Post by joepatrick on Sept 1, 2017 11:25:28 GMT -6
I have a real soft spot for all of the JSA Elseworlds titles you mentioned in the other thread (Liberty Files, Unholy Three, Golden Age), as well as the ones Alan Davis did (The Nail and its sequel, Superboy's Legion - I don't even remember if that one is any good; I just really love Alan Davis and the Legion of Super-Heroes). I adore Superman: Secret Identity too. But I suppose the high-water mark for me has to be Kingdom Come. As good as some of the other stories were, that was the first one that actually felt IMPORTANT. You could tell it was going to have a lasting impact even as it was still coming out.
I can't think of a favorite What If story, but I have a fondness for Vol. 2 #20: "What If Spider-Man Had Not Married Mary Jane?" which was the first issue of What If I ever read. It had great Jim Valentino art (according to Young Joe Patrick) and I remember them hyping it as the first two-part What If story, so I thought it was a really big deal at the time. It took me YEARS to track down the second part "What If Spider-Man Had Married the Black Cat?"
DC's Elseworlds got to reimagine their classic characters in completely different ways (SUPERMAN IS AMISH!) while Marvel's What If? got to reexamine existing comic stories as if they had turned out differently (GALACTUS ATE THE EARTH?!). I adore both concepts, but I think Elseworlds stories work better in general, because they aren't (necessarily) playing off of existing continuity. It frees them up to go in some pretty wild directions.
EDIT: The Last Avengers Story! YES!!!
Last Edit: Sept 1, 2017 11:28:51 GMT -6 by joepatrick