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What If... ?: Why Not? TPB: v. 1 Paperback – 16 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (16 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115939
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,269,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was brilliant!, I am mostly a DC fanboy, but i do enjoy collecting Marvel novels and this was one of the best. I first heard of 'What if?' titles when i read "what if Wolverine had joined Alpha Flight?" and have been hooked on them since. The What if General Ross became the Hulk was brilliant, and the story with the Fantastic Four was the best out of the book. In the Avengers story, they make reference to the start of House of M which i enjoyed too. If you like stories that have nothing to do with the DC contiunity too, then look for 'Elseworlds' titles by DC or try 'Superman: Red Son', or 'Speeding Bullets'by DC.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing collection of new age What If one shots 11 Jun. 2005
By N. Durham - Published on
Collecting the various new age one shots of Marvel's classic What If series, this TPB contains some sadly disappointing and floundering work. Featuring alternate reality stories by Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Peter David, Chris Claremont, and Karl Kesel, the stories contain solid art throughout, but for the theme being "what if?" scenarios in the Marvel universe, it's pretty amazing just how predictable some of these stories turn out to be. Bendis contributes two stories, which are the best to be featured here, including "What if Karen Page Had Lived?", in which Daredevil's longtime love Karen Page survives her assault by Bullseye, and the course of action DD takes to wreak revenge: and the consequences that follow. Bendis' other story, entitled "What if Jessica Jones Joined the Avengers", finds his former Alias character joining the Avengers, and preventing the current "Disassembled" storyline. Ed Brubaker's Spider-Man story finds Aunt May dying instead of Uncle Ben, but the results build up speed and end up going nowhere. Peter David scripts a Hulk story in which General Ross becomes the Hulk instead of Bruce Banner, which ends up being surprisingly good. Legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont's "What if Professor X and Magneto Formed the X-Men Together" is loaded with plot holes and is so confusing that longtime X-fans will be scratching their heads, while Karl Kesel's Fantastic Four story finds Doctor Doom becoming the Thing, and ends with Ben Grimm becoming the Hulk: all of which becomes mindnumbing rather quickly thanks to some atrocious dialogue. When these on shots were scheduled to be released, a comedic issue entitled "Wha..Huh?" was in the works, and was quickly shelved for undisclosed reasons. It was said to have included work by Bendis, Mark Waid, Bruce Jones, and Garth Ennis, but never saw the light of day. If that were to be here, this TPB may be worth a purchase for die hard What If fans, but for the rest of us, save some cash and hunt down Bendis' two single issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More what if 27 Aug. 2008
By Thomas A. Zulli - Published on
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This book compiles 6 of the new issues of the "What if". Despite this being new, it has what ifs that involve old storylines. In fact 4 of the 6 stories involve the origin storylines of the heroes.

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
23 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What if you wasted your time and money on this? 28 Mar. 2005
By David Brantley III - Published on
What if some of today's most popular writers wrote meandering, pointless stories about some of our favorite characters? What if you wasted your time and money reading them? Unfortunately, I know the answer to both of these questions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read & very well designed stories! 4 Aug. 2008
By Mel Zorro - Published on
What If...stories tend to have second rate art and low page counts, but these imaginary tales are great, especially the alternate take on Spider-Man.

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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