Metropolis of Fireplace Author Reveals What Occurred to the Canceled Marvel Collection
At one level in 2021, Luke Cage: Metropolis of Fireplace was presupposed to see launch and function the return of a solo Energy Man ebook. Scripted by Ho Che Anderson, the three-issue micro-series was set to incorporate artwork by a unique artist on every subject, that includes the likes of Farid Karami, Ray-Anthony Top, and Sean Damien Hill. On the time, many thought Marvel canceled the sequence due to ongoing pandemic-related distribution issues. Because it seems, that is not fairly the case.
In a brand new wide-ranging interview with CBR, Anderson revealed Marvel opted to shelve Metropolis of Fireplace to guard the author from “right-wing nuts.” In response to Anderson, the story was set to function Luke Cage being employed by the mom of a slain Black man to guard the person’s assassin, a legislation enforcement officer.
“Lengthy story brief, they sat me down and stated, ‘We’re canceling this ebook. We’re afraid that the subject material goes to be damaging for you. We do not need you to be attacked by right-wing nuts,'” Anderson instructed the location. “I used to be like, ‘Fellas, I can deal with myself. Allow them to come at me. I’ve no worry about that. You do not have to do that.'”
Anderson added that he is not satisfied that is the true purpose why Marvel determined to cancel the ebook.
“I do not know that that is exactly what was taking place. I feel there have been most likely another points with their higher-ups who simply stated, ‘No, that is going to have an effect on our backside line. We do not need the story on the market,'” he added. “That is my suspicion. No person’s ever come out and stated that to me. Additionally, this was proper across the time [of] the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and the choice that had come down, and so they had been actually nervous that there was going to be some blowback with the Kyle Rittenhouse lovers of the world or no matter. In order that they selected to take the cautious route.”
The author added that he has since repurposed that story into one thing of its personal that he hopes to publish regardless. He is additionally not stopping the cancellation from affecting his work with the Home of Concepts, as he is already engaged on extra stuff with the writer although it won’t align along with his private storytelling wishes.
“I’ve gotten over it now. Like I stated, I am persevering with to work with them,” Anderson concluded. “I am nonetheless having fun with myself, and I managed to determine a option to repurpose Metropolis of Fireplace for its personal creation, which I am tremendous enthusiastic about. However I’ll by no means do work for Marvel that’s about something aside from ‘The villain of the week needs to take over the world.'”