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What If? Classic Volume 3 TPB (edició 2006)

de Gary Friedrich

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It's alternate-Earth anarchy as Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, Spider-Woman, Nova and Shang-Chi are turned against humanity when fate is tossed a twist by that infamous question mark! Plus: The Howling Commandos fight for Earth, and Spider-Man fights for... ratings!? Featuring the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Hellstorm! Collects What If? #14-15, 17-20.… (més)
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Títol:What If? Classic Volume 3 TPB
Autors:Gary Friedrich
Informació:Marvel Comics (2006), Paperback, 224 pages
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What If? Classic, Volume 3 de Gary Friedrich

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Fun flashback to comics of my youth ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
I must admit, I was a bit disappointed with this volume, but not for its content. Rather, I was disappointed by what it did not have.

What If?, one of my all time favorite comic book metaseries presented a hypothetical situation each month in which a notable Marvel comics character has a divergence from their normal path, leading to a completely different set of circumstances (such as one in this trade paper back in which Peter Parker’s uncle Ben does not die). While this series could not stand on its own (since it requires something from which to diverge), the speculative nature of it has made me a fan for as long as I’ve been reading comics.

The thing that irritated me with this volume, though, was what was missing. Notably, two issues of What If?, one involving Conan the Barbarian, and another involving Shang-Chi (including his father Fu Manchu). After each issue, there is a teaser about what’s coming next: Next Issue, Conan! Next Issue: Shang-Chi. And yet, the next issue is not as advertised in the trade paperback (and with respect to Conan, the next issue was not Conan for a while). The ultimate reason for this is one of the worst unchecked diseases to affect mankind: Copyright. Marvel, while they produced an original comic series based on Conan (which included such delights, as Elric of Melnibone in a ridiculous pointed hat), they no longer held the right to publish their own original works. Due to crazy laws that came into place, prolonging the lockdown of something that by all means should have entered the public domain by now, Dark Horse is the comic publisher currently able to publish Conan books, including the Marvel library. However, to publish something like the Conan What If? stories (yes, there are a few) would probably take efforts more powerful than all the gods and heroes within these volumes, as these stories also liberally include other Marvel characters, such as Peter Parker, Thor, and the like. To see these issues in print, you’re better off getting an existing copy from your local comic book shop.

As for why they didn’t do the Master of Kung-Fu issue, since by all rights, the character of Fu Manchu should be in the public domain (though I know that Alan Moore ran into legal issues with his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and left the insidious doctor nameless), my only assumption is that the Rohmer estate is doing everything it can to milk a property that was created before many of the members of the estate were born.

The worst part is, based on the letters sections included in this volume, these two issues were fan favorites, rated as the best they’ve seen, making me wonder if I have these in original comic form to re-read (or if I should patronize my local comic store if I don’t).

Nevertheless, while copyright does do a load of useful stuff, it also prevents us, the people, from getting our hands on complete republications of our favorite comic series in book form. I’ll grant that Marvel probably couldn’t negotiate these rights, due to the worst practice of licensing, the exclusive license, being in full effect; however, this doesn’t make it any less sad, or me any less irritated as this mangled web we have woven ourselves into.

However, to Marvel’s credit, I did like what they did include, even if some of the concepts were a bit stretchy. I’ve decided that no matter how incomplete this series is, I will do my best to complete my own collection of it.

My only hope is that they release TPBs for the remainder of the issues (particularly the entirety of What If? volume 2, the one I grew up on). ( )
  aethercowboy | Oct 16, 2012 |
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