Image Comics' 'Motor Crush' Goes on Immediate Hiatus and Shifts Release Format

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The critically acclaimed series has pulled next month's issue 12 from the schedule.

A week after the announcement of a hiatus for Image Comics’ Saga, another critically acclaimed Image series has announced a temporary disappearance — as well as an upcoming change of format for the future.

Motor Crush is going on hiatus effective immediately, with the already announced twelfth issue of the series — due in stores next month — cancelled, according to a report on Newsarama. The creator-owned comic book series is from the team responsible for the fan-favorite Batgirl revamp of 2014: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr.

Stewart told the website that the break was simply "just taking some time to recharge and refocus," adding, "All is well in Nova Honda [the fictional setting for the series], vol. 3 is written and Motor Crush will return faster and more ferocious than ever!"

On Twitter, Tarr offered more details, complaining that the original report "is worded super duper weird!" She explained, "We are going straight to [collected edition] trade for Vol. 3! Monthly [comics] are too stressful…!!” The storyline that would have started with the now-canceled No. 12 will be released next summer, she continued, adding, “We have the [storyline] outlines and I’m excited not to be locked into 22 pg story beats…!!!”

Motor Crush launched in December 2016 and has released two collected editions to date, in June 2017 and May of this year. The series centers on Domino Swift, the star of a worldwide motorcycle racing league who is also a user of “Crush,” a so-called “machine narcotic” that increases her speed.