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What If?: Civil War TPB Paperback – 23 Apr 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (23 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785130365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785130369
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I mostly got this book because of the first story in it, since my main interest is in the civil war right now. I don't understand why this is caled 'What If?: Civil War' since it is only a small part. The first story is the only one based on the Civil War, based around the Watcher diguised as a human talking to Tony Stark at the Captain America Memorial after the war has ended. He shows Stark two possible ways it could have gone, one good, one bad. It is a truly awesome story, really making you wish that the war had went along the 'good' line. I would reccommend this collection for this one story alone since it is so great in my opinion.

Though I'm not as interested in the other stories I plan to at least mention them, and since I mentioned my favourite first I might as well say my least favourite now. The story based on Caiera the Oldstrong living instead of the Hulk is poor in my opinion. She returns to earth with her warbound and in 4 pages had defeated all of earth and taken the Avengers as her slaves. Major characters like Iron Man, Sentry, Dr Strange and Mr Fantastic are killed instantly, no fight taking place. She easily defeats everyone, no one even coming close to touching her. I found this story disappointing since I was hoping for a grand fight but I guess since it was only a short story they didn't have time for that. In my opinion though if they didn't have the room to make it good, they shouldn't have done it.

The story on Annihilus is good with a great heroic scene at the end, but unfortunately I was never big on the Phoenix or Spiderman so the last two comics I didn't really pay attention too. I have to reccommend the X-Men 'What if?
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4.0 out of 5 stars What if.... 30 Jan. 2010
By Tomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love the what if? books and this one did not dissapointed me. I especially loved the one of world war hulk. It is an excellent variation of a lot of cross-overs from the last years. Absolutely loved it. The only bad aspect of this book is that it is not drawn by the same person across the book.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Marvel's What If?'s 16 May 2008
By Ignacio Menendez Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent. Imagine how it could have been... neither better nor worse, simply different. That notwithstanding, only one path can be actually trodden.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What if...you spent your money and time on this? 29 April 2008
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What If?: Civil War collects various What If? one-shots, including Annihilation, Civil War, Planet Hulk, Spider-Man VS. Wolverine, and Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar. With that knowledge alone, that should tell you whether or not this TPB is worth a look or picking up, and while some of the stories featured here are definitely worth a look, a majority of what you'll find here just isn't worth your time. What If?: Annihilation, written by David Hine and drawn by Mico Suayan, is by far the best of the bunch, as Annihilus chases Nova back to Earth as Civil War is reaching its apex. Though the story here is predictable, it is nevertheless enjoyable and Suayan's artwork is quite good to boot. What If?: Civil War, featuring the writing talent of New Warriors scribe Kevin Grevioux, Christos Gage, and small snippets from Ed Brubaker, with artwork from Gustavo, Harvey Tolibao, and Marko Djurdjevic; is a collection of small stories that go nowhere, including what would have happened if Iron Man had died instead of Captain America. What If?: Planet Hulk follows the multiple stories idea, and is written by Planet Hulk and World War Hulk scribe Greg Pak. The stories focus on what would have happened had the Hulk died and Caiera come to Earth for revenge, what if the Hulk had landed on the peaceful planet that Tony Stark and co. had intended, and the humerous what if Bruce Banner would have been discovered on Sakaar. What If?: Spider-Man VS Wolverine is based on a story from the 80's where Peter Parker becomes an assassin in Russia alongside Wolvie, while Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar focuses on what would have happened if Vulcan would have harnessed the power of the Phoenix. Both stories are just plain awful to say the least, with the Annihilation and Planet Hulk tales being undoubtedly the best things about this TPB. If you are at all interested in the What If? mythos, you are better off tracking down the Annihilation and Planet Hulk single issues to save yourself some cash instead of having to read the other lame titles included here, but for What If? afficiondos, this TPB may be worth a look. That being said, don't say you weren't warned.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Dang Good Comics 12 May 2016
By Kristopher D Mooring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not a huge fan of dark stories for their own sake or giving five stars for something I vaguely liked. This thing is really good. There are What Ifs regarding Planet Hulk/World War Hulk, Emperor Vulcan, and a few other events in addition to Civil War. The Civil War stories are framed by an encounter between Tony Stark and a mysterious figure. It redeems his character a bit and is intriguing in its own right.

The stories are clever, original and show what comics can do when they don't have to worry about propping up the next Big Event. The irony is obviously that those stories riff on those very same Big Events. If you're familiar with Marvel Comics in the late aughts, What If? Civil War is worth picking up. If you're not, they should still be a good read.
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