Secret Wars Gets An Extra Issue: #9 On Sale In December


I had to make sure it wasn’t April 1 when I got the press release from Marvel, but it’s definitely not. And apparently Secret Wars is such a big story that it couldn’t be contained in the eight issues for which it was originally planned.

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With that in mind, Secret Wars #9 is on the way in December. Marvel says the extra chapter will allow writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic to have their story “wrap up as intended.”

“Apparently, Secret Wars is even bigger than we thought it was,” Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a press release. “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.”

Interestingly, though the release also mentions the idea that the end of Secret Wars is “the genesis of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe,” which was always part of the plan, said All-New, All-Different Marvel is scheduled to kick off in October. That’s apparently not going to change.

“This extra issue will not affect any of the new launches as part of All-New, All-Different Marvel,” David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing, said in the press release. “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.”

That doesn’t clear up a whole lot, and it’s never ideal to be reading comics set months after the end of an event while the event is still going on, but Secret Wars has been so good to date that I’m willing to see it all the way to its conclusion.

And just to review, that conclusion will come in December in Secret Wars #9. Unless, of course, there’s a Secret Wars #10. Nah, surely not …

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