Blastr has revealed that Brian Michael Bendis has successfully convinced Marvel to extend the run of Civil War II. Originally scheduled for 7 issues, an eighth will now be produced for release in November.
Bendis believes the extra issue is required to end the story correctly after he discovered a better way to end the series than was originally planned. Bendis stated:
“It’s not a different ending but a different way to tell it and I am so happy that Marvel gave us this chance to do our thing. Some fans already know that a lot is going to change in the Marvel Universe post-Civil War II but we’ve kept some secrets secret and issue #8 is chock full of them.”
Brian Micheal Bendis
How this affects the tie-in issues has not yet been revealed, but it is likely that the October-scheduled Civil War: The Oath will now be delayed due to it's solicitation describing it as an epilogue to the event.
The Hound Recounts: The move is reminiscent of the recent Secret Wars event, which (once underway) was lengthened by one extra issue to complete the story. Nevertheless, recent market share reports have almost certainly been the driving force for the change. Marvel needs to respond, so look for Civil War II -the only comc NOT published by DC that featured in July's Top 20 sales figures- to end with an even BIGGER BANG than first scripted.