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Comic Theme Time – Unresolved Comic Book Plot Threads

As always, Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me giving a topic and then listing my top five choices, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Here, we’re discussing unresolved comic book plot threads. So list some notable examples of unresolved comic book plot threads!

Read on to see what I’m looking for specifically…

I don’t want stuff like comic book companies that went under before the stories in their titles were finished (like Quantum and Woody, for example, when Acclaim went under) or independent comics where, obviously, if the creator is no longer doing them, then they’re not going to be resolved (like Stray Bullets). What I’m talking about here is stuff that still theoretically COULD be resolved. To wit, like the mysterious basement bad guy in Avengers in the late 390s.

It was unresolved for a number of years until Kurt Busiek resolved it in the last storyline Perez did during their Avengers run. So stuff like that. It COULD involve a comic book that ended prematurely, but only if that comic is tied into a larger continuity so other writers realistically could finish the story some day (like Omega the Unknown being finished in the pages of the Defenders).

An example could be the mysterious reactions of crows to the original five X-Men towards the end of Steven Seagle’s run on Uncanny X-Men…

or Black Widow’s sudden obsession with Captain America at the end of Bob Harras’ Avengers run that was never mentioned again….

I think you all get what I’m looking for, so let’s see some good examples!

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Moon Maiden from DC Comics.

She was introduced in a Justice League annual as an incredible super-hero in the same vein as The Sentry and Triumph and even used a “retcon machine” to bring herself back into continuity from exile.

It was a pretty good book, a nifty new female character, and… nothing. Maybe a one panel appearance in the JLA/Avengers crossover because Perez declared he’d include every member ever of each team, but then that was it. We never even see an alternate universe version of her or anything. I’d love to have seen something come of it, but nada.

How about the longtime hints in the reboot Legion of Super-Heroes that R.J. Brande was actually the Martian Manhunter?

Man, I feel like Claremont left a lot of things unanswered over the years in his run on Uncanny and New Mutants, but I haven’t read them in years and don’t remember. I am no help at all.

Dazzler being able to come back from the dead in New Excalibur.

Was that ever resolved? From what I’ve read, it’s never been mentioned again…

This may not count, but given that Marvel is using 2099 every now and then: Was Doom 2099 EVER confirmed to be the real Dr. Doom? If so, then they can use D2099 to come back and replace the lame ss Doom crap we have gotten since he came back with COunter/Heroes Reborn Earth all those years ago

Michael Howey

July 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

The biggest unresolved Claremont thing for me was what the hell happened with the Hellfire Club, Magneto and the Shadow King.

or how about mutants that were not the 198 that got their powers back?

The one that has always stuck in my head is the purple space dude who was building a stairway to heaven in Daredevil #128. Since his plan was apparently to walk to another planet, I guess he’s still out there somewhere.

can someone tell me what was the last Kurt and Perez storyline they are referring to? They ever reconcile how teenage Stark became the real Tony Stark in 616?

I’d mention FACADE but it was so poorly written it was as if you’re not even meant to give a fuck who he was.

FACADE the villain in the pre spider clone stories….whatever happened to that armor?

Who the hell is Chimere? (Excalibur vol 3)

Nightwing and Barbara’s marriage, they were going to get married at the end of Nightwing 117, then in Nightwing’s Annual # 2, Barbara gave it back to Dick, but at the end, Dick gave it again to Babs, and Babs accept it….and no a word of that since then. I’d love some closure there!!

Everything in Sovereign 7. Did the story of the Hairies going to wage war on Apokolips (back in the 1990s) ever get resolved?

They did a bunch of the pre-Heroes Reborn to post-Heroes Return changes explanations in one of the Avengers Annuals — it’s in Avengers Assemble! vol. 4, by Busiek. The change to Tony Stark is explained there, along with the Wasp’s changes, I believe.

Alas, CrossGen doesn’t fall into this category, as the company died…

when a said gave it…I meant an engament ring..sorry

Wolverine Vol 2 101 Cyclops is falling down a pit in a cave where he strikes his head, in which the narrative says it corrected damage done long ago. But Nothing happen from this.

as far as mutants that weren’t part of the 198 who regained powers, not all the mutants who kept their powers were a part of the 198, marvel even said that numerous times, that the 198 were just the documented mutants the marvel universe government could document not an exact number.

Most Claremont stories of the 80’s! Let’s see, there was Nimrod; Magus, Warlock’s dad; The Demon Bear; Storm and Forge’s relationship; Professor X’s son; Rachel, Phoenix’s daughter. I’m sure I could find more if I looked. By the time the Mutant Massacre came around I got so frustrated with Claremont’s dangling plot lines I dumped the book!

The big show down at the end of Squadron Supreme #7 between the team and Redstone. There has been two volumes of the story and a cross over with the Ultimate universe published since then and no one has brought up how the battle ended.

I’m not sure if it counts, but what about Ralph & Sue Dibny: Ghost Detectives

The oldest I can think of is how the issue before Wonder Woman got her powers back in the 70’s ended on a cliffhanger…

The one subplot, in Kelly’s X-Men run was the weird Mayan thing with Sebastian Shaw.

I just want to know what happened to Masque’s ponytail. In the top image she has a long ponytail or some such thing extending from the back of her head. Yet when she is grabbed by the metal tendrils, it is gone.
Magic?

Hyperactivator

July 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

One More Day. I don’t care if the status quo is never returned I just want some satisfying ramifications from Spider-Man’s deal with a Hell Lord Super villian. A king of hell doesn’t do things like that unless some serious evil is planned.

Regarding Sovereign 7, if I recall correctly the entire series is a fallacy/dream sequence and never had anythign to do with anything; it fell off of what continuity there is.

Of note, I’m seeing a lot of Claremont works in the comments.

Jeff Sundermeyer

July 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

I would include the Batman: Odyssey series by Neal Adams. The story (if you can call it that) was never finished. Did anyone else out there find that series to be a bit incomprehensible?

Apparently Bloodwraith, the giant embodiment of a murdered country’s thirst for vengeance, is still just hanging around in Slorenia.
I guess after the Scarlet Witch made it so he couldn’t leave the Avengers just figured “eh, we can handle it later.”

I think I have the undisputed winner here: FACADE from Web of Spider-Man 113-116. I mean if you look at the covers, its blatantly spelling out that there’s a deep Spider-Man mystery building here. This four-issue arc happened right before the Clone Saga and even has Ben Reilly sneaking around in the background. I believe its hinted at in this really terrible story that somehow Facade is J. Jonah Jameson Jr. The arc ends and we still have no idea who Facade is. Look this one up, its really bad.

Why don’t Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos age? This has to be one of the most longstanding mysteries.

Here’s a link to an article on spiderfan.org detailing this enrapturing mystery! http://spiderfan.org/comics/reviews/spiderman_web/116.html

@Buster

Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos have all imbibed the Infinity serum or something of that nature that makes them age really slowly.

@Buster Infinity Formula I believe.

robbie johnson

July 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

@Thomas Morrison;
I’m not certain they count as unresolved plot points simply because you stopped reading them before they were resolved… I think every single one of your examples has in fact, been tied up.

Here’s one from the rather … well, pretty bad later issues of The New Titans. What was Deathwing’s true identity?

Ah, thanks everybody.

Here’s another one…

Elf With a Gun?

A while back, in one of the Superman books, Perry White confronted Clark Kent about his traveling out of the country without a passport. Essentially, Perry had found a discarded jacket or coat of Clark’s lying around somewhere at the Planet Building, and in the coat pocket was Clark’s USA passport. Perry waited until Clark returned, from a reporting assisgnment in Europe, and asked him point blank, “how did you get to Europe without a passport? I’m not stupid [or some such comment] …what are you hiding? “. That was never brought up again, and probably won’t ever now.

Gwen Stacy clone. Where did she go? And what about SpiderCide?? S.H.I.E.L.D. just took him and we never knew what really happened to him.

What about Magneto? Isn’t he still a holocaust survivor? How the hell is he so old?

“I would include the Batman: Odyssey series by Neal Adams. The story (if you can call it that) was never finished. Did anyone else out there find that series to be a bit incomprehensible?”

It was really fascinating to read (and Adams’ art was amazing) but “a bit incomprehensible is a bit of an understatement”. I’m really frustrated that it isn’t going to wrap up.

Two things that still bother me:

Wolverine 111-114–Zoe Culloden gives Wolverine a magical/supernatural/important box that is uber important and it seems to bear the family markings of Lady Deathstrike. Jean and Storm open the box, Wolverine hides it, who knows the importance, all I know is…what the hell was supposed to be there that holds the secret of something? Its been bothering me for 10+ years

Wolverine #126-128, 145–Wolverine/Viper storyline finally coming to head, sexy Leinil Yu drawings, Jubilee/Kitty/Wolverine love triangle and a Wolverine vs Sabretooth fight, what could go wrong, other than issue 128? Well for starters, Sabretooth crashes the party with a new set of adamantium, which he eventually loses to Wolverine courtesy of Apocolypse, but WHO the hell gave Creed the adamantium? This too has bugged me for 10+ years.

Have these been resolved? Help!

@Johann
Oh I forgot about SpiderCide! So much shittiness from the Clone Saga that I absolutely love haha

The third Summers brother teaser from Mister Sinister lasted forever. Even now, though, I’m not sure how he could have known.

robert grover

July 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

Marvel Logan’s Run #7 left off with a big cliffhanger and then the series was canceled. I want the rest of the story!

Gee, how about JMS finishing the Twelve? Alan Moore finishing 1963?

Batman: Odyssey #6 came out on Wednesday I’m pretty sure, but its got super low marketing push and essentially no retailers are ordering it.

The flash drive Dick found at the end of Batman: Long Shadows.

Damian’s true paternity.

I remember a Superman comic during the Byrne era written by Marv Wolfman with art by Erik Larsen, in which Superman took on a madman named Constantine Stratos, who attacked Superman with weather-controlling technology and claimed to be the son of Zeus. He seemingly died when his weather-controlling doohickey exploded, but at the end of the issue he emerged from the wreckage, apparently now possessing innate power over the weather, and vowing that someday he would destroy Superman. That was 25 years ago. And we haven’t heard from him since. Hmm…

Ricardo Amaral

July 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

Oooh, don’t get me started. Just the Legion alone has about a billion open-ended plots. I’d also suggest the worst “what-da-funk” moments, such as “what happened between I Can’t Believe It’s JL and Infinite Crisis that made Max Lord a villain?”.

robert grover

July 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Kirby’s Omac, Star Trek The Early Voyages, and any of the DC Implosion series (please print the Canceled Comic Cavalcade!).

Ricardo Amaral

July 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Another one: what was the diskette Supergirl brought from the future and gave to Vril Dox about in the beginning of the R.E.B.E.L.S. series?

Re: Magneto’s age…I don’t think there is any secret about that one. He was de-aged to infancy at some point during the seventies, and then restored to a younger age early in Claremont’s run. Granted that doesn’t explain why Xavier (who was working to treat Holocaust survivors at some point in the 50’s or 60’s) hasn’t aged.

On the Howling Commandos, Fury took the infinity formula, but to my knowledge they never explained what’s up with Dum Dum, Gabe, or more recently Reb…

A couple of early 2000’s DC plot threads that just got forgotten about.

Kyle Rayner’s father meeting Hal Jordan at Abin Sur’s crash site right after he gotthe ring, and then Kyle getting a muster us letter years later.

OR…Liri Lee as Lena Luthor’s nanny when Lex was President.

What about Mary Jane’s and Peter Parker’s baby? As I remember it someone told them that their baby was stillborn, but it was actually kidnapped by an evil nurse or something…

Manglr, Xavier is in a younger cloned boy thanks to the damage done by the Brood Queen that formed the New Mutants…

@ The Mutt

I think the guy from Daredevil #128 reappeared in an issue of Quasar (could be wrong about where but I know he’s been seen since the DD issue)

My favourite long standing plot thread is from X-Men #59 (1969). The disguised X-Men are infiltrating the Sentinel base when there’s an alert from the opposite direction that provides a convenient distraction. It’s stated quite clearly in the story but doesn’t seem to be explained at all.

Sam Robards, Comic Fan

July 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

JmH Reborn, I don’t know where Clarement intended Sabretooth to have gotten the adamantium from, but Frank Tieri, in his Wolverine run, says that Sabretooth got both sets of adamantium from Malcolm Colcord’s Weapon X project.

After Dream’s End, Weapon X takes Creed, puts the adamantium in him (his second set) and tells him (paraphrased) to “not lose it this time.”

I know that because I’m a HUUUUGE Sabretooth fan. Hope that helps!

Also, I don’t think we should count subplots from stories being written by current writers – if writer X is still on book Y, then (s)he might get back to subplot Z someday soon…

but the one i’m itching for the most is the She-Hulk/GLA/Avengers:Initiative long running Dan Slott “Reckoning War” subplot… it’s a huge future event that has been hinted at and shown ramifications, but never finished…

What exactly happened to Magneto after Eve of Destruction? Was there ever anything that connected the impaled Mags from the end of that story to Xorneto that we saw later?

Speaking of which (and maybe this is all part of the same unresolved thread) how did Magneto supposedly take Xorn’s place? How did he use his magnetic abilities to heal people? Was that ever addresses anywhere? And what’s the deal with the real Xorn?

Hahaha I’d say what’s the deal with Havok out in space right now, but I think that’s being addressed very soon. OH WAIT! Here’s one (sorta)… Does Havok maintain any of his memories from the Mutant X series? I fact, was the Mutant X series ever revealed to be anything more than a dream for him? And (last one) how exactly did he make it back from the Mutant X reality (if he was ever there) to the 616 reality?

What ever happened to Sentinel Squad O*N*E?

Mine may not be that big of a deal, but the first is what happened in Rucka’s Wonder Woman: We spent the entire run building up Circe’s quest for her daughter and Veronica Gale’s plans to ruin WW. In the last issue, we have the two meet up and agree to take out Diana, only to recieve ONE YEAR LATER Allen Heingberg. Ugh.

The big one though, is what the hell did Hawkeye see in Wanda’s closet in NEW AVENGERS?

The only person Xorneto ever actually healed was Xavier when he was infected by nano-sentinels. That is, tiny METAL robots.

