Doug: Welcome to Fantasy Island, kiddies! Today's Open Forum asks you to put on your "What If? Well, Why Not?" thinking cap and come up with some alternate scenarios to well-known events. And, if you want to extend it, shoot -- give us a one- or two-year plot outline!
Doug: Here's the deal: We all know that throughout comics history there have been many watershed moments. For example, under the Earth's Mightiest Heroes umbrella the return of Captain America way back in Avengers #4 totally turned that title in a different direction; similarly the break-up of the originals and entrance of three former villains in #16 ushered in a new era. And what of the introduction of the Vision? Certainly that was influential for decades.
Doug: Over in Amazing Spider-Man, we all seem to mark time with the deaths of Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin. Past the Bronze Age, there was the introduction of the black costume. Was the introduction of the All-New, All-Different X-Men the biggest game-changer of them all?
Doug: So here's your poser for today: Let's just pretend that in each of the above cases (and please -- don't hesitate to throw out your own for the betterment of discussion), the title was failing so poorly in sales that it was on the verge of cancellation. The events I've named no doubt would have saved those books, and then some. But what would you have done as an alternate action? Would you have taken an existing character and introduced him or her to the Avengers? Would you have switched creative teams in some of these books? Is there a plotline that ran somewhere in another comic that you feel would have worked in your favorite book and increased reader interest? The sky's the limit today, so let your imagination run wild. And thanks for playing!
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