Since King's been ruled out as a possible writer...
I really feel like the only thing that could possibly boost our sales sufficiently, in light of a big new third comics company who's starting up and will presumably take up some market real estate, at least initially, is a major freaking stunt. One of these is, as I've expressed a million times, way more appealing to me than the other.
One: Kill Spider-Man or Wolverine.
It'll sell books. It's a terrible idea but it'll sell books and we'll reach our target.
Two: Linewide crossover.
If we can't add a mini to the lineup, you can cancel She-Hulk and use its spot. I think it would really behoove us all to pitch some ideas and see what best works with the directions we've all taken our titles.
I've already suggested my Defenders pitch, which I've merged with Sean's Natural Disaster pitch. My original Defenders pitch has the X-Men in a pretty prominent role dealing with the addictive mutant drug but it doesn't jive at all with what you're doing in Uncanny. Question, my man Mike: outside of crossovers, do I have your permission to use Magneto in my FF Road to Defenders Arc?
Here's a different crossover idea:
DEUS EX MACHINA
By JMS and Brian Hitch
Thor returns to the Marvel Universe in an incredibly shocking way. The Post-Ragnarok Asgard is in shambles, and a reborn Loki and Thor are competing for rulership over it. Instead of general elections, however, the new monarch will be decided by who is worshipped by the greatest number of people. So Thor and Loki attempt to convert as many of Earth's population as they can to worship them. Things get violent. Things get rough. Again, Spider-Man and Wolverine are crushed by a whale and die.
THE VENOM WARS
By Jeph Loeb and Mark Silvestri or Ed McGuinness
Reed and Peter capture Mac Gargan from the Thunerbolts, removes the Venom Symbiote from him and genetically engineer it to be less aggressive but no less powerful and then give it to all the heroes of Earth because an army of Symbiote infected bad guys are making a beeline for Earth. Spider-Man and Wolverine are crushed by a whale that's been infected with the Venom Symbiote. They die.
By Bendis and Frank Cho
A mysterious woman claiming to be the Scarlet Queen takes over the Hellfire Club and does some seriously bad deeds, including (not joking this time) killing a fairly prominent character, perhaps even Dr. Strange. This Queen bears no resemblance to the Scarlet Witch, but her reality altering powers do. So the heroes who have managed to stay out of her spell (being She-Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the Uncanny X-Men as well as Spider-Man and Wolverine who, because of the Scarlet Queen's reality altering powers, are both crushed by a whale and die) are led by Hawkeye to find the Scarlet Witch in her hiding place and try and convince her to take out this dangerous new threat, who is revealed to be an alternate reality daughter of hers or something weird. I don't know. Let Bendis figure it out.
By Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness
Everybody wakes up one morning and the Joker is Emperor of the universe.
CLONE WARS 2: EXACTLY LIKE CLONE WARS IN EVERY WAY, EXCEPT WE'RE NOT SURE IT HAS A SOUL
It winds up that all the heroes of the Marvel Universe have been hanging out in Cancun on the beach and we've just been watching their clones for the past twenty years.
These will continue to degenerate, so you stop. The first three have elements that are useful.