Charles Knight

July 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

A couple of years ago in a Hawkman special, Jim Starlin revealed that Hawkman’s memories of being an Egyptian prince were all lies (so how did various members of the JSA time-travel and meet him then?) and that his true origin was…

well we never found out as the character was quicker removed from his follow-up story and Johns and other writers completely ignored it.

Charles: And man, was that a mercy. Hawkman is a character already so overloaded with retcons that he really doesn’t need any more.

And yeah, I’m talking to you, DC Relaunch.

Xorn was definitively never Magneto. Xorn was Xorn, thinking he was Magneto, and influenced by Sublime and Wanda Maximof. This is not a mystery. Xavier showed the dead Xorneto body to Magneto in Xcalibur, who asked who the dead body was. Magneto was recently interviewed and repeated that they guy who attacked NYC was not him and only looked like him.

Stupid User Name

July 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

Yeah, I have to go with Peter & Mary Jane’s baby: born healthy, kidnapped by Norman Osborn and seen being spirited away by some nurse… they’ve just acted like those panels never ever happened.

Man, I’ve learned to hate Spider-Man and now that they’ve killed the Ultimate Peter Parker… well, I don’t think there’s much of chance I’ll ever care again. Thanks Marvel: you’re killing my love of comics.

@Dan You are right, what happened to the baby, everybody said that OMIT only made things to Peter and Mary Jane happen as a couple. So the baby was born and not errased from continuity.

In Morrison’s Batman and Robin around the time Bruce returned, the Joker thought he was dead and scampered off saying how without a real batman (he’s a grayson hater, of course) it’d be up to him to take out gotham’s villains. That was awesome but we never saw it happen. Did he kill him some villains in between that time and magically being put back in Arkham by other writers on other titles? Also what the hell was he up to in between R.I.P. and Batman and Robin? He went from psychotic doctor mode to Oberon Sexton, and I want to know how that transition came about. There was a long time there where he was free, and that always means plenty of time to set up terrible things. What did he do?

“One More Day. I don’t care if the status quo is never returned I just want some satisfying ramifications from Spider-Man’s deal with a Hell Lord Super villian. A king of hell doesn’t do things like that unless some serious evil is planned.”

Calling Joe Quesada a “Hell Lord Supervillain” is sorta mean. :-p

@Rodan: In the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z # 2 (2006) there is some info about Bloodwraith’s situation: “The Avengers were unable to defeat him, and their Scarlet Witch could not sever (Sean) Dolan’s link to the Slorenian souls; so instead she strengthened that bond, making it impossible for Bloodwraith to leave Slorenian territory. The mad giant has been trapped in the deserted country ever since, monitored by SHIELD and the Avengers”

And in Marvel Atlas # 1 (2008) it says about Slorenia: “Unfortunately the vengeful souls of the dead were absorbed into the mystic Bloodwraith, driving the relief workers out; with his rage now contained within the dead country, there seems no hope of ever rebuilding”

I have no new info about that, it seems he’s still there, but you never know.

Peace

Batman- during the missing year/52 we know that James Gordon came out of retirement to become Gotham Police Commissioner again, and Harvey Bullock did something that was enough to get him his job back, but with the caveat that if he screws up ONCE, he’s gone. We’ve never gotten any details about what circumstances lead to this, or what happened to Akins.

In the penultimate issue of Kate Spencer’s Manhunter series, Iron Munroe gets shot in the head in a cliffhanger…which is followed by the future-set episode which doesn’t address this at all, and actually has Munroe still alive and fine. He even showed up in the Streets of Gotham Manhunter backup fine too.
Also what happened with that whole “Joker is out to get Dylan Battles” subplot? Joker actually killed Dylan’s wife and kid, and his father in law came after him for it, but what about the Joker? Did he just leave it at that?

There was a Superman/Batman storyline that ended with the reveal that Lana Lang was working with the government to develop weapons for dealing with Superman, which also ended with a scene that showed she was forced into it by someone. I don’t think it went anywhere, because next mention of Lana she was stepping down from being Lexcorp’s CEO. Was it ever brought up again?

“Damian’s true paternity.”

It’s not an unresolved plot thread simply because certain fans don’t like the answer that’s been repeatedly given. There’s no dangling mystery.

Sure it could get retconned some day, but right now, as far as the stories being written are concerned, Damian *is* Bruce’s son.

Daredevil: The Target – the entire series or lack of (yet Smith can do movie after movie and comic series after comic). Not to mention, what Bullseye was paid for that he was willing to go against Dardevil for the amount of money he was being paid. This limited series has slipped under the rug when online journalist talk with Marvel and Kevin Smith, and even when they do articles on titles that were published/solicited, but never finished.

beta ray steve

July 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I think there should be a special unresolved plot thread series dedicated to Grant Morrison and Chris Claremont, respectively. Claremont may resolve things, but sometimes it’s 10 years later, while Morrison seems to count on 3 or 4 books worth of action going on between issues of his books.

I think that Perry White/Clark Kent exchange was in that Superman ten cent book they released years ago. I would like to know if they ever resolved it, it seemed to inject just a bit of tension to Clark Kent’s workplace.

The greatest unresolved plot thread of all time was actually resolved last year, but I think still deserves an honorary mention. It was the Tinder storyline from Warlord, which began in Warlord #21 (May, 1979) and wasn’t wrapped up until 31 years later. Unlike most of the other examples here, though, it was never forgotten about and was actually an ongoing — but still dangling and unresolved — subplot for the whole three decades. My god, that drove me almost completely insane. I’m convinced Grell returned to Warlord specifically to finally wrap up this plotline.

Did Busiek end up tying up the “First Sign” storyline that was left danging around the same time as that mystery coin? In Avengers 396, Thor 496 and Captain America 449, there was the start of some epic crossover called “First Sign” — each issue acted as a preface — but then Heroes Reborn happened and the whole crossover never took place. I think someone might have eventually tied it up but I don’t recall the story if they did.

At the end of Superboy-Prime’s first appearance in DC Comics Presents 87 (and re-enacted in Superman 414) Prime gets swallowed by a “cosmic vortex” and disappears just as Superman is attacked from behind by the Superman Revenge Squad. Prime just mysteriously reappears in COIE 11 just in time for the last battle with the anti-monitor, with no explanation whatsoever except mentioning his universe is gone and he was just “there”.

When Prime was kidnapped, Superman comments the vortex is “just like the one that swallowed Luthor”. Lex Luthor, was space-napped by Brainiac during the original CRISIS on INFINITE EARTHS (along with most the other major villains) to form an army for the Villain war in issue 8 of COIE.

This implies that Prime had been kidnapped by Brainiac, but the follow through to that plot thread never happened. I think Brainiac did kidnap Prime and the Prime we got was an imperfect Bizarro clone they through in with the heroes to try and weaken them even further. The Ultimate Luthor plot to discredit Superman.

Swamp Thing Volume 1: Alec Holland, human being. (This would be resolved elsewhere, and then written out of continuity by Alan Moore).

Books of Magic Volume 2: Why couldn’t Molly O’Really ride the unicorn? (I believe at the end of his run John Ney Reiber admitted to regretting not dealing with that question.)

and I know this one was never MEANT to be answered, but:
Sandman Volume 873 (or whatever the Gaiman series was): What happened to the first Despair?

But then, I’m just a pie-eyed optimist who hopes that someday DC will publish a special like the Hellblazer: Shoot issue they did recently collecting other “lost” issues like both Cancelled Comic Cavalcade issues, Batman: A Death in the Family issue where Jason Todd lives, and the original ending to Armageddon 2001.

What was the deal with Longshot and Dazzler’s son Shatterstar? I can’t stand Rob Lienfield, but I was curious how that story line was going to turn out.

Another catastrophe caused by Rob was when Mark Waid was bringing back Captain America after he had been killed off by that story a while back where his super soldier serum had been turned into a poison that was weakening him slowly over a long story line. Stark had built him an armor to help keep him alive and fighting, but he over taxed himself and died. They opened the armor and Steve’s body wasn’t in there. Mark Waid takes over the book and begins to rebuild by having a blood transfusion given to Steve from his arch nemesis the Red Skull… then Marvel gave the character to Rob Liefield and we never hear the conclusion to how he got out of the armor or really even how Steve took being saved by his arch nemesis, or how his system took the flawed Red Skull serum … Although I may be wrong on this as I avoid anything Rob touches as a plague carrying infectious pile of steaming … well you get the idea.

@Manglr

Xavier is living in a body that was cloned from when he was taken over by a Brood. Don’t know if that explains it totally, but maybe he was de-aged a bit and is residing in a new body.

I always wondered what happened to the Quintessence in the DC Universe. I loved watching them watch things.

Morrison seems to count on 3 or 4 books worth of action going on between issues of his books.

This is a little off-topic, but I was just reading a trade of Hickman’s FF, and he did something like that which was driving me up the wall. The FF would go somewhere and meet a whole new race of Moloids/Inhumans/Atlanteans, and then he’d rely on a text page at the end to tell you exactly who these people were supposed to be and what happened next, and then next issue they’d be off on another half-adventure. At least Hickman would address things, but doing all of it in summary instead of in scene just seemed sloppy to me. I haven’t yet read the next trade that these not-quite-stories seemed to be leading up to, but it just felt like he was writing those issues just to introduce new subraces without much interest in telling a story within the issues themselves.

I’m with robert grover – I want Marvel to finish the Logan’s Run series.
Also, I’m not sure this counts, but there’s the case of Hank Pym/Yellowjacket being essentially a raving lunatic at the end of Avengers #162, and then appearing normal again a few issues later. So how did he get better? A few aspirin and a good night’s sleep?

When Batman rejoined the Detroit era League in JLA #250 it was ostensibly because Gypsy convinced him they needed a leader. Batman’s thought balloons read “I have my own reasons for rejoining the League and when I reveal those reasons, she’ll be very surprised…”

Three or four issues later and Batman disappears without ever revealing his reasons.

I’ll go with Black Crow showing up at the end of Daredevil #225 and declaring “He is worthy.” Then Frank Miller came back on the book, then left, then Denny O’Neil (who wrote 225) never came back. So we don’t know what Black Crow had in store for DD.

Here’s one that’s not so much a storyline as an untold (and unexplained) story. Back in Justice League of America Vol. 1, #45, the Shaggy Man was introduced in a story by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. At the end of the story, the JLA tossed Shaggy Man, along with a duplicate Shaggy Man, and a moon rock creature (don’t ask! Read the story!) into a giant pit they had dug, to fight amongst themselves until the end of time. Imagine my surprise when Shaggy Man turned up in JLA satellite HQ in Justice League #104, by Len Wein and Dick Dillin!
No explanation was ever given for how Shaggy Man ended up in the HQ, or what happened to his doppelganger or the moon creature. I even asked Mark Waid about it at Heroes Con in Charlotte a few years ago, thinking maybe I had missed the explanation somehow (even though I bought the entire DC line back then!) He pointed me to a Gerry Conway story published 5-6 years after the Wein story, so I sadly had to inform him that no, that wasn’t it. This has bugged me in the back of my mind for years, so yeah, I’d love to see a story to answer this question!

In Spider-Man: The Other, Peter Parker died and came back to life, specifically because there was something big the spider god had planned for him. It even gave him new powers for the purpose. We’ve never found out what that was all about, so the story -in addition to not being any good- also doesn’t make the tiniest bit of sense. Why was he killed? Why was he brought back? Why was he given magical powers? Who knows?

Okay, these are a little old, but….

Silver Surfer vol. 1 #18, where Lee and Kirby did a story that was going to put the Surfer in a whole, new, angrier direction…but Kirby left for DC and it was never finished….

The Last Galactus Story, by Byrne, in the pages of the original Epic Illustrated. I am not sure if that was ever completed (Byrne left to work on the re-doing of Superman).

And I can only dream of Steve Ditko completing his original Shade The Changing Man (I recall reading years ago how he had it plotted to issue #17). But that obviously will never happen at this point…

Something that’s bugged me about the pre-Zero Hour Legion is who exactly was behind BION? It seemed like it may have been the Time Trapper, but it never went anywhere.

That Silver Surfer story came up so often in threads like these that Marvel finally resolved it in, I believe, Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man, of all places.

At the end of the Siege of Darkness crossover Lilith is pregnant with the child of Zarathos and swears she’ll get vengeance. Never heard anything about it since.

I love unresolved plots…..

Titans #50. The end of the series, by Peyer and Kitson. No idea why, but they ended the series on a cliffhanger, showing loads of Titans imprisoned in tubes. Then came Graduation Day…..

Michael Sacal

July 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Moon Maiden! I had forgotten about her.

Wasn’t the story she was in a sort of retelling of Crisis with her playing the same role as Supergirl?

I remember her being linked to Supergirl in some way.

Peter David left some unresolved plots when he left X-Factor, but i think he fixed some of them when he came back to the title. I remember a mysterious villain being in charge of Genosha.

“Silver Surfer vol. 1 #18, where Lee and Kirby did a story that was going to put the Surfer in a whole, new, angrier direction…but Kirby left for DC and it was never finished….”

This one was resolved decades later, in the 90s, in an issue of Webspinners, the Spider-Man anthology series. It turned out the Surfer was under the influence of the Psycho-Man.

It has been shown in Skrull Kill Krew that there are many, many, many, many Skrulls living on Earth. Some were simply Skrulls that were agaisnt the war and secretly supported the humans, some Skrulls that had been living on Earth for years, the majority were survivors from the Invasion that are stranded on Earth.
With a team like Skrull Kill Krew, who can detect Skrull with their editorial abilities, you will think that there would be hundreds of reports of dead people turning into Skrulls. Or at least many militant Skrulls still doing terrorist attakcs or whatnot. I mean, we do know that K’lirt is stuck in the Raft and that there are at least two other Skrull characters running around. What about the rest? Did Secret Invasion said: fuck Skrulls.
Let’s not forget the Skrull barrier placed over Great Britain.

Also, where’s Venom’s grandson? What was his name? The symbiote that merged with the policeman?

my first vote is Image’s THE INFINITE HORIZON by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto. a 6-issue limited series that stopped at issue #4. No matter how much RTFM I do, I cannot seem to find any info about #’s 5 & 6. It’s a good modernization of Homer’s Odyssey. I was really enjoying it. WTF!

