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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Posted by THUNDERBOLT30

I would buy 'em (I actually have a few).

Posted by cbishop
@THUNDERBOLT30: Thanks!  I have a bunch of What If's, but I'd like to see some character specific collections.  Sometimes, I like the What If, Elseworlds and crossovers better than I do the in-continuity stuff.  Sometimes. ;)
Posted by wolfman_beast

I have about half of those but I didn't know about the untold story. I'd buy it if it was decently priced yeah. Nice set of issues

Posted by cbishop
@wolfman_beast: Untold Story was really cool when it came out, because it was one of the first times (outside of hard to get fanzines) that we were allowed a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes processes of comics.  It was an alternate ending to Dark Phoenix Saga (Jean lives - shocker), but also interviews with the creators, and that was incredibly interesting to me then.  Personally, I still like that kind of thing.  I like old issues of Amazing Heroes for interviews about storylines as they were happening or just before - it's kind of cool to see what they were thinking then.
Posted by Mercy_

YES

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Posted by cbishop
@The Dark Huntress said: "YES "

Thanks, DH.  I've always wanted to make a woman scream "YES."  ...I have no idea what that means. ;)
Posted by Shoe

I'd throw up 15-20 bucks for a TPB of that, sounds cool! really want to check out the untold story issue now

Posted by cbishop

@Shoe: Thanks, Shoe. Phoenix: The Untold Story was awesome. In my area at least, it seems like the comic shops always manage to have one or two if you're looking for it, and usually for no more than $5. Of course, I haven't looked for one recently...