Marvel is ending the just-launched comic series Ultimate FF according to its writer, Joshua Hale Fialkov. The series, which debuted in April as part of the “All-New Marvel Now” relaunch of the entire Ultimate, will end with August’s #6 issue – although Fialkov says he won’t be writing it.
“Sad to say that UFF is finished with issue 6,” Fialkov posted Tuesday on Twitter. “[A]nd due to my illness last month, my last issue is 5. Heartbroken but extremely grateful.”
Marvel has confirmed the cancellation.
Ultimate FF was a new title in name, but shared the initials and several characters with the previous title Ultimate Fantastic Four which ran from 2004 to 2009. Of all of the “All-New Marvel Now” relaunches of the Ultimate line, Ultimate FF garnered the lowest sales according to Diamond, trailing significantly behind both All-New Ultimates and the line’s flagship, Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man.
Last month several comics news sites posted reports that the publisher would be de-emphasizing all Fantastic Four-related comic projects due to the outside ownership of the intellectual property’s movie rights by 20th Century Fox. Marvel has somewhat refuted these reports online and at this past weekend’s Special Edition: NYC convention, although Marvel mostly addressed the status of the mainline James Robinson-written Fantastic Four title.
"I'm going to publish it. It will have four characters in it!!" Marvel Senior Vice-President of Publishing Tom Brevoort seemingly unequivocally told the audience. "I presume that James Robinson will write that all the way into the future. "
Marvel has not announced the creative team of Ultimate FF's August finale.