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Comic Theme Time Month – Best Final Issue of a Canceled Ongoing Series

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is “what was the best final issue of a canceled ongoing series?”

There are two types of final issues of ongoing series – there’s the ones where the creators finished the book on their own terms (Preacher, Spectre, Sandman, Y the Last Man, etc.) and there are those where the creators have to come up with an ending for a series that has been canceled (whether due to low sales or a shift in the direction of the comic book company that makes the comic). The former has delivered a ton of great stories. The latter? Not so much.

Off the top of my head, I really liked Mark Waid and Ron Garney’s last issue of Captain America before Heroes Reborn and John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake’s final issue of Firestorm (plus Ostrander’s final Suicide Squad plus his final Martian Manhunter), but yeah, the pickings are not exactly great as a whole.

What is your pick for the best final issue of a canceled ongoing series?

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Does the “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” two-parter count? If so, it’s the best. If not, never mind. ;-)

What a great theme!

I can definitely help you out here.

For me, it’s the last issue of Alan Davis’ run of Excalibur, after he’d returned to the title with issue 42, as its writer and artist. It was a run which saw massive character development for the team, and you could tell, with every issue, how much Alan Davis loved these characters.

His pages just oozed with the love. There was so much fun on his pages.

Sadly, his last issue was 67, of a two parter involving Phoenix, ‘Days of Future Yet to Come’ I think it was called. The actual last page was a horizontal pinup of his new Excalibur team, with Kylun and Cerise (2 new characters) firmly integrated. It was so sad.

Why was his run cut? Because Marvel wanted to bring it closer to the X-Men books, this around the Avengers/X-Men ‘Fatal Attractions’ storyline with those holographic covers. Issue 68 basically gutted everything Alan Davis set up. It was awful; and the issues that followed that unbearable (I’d dropped the title after 67, but would browse the others in the shop).

Oops. I see your theme is “cancelled ongoing series”. Excalibur wasn’t cancelled, but it felt like it was, when they removed Alan Davis from the book. It felt like a completely different book.

I hope you’ll allow my example be included :) It was a good run of books that deserve recognition.

I’ve heard conflicting reports on whether it was an ongoing or not, but the last issue of Automatic Kafka was pretty cool. Joe Casey and Ashley Wood come in to the story to tell the protagonist his book was being cancelled because it wasn’t mainstream enough.

Also, Alan Davis’ Excalibur was the high point of the book. Only Warren Ellis made it salvageable to read later for a short while.

Marvel’s G.I. Joe. We finally get into Snake Eyes’ head.

Stalker #4

It was oddly the right place to stop it. Stalker had confronted the demon & found out what he needed to do to get his soul back, so it ended on a hopeful note, but had it continued it would have been a case of “Stalker finds & kills demon worshippers, rinse & repeat”, so while the story is incomplete, it feels like it is complete enough. In a way I think of the four issues of Stalker as the first Miniseries.

I really enjoyed the final issue resolution of the 90’s REBELS series. There was a great cliffhanger in the penultimate issue where Vril shoots Stealth, and I was like – oh my god! haha… And then everything got tied up in the last issue. Great series.

Manhunter (Kate) had about 3 great ending!! ;)

Cable/Deadpool 50.
wade decides that instead of glory that he’s rather spend his celebration of saving the city with his extended family.
it was a great step forward for wade before Dan Way turned the character into a lame ass fart joke machine

GI Joe listed above.

I’d also add the Secret Six ending (though I’d have liked more dead heroes.

The first War Machine had an OK ending for its abruptnes. Seeing Rhodey use the Warwear to destroy all the mandroids w/o killing anyone (or breaking a sweat) was nice.

I’m likely the only guy on the planet who misses the Warwear.

Oh, and the ending to JLA was a nice smack down as far as I was concerned.

The last issue of Hard Time was really great, jumping forward, what 49 years?

I remember the last issue of Xero being pretty swell, but I haven’t read that in a while.

The last issue of The Intimates is probably my favorite, though. I guess Casey’s pretty good at captaining a sinking ship with style and grace!

Totally came here to post Hard Time.

Aside from that one, Warren Ellis’s final issue of Druid is one of most bitter, cynical things I’ve ever read, and I love it. I loved the final page of Joe Casey’s Wildcats 3.0 as well. Peter David’s Fallen Angel #20 was really well done, though it eventually came back at IDW.

