Mild spoilers for the Civil War II ahead.
Unlike movies, comic books have always gone into darker, more experimental depths. Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Civil War II has already caused a stir only four issues in. Firstly, we’ve had the death of War Machine, one of Marvel‘s most prominent black superheroes. As well as this, we’ve also seen Captain Marvel’s reputation destroyed as a result. In addition, we now won’t be seeing the finale until December 28th.
As Comics Alliance notes:
“The original plan for the finale of Civil War II was for the seventh issue to go on sale October 19th, but in mid-August the publisher announced an extra eighth issue, which would be released on November 2nd.”
The new schedule puts Civil War #5 out on September 21st, #6 out on October 26th, #7 on November 20th and #8 on December 28th.
According to Comics Alliance, Bendis mentioned that some of the delays were due to “the arrival of a baby boy to Tara Marquez, wife of artist David Marquez…” However, as they go on to explain, surely Marvel would have anticipated this?
Civil War II‘s delays aren’t anything new. Marvel has a history of delaying event comics back beyond their expected release. The original Civil War comic caused a huge upset to Marvel’s comic book calendar. Not only this, but we also saw comic book tie-ins pushed back so they didn’t disrupt Civil War
Not only is Civil War II arriving soon. We’ll also be getting the first comics from Marvel‘s new Marvel Now initiative in October. The new titles, such as Champions and Infamous Iron Man have promised to deal with the Civil War II fallout. Yet, with Civil War II‘s finale delayed, it’s unclear whether these titles will suffer, too.