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Collects What If? #27-32. The fifth installment of alternate-Earth action! The Phoenix lived, but the Hulk died! The Avengers take on the world, but Korvac destroys it! Plus: Eternals; Inhumans; and gods, gods, gods! Featuring Daredevil, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!


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Collects What If? #27-32. The fifth installment of alternate-Earth action! The Phoenix lived, but the Hulk died! The Avengers take on the world, but Korvac destroys it! Plus: Eternals; Inhumans; and gods, gods, gods! Featuring Daredevil, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

46 review for What If? Classic Vol. 5 (What If?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mhorg

    Some of the worst stories in the run The best story here, even though as is typical with this series, it's ends sadly, is what if phoenix hadn't died. The rest are mostly filler I'm surprised got approved. Some of the worst stories in the run The best story here, even though as is typical with this series, it's ends sadly, is what if phoenix hadn't died. The rest are mostly filler I'm surprised got approved.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    The fifth volume of What If? Collects Issues #27-32 of the original Marvel What If? Series It begin with, “What if Phoenix Had Not Died?” This story examines what would have happened had Jean Gray lived with the power of Phoenix but not being allowed to use them. It’s an epic tale that includes Galactus coming to call, and it’s interesting story about power and its nature, even though the ending is over the top. Grade: B Issue #28 had two stories. “What if Ghost Rider were Separated from Johnny Bl The fifth volume of What If? Collects Issues #27-32 of the original Marvel What If? Series It begin with, “What if Phoenix Had Not Died?” This story examines what would have happened had Jean Gray lived with the power of Phoenix but not being allowed to use them. It’s an epic tale that includes Galactus coming to call, and it’s interesting story about power and its nature, even though the ending is over the top. Grade: B Issue #28 had two stories. “What if Ghost Rider were Separated from Johnny Blaze.” Even though I’m no fan of Ghost Rider, this is an imaginative tale that actually ends in an effort by Ghost Rider to go to the Vatican. “What if Daredevil became an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?” is the big story on the Cover is far less interesting and a bit inaccurate as the story in the book isn’t about Daredevil becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how in this universe Tony Stark’s company owned the Truck that hit Murdoch and then Tony responds by calling in S.H.I.E.L.D. to examine them. The art is clear about Matt’s age. It’s a poorly thought out story where very little makes sense or even connects with the reader. Grade: D+ Issue #29 also has two stories: What if the Avengers Defeated Everybody?: The original Avengers are tricked by aliens into defeating every one of the Earth’s emerging supers leaving themselves the last heroes standing. It’s an interesting tale of hubris that would actually play out in some ways in the modern Marvel universe with Omega Hulk, but it’s a bit of a downbeat tale. The second tale, “What if Namor Never regained His Memory?” shows that even without his memory, Namor would still have a great sense of justice. It’s a bit downbeat, but the ending is quite ironic. Grade: B Issue #30: What if Spider-man’s Clone Had Lived: A key tale from the original clone saga where Spider-man’s clone lived and actually was the one who escaped but only had much earlier memories of Spidey from his early days and didn’t know what hit him when it came to battling the Kingpin. This was actually pretty good, if a bit goofy, but goofy can be a good particularly with a series that can take itself too grim and serious. Grade: B+ Issue #31: What if Wolverine Had Killed the Hulk? –The story starts with a solid premise as Wolverine kills the Hulk becomes a wanted man and then ends up meeting with Magneto who helps him infiltrate the X-men to betray them and the story them becomes What if Wolverine were a Traitor to the X-men? Instead as the death of the Hulk has little to do with what follows. It’s not an entirely bad story but there are some leaps here. Grade: C+ Issue #32: What if the Avengers had become pawns of Korvac?: A nightmare scenario plays out in this one as Michael Korvac uses the Avengers to dispatch his enemies. Korvac gets so out of control, this Universe’s watcher tries to pursue his fellows and then a group of cosmic heroes and villains to take on Korvac and his Avengers. It’s a solid story with another over the top ending. Grade: B Overall, this book isn’t the best in this series and there’s a sense that they are running out of stories at this point. Still, there are some solid ideas . In addition to that, the first four issues contain short background pieces on the Eternals and Inhumans which are a nice feature of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints What If? (1) #27-32 (July 1981-April 1982). Uatu the Watcher is in a unique position. The endless possibilities of realties are in front him to watch and study. He can see a world the Phoenix did not commit suicide to save the universe, where Daredevil became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Wolverine killed Hulk, and Korvac defeated the Avengers…these stories and more the Watcher watches…and tells their tales. Written by a number of writers, What If? Classic Volume 5 collects six issues of the Reprints What If? (1) #27-32 (July 1981-April 1982). Uatu the Watcher is in a unique position. The endless possibilities of realties are in front him to watch and study. He can see a world the Phoenix did not commit suicide to save the universe, where Daredevil became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Wolverine killed Hulk, and Korvac defeated the Avengers…these stories and more the Watcher watches…and tells their tales. Written by a number of writers, What If? Classic Volume 5 collects six issues of the Marvel series which first hit stands in 1977. Like previous volumes, the collection has a nice clean look that really enhances the released comic books. The stories in What If are almost always fun. With so many possibilities, it is difficult to make a choice on what issues should be covered (especially since the series was a bimonthly comic). With that in mind, you have to wonder about some of the choices. It also sometimes becomes difficult for the writers to put all the information the reader needs about the original events into the story. In this collection you have not only the What If? stories but a back-up series for What If? (1) #27-30 involving the Kree, the Eternals, and the Inhumans. These are in the traditional Marvel Universe canon and just “untold tales” what Uatu has decided to present. They include the origin of the Eternals and the Inhumans. If I’m reading What If?, I want a crazy What If? story and not a story that I could find in a regular comic. It is also unfortunate that the back-up story started in issues before this collection, so readers will find it a bit confusing to be put into the story midway. The What If? stories however are fun. In this collection you have What If the Phoenix Had Not Died?, What If Ghost Rider Where Separated from Johnny Blaze?, What If Matt Murdock Was an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.?, What If the Avengers Were the Last Super Heroes on Earth?, What If the Sub-Mariner Never Regained His Memory?, What If Spider-Man’s Clone Had Survived?, What If Wolverine Had Killed the Hulk?, What If there Was No Fantastic Four?, and What If the Avengers Had Become Pawns of Korvac? The collection is relatively eclectic, but like many What If? stories, the world ends up falling due to the idea that occurrences aren’t just happenstance and have a greater meaning (a big Butterfly Effect idea). The Matt Murdock issue also features art and writing by Frank Miller during his popular run on the Daredevil series (and is often collected with his work there). What If? was a fun series. The first volume of the series was a lot of fun but pretty weighty due to the length of the issues. The second volume had more issues, but also had to cram a lot of backstory in the issues. I prefer sticking with the original presented here. The What If? Classic line continues with What If? Classic Volume 6.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    #27 Things got interesting after Phoenix defeated Galactus.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    I love the What If? series of comics. Most of the odd ideas I wondered about my favorite heroes get given their own story. Here I can see the other choices explored. Very recommended

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    Daniel

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    Aaron Ewing

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    Michael Craft

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    Art

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    Michael

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