Storyteller Jim Valentino
Inker Sam Delarosa
Letterer Phil Felix
Colorist Tom Vincent
What If the X-Men Had Stayed In Asgard?
Based off of Uncanny X-Men Annual 9 and New Mutants Special 1
At the end of the the original story, Loki makes the mutants decide to stay in Asgard or return to Earth. The catch is, the decision must be unanimous. They all, of course, chose Earth, though it broke some hearts.
This time, Rahne chooses to not leave her wolf prince. With Dani’s help, some come to realize it is better in Asgard than it is on Earth.
The vote breaks down as :
Loki decides, that he will let those who want to leave, to go home. Which is awesome, as if they knew that going in, they may have voted differently. This way, we know what was in their hearts.
We get just one panel of what the X-Men look like now. If I had my way, we would get at least one story with this expanded team.
Cyclops, in a shirt to big for him, that belt is essential
Beast, human form
Rachel, in a black and yellow costume design we will never see again. It isn’t that bad.
Karma, also in a never used since outfit.
Jean, in an outfit she would never wear
Shadowcat, in an outfit very close to her Evolution outfit, plus a white mask.
Colossus, armor power but minus his face. Which is the one spot he really should have armor, that is where he keeps his brain!
Magma, pretty much still has the New Mutants uniform.
The Asgard mutants, all have a nice space to be :
Rahne, will be in wolf form most likely forever, but with her wolf prince.
Doug is the first official Librarian of Asgard.
Cannonball marries the Drawf King’s daughter.
Sunspot and Nightcrawler become warriors of the land.
Rogue dates Fandrall the Dashing.
Dani stays a Valkyrie.
Magik is the new Enchantress.
Storm is made the official new Goddess of Thunder.
Hela and Karnilla make an alliance to ruin the nine worlds.
Volstagg is trying to cure his ailing daughter, Hildy. He is looking for the Sword of Surtur.
Magik senses the new alliance, and the trouble it will bring.
While Loki is making a speech, this giant six foot six inch frog tackles him! Loki makes it so Frog Thor can’t speak, and makes Storm battle hungry. This is shown, artistically, via Loki’s bald bald. Which I haven’t thought of him as being bald. Also, we see the reverse of the cover’s image.
A giant battle ensues.
Sunspot is the first to die.
Back at the Sword of Surtur, Volstagg falters and pushes a bunch of rocks onto the sword. This breaks Loki’s spell and Thor is human looking again.
Hela is on the battlefield with her forces and now with Thor, the heroes are united.
Balder the Brave shows up to Karnilla, and promises to marry her and become her king. Which is all she ever wanted.
The Drawf King is the next known hero to die. Quickly followed by the wolf prince.
Then the Valkyries kill Hela, Dani delivering the death blow.
There is a time cut.
Thor announces Storm will be the new Queen of Asgard, so that he can pal around with the Avengers. Which is Namor, She-Hulk, Captain America and Thor. Pretty decent line up.
Storm rules Asgard according to the old laws Doug finds.
Nightcrawler joins the Warriors Three, since Fandrall has decided to retire and marry Rogue.
Cannonball has a newborn on the way. I forgot to mention that Sam is drawn very unattractively.
Rahne gives birth to two wolves and a human baby.
They Who Sit Above In Shadow, trick and reward Loki, for his part of bringing peace to the nine worlds and give him complete rule over the nine worlds. Of course, he rules the nine worlds minutes before the worlds are swallowed by a black hole.
It is nice to read a What If where not everyone dies or the world isn’t completely ruin.
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With this post, I hit my target for Thor month but I am going to try to get a few more added.