Marvel Comics announced this morning that "Uncanny X-Men" #544 publication in October will mark the end of the long-running series, due in large part to the events unfolding in "X-Men: Schism."
"Uncanny" editor Nick Lowe told the Associated Press, "The X-Men are getting torn apart from within. The events of 'Schism' do more damage to the X-Men than any villain has ever done." The sentiment was echoed by current series writer Kieron Gillen who called the end of the series a necessity, though "it's not taken lightly."
Jason Aaron, writer of "X-Men: Schism," explained that while his miniseries may detail exactly why the team breaks up and "Uncanny" ends, the actual team dissolution has been a long time in coming. "It's obvious that things are coming to a head between [Cyclops and Wolverine]...Whether you're a long time X-Men fan or a new X-Men fan, you can pick out and understand the nature of this conflict and how it breaks apart the two lynchpin guys of the X-Men."
As regular readers of Marvel know, the chances of "Uncanny" remaining off the shelves for too long are virtually none, however the story does not directly mention the launch of a new "Uncanny X-Men" #1 as of yet. Recently in his TALK TO THE HAT column on CBR, Marvel SVP of Publishing Tom Brevoort explained "In terms of the real progenitor titles, yes. 'Uncanny' is the only book with an unbroken run...I would not assume that it's safe. Maybe that makes it a little less likely because it's the one title we've got that maintains continuity all the way back to the '60s. But again, in terms of publishing today in 2011, 2012, 2013 -- the need of right now is probably going to outweigh the need of 'it's nice that we have this thing that goes back to the '60s.' If there's a benefit to there being an 'Uncanny X-Men' #1 because we're building something in a substantial way and we want to give people that entry point, maybe we'd hesitate a fraction of a second longer, but I think it'd be only a fraction."
UPDATE: Marvel has put out the following press release with more info on the comic:
"All things must come an end...even for the X-Men, and this October fans will bear witness the end of an era as Uncanny X-Men #544 concludes the long running series. It's all come to this! Years in the making, the seeds of dissent finally bear fruit as the events of X-Men Schism tear the X-Men and the Marvel Universe apart! When the dust settles, the state of mutantkind will irreparably be changed forever. Don't miss the historic final issue of the longest running X-Men title this October, in Uncanny X-Men #544!
UNCANNY X-MEN #544Written by KIERON GILLENPencils and Cover by GREG LANDRated T+...$3.99ON SALE THIS OCTOBER!
X-MEN: SCHISM #1 ON SALE - 7/13/11"
For more on this story, check out the Associated Press, and stay tuned to CBR for more news as it develops.