The Legend of Wonder Woman Part 2 has been cancelled, writer Renae De Liz announced via Twitter.
"I am very grateful to DC for the opportunity to work with such an iconic character over the last few years, that was a joy like none other," De Liz wrote.
The tweets came several hours after she had tweeted that today was one of the worst days of her life.
"Biggest concern is how to support my family through Christmas with the sudden loss of finances, being I have three kids and just found out one is on the way," she tweeted, adding that supporters and fans who would like to help can reach out to artist Ray Dillon via e-mail to inquire about purchasing original art or signed books.
"I am so sorry to fans of The Legend of Wonder Woman, as the story is left unfinished, and there were so many fun adventure to be told," De Liz said.
The Legend of Wonder Woman, which came out in hardcover, launched as a digital-first title, with the individual issues adding up to a nine-issue miniseries. The 270-page collected edition, marked "Volume 1," was out in comic shops last week and available in bookstores and on Amazon Tuesday.
I am sad to announce Legend of Wonder Woman pt 2 has been cancelled. I am surprised & devastated I won't be able to finish the project.— Renae De Liz (@RenaeDeLiz) December 16, 2016
De Liz and Dillon have been pounding the pavement this week, doing interviews in support of the hardcover release. Presumably this was a decision DC put until just before production started on the next volume.
Something similar happened earlier this year when Prez, which had been announced a year ago as a pair of six-issue minsieries, failed to score its second miniserires. The series, like The Legend of Wonder Woman, earned rave reviews both in and outside of the comic book specialty market. In both cases, it's likely that the collected edition sales were expected to be higher, since they are the sort of titles that traditionally do better in the bookstore market.
DC has not responded to requests for comment as of press time. Typically they do not comment specifically on cancellations.
The series, which retold the origin of Wonder Woman with a heavy focus on the Amazons, is one of a number of series released this year to do so. Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette's Wonder Woman: Earth One trod similar territory, as did the Wonder Woman: Year One storyline in the Rebirth-branded Wonder Woman relaunch by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Jill Thompson also had Wonder Woman: The True Amazon this year.
All of those books (save the monthly comics by Rucka and Scott) were scheduled to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the character.
DeLiz and Dillon also work together on Peter Pan, a graphic novel adaptation of the character's adventures. You can check it out here, and get access to original content and behind-the-scenes insight when you support Dillon on Patreon here.