Update, 1:45 p.m. eastern: Brilliant is not just a five-issue miniseries, writer Brian Michael Bendis has said on Twitter.
“BRILLIANT is NOT a 5 issue min. the first story isn’t even a five issue story. not sure why that is there,” Bendis wrote. More on this as it develops. — Albert Ching
Original story: For those wondering how next year’s Avengers Assemble series by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley was going to affect their creator-owned series Brilliant, well, it’s not a typo in the February solicits: Marvel announced late last week that Brilliant was now a 5-issue mini-series.
Brilliant has had a particularly troubled history; announced in March this year as a bi-monthly “maxiseries” (“This is a long miniseries so I guess the technical term is maxiseries. But it’s really something in between,” explained Bendis at the time) to launch in July, the series was bumped to an August launch in the last week of July because of a switch from pencils-only to a traditional pencil-and-ink look. The launch then slipped again to the end of September, with the bi-monthly schedule apparently impacted by Bendis and Bagley’s other commitments, as #2 now isn’t expected until December 21st. #3 and 4 were originally solicited for November and January releases, and the current schedule sees #3 released a week after #2 (December 28th), and then the book getting back on track with #4, apparently headed for a January 11th in-store date. #5 is scheduled to appear a month later, finishing the book’s run.
Avengers Assemble is scheduled for a March 2012 launch.