It's that time of the year again where Marvel decides to bring back their What If comics via a series of one-shots. While the most recent series focused on how some of Marvel's would have turned out differently, these new ones are more classic in comparison, showing how a slight nudge in continuity would have affected a character greatly.
What If? Spider-Man focuses on what would have happened if Flash Thompson was the one bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. Considering how Flash was a jock bully who came from an abusive household, this could yield interesting results. It will be written by classic Spider-Man writer Gerry Conway with art by Diego Olortegui and a cover by Patch Zircher
(Marvel Comics/Patrick Zircher)
Speaking of Peter Parker, he becomes the focus of What If? Punisher. After the death of Uncle Ben, Peter becomes a vengeance-filled vigilante that criminals fear and he isn't afraid to kill this time. Written by Carl Potts with art by Juan Ramirez and a cover by Christopher Stevens.
(Marvel Comics/Christopher Stevens)
Up next is What If? Magik, which focuses on Ilyanna Rasputin, who wants nothing to do with the X-Men or New Mutants after her time in limbo. From writer Leah Williams, artist Filipe Andrade, and with a cover by Jeff Dekal.
(Marvel Comics/Jeff Dekal)
Then there's What If? Ghost Rider, which is just plain odd. It apparently involves a Nordic black metal band who venture into the Marvel universe and meet new Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes. Brought to you by writer Sebastian Griner, artist Caspar Wijngaard, and cover artist Aleksi Briclot.
(Marvel Comics/Aleksi Briclot)
More interesting is What If? Thor. This tale has Odin losing the battle against the Frost Giants, who then adopt Thor rather than the other way around. It's a cute little twist to the Loki story and should be of great interest to fans. Written by Ethan Sacks with art by Michele Bandini and a cover by Marco Checchetto.
(Marvel Comics/Marco Checchetto)
Finally, we have What If? X-Men. Or should we say Exe-Men? This is a cyberpunk tale that changes the very foundation of the X-Men. This will be made by writer Bryan Edward Hill, artists Neil Edwards and Giannis Milonogiannis, and cover artist Rahzzah.
All these comics will be available in October.