Rating: 2/5 – Slower than your usual What If? story
I dropped off the What If? books long ago when Marvel started doing them as one shots rather than a series, but the writing duties of Jimmy Palmiotti made me check this out. I don’t want to speak poorly of this but have nothing great to say about it either. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, rather that it was the first issue of a multiple issue story and so it contained a lot of setup with only a few pages of payoff. As with any What if? story, there were forced differences from what we’ve seen before. Someone dies, things go horribly wrong, stuff happens that would forever affect the Marvel Continuity. That’s why we like What If? books, but this was a still a slow start.
We start like the real A vs X where the Avengers find the Phoenix Force is coming to earth and go to Utopia to confront the X-Men. The reaction of the X-Men is similar but without giving much away, it’s more heated and things get out of control. When Magneto and Namor are two of your diplomatic representatives, what do you expect?
Overall, I enjoyed it and await the next issue. Palmiotti and Gray very rarely steer me wrong and Jimmy alone is still a great writer. I think the major problem was making this a multiple part story when What If books are typically tight “one and done” issues.
Reviewed by: Chris Stark – firstname.lastname@example.org
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