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?