On Monday, Marvel notified retailers that the over-sized Uncanny X-Men #600, originally scheduled for release this Wednesday May 20, has been pushed back five months until October 2015. Marvel declined to comment to why, but series writer Brian Michael Bendis addressed the issue on Tumblr.
"It is not shipping in October because I am a massive spastic f**k up," Bendis wrote somewhat unclearly, referring to rumors it was delayed due to his lateness, with the writer intending to mean the reason the book isn't shipping on time is not because he's a massive spastic f**k up, a least according to Bendis.
"It was bumped until after Secret Wars for editorial and commercial reasons," he continued. "Not my call. This was Marvel. But they have their reasons."
Bendis claimed the title "could easily ship this month as it was supposed to."
"[The delay] will not effect the story or the impact of the story. In fact it may have more impact on how things shake out after my run," he added.
If Bendis' explanation is accurate and the issue is being moved for editorial and commercials reasons it'd be a curious decision by Marvel, considering the publisher is marketing the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe as being massively different than a pre-Secret Wars Universe. Either the story will make equal sense in either context calling into question how different the Marvel Universe will be, or Marvel would be purposely delaying a book that takes place pre-Secret Wars and purposely publishing when they'll be at the height of marketing the 'NEW MU".