At his blog, writer Kieron Gillen confirmed that the S.W.O.R.D. series from Marvel will be ending with issue 5.
The first five issues are a neat little arc, which will collect into an agreeably intense little trade. It was planned so if the worst did happen – and launching a new ongoing in the current market is an enormously risky business – that it would hold together and wouldnâ€™t leave anything dangling. I havenâ€™t changed a panel in 5, basically, and Iâ€™m pleased with where I leave the cast.
According to Bleeding Cool, Rich Johnston is already reporting of a campaign to keep the comic alive.Â While write in campaigns are nice, and have saved many a television show and comic book series in the past, the one sure way to keep a title going is to make sure you buy the title each month, instead of waiting for the trade, illegally downloading the issue, or not telling the person standing next to you in the comic book shop about it.
Is there still time to resurrect the title?Â Reflecting on the words of Gillen, maybe it would be better to bring S.W.O.R.D. back as a series of limited mini-series.Â Boom! Studios has done wonders with their four issues stories, and that idea, in the hands of the mighty Marvel, could make this a possibility.
So, Dear Readers (also known far and wide across the land as the Legion of Major Spoilerites), would you rather have an ongoing series, or would you prefer to see some of your favorite titles retooled as recurring limited mini-series?