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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: ‘What If…’ S04 E16

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Things were more than grim when we last left our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With most of the team incapacitated and plugged in the cyberspatial Framework after being replaced by LMDs, Quake and Simmons must go inside and save them. Unfortunately the Framework has created a nightmare world ruled by Hydra! Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “What If…”

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What If… Europa Universalis IV

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One of the biggest and most intriguing literary trends in recent decades is that of alternate history – the what if – changes in a past event creating a whole new timeline. There have even been games based on the concept. One such computer videogame, Europa Universalis IV, has resulted in a book anthology, featuring work by the king of the what if, Harry Turtledove, and others, including sometimes contributor to Biff Bam Pop!, Janice Gable Bashman. Meet me after the jump for more on Europa Universalis IV: What If? The Anthology of Alternate History.

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Secret Wars – The End of the Marvel Universe

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There’s a Crisis on the horizon of near-Infinite proportions in the comics world, but not the way you might be thinking. Today Marvel Comics, represented by editors Tom Brevoort and Axel Alonzo, officially announced the end of the Marvel Universe. And it’s not just the end of the Marvel Universe proper, but also the Ultimate Universe as well, and possibly the end of Marvel Comics, as we know it. Meet me after the jump for what we now know about the new Secret Wars

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Life and Death with Archie

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This past week Life with Archie #36 came out, and if you’ve been paying attention to various news outlets, and the comics press for the last few months, you know it’s the death of Archie Andrews. But that’s not the end of it, it’s not even the tip of the iceberg. We’ll get a bit of background, and learn all about life and death with Archie, after the jump.

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March Madness: Uncovering The “What If” In Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Normal Again

I’m a big fan of the whole “what if” concept in pop culture. For comics fans, what ifs are found in the Marvel series of the same name, often in the DC line of Elseworld stories and sometimes, as in the magnificent Age of Apocalypse Marvel series, in the run of a regular series (though that, much like House of M, features timelines altered, I would still count both in the overall umbrellas).

A few week’s ago, Grey’s Anatomy did a great what if episode that envisioned all sorts of strange possibilities – Meredith engaged to Alex; Derek and Addison still together (and pregnant); Meredith’s mom still alive and with the Chief; and so much more. In a season of strong storytelling, I thought this was a standout episode.

Then there’s one of my all-time favourite series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, that had a few what if episodes throughout it’s seven season run. Sure, there’s the obvious one, The Wish, where Cordelia wish Buffy never came to Sunnydale. But for the purposes of March Madness, there’s another standout episode I wanted to mention. It’s called Normal Again.

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