Would U Buy It #14: "What If? Silver Surfer"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Silver Surfer.
Alternate Title:
  1. What If? Silver Surfer & Galactus
  2. What If? Galactus
  3. What If? Heralds of Galactus
  4. Silver Surfer: What If?
  5. Galactus: What If?
  6. Heralds of Galactus: What If?
Collecting 13 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: What If (1989) #49

What If #33 (1977 series) is there for the story of Dazzler as a Herald of Galactus. I included #41 & #81, because they featured Galactus, and a Silver Surfer collection seems like a natural place to put those. As always, theWhat If? issues are in order of publication. I would usually have all of the issues in order of publication, but I found reason to rearrange things a little, for this TPB.

The last What If? issue includes the silliness of the Impossible Man, so I thought why not follow that up with the silliness of Assistant Editor's Month, making the next story not a "What If," but a bad dream of Aunt May as a herald of Galactus - one of my favorite Galactus stories, and all-time favorite issues. Then we move on from a bad dream to a full blown nightmare, where Thor becomes the world devourer's herald. Next, as long as we're telling stories about gods, how about Galactus fighting a New God? Darkseid/ Galactus is there for kicks, because What If Galactus tried to devour Apokolips? Finally, as long as we're getting into Galactus, why not tell a couple versions of his origin, from 1983 & 1996? Although I think the 1996 tale may just be a reprinting of the 1983 story, in which case drop this TPB down to just 12 issues and only reprint the cover to the 1996 tale.

This would be a nice thick trade of cosmic storytelling, and should be a lot of fun. For the cover, although not my favorite cover, I'd use What If? #49, because it's the best shot of the Silver Surfer.

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Would U Buy It #13: "What If? Phoenix"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Phoenix.
Alternate Title:Phoenix: What If?.
Collecting 10 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Original Cover or Phoenix: The Untold Story (1984)

Phoenix: The Untold Story is an alternate ending to The Dark Phoenix Saga, where Jean Grey lived, and includes interviews with the creative team. I'd love to see it included in this collection. The X-Men/ Titans crossover is just for kicks and giggles, because What If Darkseid and Dark Phoenix teamed up against the universe? What If? Rise... is there because it asks "What if Vulcan gained the power of the Phoenix?" Guardians of the Galaxy #9-11 is the "World of Mutants" storyline, which ends with the birth of a new Phoenix, so I put that in there, because Guardians was set in an alternate future, so was basically an ongoing What If. It also rounds the TPB out to a nice 10 issues.

For the cover, I don't really like any of the What If? covers, so I'd make a rare departure here from my rule of not using one-shot covers for TPB covers, and go with the cover of Phoenix: The Untold Story. Better though: an original cover of Phoenix (preferably Dark Phoenix) with the Phoenix Effect around her.

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Would U Buy It #12: "What If? X-Men Vol. 1-3"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's three of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? X-Men, Vol. 1, ...Vol. 2 & ...Vol. 3.
Alternate Title:X-Men: What If?, Vol. 1, ...Vol. 2 & ...Vol. 3.
Vol. 1 Collecting 10 Issues:
Vol. 2 Collecting 10 Issues:
Vol. 3 Collecting 10 Issues:
Volume 1 Covers: (click to enlarge.
Volume 2 Covers: (click to enlarge.
Volume 3 Covers: (click to enlarge.
Vol 1 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #23
Vol 2 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #84
Vol 3 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #110

I don't have a lot to say about these TPB's. X-Men sell, the 1989 What If? series was very X-heavy heavy, with X-stories every other issue for months, towards the end. For the Volume 1 cover, I'd use issue #23 - a homage to Giant-Size X-Men #1. For the Volume 2 cover, I'd use issue #84, just because it has multiple X-Men on the cover. For Volume 3, I don't really like any of the covers as representing the team, but I'd use issue #110, just because it has Professor X, Phoenix, and Colossus on the cover - characters I think of as core X-Men.

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Would U Buy It #11: "What If? Punisher"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Punisher.
Alternate Title:Punisher: What If?.
Collecting 13 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: What If (1989) #26

I threw in the crossovers just to make it a nice, fat 13 issue TPB, and because I think of crossovers as What If's, since they're not usually in continuity. Mostly though, it's just for the grins. On those occasions that I am in the mood for a Punisher story, a nice thick TPB makes me happy. If you're wondering about the Wolverine issue, look real close at the cover, and you tell me why it's here.

For the cover, I'd use What If (1989) #26, because it's the best What If? cover for showing a good picture of Punisher, and making you ask a question of "What the heck is going on here?"

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Would U Buy It #10: "What If? Wolverine, Vol. 1-2"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's two of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Wolverine, Vol. 1 & ...Vol. 2.
Alternate Title:Wolverine: What If?, Vol. 1 & ...Vol. 2.
Vol. 1 Collecting 8 Issues:
Vol. 2 Collecting 9 Issues:
Volume 1 Covers: (click to enlarge)
Volume 2 Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #7
Vol 2 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #59

There's a couple of things I like about Volume 1: 1) It begins and ends with variations on the first battle between Wolverine and the Hulk. 2) I presented these issues in order of publication, so it just worked out that #6, 24 & 37 were all in the same volume. I like that, because I included #6 (an X-Men issue) because it related to Inferno, so it ties in with #37, which is a variation on #24. That's not really huge, but I like it that it's all in one volume, without having to move issues out of order. Volume 2 is a bit more of a mix, but still a bunch of cool stories.