Garth Ennis’ last Marvel Knights Punisher, before going Max. Frank beats Spidey, Daredevil, and Wolverine. He dropped the Hulk on them.

Helfer + Baker’s The Shadow – They never got to even try to finish the story, but it’s a fantastic cliffhanger.

Young Liars – The ending to this one was great and left me completely satisfied.

Chain Gang War – Not a brilliant series by any stretch, but a lot of fun and John Wagner managed to finish it off feeling like it had always been intended to be 12 issues.

How about the Wasteland? Del Close and John Ostrander deconstructing their own comic, I can still feel their finger on my death nerve.

I really enjoyed the ending to Batgirl Volume 3 by Bryan Q. Miller. That final issue celebrated everything Batgirl. It was fun, funny, heartbreaking, and giving us all a glimpse of what could have been. It was a series that, in my opinion, went out with a bang rather than with a whimper. The issue also left on a high note, giving a sense of completion, rather than ending with a cliffhanger. It was one of the better ending issues I read in a while.

Good initial pick of the final Cap before heroes reborn. There was also the final Thor before Heroes Reborn iirc, which was “Putting on the bear shirt” (though Thor might have continued).

Peter David’s last Supergirl was so good that sales really rose, and people wanted the new developments to be ongoing. But DC’s cancellation momentum was too strong.

If the Cap issue counts then the Moore Superman issues count… but I don’t think either should. THose books weren’t cancelled, they were just renumbered.

I don’t know if it was a planned finale or a cancellation, but if it’s legit then I vote for Spectacular Spider-Man,/i> #27. Not only a last issue for the series, it was also Paul Jenkins farewell from the character after five years (before that was a lengthy run on Peter Parker: Spider-Man). Jenkins had some pitfalls over time, but when he was good, I highly enjoyed his work on Spidey. But most of all, #27 was a beautiful story starring Peter and May having a nice walk on memory lane. Oh, and it was also Mark Buckingham’s return to say goodbye too, a few years after leaving Peter Parker.

There were a number of good stories that came from DC this year leading into the reboot/relaunch. Secret Six was one of the best books I’ve read, ever. Robinson’s final Justice League reminded me of the best of his Starman work, with flashbacks to stories never told.

As much as I hate the fact that it was cancelled due to the relaunch, the Butch & Sundance ending to Secret Six was pitch perfect for the series.

While a bit rushed, I always felt that the final issues of both New Titans (#130) and Deathstroke (#60?) in the mid-1990s were done pretty well. Marv Wolfman was frustrated and fed up with the direction the title had taken as well as his editors, so he more or less quit, but did get the chance to tell a last story his way. Deathstroke more or less quitting and walking away from everything was a great way to end that series and restoring the Titans’ status quo (or at least giving everyone a happy ending of sorts) was a decent way to end a nearly unbroken sixteen-year run on the characters.

The poignant ending to Secret Six this year definitely warrants a mention.

Sandman Mystery Theatre #70 was wonderful. I’d also like to mention Ghost Rider #81. Good stuff. Atari Force #20 and ROM #75 were both great as well, though it’s a little unclear just why those series ended; it might have been by design.

It’s gone without saying, but it should be said anyway that Sandman #75 was brilliant. #69 was the one that really pulled at me, but 75 was a fantastic way to send off that series.

I also enjoyed Ostrander and Mandrake’s wrap up of their Spectre series in #62.

While it’s obviously too early to tell, I’d also bet that Aaron’s last issue of PunisherMAX will be nothing less than amazing.

I’m not sure if it counts since the series is still moving along (sort of), but Peter Bagge wrapped up Hate very nicely in #30.

My razzie awards would go to Swamp Thing #24 and the non-ending in TMNT (vol. 4) #30

If planned endings on the creators own terms tend to be good and abrupt endings forced by cancellations tend to be bad, I’d be interested to see a companion list to this one of planned endings on the creators’ own terms that still ended up being horrible.

I’d like to add my support for the final issue of New Titans. The story wasn;t much to write home about, but Rick Mays’ art on it was phenomenal.

I really loved Y the Last Man’s last issue. He finally found freedom….

Final issue of Peter David’s Captain Marvel. #25, I think it was, drawn by Keith Giffen. It was both absurd like Deadpool or Ambush Bug, both also poignant.

