Marvel has announced a new series of What If? one-shots which revive the concept of the publisher's classic series that examines alternate outcomes for famous storylines, and alternate versions of well-known characters.
The six one-shots will focus on Spider-Man, Magik, Ghost Rider, Thor, the X-Men, and the Punisher, and will release throughout October.
Here are Marvel's descriptions of the five one-shots, along with the covers (courtesy of Marvel.com).
What If? Spider-Man #1
Written by Gerry Conway with art by Diego Olortegui and a cover by Patch Zircher, the questions are asked...what if Peter Parker wasn’t the one bitten by the radioactive spider? What if the person who got bit was someone who didn’t live by the mantra of “with great power comes great responsibility”? What if that person was an egotistical bully who was only interested in taking care of himself?
What if…Flash Thompson became Spider-Man? Find out on October 3.
What If? Magik #1
Brought to life by writer Leah Williams, artist Filipe Andrade, and with a cover by Jeff Dekal, Illyana Rasputin enters a new reality on October 31. Before she was Magik, Illyana was just a kid whom Limbo chewed up and spit out seven years older. So it’s no surprise that, at 15, she wants nothing to do with the X-Men...nothing to do with the New Mutants...and nothing to do with her own powers. It’s not even surprising that she runs away...but where—and who—she ends up? Well, that’s something you’ve never seen before.
"Illyana Rasputin deserves better," explains book editor Annalise Bissa. "As much as we all love a character who’s been aged up, down, grown up under the thumb of demons, watched her parents die, died herself, come back, been evil, been good again, had more power changes than you can shake a stick at...any X-Fan might start to wonder who Magik would be in a world where her mutation isn’t ruled by these crazy ups and downs—where she has the chance to embrace her power early and grow from there, this is the book for you. If you like Magik, magic, or any other word for all things mystical and mysterious and maybe a little bit murderous, read WHAT IF? MAGIK #1."
What If? Ghost Rider #1
On October 17, writer Sebastian Girner, artist Caspar Wijngaard, and cover artist Aleksi Briclot, present WHAT IF? GHOST RIDER #1.You’ve only heard whispers of this real-world/Marvel Universe crossover until now, when moral decline and budgetary shortfalls have combined to lower our lawyers’ resistance! Sebastian Girner and Caspar Wijngaard recklessly bring you the tale of the first and only true Nordic black metal band to visit the Marvel Universe through the insanity of likeness release waivers! What role does Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes play, and will your mind survive the brutality!? Editor Kathleen Wisneski says, "Before you read this comic, you’re going to need THREE things, friends. ONE: an extra pair of pants. TWO: some kind of eyeball apparatus designed to keep your eyeballs INSIDE your head. THREE: your mom on speed-dial. We are serving you pants-off and eyeballs-out levels of horror and shock, and if ANYONE has a chance to call you back from the ledge of insanity that this comic will lift you to, then ABANDON you upon, it’s your momma. If she’s read it first, you can hold hands on your way DOWN INTO THE ABYSS!" Oh boy.