DC’s latest move is not so super, at least not for Superwoman fans.
After Issue #18, which will end K. Perkins, Stephen Segovia, and Art Thibert’s story arc “The Midnight Hour,” Superwoman will be the first all-new Rebirth era title to get canceled.
Why DC decided the series should rocket back to Krypton (at least for now) remains a mystery. While it was one of their lower-selling ongoing comics, it wasn’t THE lowest; when Issue #14 sold 13,343 copies, Superwoman even out-soared New Superman, which sold 12,431 copies of Issue #15 during the same period.
DC's solicitations for January's third volume of Rebirth Superwoman gave it away:
The conclusion to the adventures of DC’s newest hero in SUPERWOMAN VOL. 3, as a part of DC Rebirth!
Searching for an explanation of the source of her powers, Lana traces her steps back to high school with a teenage Clark Kent in Smallville. With Lana’s role as Superwoman hanging in the balance, Lex Luthor makes an unexpected appearance.
From writer K. Perkins (SUPERGIRL) comes the finale of one of the most unique tales in DC history with SUPERWOMAN VOL. 3! Collects SUPERWOMAN #13-18.
All-Star Batman supposedly released its final issue last November, but the ongoing series has since been reimagined into new projects that are still lurking in the shadows of Gotham. No such thing can be said for Superwoman, thus far.
Superwoman’s new Rebirth identity made it possible to introduce the pre-Flashpoint versions of Lois and Clark to the era. Fans were excited when the series launched last year as one of the first new DC Rebirth comics, but the promotion was sort of deceptive. Everyone lining up outside comic book stores believed that DC would fly onward with the superpowered incarnation of Lois Lane, who ended Show Spoiler up dying in the first issue and automatically passing the cape to Lana Lang. New 52 Lois vanished from the DC Universe along with the recently dead New 52 Superman. Whether or not those fan expectations had anything to do with the eventual demise of the comic remains unknown.
The unexpectedly final issue, with a cover illustrated by the series’ original writer and co-artist Phil Jimenez, will land on shelves Jan. 10.
Could this cancellation threaten more DC Rebirth titles? Blue Beetle, which also suffers from low sales, sold less than both Superwoman and New Superman during the week mentioned above, but so far it's still buzzing on.