Ellis noted that while sales of the recent collection were very strong, sales on the singles have only been "okay." Ellis was enjoying the series and was interested in doing a second year, but when Marvel sat down and looked at the numbers, they didn't work out quite the way they needed to.
"What they [Marvel] found was that, at our current sales levels, they could afford for me to write it, but not for Stuart to draw it. Stuart, as a Marvel-exclusive artist, commands a fee commensurate with his astonishing talent. I'm WFH-exclusive too, but they just send me whisky and loose women and I'm fine. So, basically, I could continue to write 'Nextwave,' but we'd need to find another artist. This, to me, was just wrong. I mean, Stuart would obviously be given a far better job that had actual readers attached to it, but it still seemed a bit like the numbers were conspiring to fire him for doing his job too well. Everyone at Marvel pitched in to try and make it work, but the numbers were just against us."
"Nextwave" #12 will be the final issue of the ongoing series. Ellis noted that "Nextwave" was always intended to be an ongoing series, not a 12 issue mini as some believed, with Ellis writing the first 12 and then passing it on to someone else. The good news is, though, that issue #12 won't be the end.
"The numbers game changes when you posit things in terms of limited series," said Ellis. "'Nextwave' #12 will be the last issue of the ongoing series: but there will be more 'Nextwave' to come, presented as a sequence of limited series.
"This was all worked out some months ago, so I had plenty of time to work the final 'Nextwave' sequence into a conclusion of sorts," continued Ellis. "#11 even features a twelve-page spread that you'll have to buy six copies of the comic to assemble into its full splendour. Everyone wishes I'd thought of that eight or nine months ago."