Powers #9
Credit: Michael Avon Oeming
Credit: Marvel Comics/Icon

Marvel Comics have cancelled the upcoming Powers #9 and United States of Murder Inc. Annual #1. In a retailer email, the publisher announced that the two delayed titles by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming are cancelled "and will not be resolicited at a later date."

This decision comes just one week after Bendis announced his departure from Marvel for a DC exclusive deal beginning in 2018. Earlier this week, the writer mentioned another Marvel project he planned to do with the publisher that is now "sadly no longer."

While some 'exclusive' deals in the past have carved-out room for creators to continue their creator-owned work, history has shown that former Marvel exclusive writers have always moved their Icon projects elsewhere when they leave the House of Ideas - thelonggest holdout was Mark Millar, who continued at Icon four years after his exclusive ended.

The cancellation of both these titles would leave the Marvel Icon imprint dormant, with no series announced in its future.

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