The big news in the comics corner of the Internet today seems to be the cancellation of Captain Britain and MI-13. However, it might seem to be a strange thing for me to blog about (and it wasn’t what I had planned) since it doesn’t relate in any direct way to Daredevil. But it does underscore the importance of fans voting with their wallets to keep the books they like on the shelves. Of course, in this case, there was a lot of fan support for the book. Critics kept praising it, and I’ve never seen anyone speak badly of it, but for some reason the book failed to translate apparent quality into hard sales.
Daredevil sells more than twice as many copies as Captain Britain did, but in one sense they do have something in common. I know that not everyone has loved Brubaker’s time at the helm, but it’s obvious that the book hasn’t been selling as well as the critical acclaim would suggest. Why is this? Why do stories like Secret Invasion, with all their problems, do so much better than stories most critics would regard as better crafted and more innovative?
I obviously don’t have the answer, but it does show that we can’t take good stories for granted. In short, if you like something, buy it. And tell your friends about it. It may not be enough, but it’s a good start. It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, fans of Captain Britain can do to bring the book back from the dead in some form. I’ve only recently been in a position to try out new books on a whim, and never got the chance to check out Captain Britain, but I’m as curious as ever to at least give the trades a try. If there’s quality to be had, I’m game.