For the Volume 1 cover, I'd go with What If? (1989) #7. That cover of Wolverine as a SHIELD agent was a big hit, because it took fans back to the story of Daredevil as an agent of SHIELD, from What If? (1977) #28. For the Volume 2 cover, I'd go with the '89 issue #59, with Wolverine leading Alpha Flight, and standing over downed X-Men. I would have gone with the issue #111 cover, of Wolverine as the Horseman of War, leaping at the reader, but I don't like the curved claws. Yeah, I'm picky like that sometimes.

Update:

11/8/12: I added the 2011 one-shot, What If? Wolverine: Father, to Volume 2. It's a cool little story of what might have happened, had Logan found Daken as a baby.

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Would U Buy It #9: "What If? Thor"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Thor.
Alternate Title:Thor: What If?.
Collecting 9 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: What If (1989) #12

This would be a nice sized collection of Thor stories, from the What If? series. Most of them don't actually focus on Thor, but on Thor and others, or those who might have gained the hammer of Thor, other than Don Blake. Still, when it's Jane Foster, Loki, or Rogue, those are interesting stories. However, when you also get the Avengers, Conan the Barbarian, the X-Men, Asgard and Galactus, now you have an epic collection!.

For the cover, I'd be tempted to go with WI ('77) #10, with Jane Foster-Thor (Thordis), but the pose has been used on umpteen covers. I think I'd rather go with WI ('89) #12, with Storm-Thor crossing hammers with Frog-Thor, but with the background recolored to something besides pink.

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Would U Buy It #8: "What If? Daredevil"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Daredevil.
Alternate Title:Daredevil: What If?.
Collecting 13 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: What If (1989) #2

"What If Daredevil Became An Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?" was one of the early What If? stories that put that title on the map for me. It stands out for me as one of the first cool examples of a practical use of super powers. Enhanced senses and fighting abilities? Sure, become a super agent for the government - makes sense to me. It stood out to plenty of others too, because over the years, creators have envisioned other heroes as SHIELD agents, like Wolverine, Punisher, even Bruce Wayne through Amalgam, and culminating in everyone through Civil War.

Fortunately for readers, that's not the only What If? asked by creators, and this collection would showcase the other twelve, along with it. As much as I'd like to see #28 as the cover, I think the better cover is What If? (1989) #2, which showcases Daredevil in a more recognizable costume.

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Would U Buy It #7: "What If? Captain America"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Captain America.
Alternate Title:Captain America: What If?.
Collecting 14 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: What If (1989) #28.

I included the Invaders issue because it relates to Cap. This would just be fun. There are a few versions of "What If Cap' Were Revived Today," a few different takes on him forming the Avengers, and a few unique stories. From issue #38, just the Cap story would be included.

For the cover, I'd go with What If (1989) #28, because it's a shot of Cap and a group of Cap-clad super soldiers, in the Iwo Jima raising the flag pose. It's an eye catching cover.

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Would U Buy It #6: "What If? Avengers, Vol. 1-2"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here are two of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Avengers, Vol. 1 & ...Vol. 2.
Alternate Title:Avengers: What If?, Vol. 1 & ...Vol. 2.
Vol. 1 Collecting 10 Issues:
Vol. 2 Collecting 10 Issues:
Volume 1 Covers: (click to enlarge)
Volume 2 Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: What If (1977) #29
Vol 2 TPB Cover: What If? Featuring Avengers Disassembled (2006)

When I first started doing these "Would U Buy It" blogs, I started out thinking that bigger, omnibus style volumes would be cool. Honestly though, book binders haven't totally worked out how to keep the contents from coming away from the spine, for softcover editions. With that in mind, I'm breaking these 20 issues up into two volumes.

The first volume has ten issues, but What If (1977) #35 & #38 aren't complete issues. They are there for the Yellowjacket and Vision/ Scarlet Witch stories. So it's really nine issues and not quite a full tenth issue. Don't forget: What If? (1989) #5 has a second Avengers story: "What If Wonder Man Hadn't Died?"

For the cover, I'd use What If (1977) #29, because it's a cool shot of the Avengers standing over fallen foes, and it was a favorite story of mine, as a kid.

For volume two, I added What If (1989) #28 because it's actually the first part of a two-part story with #29. I think it's kind of cool that the book would have a two-part story.

For the cover, although it's not my favorite, I'd go with What If? Featuring Avengers Disassembled. I don't like to use one-shot covers on the TPB's, but it has the most Avengers on the cover.

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Would U Buy It #5: "What If? Hulk"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:What If? Hulk.
Alternate Title:Hulk: What If?.
Collecting 13 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: What If? (1977) #2

Thirteen issues is a little thick for one TPB, but since it's the Hulk, why not a Green Goliath-sized trade paperback? For the cover, some of the later covers are beautiful, and the one from What If General Ross Had Become the Hulk? is an awesome candidate. I think I'd rather go with What If (1977) #23 though, because the Hulk as a barbarian makes for an awesome idea, as the Planet Hulk story arc can attest to.

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