Daily Archives: December 22, 2008

Sean Chen / Norman Lee Signed Print (2008)

Signed Print

Signed Print

I picked this up at the Boston Comic Con back on Nov. 2nd. (if that doesn’t show you how much I am backed up in showing stuff…) I picked it up from Norman Lee – who is also the person who signed it at the bottom.  The Hulk image itself is great – there was too many to choose from – but I loved this one.  Talking with Norman Lee, he seemed like a nice guy, pretty easy to talk to and willing to do commissions and such – it just seemed to be a bit pricey for my taste.  So I am happy with the print.  If you’d like to check out his other works you can go here

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What If…? The Newer Fantastic Four (2008) – The Review

What If?... The Newer Fantastic Four

What If?... The Newer Fantastic Four

What If…?  The series that can tell the stories without the pesky problems of continuity and such.  And this story takes place during one of the greatest Marvel events ever!  The Infinity Gauntlet!  Thanos has just wiped out half of the living beings in the universe to impress Death.  As Kang is on Earth fighting the heroes he disappears – more than that – he dies, along with Ghost Rider and a few other heroes.  That explains why Iron Man is part of the new FF rather than Ghost Rider.  Before I go on – everyone knows of the storyline where Spiderman, Hulk, Ghost Rider and Wolverine took over the FF, right?  If not, go check out some back issues because it’s a great story.  Anyways, is this reality Dr. Strange and Warlock and the Surfer show up to the Baxter Building to explain the situation.  The new FF laugh off the idea of Thanos being so powerful.  Suddenly, they find themselves face to face with him.  They threaten and talk big all while Thanos explains why he did what he did.  Real quick, Thanos?  he wouldn’t have even bothered with these heroes.  They would be like flies that he’d swat off.  The fact that they even are allowed to talk to him was a stretch of this story.  But hey!  We go on…

Thanos struts his stuff once again, killing off half of the entire Milky Way.  He also separated Banner and the Hulk – one of the best lines is where the Hulk says “Big Deal, I had a tape worm”  Great stuff!  Wolverine notices the interaction that Mephisto has with Thanos just as Thanos sends the heroes back to their homes.  The FF argue with Warlock and company as to what the best next move is.  The FF decides to use Reed’s technology, with the aide of Bruce Banner, to build a portal back to where Thanos is.  They get back just in time to see the Celestials ready to take on Thanos.  Wolverine steps up to talk to Thanos.  As the heroes all attack Wolverine talks Thanos into getting rid of Mephisto.  None of the heroes attacks even come close to helping – but Iron Man has Hulk take Galactus’ armor and put it through the portal.  Bruce and Tony make it so that it becomes a HUGE Iron Man that successfully lands one blow to Thanos.  But just one.  Wolverine meanwhile tricks Thanos into wanting to touch Mistress Death.  Just as Thanos is about to – Wolverine hacks his whole arm off and takes the Infinity Gaunlet while Hulk knocks him out.  Handing the Gaunlet off to Spiderman who reverses all of the bad that Thanos had done.  And Thanos ends up just as he did in regular Marvel continuity.

Overall, it’s a fun story.  If you don’t take a lot of the stuff in it as true to the Marvel universe then the story is a really fun read – worth picking up!  B-