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Following the request for some upbeat What if...? stories, I submit this reposting from over 6 years ago (Good grief, I've been here a long time!!!)

The cover alone convinced me that this was likely to be an interesting alternate world! :D




At the end of the Asgardian Wars Loki gave the X-Men and New Mutants a choice, stay in Asgard and keep all that they had achieved there, all the new lives and new loves they had found, and in the case of Storm, powers returned to her, or return to Earth as they had been before they arrived; Storm would be powerless, Magma would be human instead of the elf-form the elven folk had curssed her with, and so on (The only exception he made, out of narrative necessity courtesy, was that Karma would NOT be returned to the grotesquely obese form her time under the control of the Shadow King had given her). The choice HAD to be unanimous though

Of course, in the mainstream MU, the choice to return to was made, but this IS a "What if...?"

...all things are possible )
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Tarot of the Hellions had an unusual powerset to say the least, she was somewhat prescient, and could bring to life the images of whichever Tarot card she pulled from her deck.

Waiting for the Trade webcomic under cut )
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There are some artists who were ahead of their time, or at least the printing process involved in the production of their art. Art Adam's is one of them, as this story from 1986 proves.

This is very much a case in point, you can SEE the colouring and printing process mangling this tale to hell and back, and that's painful.

This story, has, to the best of my knowledge, never been collected or reprinted, which is a shame as it really deserves a modern re-colouring and printing if any does.

Ann Nocenti was the creator and writer on the series which made Art Adams a name to be recognised; "Longshot", the story of a sort of naive, well-meaning alien dealing with the real world and finding the likes of moral ambiguity frustrating. Here we see something quite similar, using another handy naive, well-meaning alien... One of my favourites!

Warlock! And Art Adams Warlock at that! )
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Zombies... Miracleman killing his former sidekick... Identity Crisis... it's been a fairly harrowing series of postings lately...

And whilst those have, for the most part, been good powerful stories... more or less.... well... less in a couple of cases IMHO, but that's neither here nor there, it's time for another change of pace.

Alan Davis is akin to comfort food for me, his art is sleek and vaguely cartoony in the best sense, and coupled with the right writer (Chris Claremont, Mike W. Barr or himself, amongst others) produces awesome results. I've posted New Mutants Annual #2 in the past, as well as X-Men Annual #10, but this remains a favourite)



Thos who saw my post earlier in the week will recognise the green guy, anyone who knows the New Mutants will know who the other guy is.

As two shapeshifting aliens set out to prove, once and for all that;

Anything You Can Do! )
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I've actually been sort of torn on what to post the past couple of days since the same characters sort of fill multiple slots..


Favourite Male Character, Favourite Friendship, Character I would most want to bring back from the dead all sort of combined... (Look he was dead for so damn long (literal, actual DECADES) that I have a lot of "He's back?!?" inertia to overcome... I'll get there eventually). I should probably try harder to think of something new, and I may well do, but in the meantime, it's back to the old favourites.

Long time, or even relatively new readers of s_d should have no problem identifying who I mean...



The little mutant that could... and his slightly strange buddy! (and I'm STILL not sure which is which)

Those adorable dorks - Cypher and Warlock )
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From Excalibur Annual #2 back in 1994. This was about eight years after Cypher was killed, and about three months after Douglock was introduced in the pages of "The Phalanx Covenant", and was perhaps meant to provide a primer..

A Change of Worlds... )
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Warning - This story does NOT show Doug Ramsey at his best, he's under a lot of stress and all but there is at least one action I shall not even attempt to defend.

NM53c


Permissions slips at Xavier's Academy must have been a hoot and a half

"Please allow Dani to visit a Dyson Sphere in another sector of the Galaxy"

"A cultural trip to Asgard is planned, please sign below to permit Amara to attend"

or perhaps best of all, every middle class parent's idea of a perfect night out...

A chaperoned social event is being held at the Hellfire Club... please sign to permit Douglas to attend )
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(Cover by Barry Windsor-Smith, who did a run of NM covers)

This story comes just after the arc where the New Mutants had temporarily joined the Hellions as part of a scheme by Emma Frost (then still full on evil member of the Hellfire Club) to get them on her side and demoralise Magneto, then the Headmaster of Xaviers), the team had recovered and some had headed home to spend time with their folks.

Warning, this post contains violence towards sadistic psychopaths... well A sadistic psychopath )

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