Review by: pyynk

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Story by Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Jorge Molina, Norman Lee, & Rick Magyar
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Jorge Molina

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Events are a double edged sword. People buy them with the expectation that “something” will happen. Whether it’s a character turning good (or evil), a death, or some significant status quo change, there should be consequences to an event. Problem is major characters are tied up with so much licensing that you can’t change them too drastically and with even minor characters being someone’s favorite they can’t be altered too dramatically either due to fan backlash. The end result is an event where nothing eventful happens.

Which brings us to the antithesis of all that, Marvel’s classic series What If? or as I like to call it, Horrible Things Happen to Everyone. Whether it’s Gwen Stacy surviving the fall from the George Washington Bridge, the Invisible Woman dying in childbirth, or Death’s Head avoiding assimilation into Death’s Head II, reality is reset at the end of each issue, so you actually CAN have an event where things happen, actions have consequences, and bodies (so very many bodies) can fall.

What If… AVX #2 written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Jorge Molina, Norman Lee, & Rick Magyar is a treat just for the above reasons. Issue one? A major character dies. Issue two? A LOT more characters die. And they should because frankly, with energy bolts, arm blades, swords, and guns being fired at each other, there need to be some consequences for all that contained death and Jimmy and the gang have given us just that.

I didn’t have any prior knowledge of AvX excluding what was on the podcast. However Palmiotti had promised a fun, weird ride on his Twitter, so I figured what the heck and picked it up. So far he’s been true to his word. The characters sound right and their actions and reactions work. And unlike classic What If? which usually features one major alteration, there are enough twists to keep even avid Marvel fans attentive. This book isn’t for everyone, but for me it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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