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This is the first issue of the only real story arc of consequence that What If ever did. Get ready, it's gonna get weird.











Uatu, surprised at their power to detect him, voices his disapproval, but still decides not to break his oath. He is quickly distracted by the alternate reality that they are viewing, which appears to be an alternate to the reality he saw where Spider-Man joined the FF, only one where Sue never left Reed for Namor and became his queen, as here we are seeing Sue about to give birth to Franklin Richards, with the rest of the FF going into the Negative Zone like in 616 to get the element needed so Sue and the baby can survive.

The Time Keepers reveal that the soon-to-be-born Franklin is this realities' Nexus, and that he must die for them to live. They can't interfere themselves, so they try to just let Annihilus kill them all. Spider-Man, however, manages to get the Cosmic Control Rod from Annihilus, which is just what they need to save Sue and the baby.







(Yeah... it's clear that the writers forgot that What If #1 already had a sequel. Because if they didn't, then where the hell is Sue and Namor's kid?)





Doom reluctantly give Reed the rod while holding Annihilus off, getting sucked into the crunch zone while doing so, both of them blowing up while the FF rush back to Earth.



Date: 2017-03-02 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Yup. That definitely was an odd one.

Date: 2017-03-02 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] cricharddavies
(Yeah... it's clear that the writers forgot that What If #1 already had a sequel. Because if they didn't, then where the hell is Sue and Namor's kid?)

Clearly, this is one that diverges from the events depicted in the sequel, sometime before Spider-Man quits the team. Since the whole thing is about divergent timelines, they can continue to diverge all they have to.

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Date: 2017-03-03 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jgeils
Written by Roy Thomas & edited by Craig Anderson. I mention this because I really hoped & prayed that Mark Gruenwald had nothing to do with this. Such time travel stories tend to bring out the excesses of Gruenwald-style storytelling with a strict adherence to established continuity & inclusion of abstract cosmic entities of the kind that Jim Starlin fancied and Gru expanded upon. When I was a younger kid, I felt an allure to the concept of those types of stories, and I would imagine elaborately complex Marvel stories hopscotching across alternate realities & timelines, all tying in to the Marvel mainline continuity. But of course, 90's Marvel overdid it and really killed the appeal. Characters like Proctor & Coal Tiger in Bob Harras' Avengers were revealed to be alternate reality versions of heroes like Dane Whitman & T'Challa, the 30th century Guardians of the Galaxy's origins got more convoluted when wrapped up inside of Gruenwald's Quasar history, and... well, the less said about Avengers: The Crossing, the better. Reading stories like this now are aggravating & tiring, probably because the writers of that age mistook the stitching-together of so many disparate diegetic events as a substitute for actual storywriting.

And talk about dense verbiage. Roy Thomas must have been paid by the word, as I counted 236 of them in Uatu's monologue on the first page, which is almost as many words as in the freakin' indicia at the bottom!

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Date: 2017-03-04 12:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Yep. I do love continuity, but sometimes the excess verbiage is a chore to slog through.

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