Marvel’s Strikeforce has been cancelled after only 9 installments

Monica Rambeau in Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #7. Image: Marvel Comics
Monica Rambeau in Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #7. Image: Marvel Comics /

Strikeforce, a Marvel comic series about a team full of members who do the dirty jobs the Avengers and other heroes cannot do, has been cancelled after just nine issues.

Newsarama (via GamesRadar) has announced that Strikeforce No.9 (released on August 5) will serve as the series finale for the relatively-recent Marvel Comics series as it has unfortunately been cancelled altogether.

Described as a team of superheroes doing the dirty jobs the Avengers and other Marvel heroes cannot do, Marvel’s Strikeforce launched after the events of “War of the Realms”. The team is comprised of members Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, The Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom.

Strikeforce was created by Tini Howard and Germán Peralta. The first issue was published in September 2019. Unfortunately, the novel coronavirus pandemic hit and affected several industries including the comic book publishing industry.

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However, for the most part, comics continued to sell well during the crisis. Perhaps due to trades having more accessibility and TPB’s being considered by many to be the print-form of binge-watching that VOD streaming services like Netflix provide subscribers with.

Before the health-crisis, the tenth issue of Strikeforce went under solicitation but due to COVID-19 the release schedule of the issues were met with delays. After a four-month-long hiatus, Strikeforce No.8 was released on July 15. Strikeforce No.10 was announced as a tie-in for the upcoming crossover event “Empyre” before it was cancelled and ultimately removed from the event’s checklist.

The team of Strikeforce battle dark and supernatural threats, which will culminate in a battle at the center of King Deadpool’s Monster Island. The recently-cancelled Strikeforce No.10 would have dealt with an alien invasion with Wiccan being the focal point.

Much to the dismay of Wiccan (aka Billy Kaplan), Teddy Altman (aka Hulkling) – a Kree and Skrull hybrid – embraced his Skrull heritage and became new ruler of the Kree-Skrull Alliance as Dorrek VIII. It is not known what this cancelled issue would have entailed, but since this was a tie-in, it is likely the team of misfits would have assisted both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four against the coming invasion.

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