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:
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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Would U Buy It #4: "What If? Fantastic Four, Vol. 1-2"

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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? Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 & ...Vol. 2.
Alternate Title:Fantastic Four: What If?, Vol. 1 & ...Vol. 2.
Vol. 1 Collecting 10 Issues:
Vol. 2 Collecting 9 Issues:
Covers: (click to enlarge)
Vol 1 TPB Cover: What If (1977) #1
Vol 2 TPB Cover: What If (1989) #35

Volume One would collect ten Fantastic Four stories from the pages of What If?. The story from #31 would be the FF back-up, noted on the bottom of the cover. The story from #37 would be the Thing story only. I'd use the cover of What If? (1977) #1 as the cover to the TPB, because it's a great pic of the Fantastic Five busting out of the cover, almost like all the FF stories in the TPB were busting out to meet you.

I think all 9 of the stories in Volume Two are great, including a couple about the New Fantastic Four, but I think the cover should show a recognizable picture of the Fantastic Four most people are familiar with. For that reason, #27, 30, 35, 89 or 109 are candidates. Overall, I think since I picked the Fantastic Five cover for Volume 1, I'd go with the Fantastic Five here as well, and use the cover of #35 as the cover to this TPB.

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Would U Buy It #3: "Brave and the Bold: Brotherhood of the Fist"

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

Proposed Title:The Brave and the Bold - Batman & Green Arrow: Brotherhood of the Fist. (I couldn't fit all that in the blog title box.).
Alternate Title:
  1. Batman: Brotherhood of the Fist
  2. Brotherhood of the Fist
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Collecting 5 Issues:
  • Green Arrow (1988) # 134-135
  • Detective Comics (1937) # 723
  • Robin (1993) # 55
  • Nightwing (1996) # 23.
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Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Green Arrow #135

Brotherhood of the Fist is the story that made Connor Hawke the #2 martial artist in the DCU, and quite simply, it is a fun ride. This story has since been made moot, because Oliver Queen has returned from the dead, and Cassandra Cain actually beat Lady Shiva, but I think this is a story that deserves to be collected. As with City of Assassins (see WUBI #2), I suggest Brave & Bold as a title because that was the Batman team-up book, and I think this TPB would sell better with a Batman title on the cover. As it is a long title, I could see DC going with the alternate title.

For the cover, this is primarily a Green Arrow story, so I'd go with Green Arrow #135. However, Robin #55 shows all the heroes involved.

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Would U Buy It #2: "The Brave and the Bold: City of Assassins"

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

Proposed Title:The Brave and the Bold - Batman & Deathstroke: City of Assassins. (I couldn't fit all that in the blog title box.).
Alternate Title:Batman: City of Assassins..
Collecting 4 Issues:Deathstroke the Terminator # 6-9..
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Deathstroke: The Terminator #8

Can you imagine a more diverse pairing than Batman and Deathstroke? One has trained himself to the peak of human physical perfection. The other had it thrust upon him through a military science experiment. One detests guns and killing, the other makes his living off of them. This is bound to be an explosive story, and it's one I'd certainly like to read!

Because this storyline guest stars Batman, I figure the TPB would sell better as a Batman book. I suggested Brave & Bold, because that was the Batman team-up book. As it is a rather long title, I could see DC going with the alternate title instead.

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Would U Buy It #1: "X-Men: Uncanny Origins"

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

Proposed Title:X-Men: Uncanny Origins
Collecting 6 Issues:Uncanny Origins # 1-3, 6, 8, 9.
Covers: (click to enlarge)
TPB Cover: Uncanny Origins #1

Uncanny Origins was a cool series from 1996. This collection would be one issue short of collecting half of the entire run, and collects all of the origins having to do with the X-Men. Personally, I wasn't a big fan of the cartoony art for this series, but I can be a sucker for any origin story, so I can totally overlook it to get this collection in my hands.

We would get the origins of Cyclops, Quicksilver, Archangel, Beast, Nightcrawler and Storm! For the cover, I'd go with Uncanny Origins #1.