I’m just going to say Iron Fist #15 not ’cause it tied loose ends (’cause it didn’t) but just ’cause it was a fun issue with a nice little X-Men smash ‘em up.

I also liked Marvel Two In One’s last issue, which did have a nice double-sized capper before becoming The Thing ongoing series.

X-Statix.

It ended the only way it could: everybody died.

“Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?”, if it counts, may win the prize here.

I second the ending to BATGIRL by Bryan Miller. That was a great ending to Stephanie’s run.

I also quite liked Chris Roberson’s final SUPERMAN this past year. He closed out the “Walking Across America” arc with style, but also put a final coda on the Superman mythos.

YOUNG JUSTICE, with Peter David and Todd Nauck, was quite nice. Secret became human and Conner and Cassie finally kissed.

TEEN TITANS, first series, had a nice finale, by Bob Rozakis, where we learn how the team initially formed. He also ret-conned Speedy as a founding member in that same issue. The story was bookended by Bumblebee and Mal reading that first case– and in the final page, the team breaks up and bids a final goodbye. And Speedy cries a man tear.

Nth Man went wild once it realized it was being cancelled, jumping forward a year and onto the other side of an apocalypse. It was very “Wait, what?” for me at the time but I still remember it fondly. Nostalgia, what ho!

1. Suicide Squad (john ostrander)
2. Deathstroke (marv wolfman
3. Hawkeye and Mockingbird
4. Iron Fist (the recent one)
5. herc

It’s been decades since I read it but the last issue of Man Thing Vol. 2 had Chris Claremont and Doctor Strange die, come back to life, Claremont turn into Man Thing, kill the devil, and have Jim Shooter look confused over the story.

On my blog, I do a week of last issues this time every year: “The End” week. Some of them are a bit weak–you aren’t going to get a lot of closure on Iron Man’s ‘last’ issue, it’s just the last one until the next one. Or they’re trying to put the toys back in the box, or set up another first issue…

But that Nth Man finale Seth mentions? That’s actually pretty good.

The final story arc of Thor volume 2 was an amazing send-off for the character, written by Michael Oeming and penciled by Andrea DiVito. It was accessible to newer readers but had lots of little easter eggs for long-time fans, and saw Thor finally reach his potential.

I also wanted to give a shout-out to Dan Slott’s Thing series; it was canceled after only 8 issues but was it ever a fun title with gorgeous art. It was a real shame Marvel canceled it.

Red Robin #26 and Hawkeye & Mockingbird #6 were both great final issues.

I agree that the “endings” to Superman, Captain America and the likes shouldn’t count because those series were merely renumbered. Don’t get me wrong, “Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow” was one of the best Superman stories of all time, but that series was not actually cancelled. It was just a “very special episode” before the series was handed over to someone else. But that’s just my opinion.

Adam Warren’s Gen13 series ended with a bang, really moving stuff. I also liked the ending of X-Statix, where the “heroes” met a fate as hollow and pointless as the celebrity lives they had led. But I think my favorite series ending ever was Garth Ennis’ Hitman; I don’t think I’ll ever be able to read that last issue and NOT be moved.

And I loved Secret Six, but to be honest I was rather disappointed by the series’ finale – after all that build-up and “the stakes have never been higher!” and “we’d rather die than get arrested!”, the final battle was laughably brief and uneventful. Since they were rebooting everything anyway it would’ve been nice to see SOMEone actually getting killed in that supposedly Very Serious Showdown, but as it turned out it was a lot of noise and fury signifying very little. Instead of the bloody showdown that the whole issue promised we got a load of chest-thumping and boasts of badassery that were never verified, like the Six were a bunch of schoolkids posing as gangstas and acting tough to impress each other. It was probably one of that series’ weakest issues.

Xombi, Red Robin, Secret Six just may win out overall, Dysart’s Unknown Soldier

@Mark: that last issue of Man-Thing v. 2 is pretty good, but it’s actually kind of a send-up of the last issue of v. 1 (#22) by Steve Gerber, which is the better story.
Besides that, I’d suggest the last, fifth issue of Ragman before the DC implosion, and the last (again fifth) issue of Black Goliath, simply because it was such a nice story and change of pace from the previous four issues (which usually had BG getting beaten or otherwise humiliated by the bad guy).
Perhaps the best I can think of, though, is the last issue of Amazing Adventures (#39), which closes off the original run of Killraven – great story by McGregor, beautifully drawn by Russell.

