Beginning with Fantastic Four #583 in September, artist Steve Epting and writer Jonathan Hickman kick off a six-issue storyline called "Three," where the "War of Four Cities" will build up to an epic ending where one member of the Fantastic Four will have breathed their last per Marvel Comics (& Newsarama who broke the news).
Epting produced four teaser images showing different groupings of the three potential survivors. Which member is actually doomed to fall on the pungee stick is a closely guarded secret. Whichever member of this seminal superhero family ultimately takes one for the team, at the very least, the story will be exciting. I can't remember the last time the FF looked so freaking awesome.
That alone will prompt me to check out this issue, and admittedly I hope that it's all revealed to be a temporary fever dream.
Say it ain't so, Stan (er, Joe)!