I had no idea "Orion" was cancelled until this thread.
I was never a New Gods fan of any kind, but I've always felt Simonson has a creative ability few in this industry can match. I gave it a shot and when "Starman" and "Hitman" ended, this became the only monthly I bought.
It seems to me DC was hoping his name and the others that worked on back-up stories (and Byrne filling in when he did) would give the book strong word-of-mouth. But it didn't.
I feel it got lost in the shuffle; it wasn't promoted enough. I do not recall reading anything about it in CSN or seeing a banner ad for it at dccomics.com. Were there t-shirts and mini-busts created for cross-promotional purposes? Did anyone know about the ultimate battle between Darkseid and Orion (I mean, anyone who was NOT reading the book)? I dunno, I recall that "Starman" survived because of the TPB program and because of a "Starman month" promotion and because there was ALWAYS news about the book SOMEWHERE. But is that DC's fault or resistence from Walt? Is it problems in editorial or in marketing?
Lots of questions, no easy answers I'm sure. Either way, it's a terrible shame when a comic which elevates the superheroic genre of the artform comes along and is quickly given the axe.
Just like "Anima" several years back.
HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, sorry, whew...couldn't resist that. "Anima"! Ahem. Oh gosh that was funny...