A lot of the good ones are already mentioned. I’m going to throw out another most people will disagree with, but:

Justice League of America (Robinson’s last issue).

Remember it? It had serious emotional impact, and it played the meta-message of the coming reboot with grace and wit. Not to mention several beautiful full-page spreads with some great concepts that made me wish we could see more of the run, despite not enjoying it a terrible amount. And that last convo between DIck and Donna… I have to say it actually made me well up just a little.

I’ll also second the last issue of David’s Supergirl.

Peter David’s last Hulk issue was a pretty good ‘un.

I’m not really sure if either of the Ostrander books in the OP completely count: in both cases, there was considerably more warning than usual allowing several ‘grace’ issues to wrap up the stories, in one case to allow the book to reach the #100 milestone and in the other just out of courtisey. On the other hand, the last issue of Wasteland certainly should count here.

While I don’t remember anything particularly special about it, just the fact that it was drawn by Zulli is going to make the last issue of Puma Blues stand proudly alongside anything else we’re coming up with here.

The ending of Omega Men was also some good.

I can’t give credit to Secret Six. The last issue was okay at best, but the final arc itself was too forced and rushed.

I guess Simone believed the claims that DCnU was not a reboot, as it was all too obvious that she was trying to reset the characters for the next writer that might pick them up. That itself is a technique that can be either good or bad. Here, I think it was bad as the Secret Six stuff shouldn’t be so easily swept under the rug. But it was also ultimately pointless as well, as DCnU was a messed up half-reboot/half-relaunch where prior character statuses have been ignored/rewritten as desired. Simone didn’t have to do a contrived and rushed plan to revert Bane back to plain villain status, to break up the team, or any of the rest. (Heck, King Shark turned into a different kind of shark in DCnU.)

Dysart’s Unknown Soldier. It was a final issue that actually made the entire series better.

Although they led into “The Thanos Imperative” and Marvel only claimed that the books were “on hiatus” or something like that (but it’s pretty obvious they were cancelled), I thought DnA did a nice job wrapping up their “Nova” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” series with a nice mix of action and poignant parting words.

Ed (A Different One)

December 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

Man, I’d like to see this post a year from now, after Aaron has wrapped up both Scalped and PunisherMax. I have high hopes for both conclusions (though the sudden absence of Scalped from my monthly pull list will leave me a very sad person indeed).

Personnaly, I thought the ending of Ex Machina was outstanding. Brian K. Vaughan has a knack for writing endings that are very challenging to the reader. They are not the satisfying “happier ever after” that we’ve grown up used to seeing. I thought it was brilliant that the protagonist (whose name, quite frankly, escapes me now) was capable of defeating the “external evil” (the aliens trying to take over our world) but was an utter failure at defeating the “internal evil” (the corrupting effects of power, especially as it manifests itself in our own political system). Good stuff there.

My first thought is Ka-Zar the Savage #34, where Ka-Zar goes to the Land of Cancelled Heroes.

Agree with Dysart’s Unknown Soldier. Will also add the final issue of Planetary, one rare case where crass sentimentalism actually worked in context.

I’d like to add my support for the final issue of New Titans. The story wasn’t much to write home about, but Rick Mays’ art on it was phenomenal.

I’m pretty sure Mays did not draw the last issue.

Hitman, of course. Best ever.

I’m pretty sure Mays did not draw the last issue.

Ah, you’re right. I was thinking of the last issue of Titans before Arsenal took over. I blocked those Arsenal-era issues out of my mind. My mistake.

G.i.Joe first run, the devils due end was also quite neat.
The end of the recent Moon Knight series before Shadowland, was the best issue of the volume.
PAD’s last Hulk issue.
and i’m rather fond of the last starbrand issue.

I can’t believe someone mentioned Nth Man. I loved that comic as a kid.

The finale to Batgirl was awesome.

Secret Six, not so much.

And when people bring up titles like Y the Last Man and Sandman, it makes me wonder if they bother to read what Brian writes… or even look at the title of the post. Cancelled Ongoing Series… whereas Y the Last Man and Sandman were not cancelled, they were ended by the creators.

Ugg. So frustrating.

To Jon C. (all the way back up at the top of the comments!): I am really happy to hear you give so much praise to that Davis run. When I was a kid, I loved the Claremont/Davis run from a few years before, so I just started ordering the Davis (by himself) stuff they put out in the Marvel Visionaries line. The first volume just arrived on Christmas, so I’m really excited to break it open.

