Reviews (Marvel)

What If? #35

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
[Buy from Mile High]

“… 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
Penciler: 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
Inker: 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.

The Elektra story collected in:
Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus [Buy from Mile High]
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 3 TPB [Buy from Mile High]

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2 comments to What If? #35

  • Dale

    I remember reading this (DD story) and loving it.

    Dont remember the other stories, probably good that I dont.

  • kcekada

    The backup stories weren’t bad. We got some background on how the Cat People who came about. This was the race responsible for turning the Cat into Tigra.

    The Yellowjacket story showed how his death would have negatively affected Jan — as she become the Black Wasp — and is booted off the Avengers for becoming too violent.

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