Marvel has announced that its current event series Secret Wars is getting bigger -- by one issue in fact. Originally solicited as an eight issue series ending in October, the publisher has now announced Secret Wars #9 to come in December.
“Apparently, Secret Wars is even bigger than we thought it was,” said Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “To help Jonathan and Esad conclude this epic event as big and bombastically as it started, we are adding an extra issue. That means one more month of the suspense, action and game-changing storytelling that fans and retailers have been clamoring for since the final incursion started.”
This new issue will be by the series' regular team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic, with Marvel saying the issue was needed to finish their story "'as intended."
The Secret Wars series has experienced some delays since it launched, with the upcoming Secret Wars #6 pushed from an early August release date to September 16. The subsequent issues haven't been announced as being delayed, but given #7 is solicited for September 23 and #8 for October 7 with the same creative team of Hickman and Ribic, those too could be delayed.
“This extra issue will not affect any of the new launches as part of All-New, All-Different Marvel,“ said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing. “But there might be a surprise or two left over from Battleworld you weren’t expecting. In fact, like the original Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, some of those puzzle pieces will hit the Marvel Universe before the event concludes. But if you want to see how they all fit together, you don’t want to miss these last few issues."
The cover to Secret Wars #9 features the same Alex Ross artwork as solicited for Secret Wars #8, although in the Marvel has changed covers for the series from what was originally solicited.