...or more appropriately:
"All-New X-Men 025: What If"...
What If: Sequential continuity and cover charge didn't matter?
This would have felt better received if this was in free digital comic format or maybe as backup story to a significant serial lead. As is, it was more an indulgent artists' showcase. They draw a very good mix of arbitrary What If worlds and combination of Prev Pages from other X-books. Having said that, kudos for the whole mystery listener schtick that successfully surprised me. Also, who's not going to like Beast beating himself up over this whole time trapped debacle[read: series theme] dumped on the Originals. And yet none of Beast's regret felt original and his future realities hardly seemed influentially real. (Although the Kitty-Piotr-verse was quite comical.)
This storyline seems to offputtingly discount all of Beast's participation with the Illuminati[read: So-called Reality Experts and/or Janitors] over in New Avengers. Not to mention the chronologically already seen death of a certain man in the moon. The only real significance taken from this issue is the question, What if 'the listener' is not who he appeared to be? (The real one would not insult someone by saying 'You disgust me'!)
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I miss Dad and Dan.
Yeah, I don't get that ending.
Beast "disgusts" him, yet he's besties with the eleventy other timetravel guys. If this is the way they're writing him, then I guess it's better if he does die soon. And this is a guy who basically wrote the book on breaking/bending the rules.
Not to mention the logical failure/hypocrisy of him doing
all of that only to say, I'm not allowed to do anything.
However, some of the parts of this issue were a laugh riot.