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A Cop's Kid's Thoughts on Cops in Comics

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In my last blog, The Difference Between a "Killer" and a "Killing," I told a story about my dad, from when he was a police officer (he's now retired), and how he was almost forced to shoot one of my friends. This being a site about comics, it got me thinking about cops in comics. For the most part, in comics, cops are pretty stupid. They don't have the same powers of deduction as a private investigator or superhero, they never hit who they're shooting at (unless the target still escapes), they never fight as well as someone in a costume, and they are always the last to arrive at any scene of importance to the story, unless they are there to be killed. Cops are usually there to collect the bound up badguys, left on the steps of the local precinct house. They stand there scratching their heads and puzzling over the note left by the local superhero. They get slaughtered without landing a shot, if the badguy makes his escape, or his cronies bust in to break him out. Very few police characters break this mold, unless they are the officer that a superhero deals with on a regular basis (Jean DeWolff and Captain Stacy, in Spider-Man titles), or the main character of their own title (Maggie Sawyer and Dan Turpin of the Metropolis SCU, from the Superman titles).

Probably one of the best cops in comics is Commissioner Jim Gordon, but thanks to Frank Miller, he's got a drinking problem and lost his wife. While quite capable, he relies on the Batman to come in and find the important clues in most cases. One of Gordon's cops, Harvey Bullock, is two stereotypes in one: the fat, doughnut-eating slob, and the hardnosed, slightly bent cop that gets things done by being slightly outside of the rules. There was one other, truly good cop on the Gotham force, named Renee Montoya, so of course she had to be outed as a lesbian (a black mark to some, like her parents), and later become a vigilante - the new Question. Crispus Allen was introduced to the Gotham PD, but wasn't around long before he became the Spectre. It's kind of disturbing that good cops always seem to go for vigilante identities, as if they cannot do enough good on their own, simply by being good cops. As if justice doesn't move swift enough, and needs the fast nudge that a vigilante can give it. Dick Grayson did the reverse, being a vigilante first, but becoming a cop in Bludhaven later. It wasn't too long before he found he couldn't do both, and gave up being a cop.

There are some old school cops in comics, like Commissioner Dolan in The Spirit, and my all-time favorite, Dick Tracy, who has probably plugged as many badguys as he's arrested (although the shootings were always on the up-and-up). There has been Matthew Bright in Rising Stars, who was basically Superman with a badge, and a title that has been one of my favorites and most hated at the same time: C.O.P.S. It's a favorite, because even with all the gimmicks they fight with, they're cops, and they're actually good at their jobs. I hate it, because it never reached the potential I felt it could have, had it been applied to something besides kiddy fare.

There have been a few titles that were actually about cops, like Archie's Super Cops, which was based on two real cops, and Marvel's Cops: The Job and The Call of Duty titles. I always find it odd that though the bulk of comic sales are about superheroes, these titles about real life heroes never seem to do very well. Maybe that's because the same medium that glorifies super powered paragons of virtue also makes light of police officers, finding every opportunity possible to show them as inept, crooked, or just plain hated.

Once, I'd like to see a title that shows the cops to be as capable as the superheroes. Let them shoot straight, show their deductive powers, and shine as the heroes that they are in everyday life. Without being some kind of sick, twisted freaks behind all the shine. There are bad cops out there, but they're not all bad cops - not even close. I wish that was reflected in comics a bit more often.

EDIT (9/15/10): I've received several comments saying that cops are supposed to be there to make the superheroes look good. I thought I said this already, but I agree with that. My point here though is that cops are habitually downplayed to make the superhero look good, and that isn't necessary. Show the cops as actually good at their jobs, and that makes the superhero look even better when they outshine the police (and the supervillain look like even more of a threat). Firemen are not depicted as unable to aim their hoses at the right spot, and EMT's are not shown as incapable of doing their jobs. To downplay cops as incompetent or incapable is nothing except a bias against cops.

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