This past weekend at New York Comicon, BOOM! Studios announced that Fall of Cthulhu will be wrapping up with issue #14 (it will be followed with the miniseries Fall of Cthulhu: "Godwar" to wrap up the overall story line).
I'm pretty conflicted about this. Obviously, I'm sad that this storyline will be ending. Because the fertile sandbox that Lovecraft created is so rich that I could have written this for years, it's disappointing on a creative level to be told that recess is finally over.
That being said, I must admit that part of me is happy this FoC storyline is coming to an end. Not that I no longer wish to write it or am bored with the title (quite the opposite), but it's nice to have a chance to bring the story to some sort of conclusion. My first ongoing series, Second Wave, ended prematurely so I didn't have the opportunity to give it the satisfying ending I was hoping for. I spent those first six issues planting seeds for a long and rich story that, ideally, was supposed to have lasted years. Unfortunately, sales (or lack thereof) dictated otherwise.
The case with FoC is a bit different. With the exception of our Warhammer line, it is by far our strongest selling title (I would love to personally take credit for the book's relative popularity, but let's be honest. People buy the book because it's Cthulhu, not because I'm writing it and I'm okay with that. I do believe that many readers continue to follow the series because of my writing, but that's not why they pick up the book in the first place. I'm not a "name" yet. Cthulhu is). To have an ongoing series last, in essence, 18 issues this early in my career is something I'm very proud of. It may be some time before I write another ongoing series, let alone one that can survive for more than a few issues.
So even though I'm sad that FoC is ending, the whole reason it is ending, and why I'm happy it is, is so that it will HAVE an ending. Quite often, young ongoing series end by interruption rather than intent. This can leave both readers and writers frustrated with the final result. With Godwar, my hope is to resolve the series in a way that brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.
This does not necessarily mean that FoC will be ending forever. Our intention is to leave the ending open enough to allow us to write future FoC titles (I'll be writing a separate miniseries with one of the characters from FoC: The Gray Man, although I'll be building this story around the character and outside of the Cthulhu Mythos--a topic I'll address once we get closer to publishing the story). So our hope is that there will be more FoC goodness down the road. I've grown very fond of the characters in FoC, especially the ones of my own creation: Cy, Lucifer, The Harlot and her Boxes, The Masked Mute, The Infinite Girl (she's been in every single issue and yet no one has noticed her yet--very odd). I want to continue telling their stories.
But now that I'm back from my first New York Comicon, I can settle down and focus on bringing this first iteration all to a close. I've finished writing "The Gray Man" arc and the art for the series is almost complete. Next week I'll be starting to flesh-out the outline to "Godwar" and hope to have that wrapped up before San Diego (I have other projects outside the Cthulhu universe that need my attention too). What comes after all of that? I have no idea. I'm sure I will have plenty of writing projects on my table and hope that some of them will be Cthulhu related. But for now, I think it's time I stepped outside of the Harlot's box and tried something new.
* from "The Gray Man" part 4