What If... ?: Why Not? TPB: v. 1 Paperback – 16 Mar 2005
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What if Karen Page had lived?: Some say, Daredevil's true love was Elektra but it was really Karen Page. She like Elektra was killed by Bullseye when he throws Daredevil's weapon into Karen's heart, killing her. But what if she was a bit to the left or the right, and the weapon puntured a lung instead of her heart and she lives instead of dies? How will Daredevil react differently when he finds out who was behind everything? Well this story was good for the first half but afterwards it It kind of lost the point near the end. The story was a little short and I wish there was more in between the good start and the ok ending.
What if General Ross became the Hulk?: Ok you know the whole story with the Hulk. Bruce Banner goes and saves Rick Jones' life and turning him into the Hulk. But what if Gen. Ross saved Rick Jones' life causing him to become the Hulk? Well this story follows that. Kind of different approach with different results. Most of the main characters from the series die. This was pretty good. Good action with a twist with it being Ross instead of Banner being the Hulk.
What if Jessica Jones had joined The Avengers?: Before this comic, I had never heard of Jessica Jones. But it turns out she fought the Avengers because she was being controlled by a villian. After the battle she was asked to join the Avengers to which she turns down. But what if she did join? Nothing really special happened in the comic. Some romance here and there and one of the biggest events in the Marvel universe who would lead to something even bigger was prevented all because Jones was there. Ok, concept and everything else was the same.
What if Professor X and Magneto formed the X-Men together?: Great concept but was a little weird until near the end. The X-Men really dont form until the end, Prof. X and Magneto pretty much just own a school and do side missions with Wolverine and Mystique (they are lovers) as the leaders (instead of Cyclops and Jean Grey). Cyclops and Havok do appear at the end as villians working with Sabertooth for Sinister. Good action but I wish there was more to the story.
What if Doctor Doom had become the Thing?: This story asks what if Dr. Victor Van Doom was on the space shuttle with Reed, Susan and Johnny instead of Ben. So Doom becomes the Thing and still becomes a villian but for a different reason. We do know where was Ben (wont say) and what happens to him. Very good story, everything about it was good.
What if Aunt May died instead of Uncle Ben?: What if Uncle Ben had went out to buy milk on that faithfull night and Aunt May was killed? Thats the story, because Peter wouldnt have the responcibilty of taking care of his Aunt, he becomes dark and does things he would never do (wont say what). Again great story with a darker twist all because they were out of milk that night.
Good book, with the exception of certain stories. Perfect for anyone who collects these comics
Bendis inserts himself as "The Watcher in a diner" to narrate his two entries, one about Daredevil ("What if Karen Page Had Not Died?") and the other about Jessica Jones (What if...Joined the Avengers"). I'm not a Bendis fan and have not read much of his work, so it was great to get a quick recap on the characters and the stories showed the effect on the whole Marvel universe on some level.
Chris Claremont's look at "What if Magneto and Xavier formed the X-men Together?" presents a very different set of circumstances for the formation of the team and lives of the characters.
"What if General Ross became The Hulk?" by Peter David, reads like an episode of the Twilight Zone, but was not wholly satisfying.
"What if Dr. Doom Became The Thing?" was a surprisingly detailed story, that really jammed a lot of alternate continuity and characterization into a small space to great effect. It should be noted that the fate of Ben Grimm is revealed as well!
Finally, "What if Aunt May Had Been Killed Instead of Uncle Ben?" by Ed Brubaker was definitely the most impressive piece in the collection. We see a very probable alternate take on Spider-Man's story that could just as easily be used if they ever create another Ultimate-like universe of alternate continuities.
Very worth the money and a great read!
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