Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Best of "What If...?": #5

Volume 2 #104 (1998)
What if the Impossible Man obtained the Infinity Gauntlet?!

CoverWritten by Thomas Virkaitis
Drawn by Gregg Schigiel

The inhabitants of the planet Poppup can shift their shapes on a whim. Years ago, a Poppupian visited Earth and - upon realizing that his powers far exceeded those of any human - chose to wreak havoc in myriad absurd ways, thereby earning the moniker “Impossible Man”. Humanity ultimately rid itself of this bizarre mischief-maker only by depriving him of the attention that he so obviously craved.

Years passed before the Impossible Man was seen again; in the meantime, Earth was faced with yet more terrifying alien threats. One of these was Thanos, a mighty madman who hailed from the Jovian moon Titan. Following a first, failed attempt at galactic conquest, Thanos devised a new scheme that was sure to succeed: collecting for himself all six of the universe’s inconceivably powerful Infinity Gems, he crafted a wearable omnipotence called the Infinity Gauntlet.

It is said that Thanos used this gauntlet to snuff out half of all sentient life in the universe; and it is whispered that most of Earth’s superheroes died in a battle to reverse that unthinkable destruction. But it is furthermore rumored that none of that actually occurred; instead, the Impossible Man simply popped up and stole the Infinity Gauntlet to use it for his own ridiculous purposes…

“This is not happening.”

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