What If?: What If Aunt May Had Died Instead Of Uncle Ben? #1
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What If?: What If Aunt May Had Died Instead Of Uncle Ben? #1

Writer: Ed Brubaker Artist: Andrea Di Vito Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 29, 2004 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 1
6.7Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

We all know that Spider-Man's heroic career was inspired by Uncle Ben's death after his speech about great power and great responsibility...but what if Uncle Ben WASN'T the one who died? What if Peter's mother figure, Aunt May had been the one in the path of that bullet? How different would Peter's life have been?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Jan 3, 2005

    I only wish the real Spider-Man could be like this one. The guys always complaining about how the worlds against him and hes got this terrible burden to bear. Sad how hes married, been all across the universe, but still whines like a teen-ager. So thats why I give this comic . Its the Spider-Man I want to see. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jan 12, 2005

    Andrea DiVito turns in some solid work on this one-shot, as the level of detail on the page is really quite impressive, and the art manages to do a pretty fair job of conveying the emotional turmoil of young Peter as his happy little world starts to fall apart. The art also does some nice work when it comes to it's delivery of the action as we see Spider-Man makes his entry into the world of a super-hero, from his battle with the man who killed Aunt May, to a great panel where J. Jonah Jameson learns Spider-Man is not responding well to his continued harassment from the Daily Bugle. There's also a nice one page montage as Spider-Man does battle with members of his rogues gallery, which in turn is nicely balanced with the images of Peter's personal life falling apart. The power of the scene where Peter tries to break Uncle Ben out of jail is also largely due to the art's ability to convey Peter's anguish. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 3, 2005

    Unfortunately, in places the story feels a little over-silly and illogical, even acknowledging in the text that certain plot elements have been messed with just to create an entertaining, diverting story. We get wisecracks about the Spider-Man movie, unconnected sub-plots playing out differently to how they did in the original Spider-verse, and even a silly development towards the end that sees Ben team up with Peter in a crime-fighting team. One could also question the fact that Peter chose to reveal his secret identity so readily to Ben when it was kept a secret from May for many years under similar circumstances. Whilst theres nothing wrong with these myriad additions, it seems to go against the principle of What If stories, which exist to show us how a single moment can affect the course of your life, Sliding-Doors-style. However, the result of Brubakers tinkering is a fun examination of Peter Parkers attitude to guilt, shame and responsibility - and even if the final outcome Read Full Review

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