The first issue of Marvel’s brand new Secret Wars shipped in May of this year and was originally scheduled to conclude in eight issues. However, it now looks like Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s epic has been delayed into next year. According to the Diamond Distributors, Secret Wars ninth and final issue now has a January 6th street date.
With each event in Marvel publishing ending with cliffhangers for other titles being published, will all the surprises in the last issue of Secret Wars be spoiled before readers are treated to the final issue? The All-New All-Different relaunches are already in full swing, and we’re witnessing the post-Secret Wars world before the end of the journey that was supposed to start it all. The biggest reveal was given to readers in Invincible Iron Man #1, where a key Secret Wars antagonist was reintroduced to the Marvel Universe. Other reveals extend to titles like Silver Surfer and several Avengers titles.
The Beat has been taking a look at each Marvel title the week that series debuts, assessing quality of the various relaunches, and Secret Wars’ seeming need to go unfinished has become a running joke for the column.
To be honest, we here at The Beat don’t want to see the conclusion of Secret Wars until it is truly good and ready. Hickman’s Avengers saga has culminated into a massive crescendo with the publishing event and it’s something that deserves to be celebrated. If the celebration means letting Hickman and Ribic take their time fleshing out a weighty script and lush visuals, we say let ’em have it!
Marvel’s response to the delays of Secret Wars reflect a change in policy since Civil War, where crossover delays there saw the publisher put some of their line on hold while waiting for the event to finish.
Is Marvel doing the right thing in letting Ribic and Hickman take their time with the Secret Wars conclusion?