UPDATE 6/24/2014 4:10 PM PT: As revealed in a Diamond update, “Ultimate FF” #6, originally solicited as written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, will now be written by Stuart Moore.
UPDATE 6/17/2014 5:40 PM PT: “Ultimate FF” writer Joshua Hale Fialkov commented on the series’ end on his Twitter, stating that due to an illness last month, his last issue will actually be July’s #5.
Sad to say that UFF is finished with issue 6, and due to my illness last month, my last issue is 5. Heartbroken but extremely grateful.
– Joshua Hale Fialkov (@JoshFialkov) June 17, 2014
“Ultimate FF” will end in August with issue #6, CBR News has confirmed with Marvel. The series is absent from the publisher’s recently released September 2014 solicitations, though a collected edition of all six issues is scheduled out that month.
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Mario Guevara and later Andre Lima AraÃºjo, “Ultimate FF” was announced in January of this year, as part of a line-wide relaunch of Marvel’s Ultimate titles. The book starred a Fantastic Four or sorts, though with only one of the usual team members: Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, joined by Tony Stark (Iron Man), Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Machine Man. Issue #1 was released in April, and issue #3 is out this week.
“This is a whole new book,” Fialkov told CBR in January. “It’s not like any book with the initials FF that you’ve seen before. We’re super excited about what we’re doing, and this book is pretty much my dream book. It’s the book I always wanted to do. It allows me to explore the Ultimate Universe and maybe even the Marvel Universe in some pretty awesome ways.”
Late last month, CBR reported that Marvel had planned a hiatus for both “Fantastic Four” and “Ultimate FF,” due to the live-action rights of the franchise residing at 20th Century Fox. Yet it’s likely sales were the biggest factor: the reported estimated sales for May’s issue #2 put it at No. 141 on Diamond’s chart, near the bottom of Marvel’s offerings for that month.
CBR has reached out to Fialkov for comment. The final issue of the series, #6, is solicited for release in August.
ULTIMATE FF #6
JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV (W) • ANDRÃ‰ ARAÃšJO (A/C)
• The ULTIMATE UNIVERSE’S worst nightmare approaches
• Jump into the future of the Ultimate Universe as the DOOMSDAY CLOCK counts down.
• The END of the FUTURE FOUNDATION.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99