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(Topless Robot)   The five most depressing issues of Marvel Comic's speculative series "What If...?"   (toplessrobot.com) divider line 14
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2012-11-19 03:23:34 PM  
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ds615: Max Awesome: That series was always so ridiculously bleak. Everytime I read an issue I was struck by the realization that these Marvel 'heroes' were all complete psychopaths and all it took was a single slight change in events for them to freak out and start murdering everybody in sight.

That's true of pretty much everyone, not just "heroes".
No one is a killer until they are.
And what does it take to make you one? A "slight change in events", that's all.


Jim Gordon says no.
2012-11-19 05:05:52 PM  
1 votes:
What If - the writer of this article was even aware of the original run of this title?
2012-11-19 04:56:48 PM  
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23FPB23: I liked this one...scary stuff for a 12-year old during the Cold War. Funny how its one of those things that is applicable all over again today.

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Yeah... This is how he'd travel around Europe.

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2012-11-19 04:21:37 PM  
1 votes:

ds615: Max Awesome: That series was always so ridiculously bleak. Everytime I read an issue I was struck by the realization that these Marvel 'heroes' were all complete psychopaths and all it took was a single slight change in events for them to freak out and start murdering everybody in sight.

That's true of pretty much everyone, not just "heroes".
No one is a killer until they are.
And what does it take to make you one? A "slight change in events", that's all.


I don't believe that. I have more faith in human nature and that a person's essential humanity can't be degraded by a few negative experiences.

I was always seriously disturbed by 'What If' - that the writers and editors at Marvel Comics had utterly no faith in the essential stability and decency of their superheroes. 

Isn't the whole point of being heroic the ability to wheather a storm and do the right thing even in the most trying of circumstances?
2012-11-19 04:14:28 PM  
1 votes:
being an old fart what always struck me about the what if series is that it was always the worst drawn comic on the rack.

/awful just awful
2012-11-19 04:12:28 PM  
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"The End" series for Marvel was also one big huge depressing death-fest. The Hulk "The End" was one of the saddest stories ever written.

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2012-11-19 04:08:31 PM  
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2012-11-19 03:43:14 PM  
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Spoiler: Conan became a pimp.
2012-11-19 03:14:00 PM  
1 votes:
Stupid article references Elseworlds from DC like it's the progenitor comic. What-If predates it by over a decade. And has had more issues, and prints
2012-11-19 02:31:19 PM  
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/bleak
//"Hulk will kill you ALL!"
2012-11-19 01:44:04 PM  
1 votes:

sure haven't: So... The Punisher can kill spider-man now?

I know it's just a "what if", but if you're going to make it ridiculous, then what's the point?


Spider-Man may have a lot of powers, but he's not invulnerable. A gunshot can take him out, just like anybody else; you just have to be a lot luckier to actually hit him.
2012-11-19 01:43:21 PM  
1 votes:
Nope. It's this one.


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2012-11-19 01:35:01 PM  
1 votes:
Sorry, but THIS was the most depressing Marvel what if story of all time:

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2012-11-19 01:34:48 PM  
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Dimensio: Was not one of the more "depressing" stories of the "What-if" series the story that featured Peter Parker entirely abandoning his creed of "with great power comes great responsibility" by rejecting any responsibility for a fatal injury caused to his Aunt may that was a consequence of him revealing his secret identity, and instead making a deal with Mephisto to erase his entire marital history with Mary Jane?


No, that was Joe Quesada dropping trou and taking a massive, steaming shiat on Spider-Man.

/for an encore, he flung his steaming feces at Spider-Girl, canceling the long-running, lower-selling, yet profitable fan favorite book so his pet sassy Latina character could have the name. Naturally, the new Spider-Girl's book lasted all of 8 issues.
 
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