THE RED STAR by Archangel Studios. Sure they tried to continue it but darn!…what a great looking, good story that just ceased!

How about WildCATS 3.0. Unless I missed something. STORMWATCH: TEAM ACHILLES too. Sure it only had one more issue to go and the drama of its writer misrepresenting his resume…

kriya shakti,
Rev Sully
the Hub of the Multiverse

From X-Force the first series, Sam “cannonball” Guthrie dies and comes back and we learn of Mutants that live for ever. ……and then nothing

one unresolved plot in can thing of besides shatter stars origin maybe being longshot and dazzlers kid plus who is adam x plus what became of the creepy twins gwen had with norman. but the big unresolved plot is still who is the hobogoblin really.

This one is still recent enough that it may be inelligible, and is probably super obvious to the old-timers aqnyway, but in the last issue of Thor TMA, I remember there being a mystery villain, who appeared as purple Kirby crackle on a monitor screen. Who was this guy supposed to be?

Also, I’d like to second the vote for Peter and Mary Jane’s retroactively bastardized, missing child.

Towards the end of Justice League Europe, I think after they changed the name to Justice League International, Power Girl hooked up with Hal Jordan and got pregnant. Then Hal went nuts and left the series. After that Power Girl gave birth to a kid that grew up super fast and turned into a bad guy or something (a side effect of her Atlanean heritage or something). Did that not get resolved or did I just miss it? I don’t think Parallax ever sent any child support and the kid hasn’t show up since.

Chuck Melville

July 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Elf with a gun plot was eventually picked up and completed by Steve Gerber during the late 90’s in a strange unofficial company crossover featuring Spider-Man, Savage Dragon, Howard The Duck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Destroyer Duck.

The last couple of years worth of The Outsiders have been nothing BUT dropped storylines and subplots. Whatever happened to the escaped alien parasite that Batman was last seen pursuing just immediately prior to BATMAN RIP?

At the end of the Electric Blue Superman era, Supes was suddenly changed back to his normal self, but there was never any explanation given as to why his powers changed in the first place, or why his DNA was all screwed up, a mystery they had been playing up for well over a year at that point.

For the first year of the SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL title, Superman faced off against the mysterious Cerberus… but Cerberus was apparently killed in their last encounter, and no explanation was ever given of the character’s history or motives.

another plot unresolved is when Damien arrived on the scene alfred informed Tim that batman had done a dna test to see if Damien is indeed his spawn with Talie and Alfred said when Bruce feels like sharing he would share the results but then it was never revealed. plus the Series featuring the character of Anarchy ended with the Joker hinted at being Anarky father.

Michael Glenn

July 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

1. The ‘Megaverse’ teased by T.O. Morrow in 52.
2. The 5th World in Final Crisis.

The new Super Chief from 52 was introduced and killed off awkwardly, and Morrison has claimed that he had more to write about the character.

I was also going to mention the Dylan Battles/Joker plot. DB has shown up in books since, but we still don’t know what happened with that.

Vin Marsden Hendrick

July 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Has Dan Slott had to sideline The Reckoning War? It was first teased in his She-Hulk run and I think there was a mention of it in one of his other books, but I can’t see it coming to fruition what with him being fully Spidered up these days

John Duffy: The Joker’s plan never comes to fruition, as Batman (Bruce) punches him out within a panel or two of the one you mentioned. Also, it wasn’t really that he was a “Grayson hater” so much as Dick Grayson wasn’t *his* Batman, and as such did not share in a sort of balance between the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime.

AoA X-Babies from the last pre-Morrison X-Men arc. They’d killed Mojo, killed Longshot, taken over the Mojoverse…and never got mentioned again. Like, right down to Longshot and Mojo coming back later in fine condition with zero mention. Bizarre.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know if this one is unresolved, or I just missed it. Let’s go back to 1983:

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man.There was a story arc in which Black Cat is in the hospital, and Spider-Man is prepping for a showdown with Dr. Octopus. Doc Ock is traveling through the sewers when he is stopped by a group of sewer dwellers or mutates or something, who were calling out “King! King!”. Ock brushes them off, but I always wondered who they were and who this King was.

They also appeared at least one other time. My thought was maybe they were connected to Vermin, but I don’t remember.

There are a couple from the Silver Age Action Comics. In Action #329, Supergirl infiltrates a group of master space criminals called the Circle of Evil. Her final initiation test is to capture Drang the Destroyer (aka Dr Supernatural). In Action 330-331, she battles Dr S and finally defeats him. And heads back to Earth, completely forgetting that her original purpose was to bring the Circle of Evil to justice.

The longest Superman story of the Silver Age was the Virus X tale, that ran from Action #362-366. A hypnotist named Ventor gets revenge for his brother, who died in prison after Superman capture him. Ventor kidnaps Clark Kent and hypnotizes him into infecting Superman with Virus X (a deadly virus from Krypton). Kent accidentally spills some of the virus on himself, and thus Superman contracts the dread disease. The next several issues feature Superman’s final days, but in the end he is cured by Bizarro. End of story.

But much like the Supergirl tale, the beginning of the story was completely forgotten. Ventor apparently remained at large, unpunished for his deeds.

I second Buster… The Elf With A Gun has got to be the most infuriating unresolved plot of all time ( I don’t consider DAK’s having the Elf hit by a truck to be a resolution).

Also, why was The Spectre imprisoned in that tomb back in Justice League of America #83? We were told in a footnote that it’d be reveled eventually (and various letter columns throughout the ’70 & early 80’s kept reassuring us of the same), but nothing ever came of it.

For that matter, at the end of that same story the Spectre seems to have been destroyed and his soul gone to rest, but four years later he shows up in Adventure Comics with nary a word of explanation.

To make it even more confusing the Adventure Comics series was set on Earth One, and we’re told, again mostly in letter columns, that there is only one Spectre, but each Earth has it’s own Jim Corrigan (and, once more DC keeps saying they’ll get around to explaining it).

During Geof Johns’ run on AVENGERS, a new Zodiac group was teased at the end of a particular issue. What happened to that group?
On the first X-MAN ANNUAL, AOA Forge revealed that Nate Grey went back to the AOA several times. I’d like to see that happen. And probably leave Threnody’s son over there…

@Chuck Melville-Thanks. when I hit submit about a dozen posts that I didn’t see before popped up. I’d read about the Savage Dragon/Howard pseudo X-over before, but never got around to tracking it down. Glad to know it got rapped up.

This is quite a few years out of date, but it’s not a bad place to start:

http://michaelsidney.thehoskincentre.com/dangler00.html

Mr. M – those sewer-dwellers were the subjects of the King of the Sewers, a big fat albino guy who Daredevil fought during the Frank Miller run.

The appearance of Black Crow, observing Daredevil at the end of DD 225 or 226, making some mysterious comments about Daredevil…and then the next story arc was “Born Again.”

Not a big plot, but in Wolverine 139, Arnim Zola had Viper bound and gagged on his spaceship and informed her he was gonna deliver her to a mysterious associate of his, she later appeared back in Madripoor and no mention of her kidnapping, how she escaped, or who Zola intended to deliver her was ever explained.

@Anderson The mystery person behind Genosha in the X-Factor story was revealed to be Sugar Man in X-Men: Prime, the first issue after AoA.

Some resolved examples that haven’t been answered yet:

“Elf With a Gun?”

Resolved twice: A later story in Defenders by J.M. DeMatteis revealed that the Elf was one of a lot of androids working for a cosmic tribunal, abducting people who might disrupt the flow of the universe by “shooting” them and then spiriting them away. (Defenders v.1 #123-5)

Much, much later, Steve Gerber introduced a relative of the original Elf who was an extradimensional magic user seeking a magical hypnotic device; this was apparently what the original one was after. (Spider-Man Team-Up #6; Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck one-shot) This elf was a nepher of the first, and was used to spoof Tabletop RPG conventions. (He kept complaining about having to “calculate tables and manna points” every time he used his magic.) He also shot people, but was able to magically retrieve the bullets and heal the wounds.

It’s worth noting that Gerber himself never intended there to be a resolution int he 70s; the Elf was a symbol of the random and the inexplicable in modern life, the thing that comes from nowhere and gets you. Kraft’s resolution is pretty much that idea in a pretty pink bow.

“In Morrison’s Batman and Robin around the time Bruce returned, the Joker thought he was dead and scampered off saying how without a real batman (he’s a grayson hater, of course) it’d be up to him to take out gotham’s villains […] He went from psychotic doctor mode to Oberon Sexton, and I want to know how that transition came about. There was a long time there where he was free, and that always means plenty of time to set up terrible things. What did he do?”

He was busy murdering the new villains affiliated with the Black Glove, as explained very clearly in Batman and Robin #16. As to how he became Sexton, that was the cover identity he chose to help him kill those villains. He did exactly what he said he’d do, in other words.

“What was the deal with Longshot and Dazzler’s son Shatterstar?”

Apparently that was never intended seriously by Fabian Nicieza; it’s a joke that fans took seriously.

“I always wondered what happened to the Quintessence in the DC Universe. I loved watching them watch things.”

Highfather died and the DCU’s Greco-Roman gods went through some major status quo changes that ended with Zeus essentially dead as well.

“From X-Force the first series, Sam “cannonball” Guthrie dies and comes back and we learn of Mutants that live for ever. ……and then nothing”

That was very much resolved: Selene killed off all the other Externals, and Sam was declared not have really been one of them anyway.

“1. The ‘Megaverse’ teased by T.O. Morrow in 52.
2. The 5th World in Final Crisis.”

1. Apparently this was a hint to the upcoming Morrison project Multiversity.
2. Other Morrison stories have made it clear that Earth is the Fifth World — it was said explicitly in his JLA stories — and the DC One Million future seems to be the fruition of the idea.

“Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man.There was a story arc in which Black Cat is in the hospital, and Spider-Man is prepping for a showdown with Dr. Octopus. Doc Ock is traveling through the sewers when he is stopped by a group of sewer dwellers or mutates or something, who were calling out “King! King!”. Ock brushes them off, but I always wondered who they were and who this King was..”

It’s from a Frank Miller Daredevil story; King was an ugly dude who ruled the homeless of NYC, an analogue to the Kingpin, and he had kidnapped Vanessa in that other story. Many years later, the King returned and was killed off by a demon eh thought he’d enslaved in another Daredevil story.

“To make it even more confusing the Adventure Comics series was set on Earth One, and we’re told, again mostly in letter columns, that there is only one Spectre, but each Earth has it’s own Jim Corrigan (and, once more DC keeps saying they’ll get around to explaining it).”

A one-line caption in America Vs. the JSA #3 says that the spirit “has been the Spectre on two Earths,” meaning that there’s one Spectre in the Pre-Crisis DC Multiverse that’s been hosted by various Earrths’ Jim Corrigan counterparts.

“During Geof Johns’ run on AVENGERS, a new Zodiac group was teased at the end of a particular issue. What happened to that group?”

Killed behind the scenes by Joe Casey’s character Zodfiac in Dark Reign: Zodiac #1. He wanted exclusive rights to the name, you see.

Who was behind the now giant Bruno Mannheim and what was he/she/it/their plan before he teleported away in Superman #654?

Who is Red X??

Ethan Shuster

July 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm

This is going back a ways, so the countless retcons may have erased the issue, anyway, but this was back in the early ’90s Aquaman series that didn’t last long. This was the series before Peter David took over another relaunch. After speaking at the UN for Atlantis, Aquaman is almost assassinated by NKVDemon. Batman shows up and Aquaman chases the assassin for a long time. Later, his UN advisors says the press was asking how Aquaman survived out of the water for so long, and Aquaman says to tell them nothing.

As far as I can remember, this was never followed up on. I assumed this was a plot point the writer intended to continue before the new Davis series went in another direction.

All the Archangels hybrids that got away in X-Force by Kyle/Yost. Haven’t seen them since.

Is the female Scorpion Bruce Banner’s daughter?

Wolverine and Colossus both have sons in the Savage Land in which they know nothing about.

The original Vision’s body being left on the floor of a SHIELD base in Young Avengers.

Peter and MJ’s daughter who was stolen by a nurse hired by Osborn.

The future Sentinel that Bishop went to attack the X-Men in Messiah Complex flew away. Haven’t seen him since.

Who was Facade and what happened to the armor!?

@Marius665 There’s two danglers with Vision. That was actually Vision’s second body. His original one(the that was turned white) is inhabited by Anti-Vision and locked away below Avengers Mansion. I think the one left with SHIELD was what we saw in Chaos War.

Now that you mention it, there was a group of Gatherers — alternate world Avengers loosed on Earth — running around in Avengers #370-375. But unless I am misremembering, when that storyline gets tied up and Proctor is defeated, there’s really no mention of what happened to the rest of the Gatherers, such as the alternate world Ben Grimm. Did I just misread the issue? Or are these characters still at large all these years later?

“Who is Red X??”

Jason Todd. Nobody else makes sense in that universe.

Who was Hobgoblin in SECRET WAR ?

Yeah, the “cosmic tribunal” resolution to the Elf-with-a-gun plot was absolutely godawful, almost as bad as that ultra-bogus “Omega the Unknown” resolution they cobbled together.
The “run over by a truck” ending was better by far.

