Would U Buy It #17: "Batman Family: Year One"

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

Proposed Title:Batman Family: Year One.
Collecting 7 Issues:
  • Batman Annual #19
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #5
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #3
  • Detective Comics Annual #8
  • Robin Annual #4
  • Catwoman Annual #2
  • Azrael Annual #1
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Batman Annual #19

To me, this collection sells itself. What's not to love? A bunch of Year One stories starring Batman, Catwoman, Robin and Azrael, and featuring first year encounters with Scarecrow, Two-Face, Joker, Man-Bat, Poison Ivy, and Riddler, and more!

I've suggested the Batman Family title as a way for DC to keep that title copyright enforced. For the cover, I'd go with Batman Annual #19.

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Would U Buy It #15: "Thor 2099: The Fall of the Hammer"

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

Proposed Title:Thor 2099: The Fall of the Hammer.
Collecting 7 Issues:
  • Spider-Man 2099 #15-16
  • Ravage 2099 #15
  • X-Men 2099 #5
  • Doom 2099 #14
  • Punisher 2099 #13
  • 2099 Unlimited #4
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Spider-Man 2099 #15

I don't know about anyone else, but the little bit of the 2099 line I got to read, I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, at the time (1993) there was a lot of other great comic stuff going on, and my wallet would only stretch so far. One thing I had really looked forward to though was checking out the introduction of Thor 2099, in The Fall of the Hammer storyline. I've only ever found one issue of this story though (X-Men 2099 #5) and I only found that a week-and-a-half ago. I realize there isn't a high demand for 2099 anymore, but I'd love to see this story in TPB, just to read it and see what it was like.

For the cover, I'd go with Spider-Man 2099 #15, because it's the only cover with a prominent shot of Thor 2099, even if it is in silhouette. The only other cover to show him is Spider-Man 2099 #16, and he is way upstaged by Spidey's giant noggin on the cover.

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By the way, the five headshot covers make one giant image, seen below:

Marvel 2099 "Fall of the Hammer" Puzzle Cover Image ('shopped together by cbishop)

You can also see this in my blog, Multi-Cover Images, if you would like.

10/14/12 Update: I added Spider-Man 2099 #15 awhile back, thanks to daarkanjel. I just today looked at the story arc page again, and noticed that I had forgotten 2099 Unlimited #4, which is apparently an epilogue to the story. So that beefs the TPB up to a nice 7 issues.

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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, the What 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.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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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:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #23

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.

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Vol 2 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #84

For the Volume 2 cover, I'd use issue #84, just because it has multiple X-Men on the cover.

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Vol 3 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #110

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:
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 series #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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