Monday, August 15, 2022

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What If? X-Men Deadly Genesis + Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp

What If? X-Men Deadly Genesis

Genre: Super-heroes

Giant-Size X-Men #1 introduced the “all-new, all-different” X-Men, who rescued the original team from Krakoa, the “living island”. Decades later, X-Men: Deadly Genesis revealed those events were only half the story, retroactively introducing yet another secret mutant team, including Vulcan, Cyclops’ long-lost brother.

Unfortunately, most of that team died, and a bitter Vulcan left the X-Men. And the revelation that Professor X removed these memories created a terrible rift in the team.

In this imaginary tale, the original team, except for Cyclops, is killed. Vulcan’s New X-men become accepted worldwide, despite being mutants. And while a grief-stricken Cyclops hides in seclusion, Vulcan is hailed as the greatest hero on the planet.

But, like Professor X in the original story, Vulcan harbors a terrible secret - one that threatens not only his sanity, but the lives of every member of the X-Men!

Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp

Genre: Super-heroes, Mystery, Comedy

For unknown reasons, Nabu, Lord of Order, gave Dr. Fate’s helmet, and the task of choosing his successor, to Shadowpact’s Detective Chimp, a talking ape with a Sherlock Holmes fixation. Justifiably freaked, D.C. left the decision to fate (pun intended), and had the helmet hurled into space. But fate (and writer Bill Willingham) has a sense of humor:

After a year of cosmic sightseeing, the helmet returns, landing squarely on D.C.’s noggin—so, what will a chimp, even a really smart one, do with ultimate power? Well, first he figures out KFC’s™ secret recipe, then solves every crime. But is the world really ready for a blue-and-yellow-spandexed super-chimp?

Probably not, since this one-shot is just the first of five leading into a new Doctor Fate series. Other B-listers playing with the helmet include Sargon the Sorcerer, Ibis the Invincible, Black Alice, and Zauriel.

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at

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