Some open ones:

DC
— Waaaaaaaay back in some Silver Age issues of Showcase, a Mike Sekowsky feature called Jason’s Quest set up three major mysteries for a proposed series that never materialized: Will Jason ever manage to reveal the truth to his long-lost sister? Will they thwart the ganglord Tuborg? And what is the mysterious invention of their father’s that Tuborg is after? (Kurt Busiek was interested in addressing some of this, but apparently his pitch for a revival was rejected some decades ago.)
— How did Jonah Hex make it back to his native time period?
— A Pre-Crisis Legion story by Paul Levitz introduced a bizarre planet where a computer posed as a God who fed and sheltered its people. When the Legion reported this to the United Planets, the world was quarantined and a cover-up initiated. The conspiracy was never revisited as far as I know.
— What was the deal with Lord Malvolio’s Alan Scott-like costume, and why did he trick Hal Jordan into taking his ring?
— What happened to the Jack O’Lantern from Primal Force, who was last seen as keeper of a vital mystic artifact? For that matter what happened to the order of the Leymen?
— Who was that “Crazytop” guy from Superman: The 10-Cent Adventure and what was his connection to Dominus?
— Who was the second Sonar and what was his implied connection to the original?
— Neron took the child of Star Sapphire and Predator in Extreme Justice #11. This has never been followed up despite the renewed prominence of Predator and the Star Sapphires in recent GL stories. (Granted, that same storyline claimed that the Predator was really an ancient Oan demon, which may no longer be true.)
— Stories cleaning up the rather messy end of the President Luthor story suggested that a sinister cabal runs the DCU Presidency; this has never been followed up on, and probably won’t in the big revamp/reboot.
— Was Danko from Birds of Prey really the original Killer Moth as he claimed?
— In Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern #6, much is made of the fact that Hector Hammond is no longer paralyzed. Then he never appears again outside of a flashback story.
— Virtually nothing was ever explained regarding many of the new Teen Titans members who joined and left during the One-Year Gap after 52.
— Did Black Lantern Laurie kill Superboy/Manchild-Prime? If so, does that mean there are Black Lanterns running amok on Earth-Prime, the “real world?”

Marvel
— While we did eventually learn that the Golden Age Angel (Halloway) was backing the Scourges of the Underworld, many of the Scourges’ individual claims to be related to the Enforcer and the U.S. Agent were hinted to be true; this was never followed up on.
— Who was the mysterious, flame-powered “Mister Raymond” in late issues of Power Pack? It can’t be Toro, as was originally intended, since later stories mooted that possibility.
— The mysterious “Nestor” who guided Quicksilver in his late 1990s series was apparently supposed to be an older- time-traveling Pietro, but the story itself never got published because the book was cancelled. Even when Pietro briefly had time-based powers after House of M, the plot was never revisited.
— Less an unresolved plot that an outright ignored one, but how did the Kree go back to normal after being evolved into the Ruul during Maximum Security?
— Bendis’s Daredevil run implied that the Gladiator (Melvin Potter) had an estranged or abducted daughter, and that this was why he was a criminal. After Bendis left the title, this was never followed up on.
— Why did Scott Summers lose the ability to control his optic beams, which he gained in the last few issues of Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men? And why hasn’t he tried to reacquire that ability since? (I know the real reason, but a plot-based reason would be nice.)

Other
— The heavily-foreshadowed war between the Supremacy and Daxia in Alan Moore’s Supreme never got to happen, the consequences of Darius Dax violating continuity by returning was never explained, and we learn how Diana Dane’s use of the concept in Omniman comics was going to be involved. (This was hinted at as well.)
— If Gideon Graves retconned Scott Pilgrim’s memories, why did Kim Pine’s dream seemingly verify Scott’s altered version of how she started dating Scott?

X-paternity questions here. Colossus has a son in the Savage Land who is probably x-gene active by now, Shatterstar may be the child of Dazzler and Longshot, and Adam X-Treme could be the half-brother of Cyclops, Havok, and Vulcan. Paging Maury Povich. Did I miss any?

In Uncanny X-Men #200, when the X-Men are in France for Magneto’s trial, Scott tells Professor X that “the past few days have been pretty wild.” I remember reading in an issue of Marvel Age that Marvel intended to publish a comic that showed what happened happened to the X-Men during those few days, but the comic never was published. So what happened to the X-Men?

In Mark Millar’s FF conclusion, Dr. Doom was revealed to have omnipotent powers… and the next time he appears in the title, he has brain damage and is, apparently, human. What’s up with that?

(By the way, I’ll always be grateful for Mark Millar for getting me to pick up FF just before Jonathan Hickman’s superior run…)

This is not quite on topic, and I know they’ve tried to explain it all several times, but none of them have ever made any sense to me: Where does he get those wonderful toys?

Who built the Batcave? Who designed and built the Batmobile? The Batplane? How did they get the giant penny and the dinosaur moved to Wayne Manor with no one noticing? Who programmed Bruce’s computers? Who sews their costumes? Etc.

Sure, a billionaire can hire people to build him anything. But don’t you think they’d wonder why the things they’re building are all bat-themed?

It’s like 9/11 conspiracy theories. How many thousands of people must know that Bruce is Batman? And why has no one spilled the beans?

Thank you Ruler and Omar for answering the sewer-dweller question; another mystery from my youth that I can check off!

One More Day. It still feels like there’s unfinished business with Mephisto. Do we let the Devil win in the end? Not so fair. I still feel cheated, even with the “One Moment in Time” explanation.

I realise this is self-serving, but how long will it be until they tell us what’s going on with a bunch of Cosmic U figures? Namorita back from the dead? Nova dead dead? Darkhawk down and out, and the Raptors on the run? With DnA on H4H, when are we going to hit those again?

Chris Perkins

July 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

In X-force Archangel killed all the hybrids and that was the only way he found peace. It’s in a creepy splash page toward the end of issue 6. It’s unspoken, but the implication is that he fought them down to the last one. Albeit, the peace didn’t seem to be permanent.

Where is the Wraith Kree/cowboy character at?

@Mory Buckman: I was wondering why no one else mentioned Spider-man: The Other. IMO it was a great run that ended shortly before Civil War and OMD–the story didn’t really have a chance to conclude. JMS was gone after being forced into OMD. You know Marvel didn’t just “forget” that it ever happened, because they had a “What if..?” issue of the Other where Peter kills the Spider God and the venom symbyote comes and reanimates Pete’s lifeless body.

Not saying I want web shooters replaced by organic webbing, night vision, wall-crawling skin (like he previously had only on his hands), feeling along his web, and spikes in his wrists. I do wish we could get some closure here. Though, with the whole Spider-Island thing coming up, who knows? In an recent ASM issue we found out that Pete still has his sticky skin (Anti-venom couldn’t pull his mask off because of this).

Cassandra Nova. At the end of Astonishing X-Men 18, it’s hinted that there was some kind of energy transfer between Hisako and the stuff that Nova’s trapped in but nothing’s been made out of it ever since.

Also, if Ernst is still derived from Nova, as hinted by Morrison’s run, or if they’re two completely different beings

Chris Perkins

July 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

What I want to know is, where is Elixer? Kyle and Yost sent him off into the world with a vague lack of control of his powers after killing Whither so that he couldn’t save anyone’s life in Second Coming and it would be more dramatic that way. Then they ended the series and he doesn’t seem relevant to Remender’s run at this point.

@ Chris Perkins

Im looking at it now. The characters Gabriel and two other Archangels get away. It even mentions them getting away in the same panel.

X-Force #6

Way backin Secret Wars II, the Beyonder decided to marry Allison Blaire, the Dazzler. To get her engagement ring he kicked the asses of Alpha Flight, and pulled the ring out of Shaman’s magic medicine pouch. I repeat, the BEYONDER pulled the ring from SHAMAN’S Medicine Pouch. When Dazzler turned down his marriage proposal, he tossed the ring aside, and it fell down a sewer drain.

I’d like to see the ring somehow find its way back into her possession, and she get some sort of bizarre (and huge) power upgrade.

What happened to Warpath and his relationship to Hepzibah?

He’s out of X-Force and SWORD let her go right?

Chris Perkins

July 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

@ Sean

Yeah, whatever happened to the Cassandra Nova from Astonishing X-men? Joss Whedon seemed to do a good job wrapping up his plot threads in the last arc, but… The Cassandra Nova goo pile (or was she placed into Hisako?) was just forgotten when they got beamed up to space for the last arc. Was there ever an explanation?

Not to worry, Mike Carey has stated several times he’s dying to write the next Cassandra Nova story and he’s pretty good at picking up on stuff like that. I’m sure he’s already got it worked into his plans somewhere down the line. Probably another year or so after Schism, though.

Guys, forget about Peter and MJ’s baby–Quesada has said more than once that was never going to be followed up on.

Chris Perkins

July 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

@Marius665

Dang you got me there! I didn’t check before I posted. In that case… What the F*! How could any writer pass on such an awesome plot opportunity! Those hybrids were genius and so awesome looking! Archangel and everything about him is such a great visual opportunity. Get Clayton Crain back just for that plot thread. I think Remender should follow up on that with how much he’s doing with Archangel now.

Chris Perkins

July 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

The Iron Spider costume Spidey wore in Civil War, was used in Avengers Initiative #7, by three secretive individuals which may or may not have been Peter Parker Clones (was that ever explicit or just implied?). It was a great premise and the only issue of Avengers Initiative I bought but it showed great promise.

And then One more Day happened… and they just abandoned all Spider continuity they were bored with. I feel like there was a brief reference or follow up to this somewhere but I can’t find info on it (at least not on Wikipedia! LOL)

How about in Groo? We never did get a definition of mulching.

What happened to Avengers Apartment!?

Danny Rand owned it but the NA team moved into the mansion. Why this whole time didn’t Peter live there!? Rand even stated that there was a secret passage for Peter in the alley.

Where are all the symbiots? Toxin? Scream? Hybrid?

Barbara Gordon’s toe wiggling in BoP 100 (I think it was 100).

In Fantastic Four #536, Thor’s hammer falls from space. Falling it passes a plane and were told,

“What happened afterwards to the plane and its passengers is another story, for another time”

Still waiting JMS!!!

In the end of Omega Flight Beta Ray Bill is trapped in a dimension fighting an Army of demons. His next appearance is in Secret Invasion: Thor where the Skrulls are holding him captive. How did they get him from the demon world!?

Hulk by Peter David and Dale Keown. Around the time of Rick and Marlo’s wedding there is a foreboding panel or two of Mephisto…was that bit ever expounded, or resolved?

(Sorry, Spidey fans I know that ‘devil’ is a touchy subject! Maybe that’s part of his powers, untied plot threads?!?!?)

psylocke coming back 2 life? colossus’s son? longshot/shatterstar? maverick alive? lifeguard related 2 deathbird? M, bishops grandmother? lady deathstrike alive? Ka-Zar young? Chaos War wheres the dead X-Men?

Mike Loughlin

July 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm

In Karl Kesel’s Daredevil run, there were mysteries surrounding WFSK that were never resolved. The whole station seemed to disappear.

Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure — Apocalypse and Logan have a very interesting exchange after Logan stumbles upon an adamantium skull in Apoc’s lair (in the Savage Land)…was Simonson/Mignola/Wiacek trying to kickstart Wolverine’s origin (which was still a total mystery back then, not the convoluted mess it’s become)? Or were they just throwing fuel in the fire at random to see what theories it inspired with fans?

And, as someone briefly mentioned, The Jungle Adventure also has Logan fathering a child with a tribeswoman/leader. Her name was Guhk or Gahk or something. Never heard from her or the kid ever again.

Here’s one from Englehart’s Fantastic Four: In issue #313, the team goes to Project Pegasus for access to the Mole Man’s tunnels. Everything about Dr. DeVere, the new head of the project, seems to suggest sinister motivations. Unfortunately, we never get to see him again, because Englehart decides instead to refer to a bunch of his old Avengers stories while getting rid of the Beyonder.

And then he threw a multi-issue temper tantrum at having to bring back Reed and Sue.

I was wondering what’s been up with Kaine since the end of Grim Hunt. What’s Lobo going to do with that Red Ring he got from Atrocitus? Where’s Elixir been since Second Coming? You’d think an omega level mutant’d be put to better use. Remember when Batman sold his soul to the devil for a second chance at life in the Brave & Bold? Surprised Morrison hasn’t followed up on that story seeing as how his Batman had such strong themes of demonic imagery and the occult. The hell have the Sisterhood of evil mutants been ding since Fraction (Brubaker?) introduced them?

You know what, I really want to see Warren Ellis or somebody build on the story he started in New Universal!!!

@Chris Perkins: The Scarlet Spiders were clones from Michael Van Patrick, MVP, he was killed in a training session in Avengers The Initiative # 1, I think there’s only one alive, but not sure.

Peace

In Secret War by Bendis, we never get to actually see the war! Only in minor flashbacks. I say push out another two issues and rerelease the HC/TPB.

@Ortiz Re: Scarlet Spiders.

Thanks! But I’m disappointed. I was hoping for more from them. They could have single handedly saved Peter from the whole identity exposure from Civil war without the massive retcons of One More Day. Plus I thought they were cool. Only one is left? Bummer. Dan Slot should bring him into his Spider man run these days, it would fit in perfect.

Where is Protocide? This Cap villain got away and hasn’t been seen since.

Is the Empathoid still locked up in the FF’s building?

Where/what is the 616 version of Holocaust? Nemises has only been shown once…

What happened to X-Man and Threnody’s child? Is it a mutant?

Was the storyline from Kurt Busiek’s twelve issue relaunch of Defenders ever finished anywhere?

@Stazz – the Lana Lang weapons story hasn’t been resolved to my knowledge and it’s bugged me no end.

@Mike Delgado

“In Uncanny X-Men #200, when the X-Men are in France for Magneto’s trial, Scott tells Professor X that “the past few days have been pretty wild.” I remember reading in an issue of Marvel Age that Marvel intended to publish a comic that showed what happened happened to the X-Men during those few days, but the comic never was published. So what happened to the X-Men?”

I believe this was the x-men vs. Avengers min-series.

1. What happened to Power Girl’s child?

2. What is going on with Helena Kyle? Did Bruce adopt her without telling Selina?

“In Karl Kesel’s Daredevil run, there were mysteries surrounding WFSK that were never resolved. The whole station seemed to disappear.”

The last issue of Kesel’s run showed that the station was being run by Mister Fear, and Joe Kelly’s subsequent storyline had Fear make a run at DD and Karen Page.

That said, Insomnia, Fear’s henchvillain, just sort of vanished when Kesel left.

What happened to the relationship between Shang Chi and the female Tarantula that was introduced to us in the previous Heroes for Hire series? From what I remember she was Reed Richards smart.

I’m probably the only one who cares, but I’ve long wondered why Peter parker’s old neighbour Bambi tried to keep her son a secret.

When/how did Tiger Shark gain the ability to turn into a mutant tigershark!?

What happened to Havok’s nurse girlfriend Anne and her son Carter who’s mutant powers were said to one day rival Xaviers? Hope he wasn’t depowered!

“When/how did Tiger Shark gain the ability to turn into a mutant tigershark!?”

