There might a bit of a scheduling snafu over at Marvel with the publisher’s Spider-Man ongoing series featuring Miles Morales in the starring role. Writer Brian Michael Bendis (House of M) took to twitter to explain why the series has been late, stating that Miles Morales co-creator Sara Pichelli (Spider-Men) needs more time than a week to draw an isse.
“I think one of the reasons you like it is because of the time it takes to make it. so to get something as special as Sara’s artwork she needs the month. and that’s okay with me,” said Bendis. “The new issue will be coming up very soon I think it’s rather subtly the best issue we have done together.
Newsarama had more details on the story including that issue #6 of Spider-Man will be drawn by Nico Leon (Ms. Marvel) and is still set to be a Civil War tie-in. Additionally, the publisher just released additional information to the outlet confirming what Bendis is saying above in that Pichelli will be returning to the series at a later date. Take a look at the solicitation for issue #6:
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • NICO LEON (A/C)
DEATH OF X VARIANT COVER BY TBA
CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN!
• Miles Morales has only been in the Marvel Universe for a few weeks, and he’s already finding himself in the middle of a war.
• Which side will Miles choose?!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Reading between the lines of the issue, it is possible to infer as Newsarama has that Bendis could be saying that Spider-Man might be moving towards a bi-monthly schedule to keep the co-creator of the character working on the interior art duties of the series. Pichelli’s knack for wonderful facial expressions and unique, expressive art is unmatched in the industry–making it clear why Marvel is interested in keeping the artist on the book with an altered deadline going forward.
This next issue of Spider-Man is a Civil War II tie-in, it will be interested to see where Spidey’s allegiances will lie in the Marvel Comics event series. Early promotional artwork features Morales siding against Sam Wilson, Captain America–meaning that Morales may be on Captain Marvel’s radical future-changing team. Having the character fight against the authority figure of the All-New, All-Different Avengers team should brew for some excellent conflict. Hopefully the motivation for the different characters in the story will be present.
Civil War II #1 debuts in July followed by Spider-Man #6, which is currently scheduled in July–the upcoming fourth issue is shipping later on this month.