listing for Superior Foes of Spider-Man Volume 2: Crime of the Century does indeed show it collects Superior Foes of Spider-Man #7-15. Not to mention this rumor also doesn’t contradict the earlier confirmation that Superior Foes of Spider-Man will still continue after issue #12, which Nick Spencer acknowledges wouldn’t have been possible without the continuing support from the fans. Even so, unless this is a typo on Amazon.com’s part, this does appear to be some pretty strong circumstantial evidence. What also potentially gives this rumor more weight (and which is not mentioned in Johnson’s article) are the previous sales estimates for Superior Foes of Spider-Man, which were around 21,367 copies at a ranking of #106, just below the last issue of Scarlet Spider with 21,627. So if this rumor does indeed pan out, and that Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15 is the last issue, it would be a real shame, as this series is, bar none, one of the best ongoing titles Marvel is putting out on the stands and truly deserves all the praise it’s been receiving.
However, there’s a potential silver lining, for Johnson also suggests the following:
Could [Superior Foes of Spider-Man] be succeeded by an Amazing Foes Of Spider-Man?
Which would make complete sense, given that Amazing Spider-Man is returning and how, under Marvel NOW!, regular titles are continually being relaunched and retitled with new #1 issues. So if any of this rumor is true, I’m keeping my fingers crossed about this series still continuing in some way shape or form.