In his 1990s appearances in the Namor series, he was more savage, with the explanation that his mutation was progressing. Artists have since taken that as license to depict him as more and less monstrous as they see fit, since his condition is essentially unstable.

Ronald Jay Kearschner

July 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I agree with Jack Norriss (my favorite character from DEFENDERS. What ever happened to him?) The Elf with a Gun resolution by David Anthony Kraft had a beauty to it, but that OMEGA THE UNKNOWN was awful. More than unresolved plotlines, badly resolved plotlines seem to get fan’s ire up.

Ronald Jay Kearschner

July 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I agree with Jack Norriss (my favorite character from DEFENDERS. What ever happened to him?) The Elf with a Gun resolution by David Anthony Kraft had a beauty to it, but that OMEGA THE UNKNOWN was awful. More than unresolved plotlines, badly resolved plotlines seem to get fan’s ire up.
I’m looking at you, ONE MORE DAY.

A couple of things off the top of my head are Peter and Mary Jane’s baby that Norman took for the cult and is Cannonball a mutant immortal? What happened to the other immortal mutants?

the hulk killing ultimate peter parker’s parents in ultimate origin.
and reed richards bad guy ultimate doom 4

Ricardo Amaral

July 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I also remember a recent one: Power Girl found out, by a very convoluted story from Geoff Johns (which is not surprising, given he is a master in not finishing anything) in JSA Annual, she is neither from Earth One nor from Earth 2 – so where is she from? Why didn’t she try to find out after being so shocked at the end of that issue?

Blaise Marcoux

July 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

In Sensational Spider-Man #23-27, Billy Connor’s, the Lizard’s son, was turned into basically a Mini-Me version of the Lizard. This aspect appeared to be repressed at the end of that arc, but in the Gauntlet, the Lizard kills Billy… despite Billy’s supposed ability to turn into the mini-Lizard and therefore defend himself against his father.

Another thing is how in the Uncanny X-Men/Exiles crossover, Wolf Club and Carter Gesundheitwhatever are implied to be really important to the future according to the Timebroker. Then Carter gets thrown out with Annie near the end of Chuck Austen’s run, but we’ve still got Wolf Cub, right? Until he’s killed unceremoniously in the first arc of Young X-Men. So, uh, what happened there? Was the Timebroker just trolling the Exiles for kicks or something?

Quasar's Bands

July 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

1) In Marvel Two-in-One, Blue Diamond turned entirely into diamond and headed to space with a cosmic dancer. Later, in Quasar, we saw that the Blue Diamond Diamond-man was captured by the Stranger and returned to Earth … whatever happened to the cosmic dancer? Did she tire of him? She was supposed to rival Silver Surfer in power … why no explanation?

2) I agree that it was odd that Havok’s love interest/nurse just left with her “someday powered son” and we haven’t heard a peep since.

3) There are still unanswered questions about Mr. Sinister and Weapon X — he had access to the Super Soldier records during WWII … how much of the SS program was of his own making? Now that he’s a female, why have we seen so little of him/her? There are a lot of hints dropped about the Super Soldier program and Weapon X and Mr. Sinister over the years that haven’t led anywhere particularly.

4)Why did Master Mold, after merging with Nimrod, think that Franklin Richards was such a concern and would be part of the “The Twelve,” and then … he wasn’t? What about Cannonball or Danni? He thought they were part of the “The Twelve” as well, and were not. Whassup with dat?

5) What was up with that whole think about Angel’s blood burning Nightcrawler and the demons? I never saw his conversion to/away from being “holy.”

6)Quasar’s Bands were “discovered” by the Eternals when they were exiled to Uranus. How did they get there? We all know that Marvel Boy used a copy of them for awhile, and that the “Crusader” clone was burned up by them … but they had been worn by previous “protectors of the universe” before. So… how did they end up on Uranus?

7) If Lyta Trevor/Hall was abandoned by her mother, the Golden Age Fury … was she raised by Miss America (and we were told in later issues of Infinity Inc.) or someone else? WHO WAS HER FATHER? There were hints in Wonder Woman years ago, then nuthin.

8) Apparently, Phantom Lady was impregnated TWICE by Iron Munroe. One offspring was the father (?) of the current Manhunter. Another was inferred to be a villain in the “Damage” comic book …. but was never stated directly. So … was the “other” kid that villain? And, why did PL allow Munroe to twice knock her up, and she was willing to twice carry full term and give the kids up for adoption?

Mark DeLoatch

July 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

How about this old Legion Of Super Heroes plot: The resoultion of the Pulsar Stargrave / Brainiac 5 storyline. The original story [written by Jim Shooter] had a cliffhanger when Stargrave confronted B5, and Brainy called him “Father” while Superboy in another darkened room overhearing the whole thing. Shooter left DC and Paul Levitz bungled the resolution badly. I wondered how Shooter would have resolved the storyline.

Power Girl is from the old Earth-2 that existed Pre-Crisis. The Earth-2 she traveled to in that JSA Annual was the new Earth-2 that was created after Infinite Crisis.

@Dj: The Cyclops thing was dealt with by Whedon. The physical damage his been fine for a long time now, he just has a psychological block. Emma was able to turn off his powers, but when she turned them on again he still had no control.

The one mutant I’m curious about after M-Day is Quicksilver. PAD did that great one-shot and since then he’s been with the Avengers, no mention about where his restored powers came from.
We still don’t understand how Layla Miller’s powers work. We know that she went back in time and gave herself a memory implant, so that’s how she knows everything, but we don’t know how her powers appear and disappear.

Not sure if these will exactly fit in, but I would LOVE to see:
The conclusion of the 1963 mini-series from Alan Moore. Longshot, probably, seeing as how he’s a hermit now, but still it seems like such a cheat that someone so vocally critical of the big companies and their reader-unfriendly policies would just leave it dangling.
THE REST OF “THE TWELVE”! Heck, collect it all up in a TP, along with the conclusion, charge me 30 bucks, I’ll PAY IT!

Hey, the best unresolved plot: what happened with Erista, Wolverine´s son of The Savage Land???
Even he is mentioned in some handbooks.

I mentioned this recently on a thread about miniseries and other titles that are very late, but it certainly applies here also…

Wildstorm/DC published a 4-issue miniseries “Top 10: Season Two” (plus a stand-alone special). The problem was that the story pitched by the series author was EIGHT issues (plus two stand-alones). They advertised it as a four-issue series, with no indication to readers that they would be getting only half a story, and with no commitment to publish the remaining issues—which they still have not done, two years later. Needless to say, ALL of the plot’s threads remain unresolved.

If I ever get a chance to ask Jim Lee or Dan DiDio a question at a con or somewhere, it’s going to be about whether they think it’s ethically acceptable to publish half a story under those circumstances. But if you get the chance before I do, feel free to ask for me!

One thing is very clear from reading all of these comments: There are waaaaaaaaaay too many superheroes who’ve had inexplicable children who’ve inexplicably grown to adulthood in an inexplicably short time.

Can anyone remember the first time this was done in a comic?

Inexplicable!

Looking at this list, about half of these can be explained away by “the writer left the book.” The other half actually have been resolved, just not in comics the people asking about them have read.

How about the IMAGE comics that never made it to IMAGES OF TOMORROW, remember when they jumped to issue 25 in some of their titles where only STORMWATCH made it to 25 and used it correctly?

Speaking of Image…..Brigade? Issue 2 of volume 2?

Image United?

Jason Underwood

July 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Back in 2000, Cyclops merged with Apocalypse. The villain’s essence was eventually exorcised, and Cyclops returned. Since then Scott has been acting strangely. His affair, his leadership, and even his morals represent a new dark side for the chsracter. Could it be because he no longer has a soul?

What happeend to Triumph (DC’s Sentry before MArvel’s Sentry) ?

Cory!! Strode

July 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

There was an issue of Bendis’s Avengers where they show up in Detriot and state that they are going to take down the drug dealers and keep the streets safe.

And it is NEVER followed up on anywhere. It feels like a dangler to me.

Ricardo Amaral

July 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

@Michael P

So Johns really left out how she could be from an Earth that didn’t really exist before and have all her memories intact. It’s still pretty much unexplained. And probably will stay so, since JSA is being retconned again.

Wow, I’m reading all these posts. A lot of plot holes out there. Here’s mine…

At one point during Kurt Busiek’s run on Avengers he did a storyline where the Shi’ar empire dropped Ego the Living Planet on Earth and Ego started “becoming” the Earth. Finally, Quasar absorbed Ego into himself. We never learned how Quasar got rid of Ego. We have since seen Quasar die and come back as well as Ego’s return, but no explaination on how Ego and Quasar seperated.

Here’s a more fun one. Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Head Honcho, said the Ultimate Universe and the Marvel Universe will never meet…but they have thanks to the Marvel Zombie Universe. The Marvel Zombie’s were first seen in Ultimate Fantastic Four, and they had their own mini-series, and in the last few years the Zombie’s have appeared with Marvel characters (I think it was Black Panther’s series when he was with the Marvel FF). Long story short, between that, and the Exiles, and the old Excalibur Cross-Time Caper storylines, “Ultraverse”, The “What If” stuff, Thanos’ “Marvel The End” storyline, Marvel UK, Marvel 2099, etc. etc. Isn’t it time Marvel do their version of “Crisis of the Infinity Earth” and clean up a bunch of this. They don’t have to “change things” like DC did back in 1985 but it would be fun to finally get a handle on all the alternate universes.

Ricardo Amaral

July 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Forgot to mention in the last message we were talking about Power Girl.

Another loose plot: in Legion of 3 Worlds, all three “Johns-favorite” incarnations of LSH were mentioned to be from different Earths (Prime, One and 247 or something like that). However, Giffen’s Glorithverse and the original Legion from TMK run – who appeared in the splash page – were never mentioned again and much less explained to be presented as a different Earth. If they were from Earth One, they couldn’t have appeared – since a younger version of the same team, arbitrarily chosen by Johns, was present at the same panel.
Most people explain that as “poetic reference”, but I don’t really buy that. For me, that Legion still exists somewhere: it just has to be addressed by a bold author.

Was The Driver in XMEN 2099 ever confirmed to be MAverick?

Scourges of the Underworld…….ever going to be exposed? explained? When Punisher has his previous relaunch around CIVIL WAR, they did the whole bar massacre scene that looked like the Scourge scene. No connections to the vigilante organization and the antihero?

REAL LIFE PLOT THREAD: What is the reason ULTRAVERSE will never see the light of day again? Early interviews when Joe Q was EIC said he had a way of bringing them in. I ask every year at NYCC and get nothing in response.

Which brings me to…..

GODWHEEL…..was it always intended to bring Thor into the ULTRAVERSE or did MAlibu have another plot in mind before Marvel butch….bought the company?

WIZARD MAGAZINE DANGLER: The year before OMD, they said Mephisto was the villain to watch for the following year. He did NOTHING until the end of the year with OMD. Did Marvel have something else planned? Now that he has the marriage love….what is he getting from it? Fap time?

Carr D'Angelo

July 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

The mysterious wedding gift when Wally West and Linda got married just before the Dark Flash saga written by Mark Waid.

Billy Bissette

July 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

What exactly happened to Magneto after Eve of Destruction?

@crestanation
If you mean Psylocke coming back to life under Claremont (after he had killed her in X-Treme X-Men), that was because her brother Jamie brought her back to life. He also made her immune to reality manipulation powers (which was why she knew who she was in House of M). From what I remember, it was so that she could oppose some of his reality manipulator friends.

What I don’t recall being ever mentioned again was the immunity he gave her.

@Nick Marino
A lot of Morrison’s X-Men run wasn’t really unresolved cliffhangers, but rather read-between-the-lines connect-the-dots situations. Problems didn’t really occur until after his run, when Marvel was falling all over itself to reverse Xorn-is-Magneto and other writers were confused by Morrison’s story elements.

Xorn-is-Magneto makes sense. Magneto could slip on his helmet during the Sentinel attack in Genosha and any telepaths (Xavier) watching would just think he was dead. (Morrison later specifically mentions the telepathic shielding of Magneto’s helmet *and* uses Emma’s diamond form telepathic shielding to explain why she wasn’t originally detected as a survivor.) The key that led to Xorn’s prison was presumably a planted fake, as the story makes a point of how strange it is that Emma got a reading so quickly. The prison itself appears to be a fake, as from what I recall there aren’t even any guards or anything. Xorn only ever “healed” nano-sentinel infected X-Men. Every other time, he gave an excuse for not doing so. (He did “heal” the bird at the monastery, but that could have been easily faked.) Etc.

The problems arose when Austen and Claremont both started writing Xorneto reversals, and Austen said he was ordered to introduce a real “Xorn”. I think it was Austen who wrote the “Cassandra Nova is missing from the destroyed mansion” story right after Morrison left, either not realizing that Ernst was supposed to be Cassandra or treating it as if the X-Men didn’t know. The teenage Emma Frost series established that Emma had plastic surgery and bleached her hair after Morrison introduced the Stepford Cuckoos, but before it was revealed that they were daughter-clones of Emma (and that the reader was *supposed* to notice that they looked like younger versions of her.)

I don’t think Marvel wants to even admit the existence of Xorn anymore, even their retconned versions.

Heroes Return Fantastic Four, issue 4, by Lobdell, Claremont, and Larroca. The FF are battling Terminus. The Human Torch falls through the ground and into a wet, dark cavern. He is rescued by a shadowy figure. When the Torch asks for a name, the figure replies with “a friend” and “another time perhaps”. WHO THE HELL WAS IT??? It has bugged me for years.

ALSO, same series Heroes Return Fantastic Four, issue 3 by Lobdell and Davis, the Red Ghost becomes super dumb, while his super-apes become super smart. The FF end the story on a bit of a cliffhanger. What happened to Red Ghost??? And why are things back to normal now?

@John: Oh god no! CoIE was an awesome story that came out of a terrible idea. Having multiple universes is fine. Crossing them over is fine. Trying to combine them all into one arbitrary “true” universe results in an epic clusterfuck that continues to fuck itslelf in a cluster for decades.