HARD TIME is by far the best series finale ever, cancelled or planned.

Oh, CHRONOS was a cancellation too, wasn’t it? Add that to the list.

The sweet, low-key ending to VEXT was a good one too.

I would have mentioned Nth Man earlier, but I didn’t think anybody else had ever heard of it. Awesome.

Wouldn’t Amazing Fantasy #15 be the best? Perhaps people are counting that as cancelled by the creators, or maybe anthologies don’t count.

I thought Avengers #402 was a really strong issue by Waid and Deodato, with the team fighting Onslaught’s minions.

And the last issues of the pre-Heroes Reborn Marvel titles absolutely count in this argument. Those titles weren’t just renumbered. The creators were kicked off of them with very little notice, and the characters were rebooted in an alternate universe. If you’re counting any pre-New 52 DC last issues, then you have to count the pre-Heroes Reborn Marvel last issues.

I’m also surprised no one has mentioned Aztek #10, where he joins the JLA, or Marvel Team-Up #150, with Spidey and the New Mutants taking on Juggernaut.

And lastly, I thought Mark Millar wrote a nice ending to Swamp Thing with #171, which was absolutely cancelled due to low sales, but the ending was so good that it felt like it was done through creator choice.

I dug the last issue of the original Unknown Soldier. Every comic should end with the protagonist killing Hitler.

I’ll be the sole voice in the wilderness to suggest Micronauts: the New Voyages # 20. I hate that Marvel later brought the (non-licenced) characters back without so much as a throwaway line to explain their return.

Major Bummer. HE DIDN’T LEARN A DAMN THING.

Also The Tick #12 because as weall know, that was the last Tick comic ever and they never made any more, no sirree.

There was an explanation, Zirbert, but it was in a completely random issue of Peter David’s Captain Marvel.

I add my kudos to Dysart’s Unknown Soldier. The series was great and he managed to give it a great ending even though it was cancelled earlier than expected.

Michael P said, and the Micronauts’ resurrection –

“There was an explanation, Zirbert, but it was in a completely random issue of Peter David’s Captain Marvel.”

Thanks for the info! I must seek this out. I don’t care how contrived or utterly contemptous it may be (and coming from PAD, it could be pretty irreverent), I need to know.

And I was so concerned with getting the Micros mentioned that I forgot – if Hitman # 60 counts, then it’s the best ever, hands down, no more calls – we have a winner. However, if memory serves, Ennis chose to wrap up the book, so it doesn’t meet the criteria.

I’d also like to lend my voice to Batgirl Vol 3 and Hard Time.

Sensational She-Hulk #60.

The last issue of Steven Grant’s Manhunter series. The hero is PAID to retire so he won’t stir up any more trouble. Also, Mark Shaw from the previous John Ostrander series was brought back.

I dunno if I’d call it “irreverent,” Zirbert, but it does contain one of my favorite Marvel moments of all time: A back-issue recap to a story that Marvel never published, and that was actually made up by David on the spot. It even had a little asterisk/caption box saying, “Don’t look for this comic, it doesn’t exist.” The implication being that crazy-ass stuff happens in the Marvel Universe *all the time* that we never know about, because it doesn’t show up in the comics.

The issue is Captain Marvel #6 (of the first series David did, not the one where Genis went crazy.)

I liked the last issue of Tomb of Dracula (70?, 72?). Anyway, nice double sized issue wrapping up a long storyline.

I also liked the last issue of Killraven even though it didn’t wrap up anything. Any issue of P. Craig Russell art is worth something.

I dug the last issue of the original Unknown Soldier. Every comic should end with the protagonist killing Hitler.

Wow, is that really how it ends? That adds some context to Dysart’s (awesome) wrap-up of the latest Unknown Soldier, wherein the hero dreams he completes his mission to kill the real-life dictator of Uganda. Is the Hitler assassination in the original also a dream, or was it actually canon for a period?

Bryan Q. Miller’s final issue for Batgirl is absolutely the first one to spring to mind.

I also have a sentimental soft spot for Peter David’s last issue of Supergirl.

THE FINAL ISSUE OF AUTOMATIC KAFKA!! BLESS U CASEY N’ WOOD!

The final issues of Marvel’s Transformers run (#80’s “End of the Road”) and Godzilla (#24), along with DC’s Justice Society of America #54 (2011), in my opinion.

