Editor’s note: This review was originally published on Aug. 12, 2009.
WHAT IF? #35
(Cover by Ed Hannigan and Terry Austin)
Published and © by Marvel, Oct. 1982
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“… What If Bullseye Had Not Killed Elektra?”
Synopsis: In an alternate reality, Bullseye dies during a prison break, allowing Elektra to betray the Kingpin and survive.
Writer: Frank Miller
Inker: Terry Austin
Review: Frank Miller returns to the scene of his most famous crime just months after the deed. While lacking the creative ramifications of the best What If? offerings, this story offers nice emotional depth. The art is excellent (but not as good as Miller and Terry Austin’s collaboration on Daredevil #191).
“And Thus Are Born the Cat People!”
Synopsis: In this untold tale of the Marvel Universe, a sorcerer creates the race of cat people.
Writer: Roger Stern
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Review: This throwback morality tale would feel right at home in a ’50s Marvel comic, right down to the Ditko art.
“What If: Yellowjacket Had Died?”
The death of Yellowjacket sends Janet Pym off the deep end, turning her into the vengeance-crazed Black Wasp.
Writer: Alan Zelenetz
Penciler: Greg LaRocque
Inker: Mike Esposito (and crew)
Review: With a shrill story and flat art, this one is the weakest of this issue’s offerings. By far.
Grade (for the whole issue): A-
Cool factor: Miller on Daredevil? With Austin inks? And a Ditko backup story? Why are we even talking about what’s cool with this one?
Notable: The “Why Not?” letters column includes an LOC from future comics editor Diana Schutz.
Character quotable: “Do you want me to die, Matt?” — Elektra.