A few more danglers:
1. Nightcrawler’s solo series from a few years ago hinted at something huge brewing with Mephisto.
2. A couple of relaunches ago (I think it was Weapon X, but don’t quote me on it), a Wolverine series resolved a plot about some mysterious killings with Maverick being behind it, but Wolverine never found out.
3. The Danny Ketch Ghost Rider series ended with Noble Kale in charge of Hell, and the demon Zarathos still trapped somewhere or something. The last GR series before the new one seemed to ignore both the previous origins completely, but still had Danny and Johnny. So how exactly do the death metal version of the Spectre we have now, the cursed dead guy, and the demon all have roughly the same powers and appearance? And what exactly happened to Danny and Johnny in between the end of Danny’s series and the Garth Ennis mini? All that was revealed was that Johnny was shot, sent to hell, and came back as GR again.

Another huge one: The last Runaways series ended on a huge cliffhanger with Chase in the hospital and Gert apparently alive.

Does anyone remember back in the X-books of the early 90’s there was a group of villians who were competing for something and the competition was being run by a guy named Gamesmaster? I remember there were five competators. One was Grayton Creed. There was a female mutant that appeared in the first X-Men annual. It’s been a while. I don’t think that was ever resolved but it was crossing all the X-books at the time.

Brian Cronin – when you consolidate the questions, you should also make a post with questions answered.

Here are some answers to questions:

“Another one: what was the diskette Supergirl brought from the future and gave to Vril Dox about in the beginning of the R.E.B.E.L.S. series?”

I do believe that was the mind upgrade from Brainiac 5 which caused Vril to restart his new R.E.B.E.L.S. team based directly on profiles from the future LSH; it was noted that the B5 program (who looked to be the Reboot B5, IIRC) would subconsciously monitor Vril. I may be getting this confused with something else, but I do believe that is what the disk was.

“What happeend to Triumph (DC’s Sentry before MArvel’s Sentry) ?”

I believe the answer comes from the last issue of Task Force where Triumph’s Neron-infused candle is unknowlingly lit by Gypsy and another teammate. Apparently, while maintaining history, this also invalidated Triumph’s time banishment and he lived as though he was never banished, but still became a complete asshole. His next appearance was in JLA where he attacked them with a 5th dimensional imp which eventually combined with the original Thunderbolt or something to turn Jakeem Thunder into a hero.
He was either killed or frozen then and I believe never unthawed; possibly destroyed.

I just checked Wikipedia entry on Triumph (DC) and it confirms most of what I said about Triumph.

Ricardo Amaral

July 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm

@Squashua

Yes, but there was no further use of that “program” throughout the run, and it seems it got completely ignored especially after the demise of Threeboot. I don’t even know if that was the same Supergirl because it was such a mess…

A couple of relaunches ago (I think it was Weapon X, but don’t quote me on it), a Wolverine series resolved a plot about some mysterious killings with Maverick being behind it, but Wolverine never found out.

That was in Wolverine: Weapon X, which is written by Jason Aaron, who is still on the title, so he’s certain to return to that plot in the future. In fact, I’d put the odds at 100% that that plot gets resolved.

@JohnC: I remember that story, and seem to recall some sort of resolution but can’t remember the details. It may have been the Child’s Play crossover between X-Force and New Warriors.

I’m going to have to echo everyone who’s brought up Wolverine’s son in the Savage Land.

And whatever happened to Albert and Elsie-Dee? Is Albert masquerading as Wolverine now, and that’s how he appears in so many books?

Wasn’t The Twelve brought together in some crappy X-Men story where they brought back the Living Monolith with him being one of them? Sacrilege since his graphic novel ended so perfectly.

How can Spider-Man have a baby and Quesada totally never address it again??

What about when JJJ had the chance to remove unconcious Spidey’s mask. Did he? Didn’t he? I recall when Spidey unmasked himself to the world, JJJ fell over and I thought to myself, oh I guess he never looked but HEY that never really was addressed.

Why was Kitty getting Illyana’s armor and then stop? I was hoping that would go somewhere.

Power pack ended with Alex with a horse face but next time he had a human face. Did they ever explain that? Poor kid would never have the love of that girl with a face like that, remember?

Even though I hate addressing One More Day whiners, most of the plot threads from OMD were addressed in OMIT. The continuity is exactly the same as before, only Peter and MJ are dating not married. The one dangling thread is the The Other powers. In part one of OMD, Peter appears to exhaust his organic webs on Iron Man, so that could be the explanation for the return of the web-shooters.

Its funny that anyone would mention dangling Silver Age plots, as it was custom then to purposely leave threads hanging when you want to shift the status quo on a title. When Denny O’Neil did his Kryptonite Nevermore story, rather than explicitly say that Krypto and all Superman mythos characters died or something, he just ignored them. He even scaled back most of Superman’s powers by not having him use them. I don’t think Superman ever used heat vision in that story, but his strength was decreased as a plot point.

The eventual fate of Simon Dark. I really liked the character, and wanted to see more of him. But he seems to have disappeared into the miasma of comic netherworld. Darn you, DC, bring him back!

Man, being a bunch of time zones away from most of the commenters sucks: I crash for the night and in the morning find 200+ comments. Anyway, I just have to pipe in to agree that the Elf with the Gun matter was quite satisfactorily concluded by Kraft and needed no subsequent resolution nor explanation – also, I think I read somewhere that Gerber actually found Kraft’s solution rather amusing…

I’d still love for Dan Slott and Ty Templeton to wrap up the Red Hood plotline from Batman Adventures. Been waiting for that one for something like 10 years now.

I think the implication with Triumph is that he could be considered destroyed when the watchtower (on the moon) was blown up in Infinite Crisis or wherever – until someone decides to revive him someday.

The LSH is my favorite title and thus I’m most aware of the outstanding plot threads from that series:
– During the DnA run, some villain (I forget who) is brought to the future (maybe the end of time?) by a mysterious Time-Trapper-like figure, but that was never explained
– Similarly during the Reboot there were hints at a female Time-Trapper figure who might be the same as above, but that was never explained
– During the “Threeboot”, at the end of Mark Waid’s run, Cosmic Boy is whisked away by some future heroes, much like the Legion did to Superboy, but that was never followed up on, as far as I know
– And during Jim Shooter’s run at the end of that continuity there was all this business of Princess Projectra involved in some sort of massive plot that never paid off. If I had to choose one of these, it’d be that one as my biggest disappointment.

Power pack ended with Alex with a horse face but next time he had a human face. Did they ever explain that?

Simonson and Brigman returned for an awesome “fix everything” Holiday one-shot.

I came to say exactly the same things whoiseyevan said about early volume 3 Fantastic Four. Also worth adding to his points about issues 3 and 4 is the character of the Iconoclast from issue 2. He spends pretty much the whole issue implying that the Invisible Woman’s powers in some way are killing the occupants of his dimension. Despite being alerted to this genocide, Reed has apparently never felt it particularly pressing to look into it. Also, the enemy survived the issue, though he’s never made a repeat appearance.

@ Ethan Shuster re: Aquaman.

Regarding Aquaman’s ability to remain out of water for over an hour – while not a specific plot point, it was the writer’s intention to “power-up” Aquaman that drove that series. Aquaman was able to remain out of water for over an hour while fighting the NKVDemon as it was raining, thus providing him with enough oisture/ H2O to keep going. I remember even as a teenager thinking, “How stupid is this Russian assassin that he can’t figure out that the rain was helping Aquaman remain out of water for so long?” You want to beat Aquaman, take him to a salt factory or something, but don’t fight in the rain!!

It was a good series IMO, although this issue was a sledgehammer of subtlety regarding his “enhanced” powers.

Someone explain to me how Jurgens and Marvel could keep a straight face after royally screwing their readership by turning the edgy “King Thor” (or was it Lord Thor?) into an elseworld’s story at the last minute. I remember thinking prior to the end of the storyline, “Now this is really radical storywriting taking a mainstream character and playing him like this,” to being dubfounded at the “What If?” conclusion. Backpeddaling to the Nth degree.

The reason Dark Beast and Sugarman were hiding from Sinister when they crossed over into 616…

The backstory and subplots around Faith in Joe Kelly’s JLA issues.

ISMELLCARDBOARD

July 10, 2011 at 1:22 am

Rob Williams’s CLA$$WAR published by COM.X. It ended just as it was heating up or should I say getting hotter. The series started with guns blazing.

I heard they never resolved who killed Senator Kelly. I could be wrong. I wasn’t reading X-Factor at the time.

Who was the Iconoclast from the second issue of the third volume of the Fantastic Four written by Scott Lobdell who left after issue 3. What was the Iconoclast’s people’s problems with the Invisible Woman.

I loved those first 3 issues. It took Claremont forever to get his niche in the FF. Then he got going, then left to do the X-Men again.

What happened at Decimation? I know. ‘It’s magic’. I say ‘it’s lazy’. Have an explanation… then undo it. The X-Men has suffered from that thing for years.

Speaking of ‘House of M’, why didn’t they undo the marriage there like DC is apparently going to do? O.K. that’s a different subject all together.

Speaking of Magical Spider-man. What is ‘The Other’? What is the ‘Other’? What was the idea behind the story and is Spider-man still magical. Was it Spider-man who had all those new powers and all that other stuff they added on like the new job? Was it ‘The Other’? What is the ‘Other’ and who thought that was a good idea? Where’s Gwen Stacy’s Cousin Jill? What was the deal with Shoc (who I think was killed by Wolverine during that ‘Enemy of the State’ story)? IF Spider-man didn’t reveal his identity to the world, then what happened?

Sadly, the last stuff about Spider-man will never be resolved or addressed. I read Civil War #2 and contrary to other people’s opinions I knew it was a ‘put on’ and I was right. I can’t call that a decent story in regards to Spider-man. They just don’t care and want people to read ‘Spider-Island’. No thanks.

As for the other questions, I’d love to hear any answers people have.

I know this isn’t a plot thread, but, who was the Mystery writer of the brilliant, yet short lived, “The Brotherhood” series from around the time Morrison was writing New X-men. I remember reading somewhere (Wizard maybe) that it was J.D. Salinger. (If it was an article in wizard it may have been an april fools issues). Please help me with this.

Songbird being a future member of the Avengers and Genis-Vel’s lover in Avengers Forever. If memory serves they made a weak stab at the pair dating in Thunderbolts at one point, but Avengers Forever made it sound like they were married, and of course she hasn’t been an Avenger yet at all.

For that matter, Toad going good and Mystique being changed to be more like the movie version in X-Men Forever (the miniseries that was supposed to be the X-Men’s version of Avengers Forever, not the recent Claremont book of the same name).

Gibbering Fool

July 10, 2011 at 2:20 am

How about the identity of Adam X’s parentage? With Vulcan being revealled as the Third Summers brother does that mean he’s not a Summers brother? If not then how do they explain all the hints that he was?

From Neil Gaiman’s The Eternals…So, when will The Celestials finally arrive on Earth?

From The Marvel Rob Liefeld/Jim Lee reboot back in 1995-1996, what the heck happened to Earth 2? I know female blond :”Bucky” is on Marvel Earth now, but last I checked there is still an Earth 2 going around the sun.

From Captain America, and someone already brought this up, but the Scourage of the Underworld storyline”S” need to be resolved.

From X-men, (And really, where to begin!?!?!), what happened to Prof. X being attracted to Jean Gray? Seriously, read the early 60’s books. That was the Professors original idea! Wasn’t it?

I’m afraid to touch the DC stuff, especially after all the “Crisis’ ” a few years ago. But does anyone know what happened to Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew? Just for fun!

Team Titans last issue. Hank Hall created the TTs and we see him with ‘dummies’ of various characters he apparently threw in their way, including Crystal Kole. But why her, how did he create people?

Wolverine: The Native by Rucka

Sabretooth and Wolverine find some crazy woman out in the woods of Canada that has three bone claws on each hand just like Logan. Upon finding her she shows him cave drawings that she drew. The drawings show us that both were part of Weapon X and when Logan broke out they did it together. They lived in the woods of Canada for some time and than he left her for some reason and forgot about her. Next issue she some how ends up pregnant with his baby but Creed kills her and she looses the baby…

WHAT!?!?

I’m really behind on a lot of this stuff. I’ll just second two dangling plot threads that have already been mentioned:

1) The resolution of the Squadron Supreme’s battle with Redstone. Obviously, they won, given that three series involving the Squadron have followed (the “Ultimate Power” series, and two SS series, including the present series).

2) Still on the Squadron theme, the current mini-series seems to be completely ignoring the last mini-series, which was done by Howard Chaykin and was absolute, unmitigated crap. That series ended with all of the superhumans on Earth being depowered. The current series has made no mention of this at all and is actually going in the opposite direction. But there is no explanation to resolve the effects of the misbegotten Chaykin series.

3) The Last Galactus story. I’ve heard stories of how this was supposed to end, but have not seen the final story. Who was the Watcher that Galactus encountered and why was that Watcher stealing planets and building some kind of vast cosmic vortex? How did all this result in the end of Galactus?

“@John: Oh god no! CoIE was an awesome story that came out of a terrible idea. Having multiple universes is fine. Crossing them over is fine. Trying to combine them all into one arbitrary “true” universe results in an epic clusterfuck that continues to fuck itslelf in a cluster for decades.”

No, no, we don’t have to combind them, but I think we should start to get an idea on just crossing them over just to know who is where. Marvel Manga, Marvel 1602, etc. I think instead of an Marvel Universe A-Z book there should be a Marvel Multi-verse A-Z book, just so we know all the universes that are out there. (Wikipedia doesn’t count!)

The whole Khyber threat from the Fall of Camelot arch on Kurt busiek’s Superman.

Chris Perkins

July 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

The Mastermold in South American (Ecuador?) which is responsible for about 16 Million! mutant deaths, and which the X-men know exactly where it is! And they just leave it alone. I think the implication is it’s not even producing anything anymore so it’s not a real threat but shouldn’t they like, dismantle it?

I know Mike Carey referenced it at the end of his first arc of X-men when the Children of the Vault make it their new home. So he and the current editorial regime obviously knows about it. And it was a pretty ominous ending in my opinion. But then when he brings the Children of the Vault back again after Second Coming, there is little mention of it, and years are now passing.

If Carey is allowed to do such drastic plots as Age of X on his own, on a whim, then is it really too epic to let him finish this one? I think it could be huge!

