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What If? #56: Review

Dec 1993
Len Kaminski, Darren Auck

Story Name:

What if the Avengers Lost Operation Galactic Storm? [Part Two]

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

What If? #56 Review by (April 10, 2014)
Review: As usual, WHAT IF? gives us a darker vision of a previous story, this time nuking the Earth and killing Iron Man, Hawkeye and a bunch of others (actually all but a handful of the Marvel Universe). The same creativity went into this as for the original epic crossover series: tight plotting, strong characterization, cool art, only this time the stakes are higher. Here we get guest appearances by most of the cosmic heroes of the MU though the story tends to be overwhelmed by the plethora of characters. Still, one of the best in this series.

Comments: Part two of two. The cosmic hero team consists of Silver Surfer, Quasar, Wonder Man, Air Walker, Super-Skrull, Firelord, Nova (Frankie Raye), Drax the Destroyer, and others.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

What If? #56 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Watcher continues his account of the alternate version of Operation Galactic Storm. As the Kree conquer and subjugate the universe, a band of heroes goes on an undercover mission to steal the master files from the Kree communications web. The mission goes wrong; Black Knight and Smasher are killed and the files can only be saved by overwriting the Vision’s programming. With the information on those files, the rebels launch a full-scale intergalactic war under the direction of Captain America. The rebels are joined by Silver Surfer with a band of cosmic heroes and by Thor leading the warriors of Asgard; the battle is furious and Wonder Man is killed. While this is going on, a small party led by Cap lands on the Kree homeworld. They are met by the Kree Starforce and a fight ensues. In the confusion, Cap makes his way to the central command room where he downloads the program containing the Supreme Intelligence. On-line again, it unleashes its wrath over its betrayal by wiping out the entire Kree Empire and then it destroys itself for good. Wonder Man’s mind is implanted in Vision’s body and Captain America looks ahead to rebuilding the galaxy.

Darren Auck
Dave Simons
Rick Parker
Craig Brasfield (Cover Penciler)
Frank Turner (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Drax the Destroyer)

(Wendell Vaughn)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)


Plus: Air Walker, Black Knight, Captain Atlas, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Doctor Minerva, Imperial Guard, Impulse, Korath the Pursuer, Kree, Nova (Frankie Raye), Shatterax, Smasher (Imperial Guard), Starforce, Starfox, Super-Skrull, Supremor, Thor (Eric Masterson), Ultimus.

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