Marvel Comics cancels Chelsea Cain's The Vision before launch

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Sep 14, 2018, 3:44 PM EDT

Marvel has canceled writer Chelsea Cain’s upcoming six-issue comic book series The Vision before it was set to actually launch, the Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling author confirmed. Approximately four issues had apparently been turned in up to this point.

The Vision, a limited series written by Cain and Marc Mohan with art by Aud Koch, would've followed Vision and his family, picking up after Tom King's acclaimed run in 2015-2016 that kicked off the story. It was announced in July and set to debut in November. But Cain revealed via social media that Marvel decided to pull the plug on the series. 

“I’m incredibly proud of the 4 issues we’ve turned in so far,” Cain wrote on Twitter Thursday. “It’s been 2 years of work. And reflects tremendous effort by an incredibly talented team. It kills me that we won’t get to share them...Forgive me, Viv.”

Later, she wrote on the site: “.@Marvel asked me to keep this 'clean and quiet' because apparently they've never met me. HI, GUYS, I'M THE ONE WHO'S THE PAIN IN THE ASS. REMEMBER ME NOW?”

On Friday, Cain tweeted: “I want you to know that I am being truthful and transparent because most comic book freelancers can’t be. I am loud, for all of them.”

Citing anonymous sources familiar with the situation, a story from The Hollywood Reporter says that Marvel cancelled the book because of a “shift in long-term publishing plans” for characters in the series — specifically, Vison and his daughter, Viv. Viv has recently become a player in the ongoing Champions series, where she joins several other teenage heroes.

Marvel did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE’s request for comment. 

This is not the first time Cain has had experience with Marvel canceling her work. In 2016, the comics publisher pulled her critically-acclaimed series Mockingbird after its eighth issue. Her Mockingbird series was later nominated for two Eisner awards, and became a post-cancellation bestseller on Amazon after the publisher pulled the plug.

But all is not lost. Cain's new ongoing monthly comics series Man-Eaters from Image Comics is set to launch later this month — Wednesday, September 26, to be exact.