Suffice to say, with all the Sentinels expected to appear in Schism, You can bet they probably still won’t relate it to that one surviving Mastermold machine. But that would’ve been a pretty sweet way to tie it all in, and it definitely would’ve been a big enough event to justify the fallout that will occur.

Why DIDN”T the 198 lose their powers after Wanda’s spell at the end of House of M? Did Dr. Strange’s glowing hands have something to do with it? Was this ever explained anywhere? Please help!

In the current volume of Teen Titans, Kid Eternity was kidnapped by the Calculator in the same story arc Red Devil was blown up. Devastated by KD’s death, the team seems to forget about saving KE. The writer left the book and none of the following writers picked up that plot thread. About 2 or three years later in a Batgirl issue we learn that the Calculator killed KE by forcing him to continuously use his powers to bring back his dead son. If only someone had gotten there sooner…

Davide Giurlando

July 10, 2011 at 6:23 am

Many of recent Geoff Johns’ runs have unresolved plot threads. In particular:

1- Adventure comics: the “Project farm” plot and the Brainiac/Luthor hybrid (?)

2-Flash: The Kadabra/Professor Zoom feud, Zoom poisoning (?) the jungles around Gorilla City, hints of the creation of a “Zoom family” comprehending an evil version of Jesse Quick, Hunter Zolomon and possibly Wally West’s son, something about the original possessor of Weather Wizard’s magic wand, etc.

3-The Yellow Gremlins in Green Lantern (it was revealed in a flashback that they were a creation of Evil Star, but the story behind them as never told)

4-JSA: some kind of team up between the JSI from Earth-2 and Power girl was foreshadowed but never told.

Cory!! Strode

July 10, 2011 at 6:24 am

What is the reason ULTRAVERSE will never see the light of day again?

The main reason is that the creators still have royalty rights, and to publish anything with the characters means that the creators get a piece of the GROSS according to Len Strazewski.

At the end of Morrison’s X-Men run Phoenix and the kid who led the riot at Xavier’s (Quentin something?) are part of a super team of Phoenix type character’s operating on some higher plane. Always thought this suggested plot line was an awesome idea and would be a great way to develop the Phoenix idea past the Claremont Byrne archetype that any writer who handles the character is bound to repeat.

>does anyone know what happened to Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew? Just for fun!>

I think there is a panel in Final Crisis that has them coming to the main earth where they appear as normal animals
(not humanoids in clothes.)

>Hulk by Peter David and Dale Keown. Around the time of Rick and Marlo’s wedding there is a foreboding panel or
two of Mephisto…was that bit ever expounded, or resolved?>

It always seemed to me that PAD had some huge Chthonic Crossover brewing (maybe like Dan Slott and this
“Reckoning War”). It feels like there are maybe 10 or 12 allusions to this, but the only two I can think if are a
Vegas-Hulk issue with Cloot and an X-Factor Annual. (It’s been a long while.)

1. From the 2000s Ms Marvel solo series. SHIELD took away a crazy angry alternative Carol Danvers still in her Warbird persona. She went from dimension to dimension killed Rogues and Carols. Where is she?

2. From the 2000s Mystique solo series. Mystique told Prof X there is a second Mystique running around who killed Moira MacTaggert and slashed Banshee’s throat. Where is that Mystique?

3. Where is that new Sentinel life form that appeared at the end of Messiah Complex? It made ominous statements and then flew away.

4. How many red oval jewels did Storm used to wear. One was the heart of the Externel Candra….but that was destroyed. The other, I guess, was magic and could open a doorway to contact “Fall People” (I think) from around the Savage Land who road in a ship anchored to a giant white dog. Storm has a close friendship with their female leader. What is their relationship and when did that happen? It was during the Australian Outback X-Men days. So where is that jewel now?

We never got an explanation for Dusk’s powers/resurrection in Slingers. It was canceled too soon. (Though we do know Mephisto knows what happened.) I think there’s an explanation offered in her marvel.com profile, but that’s not something that’s ever been told in the comics.

Rogue and Colossus kissing.

Shadowcat possibly being of NEO origin.

during BND in one of the spiderman extra books, there is a back up story about a guy who had been collecting supervillian weapons to gain revenge on spidey but never heard about him again…

“What is the reason ULTRAVERSE will never see the light of day again?

The main reason is that the creators still have royalty rights, and to publish anything with the characters means that the creators get a piece of the GROSS according to Len Strazewski.”

So what was the point of Marvel buying Malibu? Geez! You know between The Ultraverse, JMS’ The Twelve, and many other unresolved comics I almost want to simply skip the middle man and pay writers and artists directly to finish their work or create new stories with characters I greatly miss!

On Captain Carrot et. al.: after being transported to New Earth at the end of their last mini-series, transformed into “normal” animals, they re-appeared in the finale of Final Crisis and were restored to their anthropomorphic, super-powered selves.

Infantry from Devil’s Due…Small Gods…Flak Riot…Way of the Rat from CrossGen… The Eternal Warrior…and how about NewUniversal.

“2. From the 2000s Mystique solo series. Mystique told Prof X there is a second Mystique running around who killed Moira MacTaggert and slashed Banshee’s throat. Where is that Mystique?”

The final arc of the series and subsequent stories that have Mystique reference doing those things make it clear she was simply lying about the “second Mystique.”

@Blair–I can give info about the crystal Storm carried that could access a “doorway”. Its origin was explained in an original backup story featured in the reprint series Classic X-Men (or, later, X-Men Classic). During the All-New, All-Different X-Men’s first visit to the Savage Land, Storm discovered a dimensional nexus in the depths of a lake, and in the process saved the life of a woman from the dimension on the other side. This woman (can’t remember her name, sorry) turned out the be the captain of an airborne battleship, carried on the back of an enormous, flying, sentient dog. Storm stayed with the captain and her crew for a period of time before returning to the Savage Land, and the captain gave her a “cameo crystal” that would lead Storm to the nexus should she ever wish to return to that other world.

Some time later (in an Uncanny X-Men Annual), after Terminus had caused the destruction of the Savage Land, the X-Men returned and Storm discovered that, despite portions of the Savage Land being scoured to the bare rock, the nexus still existed. She also discovered that the captain had rescued several natives of the Savage Land as they fled from Terminus’ rampage and taken them aboard her ship, including the Fall People tribe that the X-Men had spent time with on their previous visit.

I assume from the way you worded that question that you had read the Annual story, but not the Classic X-Men backup. Essentially, much of that Annual’s plot points were callbacks to the storyline of the X-Men’s prior visit, both the original stories and the Classic X-Men backups that added to the story of that visit, including Garrok the Petrified Man, the otherdimensional captain, and the woman of the Fall People tribe that had a romance with Colossus (and, heavily implied but never to my knowledge stated outright, bore Colossus’ child). So not really any dangling plotline there–just that you were reading the closure of certain stories that you didn’t know about before.

1) Peter and Mary Jane Parker’s baby being taken by Alison Mongrain and Norman Osborn. Later, in an arc that happened before The Gathering of Five story arc, Kaine attacked a ship that Mongrain was on, but it was never explained why. (I know the writer at the time was wanting to bring the baby back into the picture, but editorial changed the story so that Aunt May was brought back instead. These are all plot threads that were ignored once that decision was made.)

2) Something that has annoyed me since OMD has been the lack of explanation as to why Peter lost his organic webbing. Pre-OMD: organic, immediately after the “deal”: mechanical. Why?

Oh…and why did Ben Reilly turn to dust if he was a perfect clone?

@Dragen- Barbara Gordon’s toe wiggling wasn’t an unresolved plot. The Brainiac experience gave Babs back a little feeling in her toes, and it was an emotional thing for her. Gail Simone said this actually happens to disabled people in real life and is a big deal for them, even if it’s just left at that, and that’s what she was doing. Nothing else was intended by it.

Doom 2099 was revealed to be the real Dr. Doom, just in a different body. It was resolved before Warren Ellis took over the series with issue #25.

The fate of Cammie, Drax’s companion in Annihilation, who simply dropped off the map with pehraps a single passing reference afterwards.

On that subject, Firelord was all hot-and-bothered to find Annihilus’ thugs still in the 616 Universe, but it was never mentioned or sown again.

@ Nick Marino
The Magneto /Xorn thing was explained perfectly. Once you read it you’re like…”damn, that makes sense, It Magneto all the time”

Here’s one that does a good job
http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/article/showquestion.asp?faq=4&fldAuto=336&page=3

here’s a funny explanation
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/07/01/xorn-history-comic-lbfa/

In reply to jon, July 10, 2011 at 2:47 am –

“I’m afraid to touch the DC stuff, especially after all the “Crisis’ ” a few years ago. But does anyone know what happened to Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew? Just for fun!”

About as un-fun as you can get, unfortunately. CCahAZC returned in a couple of issues of Teen Titans, then got a got a three-issue miniseries in 2007, spun off from Countdown. (No, really.) Ihese were both travesties, and should be avoided by anyone who loves the Zoo Crew, as all good-hearted comics fans should.

Spoilers ahead.

The Teen Titans issues (vol.3, #30-31, 2005-2006) shows that Earth-C had gone dark and gritty. One of the Crew was murdered, and another member, turned evil, was revealed as the killer. (I’m trying not to spoil *everything* here – if anybody wants the full scoop, Wikipedia is your friend…)

This was probably meant to be an amusing parody of 90s comics, but it didn’t work. It was about as funny as a sequel to E.T. establishing that the alien was left behind on purpose because he was a sex offender being punished by exile, and the ship only came back for him at the end to protect Drew Barrymore from losing her virginity six years ahead of schedule.

After that, the 2007 miniseries Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, ended with the Crew being brought to the main DC universe by some combination of a boom tube and magic (I couldn’t quite be bothered to re-read it closely for details). They emerge from the ship in which they traveled as normal animals. Their powers and anthromorphic features are gone.

Between that miniseries and Ambush Bug: Year None, I’ve learned not to hope for revivals of DC properties I loved back in the 80s.

-Zirbert
http://zirbert.blogspot.com

Why does Bruce Wayne let Jason Todd run around like a maniac?

Maybe I was just reading too much into it, but in Runaways there seemed to be a few subtle hints that Molly wasn’t actually a mutant, or at the very least, there was a lot more to it… for example, when she first developed her powers, her parents were surprised because they TESTED her for the X-Gene at birth, and it came out negative. Also, when right before she tore off Cloak’s cloak, he said that it would take more than strength, but something like “the power of a god” to tear his connection to the darkforce dimension… and then Molly just did it.

But they never went anywhere with it.

Way back in the Thomas-Adams run on the Inhumans in Amazing Adventures, a kid who’d been playing an apparently important role in the story got sucked into some magic lights in the sky called something like “the Trikon.” One of the very few dangling plotlines that I don’t remember Roy coming back to, and I don’t think anybody did. But maybe I missed it.

The Elf with the Gun. That’s not so much an unresolved plot as one that was de-resolved. Gerber was setting up a story where some recurring villains (the Headmen?) were kidnapping people and dropping them into a controlled environment of some kind. It was, I thought, pretty clear that the Elf was originally going to be revealed as the henchdwarf responsible for the actual kidnappings. But he got popular enough that Gerber changed the plot and hadn’t managed to get a new story line going before he was fired off the book. Nobody else knew what to do with him.

There was also the Englehart story in Doc Strange where the Aged Genghis destroyed the Earth and Eternity created a new one and reran the timeline to replace it with exact duplicates of everyone who was on it, setting up all kinds of continuity problems with Earthpeople off-planet who were also recreated on-planet, duplicates never explained; not to mention the on-planet aliens who couldn’t have been recreated because they arrived from somewhere (for ex, where did the replacement Silver Surfer come from?) But I don’t know if this was as much an unresolved plot device as Englehart just waving his hands and hoping nobody would notice his resolution to the main storyline didn’t make a lick of sense.

Oh, and speaking of Runaways… Klara, they never did actually give her an official origin, right? I mean, most people assume ‘mutant’, but they never definitively said that’s what she was. There were plenty of people with powers at that time but it didn’t mean all of them were mutants.

Micronauts: The New Voyages ended at # 20 with all of the Micros dying about as final a death as you can imagine: they were completely disintegrated down to the cellular level. This was done to repopulate the Microverse – each cell from each of their bodies was to become a new member of their respective species. It was a very well-told story, and one of my all-time favourite single issues.

Then the Micros (that were owned by Marvel) showed back up a few years later, in an issue of Cable, of all places (this thread may set a record for use of the phrase “of all places”). They’ve made several appearances around the Marvel universe since then. As far as I know, no explanation or even mention of their sacrifice has ever been offered.

-Zirbert

PennyForth – Thank you for the clarification. I have read the annual but was not aware of the original tale in Classic X-Men. :)

I’ve not been keeping up with Wolverine, but I recall an old (late 80s/early 90s) Wolverine story set in the 19th century, where he uses knives (he doesn’t have claws yet, or at least doesn’t know he has claws) to fight some sort of caterpillar thing. In the present, he thinks he’s imagining it until he walks into a cave and finds the skeleton of the creature.

So, has this been period been incorporated in, now that he has his memories? Unlike the other “possible backstory” from Wolverine #25 (the first ongoing) that’s been invalidated, this one was clearly not meant to be a story he was telling, as there turned out to be tangible evidence.

Admittedly, I recall it being a bad story, but, still….

Jukka Laine of Finland

July 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

Fluffy6079: Simple. He wasn’t Ben reilly at all. The clone who turned into dust was an another clone. That’s a way to bring Ben back.

Waaay back in Avengers #90-something, Ant-man (Hank Pym) went inside the Vision’s body to do some repairs. While in there, he saw something that made his jaw drop in suprise, but it was never revealed what that was. I’ve talked with Roy Thomas about it, and he told me what he had intended it to be, but he decided to leave it for future Avengers writers to deal with. So far as I know, it’s never been handled within Avengers continuity.

Warren Newsom: Tell me Vision wasn’t pregnant.

Was the mysterious package on Wally West’s mantlepiece ever referred to again? Waif seemed to be setting things up that it had something to do with Linda’s disappearance but then we got that Walter West mess and Waid left the book.