My faves are a little older (odder):

Green Lantern/Green Arrow – Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams let loose

Doom Patrol (original series) – Team sacrifices themselves to save total strangers

New Universe (Marvel) – once the new-line had failed, the creators went crazy

WORST:
Crossgen Comics – Once it appeared company near bankruptcy – stories rushed to a conclusion but never made it…

Best last panel ever: the last issue of HECKLER.

Cable & Deadpool #50. While the issue itself was merely very good (seeing Wade team up with the Mighty Avengers and other heroes to thwart dino-symbiotes he inadvertently unleashed upon Manhattan), the last few panels were wonderful, showing how much the character of Deadpool actually grew as a person in a parallel of the first issue.

And then of course all that was swept under the rug by Daniel Way. Sigh.

I’d say the last issue of James Robinson’s Starman was pretty great. I still miss reading about Jack Knight, but he had such an appropriate finish that I’d hate to see it overturned. I’d still love to read an untold tale or two, though…

I second the above suggestion for Tomb of Dracula #70. I wish that other creators had left well enough alone for those characters.

I was pretty impressed with the last issue of Ex Machina earlier this year. It may not have been the ending I was hoping for for certain characters, but it was pretty unforgettable.

I have to give it Batgirl #24 by Bryan Q. Miller. It managed to bring the current story arc to a close and provide a glimpse at what the writer had planned in a series of splash pages. It also provided a lovely moment between Stephanie and Barbara Gordon (with out winking at the reader about the handoff) and ended on an upbeat note.

Gotta agree with Jay B. The last issue of Slott’s The Thing was great. It wasn’t earthshaking, just a fun story about a superhero poker tournament. Thinking back, it’s kind of funny how Marvel released a comic with dozens of their heroes just chilling out, having a good time right around the time they were gearing up for Civil War.

Final issue of Mister Miracle (the original), of course.

Written and drawn by Jack Kirby. Scott Free and Big Barda get married! Darkseid cracks a joke at the end!

Strikeforce morituri
Issue no. 20, which was the last issue by creator peter gillia.
The rest by james hudnall was off track for me.

Oops… I meant peter gillis. Stupid ipad keyboard… Heh heh…

Maybe not a classic, but I really enjoyed the most recent “last” issue of Doom Patrol. And while not technically a cancelled series ending, the wrap-up to the original Starlin Warlock story (he travels thru time, captures his own soul and ultimately ends up in the soul gem with all of his friends and enemies) was always a favorite.

I’m going to have to go with the last issue of Psi-force from Marvels New Universe. Not only did the series tie up its loose ends before the whole line went under, but it really was a comic ahead of its time. You can definately see that it did what books like X-force, secret avengers, and even some popular wildstorm books became famous for years before any of them were thought of. The whole 2nd half of that series was a pretty wild ride

You’re all going to laugh at me, but… Thunderstrike #24.

Stikeforce:Moritouri was a strong ending as mentioned above.
Was Zot! planned ? I just remember it seemed to end suddenly for me.

Runaways had a really good ending, with Chase being hit by a car following what he thought was his dead girlfriend.

And I’ll second Guardians of the Galaxy.

Ghost Rider #82 (70/80s series) was decent.

I had also heard for years that Master Of Kung Fu #125 totally sucked, and while it wasn’t great for all things considered i thought it was ok.

David’s Supergirl. Left me heartbroken yet feeling okay that I’d probably never see Linda again.

House of Mystery (Vertigo). Left us, predictably?, with a final mystery. Satisfyingly though.

Manhunter (Kate). Flash forward. Good stuff.

Nextwave.

My favorite hands down is Suicide Squad #66. Amanda Waller’s “death touch”, Deadshot’s walk through the mystic jungle, and of course the final two pages – a faceoff of sorts between Deadshot and Count Vertigo – which Brian discussed here:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/02/17/a-year-of-cool-comic-book-moments-day-48/

And lastly, I thought Mark Millar wrote a nice ending to Swamp Thing with #171, which was absolutely cancelled due to low sales, but the ending was so good that it felt like it was done through creator choice.

That barely counts. The comic was ending due to low sales, but I think Mark Millar finished his planned run, so he got to take it to it’s planned conclusion.

Oh and John Trumbull – Starman and Ex Machina weren’t cancelled. They ended were they were supposed to.

