What If...? #114 Daddy Doom
Given that it's Doom week and I've kinda wanted to post this for some time and it also has cross dimensional spawn and fun What if ness all packed into one I bring scans daily 10 pages (from a 32 page comic) about What if...the people who were abducted by the Beyonder stayed on Battleworld for 25 years and had to co-exist, unable to return home to Earth?
It's also one of my favorite if not THE one What If I've always wanted to see continued, especially given that it's ending lends itself to that...
The story opens with Balder Blake/Bravado's birthday party. (Balder being the son of Enchantress and Thor)
Among the couples we fins out in this Earth are Steve Rogers and Rogue (though she's called Carol and Jay Faerber the writer says that it means that Carol Danvers is the personality in control) and Storm and Wolverine. As well as Wasp and Human Torch which is a fun odd couple.
Over in Castle Doom...
Daddy Doom and son. Vincent Von Doom/Malefactor. His mother as said here is Enchantress, meaning he's half brothers with Bravado/Balder. I love how despite everything Doom still keeps to himself but even he has gotten a tad nicer, not causing havok and having ulterior schemes and whatnot in this universe.
That's pretty awesome, Professor X in an Iron Man suit to get around. And we see the memorials of the heroes who died in this universes Secret War which resulted in the Beyonder and Galactus dying, stranding the rest here.
Back at Castle Doom
Malefactor decides to become the ruler of Battleworld much like Doom would've done back on Earth.
This leads him to recruiting the kids of the former villains who aren't all that evil since everbody's more or less friends except for dear old Malefactor but in the end it causes the heroes kids to come together as their own ragtag Avengers.
Steve is one of the first to notice the kids went somewhere when trying to find one of his belongings...
Kids on that page.
Sara Rogers/Crusader (Steve and Rogue, from Rogue has inherited Ms. Marvel's super strength) Matthew Storm/Firefly (Human Torch and Wasp's son) Clinton Barton Jr./ Mustang (She-Hulk and Hawkeye's son) Balder Blake/Bravado (Thor and Enchantress as said earlier) Kendall Logan/Torrent (Storm and Wolverine's daughter)
Then some fighting begins with Malefactor and Bravado fighting with Bravado losing. Sadly he can't pick up his dad's hammer which probably would be enough to beat up Malefactor...
But dear old Crusader CAN pick it up and dual wielding her dad's shield and Thor's hammer out awesomes Malefactor.
But before they can get to him and beat him up...
Ouch, Doom killed Enchantress? That was pretty damn mean.
Doom poofs off with Malefactor and then expositiony story happens.
Hulk who seperated himself from the others ever since the Secret Wars has been trying to think of a way home (this Hulk seems to be equal parts Banner and Hulk) and has finally succeeded. But the parents are worried about going back to Earth since they've come to love this world and decide not to take Hulk's way home, especially after the Watcher pops up leaving everyone to think that it means that their decision could lead to something huge.
The kids shortly after however decide to break their parents decision and go to Earth themselves to scope it out.
They run into a Sentinel almost immediately...
And so endeth a monumentally awesome story that I wish would've gotten the Spider-girl treamtment and continued.
Hope you liked the story as I did. Choosing pages was REALLY hard and much more awesome exists in the other pages so if you ever see it I heartily suggest you pick it up.