'So we’ve got a little over a year to go, and it’s going to be one hell of a year!' Kirkman says in a statement

By Clark Collis
Updated August 17, 2016 at 03:23 PM EDT
Skybound Entertainment

Writer Robert Kirkman has announced that he will wind down his longrunning comic, Invincible, next year, with issue #144. The title, which debuted in January 2003, relates the saga of a superhero named Mark Grayson (AKA Invincible) and his attempts to protect earth from a multitude of threats. Kirkman is also the writer of The Walking Dead comic and an executive producer on AMC’s zombie show of the same name.

In a written statement, Kirkman explained the he had once hoped other hands would take over the writing of Invincible, which he co-created with artist Cory Walker, until eventually he would be “reading an Invincible comic book by younger creators I haven’t met, who are doing a book that I hate.” He changed his mind in part because he realized that the upcoming issues of the comic would make for a natural conclusion and in part because of longtime artist Ryan Ottley’s desire to “draw something other than Invincible one day.”

“I briefly considered bringing on another team, starting that eventual march to that book I’d read in my old age and throw across the room saying, ‘This isn’t Invincible!'” Kirkman says in the statement. “And while I did consider some really cool options that would have led to some really cool issues of Invincible… more and more as I thought about it, I realized ending the series was the right thing to do. So that’s what we’re doing! Issue 144, the conclusion of the 12-part epic ‘The End of All Things,’ will be the final issue of Invincible. I’m sure when it’s all said and done, I’ll be sad, and I know I will miss these characters, but for the time being, I’m excited. Ryan will be coming back to the book with issue 133 in November, and we’re going to hit the ground running. We’ve got a wild ride in store for the fans where we’re going to touch every corner of the Invincible Universe, and in the end, tie things up in a really cool and unexpected way.”

Invincible is published by Kirkman’s Image Comics imprint Skybound. The next issue, #130, comes out, Aug. 24.

You can read Kirkman’s statement in full, below.