What if I don’t want to wait for this to come out?
Marvel’s What If? was one of comics’ most inventive titles — a concept I prefer to, say, “Imaginary Stories” or even Elseworlds tales. The idea of speculating on what would happen on roads not taken is irresistible.
No wonder Marvel’s got an animated series coming that brings the notion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Anyway, Marvel ain’t no dummies. In August — as we reported previously — is planning on What If?: The Original Marvel Series Omnibus Vol. 1.
Now, it turns out, the wait for the second volume won’t be terribly long with the fellow hardcover Vol. 2 set for release later this year.
Dig the official description, according to an Amazon listing:
WHAT IF?: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL SERIES OMNIBUS Vol. 2
By Peter B Gillis (Author), Mark Gruenwald (Author), Tony Isabella (Author), Mike W Barr (Author), Herb Trimpe (Artist), Ron Wilson (Artist), Alan Kupperberg (Artist), Gil Kane (Artist)
Complete your collection of the classic series in which Marvel’s best and brightest posed the eternal question: What If? The results were action-packed, thought-provoking and often tragic twists on the Marvel Universe you know! How would Peter Parker’s life change if Uncle Ben or Gwen Stacy had lived…if his clone had survived…or if Aunt May was bitten by the spider? What if Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny never gained their powers…or there was no Fantastic Four at all? Imagine if the Thing and the Beast continued to mutate, Matt Murdock became an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., or Captain America became President! Phoenix and Elektra don’t die…but Yellowjacket and the Invisible Girl do! Dazzler becomes the herald of Galactus, Wolverine kills the Hulk, Iron Man is trapped in the past, Thor meets Conan the Barbarian…and much more!
COLLECTING: What If? (1977) 23-47
Release date: December 14, 2021)
List price: $125
A few thoughts:
— That placeholder art is based on Bob Budiansky and Bob Wiacek’s cover for What If? #31. Whether a version of that cover will be used for the final art is unclear.
— It’s worth noting, though, that Vol. 1 will have three different covers.
— Standard caveat: Vol. 2 has not been solicited by Marvel yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.
— FANTASTIC FOUR, HULK Lead Fall Wave of MARVEL EPIC COLLECTIONS. Click here.
— SPIDER-MAN: DEATH OF CAPTAIN STACY Finally Gets MARVEL Epic Collection. Click here.