This caught my eye from Albert’s postgame Fear Itself chat with editor Tom Brevoort and writer Matt Fraction, who’s the one behind this quote:
[F]or me it really ends with the #7.1, #7.2 and #7.3. To explain it to you in Star Wars, this is sort of like we’ve stopped the movie after the first guy tried to build up the Death Star in the trench and blew it. Luke has just switched off the targeting computer, and credits. We’re not quite there yet. I expect when the Point One, Point Two and Point Three issues are all out, and we have a chance to bury Bucky, to burn Thor, and for Tony and Odin to have their final showdown, then I’ll feel like it’s truly done, but at this point there’s still a lot of stuff out there — the character stuff, the whole thing that brings people to these stories, that brought me to this story in the first place — kind of unanswered.
Now, I know that in something like the Marvel Universe, there’s never any real endings and that crossover event books always have epilogues and all of that, but… there’s something really… odd seeing the writer of an event book tell you that the final issue isn’t actually the ending, even though the issues that are the ending as the writer intended – issues that aren’t entirely written by said writer, nor drawn by series artist Stuart Immonen, off for a well-deserved rest after seven issues of carnage – aren’t contained in the collection of the series, right?
(I know that #7 does, in fact, close out the main action of the series, and I suspect that the #7.1-7.3 issues are much more epilogue than Fraction suggests above, before anyone points it out. But there’s something very, very strange and offputting about a writer outright saying “Hey, that last issue? I don’t think it’s the end, pick up these three comics instead” when the three comics aren’t apparently official enough to stick in the collection.)