Saturday, December 18, 2010

What If?

Recently I decided to start collecting all of the Marvel What If? comics. These appeal to me probably because I'm such a stickler for continuity. Let's please have continuity in the 616 universe and either make more What If books or multiverse titles.

To get started I picked up the latest three: Iron Man Demon in an Armor, Wolverine Father, and Spiderman. The standout of these three is by far Wolverine Father. The writing by Rob Williams is beautiful. It's been awhile since I read a comic that took me through such a wide range of emotions so easily in just a few pages. Though it was really brought to life by Greg Tocchini's art and Chris Sotomayor's colors. The panels of Wolverine holding the baby Daken over Itsu's body were touching. I highly recommend this one.

In a clever move on Marvel's part, there is a four part Deadpool story, "What If: The Venom Symbiote Possessed Deadpool," written by Rick Remender running through these three and next week's What If Dark Reign. This story alone is worth the 16 bucks it'll cost for all four books. This is the funniest thing I've read in a comic book in ages. Based on some of the interviews I've read Remender is big on continuity and there are loads of jokes in here about how bad it is in the Marvel universe. I hope Marvel publishes this story in maybe a thin TPB (trade paperback) so that more people will get to enjoy it.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Geek Elixir who pointed out that Marvel will release this four part Deadpool What If? series in a one-shot on 16 Feb 2011.


  1. Regarding the What If Deadpool second feature, Marvel plans on re-releasing it as a standalone comic for the price of 4.99 I believe. That way anyone who did not pay attention to the What If? books and are Deadpool enthusiasts can still pick it up.

  2. Thanks. I've updated the post. Also, congratulations. You're the first commenter on my blog.

  3. I have decent run of late 80s What If? myself and find that it is one of those titles I seem to enjoy. If you like this so much, can I recommend the Brave and the Bold from the 60s and 70s. Often well reasonably priced and on top of that, great single book stories with awesome team-ups. I have several real nice Neal Adams books from the early 70s. Good stuff!

  4. Thanks for the note about the Brave and the Bold. I don't have any as it ended before I got into to comics. I haven't seen many of these any the comic shops I frequent but I'll be on the lookout for it now.