We always laugh at you anyway, Bill. Thunderstrike…HA!

Second the people who mentioned Heckler, Vext, Chronos, X-Statix…

I think Third Man wins with the mention of Amazing Fantasy 15, although does anyone know what else was in that issue?

And yes, I know it doesn’t fit under what we’re specifically talking about since it was probably the first planned end of a long running series, but Cerebus 300 is an amazing, chilling ending for those of us who stuck around for the end of that. So good.

Flash #350. I read it after I read Crisis #8, so it was extra sad.

Hmm, tried to post this before and it awaited moderation into oblivion..

Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Supergirl final issue really did the character justice.

Thanks, TJCoolguy!

I got so teary eyed writing that, I went and dug ‘em out. Like you, can’t wait to reread them.

I’d also like to add Air and The Exterminators to the list, as proper canceled ongoing last issues.

With Air, I read the author had to cut down years’ worth of plans to give the book a complete story. Her ending made the book feel special.

The Exterminators was hilarious and thought-provoking, and unlike any book out there.

Just to be perverse, I’ll bring up the ending to Sovereign Seven, in which the entire series and the characters within were essentially revealed to be a dream or a story or whatever. All this after tying in the mainstream DCU and the Legion of Superheroes. Heh.

Agreed on G.I . Joe Marvel #155. Highly recommended.

BATMAN Adventures #60 The 1st SERIES from the Show.( For kids but timeless stories for me).
It was the last in the series and worth reading, at the time the best Batman being printed. Due to the broken Batman story line. Just the happy ending I always dreamed about as a little boy. Great theme , looking up most of these issues reported ( Nth Man too) this New Year’s week end.

RKG: Yes, Zot! #36 was a planned finale — McCloud had originally intended to run the series a few issues longer, but decided to cut it short.

i really liked the three issue finale of ‘The Batman Adventures’ #34-36. Batman loses his memory & is reverted in mind to a time just before his parents die. Robin & Alfred have to cope with a 7-year old who likes playing Batman, but isn’t very good at it, as his attention span is what you’d expect out of a 7-year old boy who dresses up like Batman.

Catwoman is in the mix as well, exploiting the situation to her advantage by teaming up with Batman. Watch for the dialogue between the two as Batman’s core beliefs come to the surface. The whole story is very strong.

As The Mutt already mentioned Hitman #60 was a solid END!! Just Picked up the Tommy’s Heroes TP collecting 15 issues of this long ignored series… up to #36. The entirety will be collected by August. A must read for any Ennis fans.

Steve Engleheart’s “Coyote” ended with its 16th issue (after many asides and joking threats to do so), with Coyote impersonating Ronald Reagan at nuclear peace talks and bandying loose words with Gorbachev with Venusians, Hashishin Djinn, a giant talking crow and more. On the last page it says “James Bond is problematical, but Coyote will return!” I think this was in the time after the last Roger Moore Bond pic but before the next guy (was it Timothy Dalton?) appeared a few years later. Sadly, many lame Bond films appeared since, along with a few good ones, but that wily desert trickster never did return except in reprints.

Sookin Sin!!

And it had an awesome cover, where the title character doesn’t even appear (or is that him?)
http://www.comics.org/issue/40991/cover/4/

Vigilante. He shot himself in the head!

What about the very final issue of the original Unknown Soldier, #268, by Bob Haney, Dick Ayers & Gerry Talaoc, topped by a spooky Joe Kubert cover? The book’s supporting cast all get killed during the final assault against Berlin in late April 1945, the Soldier infiltrates Hitler’s bunker, assassinates Der Fueher, prevents the release of the Naz’si doomsday army of giant vampire octopi, and then apparently dies saving a young girl from a bomb blast on the streets of Berlin!

comicsmakenosense

January 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

H*E*R*O

A very satisfying conclusion to an amazing series.

Liked the end of GI Joe. Glad somebody mentioned the of Peter David’s Captain Marvel. Peter Davids name has cropped up a few times on this list, so I’ll add that his ending for “Spider-Man 2099′ was pretty decent.

Liked the end of Hitman, I was never quite sure it was cancelled it was done so neatly.

I have a soft spot for characters dying when they get cancelled.

There has to be a Christopher Priest joke in this topic somehow, but I can’t think of one off the bat.

The Spectre # 62: Rest in Peace, Jim Corrigan

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