Earlier this year, both Marvel and DC launched new event series to get more people interested in their comics. Recent results have shown just how well DC Rebirth has worked, with DC dominating the sales charts in July. Marvel did not completely reset their comic universe just yet, with Civil War II instead being used to serve as the company's big comic book event this year. Launching at the same time as Captain America: Civil War was playing in theaters, Marvel wanted fans of the movie to also check out the new Civil War comic launch.
While there has so far been a fair amount of interest in the Civil War II event itself, the series has not helped the larger Marvel comics brand like Rebirth has for DC. The initial seven issue series was recently delayed a bit too, but an explanation for this has been revealed by its writer.
Well-known comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis recently took to his Tumblr page to explain why the fifth issue of Civil War II will not be coming out on its initially-planned release date. It could be concerning that the issue was delayed, but it appears that it is thanks to good news for one of the people involved. Following Bendis' explanation of the delay, he went on to announce that the series has been extended. You can read his post below:
well, if you peak over at @davidmarquez Facebook you’ll discover that he and his amazing wife tara just had a kick ass baby boy. a very cute baby too. and not all babies are cute at the start :)
not a delay hell, or a conspiracy, just a new baby in the middle of the hardest issue to draw. the ending of four shows that five is a monster.
david has been handing in about a page a day for the last couple of weeks so we’re getting back on track.
so much so that marvel greenlit an 8th issue for us. i came up with a better ending but needed the pages. very grateful that they let us do our thing.
so a little late and you get a little more. here’s a sneak…
This is not the first or the last time that a Marvel comic will be delayed, but thankfully this one is not based on troubles in the design stage. Civil War II has so far continued Marvel's push of the Inhumans, putting young Ulysses in the forefront of the battle. The ending of the first Civil War comic book event was dissatisfactory to some readers - and while a revamped ending could sound like bad news for the Civil War II series, Bendis reassured on Twitter that the end result is staying the same.
the 'new' ending to civil war 2 is not a different ending just a different way to tell the story we were already telling. & its filthy :)
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) August 15, 2016
Given the chance to tell a better ending, we can only hope that the conclusion to Civil War II is worth the extra issue and longer wait.
Update: Marvel has sent out the official press release announcement and teaser image for the Civil War II expansion #8 issue:
Legendary creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez will extend their stay in the trenches of battle for one more unforgettable issue. Cracks are starting to immerge in the predictive visions of the new Inhuman, Ulysses, and the foundation where our heroes once stood is starting to fracture. Bendis:
“First of all, the response from fans over Civil War II has been so heartwarming. Secondly, over the summer I thought of a different, hopefully better, way to tell our ending. It’s not a different ending but a different way to tell it and I am so happy that Marvel gave us this chance to do our thing. Some fans already know that a lot is going to change in the Marvel Universe post-Civil War II but we’ve kept some secrets secret and issue #8 is chock full of them.”
Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future or battle to protect tomorrow? The additional issue of Civil War II will bring the explosive event to its powerful conclusion, but with an Inhuman at the center of the conflict with the ability to see what’s to come, has the future already been foretold or can it be changed? David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing:
“As the events of Civil War II continued to unfold across the Marvel Universe we saw that the stakes kept rising. By providing retailers and fans an additional issue, Bendis and Marquez are given the added freedom to present a story that is going to bring the war to a cataclysmic ending with seismic changes to the Marvel Universe.”
Civil War II issues #1-4 are available currently, with issue #5 now scheduled to be released on September 14th.
Source: Brian Michael Bendis