What If?, Volume 2 (Comics Series) (Marvel Comics)


What If, sometimes rendered as What If...?, is a series of comic books published by Marvel Comics whose stories explore how the Marvel Universe might have unfolded if key moments in its history had not occurred as they did in mainstream continuity. What If comics have been published in eleven series as well as many stand-alone issues since the 1970s.

Publication information

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publication date: 1997, July - 1998, November
Number of issues: 115
Type: Cancelled Series

Creative team



From July 1989 to November 1998, Marvel published 114 monthly What If issues. The second series revisited and revised ideas from volume 1. In volume 2, stories could span multiple issues (every issue of volume 1 contained a complete story). Also, sometimes, the volume 2 stories would offer multiple plots and endings. The reader could decide which to adopt. For example, in What If the War Machine Had Not Destroyed the Living Laser?, three endings were offered.
The humorous aspect of volume 1 was retained through volume 2, particularly in issue #34, an all-humor issue containing a number of single-page gags and two complete stories.
In issue #105, What If introduced Spider-Girl. The new character was popular enough for a spin-off series. From this, the MC2 line of publications were developed.

 Issues in this Volume