It’s been years since we heard anything about the ARMS graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics, with the prologue comic releasing way back in 2018 on Free Comic Book Day. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that, as the book has seemingly been quietly canceled.

A Reddit user recently discovered the following quote from the comic’s author, Ian Flynn, from his portfolio page: “Wrote the introductory Free Comic Book Day 2018 issue for a planned, but unfortunately canceled, graphic novel series based on the popular Nintendo fighting game franchise, ARMS.”

Another user on Twitter then asked Flynn if he could confirm the cancellation, to which he said that he wasn’t certain if he should give an official statement on the matter, as Dark Horse Comics has yet to make an official announcement.

 

 

Back in a 2017 blog post by publisher Dark Horse, the story was going to follow “a young fighter [who] trains tirelessly to reach the top in the ARMS League Grand Prix—but first, he must defeat 599 other contenders!” Flynn has previously worked on Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man comics, while Joe Ng, artist of the ARMS novel, had worked on Street Fighter and Overwatch comics.

 

 

Besides Min Min’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last year, Nintendo has been quiet in general when it comes to the ARMS franchise. If the comic’s cancellation is any indication, the future of the series may be out of arm’s reach.

 

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A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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