God that JSA annual was so anticlimactic. Take the emotional impact of PG finally reunited with her old friends and then yank it away with some confusing explanation of there already being a PG on that earth, blah blah blah. And then we just don’t see the Justice League Infinity again. Huge letdown.

I guess this suggests to me DC’s largest dangling plot of the last few years — the reintroduction of the Multiverse — and then its immediate shelving.

*Side note: Love all the comments on here. Entertained me for hours, literally.

During the X-Men’s Outback period I remember a panel where Rogue made physical contact with one of her team mates but nothing happened. It was a very specific panel that was obviously supposed to suggest that something was unusual but I’m pretty sure nothing was ever made of it.

Fireflash:
I haven’t read that era in a while, but if I recall correctly, around that time Rogue was having more trouble than usual with her Carol Danvers personality asserting control. One of the characteristics of Carol being in control was that she was in control of Rogue’s powers and could touch people. It might have been a sign towards that.

Modern me is almost embarrased to still remember this, but there’s an issue of, I believe, Cable’s first ongoing where he ends up working with a mercenary named Clearcut who has some sword-based powers. His not registering as a mutant becomes a minor plot point, and he chides the heroes for being presuming that everyone with superpowers is one.

Except, then where DID his powers come from?

@Quasar’s Bands, since Manhunter’s dad is a villain, it’s pretty safe to assume Iron and Phantom only had one kid, and that’s him…unless I’ve missed something?

Brian O'Carroll

July 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

The biggest ones for me are:
Nanny and Orphanmaker – this was always hinted at as a bigger story going on behind the scenes, but has never been revealed. Who were they, how were they connected to the x-men?
The gamesmaster – when last seen in Child’s Play (the x-force / new warriors crossover) he’d agreed to change the nature of his game to recruiting and training mutant kids. As far as I know he’s not been seen since.
Captain Boomerrang Jnr – Who was his mother? He’d apparently gained super-speed from her.

Warren Newsom – I believe it was answered in Avengers Forever. That the Vision was heavily linked into Kang. It resolved a number of issues with the Visions origin (was he the original human torch? Both yes and no). And showed Immortius affecting Hank Pym’s memory to forget what he saw.

Jon – Marvel bought Malibu, not for the Ultraverse, but for the colour printing process. Malibu had a much better process, and you’ll notice that around this time Marvel improved the paper quality and the books suddenly looked alot better.

Tanuki, there are two kids where Iron Munroe and Phantom Lady are concerned. One was illegitimate and Iron didn’t know of it and got the name Pratt because Al Pratt took Sandra to the Unwed Mother asylum. Teh second was after they were wed and considerably younger, as Arn thought Grant Emerson could have been that missing child…

What’s the deal with “gert” at the last issue of Runaways?

“The gamesmaster – when last seen in Child’s Play (the x-force / new warriors crossover) he’d agreed to change the nature of his game to recruiting and training mutant kids. As far as I know he’s not been seen since.”

It was hinted at one point that he was a ten-year-old kid with vast psionic powers, but later the kid was shown to be a catspaw. Gamesmaster recently turned up in X-23 manipulating the title character. He’d returned prior to that during the period when the Magneto-clone/copy Joseph was on the X-Men.

“Captain Boomerrang Jnr – Who was his mother? He’d apparently gained super-speed from her.”

Flash v.2 #225 revealed it was Meloni Thawne, Impulse’s mother from the 30th century, thanks to the original Captain Boomerang being tossed through time by accident during that story’s era-spanning battle between the two Zooms and the two modern Flashes. How Owen and his pop got back to the 21st century, on the other hand, remains unclear.

“Waaay back in Avengers #90-something, Ant-man (Hank Pym) went inside the Vision’s body to do some repairs. While in there, he saw something that made his jaw drop in suprise, but it was never revealed what that was. I’ve talked with Roy Thomas about it, and he told me what he had intended it to be, but he decided to leave it for future Avengers writers to deal with. So far as I know, it’s never been handled within Avengers continuity.”

This was resolved way before Avengers Forever, in Avengers v.1 #133-5: Ant-Man saw mechanical parts that he recognizes as belonging to the Golden Age “Human” Torch.

Ricardo Amaral

July 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

@XBen

Shooter’s original Queen Projecta threeboot resolution has been published in his own blog and it was amazing. Much better than that Justin Thyme crap DC put on to forcefeed Legion of 3 Worlds (that awful series with great art) into continuity.

Just throwing this out there, but does a crazy villain vowing revenge or being dragged off or imprisoned by something like Shield really count as an unresolved thread? It seems to me that that’s just arguably the most common way to end a superhero story, with the intention obviously being to leave the villain open for possible future use, but I’ve never really felt that such a thing was gauranteed.

@Brian O’Carroll
http://www.hyperborea.org/flash/meloni.html
Boomerang Jr’s mother is Meloni Thawne, also mother of Kid Flash Bart Allen, Descendant of Prof. Zoom and Cobalt Blue. Meloni Thawne is from New Earth…could FLASHPOINT be the time when ZOOM I tried to destroy Don Allen & Meloni’s relationship therefore hiding Bart & XS Jenni Ognats on Earth-247 as suggetsed in John’s own FINAL CRISIS:LEGION OF 3 WORLDS???
Hmmm…interesting…

Death Gambit! Mike Carey has been dangling this thing FOR AGES and he hasn’t done anything at all. Frankly, his obsession with Rogue is annoying the hell out of me!

I recall in the Heroes for Hire series by Ostrander and Ferry after the regualr heroes left earth, Iron Fist made some kind of pact with his chi & K’un Lun to merge the city with Earth. He was talking about it with Misty in front of a fireplace. It was something impending and then the series cancelled, but it seemed like it would have been an interesting story.

@N Caligon,

You wrote:
“There was also the Englehart story in Doc Strange where the Aged Genghis destroyed the Earth and Eternity created a new one and reran the timeline to replace it with exact duplicates of everyone who was on it, setting up all kinds of continuity problems with Earthpeople off-planet who were also recreated on-planet, duplicates never explained; not to mention the on-planet aliens who couldn’t have been recreated because they arrived from somewhere (for ex, where did the replacement Silver Surfer come from?) But I don’t know if this was as much an unresolved plot device as Englehart just waving his hands and hoping nobody would notice his resolution to the main storyline didn’t make a lick of sense.”

I understand all your concerns about the aliens and off-worlders who may have been displaced or duplicates or exiled or whatnot.
Certainly, it could appear that would occur if Eternity just recreated the Earth in a simple “re-run” of time.

However, since Eternity is the living embodiment of ALL space/time and NOT just Earth, it would stand to reason that he would be able to know who was who and where they were so that when he recreated the world, everything would be set aright (even if it meant performing a few off-panel time-paradox fixes).

The only person that was not recreated, and thus was original, was Doctor Strange.

Sadly, this entire storyline WAS resolved, because in the next issues Englehart was replaced as writer by Marv Wolfman, who immediately stated that all that wasn’t real, but merely a “test” by the Ancient One to see if Stephen Strange was ready for the next level of mystic mastery and become “one with all there is”.
Strange declined, and renounced the option of “godhood”, renounced his title of Sorcerer Supreme, instead remaining a man, and merely a Master of the Mystic Arts.

Still, that original story WAS one of my all-time favorite Doc tales.

@Warren Newsom,
You wrote:
“Waaay back in Avengers #90-something, Ant-man (Hank Pym) went inside the Vision’s body to do some repairs. While in there, he saw something that made his jaw drop in suprise, but it was never revealed what that was. I’ve talked with Roy Thomas about it, and he told me what he had intended it to be, but he decided to leave it for future Avengers writers to deal with. So far as I know, it’s never been handled within Avengers continuity.”

I’m pretty sure that was the whole “the Vision’s body is really that of the Original Human Torch” storyline.
That was believed to be the case for DECADES.

Until John Byrne rightly thought that it was a horrible idea and found proof that the original Torch could not have been where Ultron said he found him (to use as a physical template) and then brought the Torch back from the dead in a West Coast Avengers / Avengers crossover.

Heck, I have my OWN “never resolved” storyline I’d love to see…

During the 2nd half of the Doctor Strange : Sorcerer Supreme series (starting around issue 49 or so), there was a build up to “The War of the 7 Spheres” (a 5,000 year long epic mystical battle) that Doc was being recruited / drafted into fighting on the side of the many deities and beings he entreated for power (most specifically, the Vishanti).
He at first declines, and is later abducted into going off to the war.

It was stated in his comic that it was to last 5,000 years, but at the end, he had the Vishanti arrange to return him to Earth mere months after he had been taken (thus, dimensional time travel).

The storyline was dropped quickly due to Doc’s title getting several revamps – only to be cancelled soon thereafter.
However, after Doc’s series was canceled, the only way to undo any and all of the revamps was just to write (in a single page flashback) in an issue of Spectacular Spider-Man, that the war took eons in that other dimension, but was a blip of time here on Earth.

Well… THAT is the official “resolved” plot – BUT – whether or not the time spent on the other dimension was the same as on Earth, that still means that there would be an aspect of Dr. Strange (AND the Vishanti) still embroiled in that war in the other dimension.

It’s a great way to FIX any of the problems that have been done to the character by current writers and editorial, while still wrapping up a very loose plot point.

For anyone interested in a very detailed breakdown of the War of the Seven Spheres – as well as the current problems with Doctor Strange and Marvel magic, I wrote a series of posts about it several months ago.

The one about the War and such is here:

http://sanctumsanctorumcomix.blogspot.com/2010/11/eyes-without-face-or-tell-me-who-are.html

Feel free to read (a very long post – with TONS of history and scans).

~P~

The Gwen Stacy clone and why the High Evolutionary either A) couldn’t figure out she was a clone or B) lied to Peter about it (presuming, of course, that ‘for giggles’ isn’t an adequate explanation).

Alex Jamieson

July 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’d like to know why the Monitor’s were watching Dick Grayson in the Dan Jurgens issues of Nightwing.

@Jukka Yeah, that’s what I think should be the reason too. I think all of fandom has pointed this out to Marvel several times. I’m just waiting on them to actually do something with it (if they ever will).

The end of counterx Xforce left loads. Why fakeyour own deaths only to show up a few months later on camera to whine that a bunch of media savvy b-listers have nicked your name? why cant/could proudstar fly?why did they split? why does sam revert to shy slightly dim support act every time he’s not leading a team?(that one is more of a general complaint about the way they repeatedly screw sam over with almost every reboot)

I’ll second Mutt’s suggestion: the Stairway guy Daredevil #128, written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Bob Brown and Klaus Janson. At one point I think they referred to him as Skywalker (this was a couple of years before Star Wars, so the name wasn’t already being used). He spent most of the issue as a bystander while DD fought Death Stalker, all the while creating energy stairs which he was using to climb out of earth’s atmosphere and eventually to his home world. Lots of thought bubbles in which he gave hints of his backstory and speculated that he and Daredevil could soon come in conflict, but he disappeared at the end of the issue and wasn’t seen again. He did show up in a crowd scene of outer space characters who had been captured by the Stranger in one or two issues of Quasar circa 1990, but as far as I know that’s it.

Fantastic Four vol 2 #17-18

Lockdown & Rosetta Stone, protectors of Shadow City in the Negative Zone, vowed to hunt down the FF.

Haven’t seen them since…

Gerson King Combo

July 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

What about the Osborn/Gwen twins (ugh)???

Penance/Hollow, was she a mutant? Who’s soul was left after the Losers and what happened between Phil Urich and her?

Andrew Collins

July 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Back in the post-Crisis DCU of the late 80’s, DC was clearly trying to set up some big conflict between the Lords Of Order and Chaos. Books like Hawk & Dove, Phantom Starnger, Power Girl, Dr. Fate and others all focused heavily on this. But then…nothing. The Lords fizzled from view and I can’t remember the last time I even saw them mentioned. Sometime circa 1992 maybe? I’d like to know if DC was trying to set up some kind of crossover event with them.

In Gaiman’s Sandman, what was the story behind why Delight became Delirium?

Another cliffhanger ending, the 1980’s Airboy series from Chuck Dixon ended its last issue with an “Is he alive or isn’t he?” ending that pissed me off to no end at the time. And Moonstone’s Airboy revival seems to be ignoring the 1980’s series completely so we’ll probably never know…

Likewise, Mark Evanier chose to end the DNAgents series with them being put into suspended animation, including Rainbow who had just been revealed to be pregnant with Crossfire’s child. The Crossfire series continued on after the cancellation of DNAgents and beyond one ambiguously worded line about him “getting over” a sad event, no mention was ever made again of the DNAgents or their ultimate fate in the Crossfire series, which completely dropped the superhero elements to become a straight ahead detective/mystery comic.

For those wondering how Byrne’s “The Last Galactus Story” would’ve ended, here it is from John himself: http://www.byrnerobotics.com/FAQ/listing.asp?ID=3&T1=Questions+about+Aborted+Storylines#57

As far as I know, they never explained how Ray Palmer became an adult again after getting de-aged in Zero Hour. In JLA #19 (part 2 of the Julian September fill-in arc by Mark Waid), he still looked like a teenager and wore the costume from his stint as Teen Titans leader, but in issue #27 (a fill-in by Mark Millar) he simply shows up as his old self, wearing his classic costume.

Another JLA danglig plot thread that bothers me is the Axis America team that Joe Kelly introduced in the White Rage arc (JLA #80-82). They were created by some government operative named Manson, who also had something to do with former Leaguer Faith’s origin. We never got to see what they were planning, and Kelly didn’t even use them in Justice League Elite after he left the main JLA series.

How about the end of the Devil’s Due Transformers comic? I’d love to know what they had planned.

and… not that I really care but how did Jason Todd turn back to normal after he became that creature at the start of the Nightwing 1 year later arc.

Why did Darkhawk scream when he saw his face without his helmet?

-Way back in Uncanny X-Men under Claremont and Silvestri, there was a fill-in drawn Rick Leonardi. It’s a Genosha story where a man escape followed by the Magistrates and he hids a mutant baby on a plane and leave. The guy was huge, with light hair, looked like Cable. I always wondered if I stumbled unto the first appearance of Cable.

-the Russian Mutant Division. During the CC/Romita Jr run of the 80s, we see a Nick Fury-type with glasses and one glass with a shade on. At the end of a story he says something like it’s time to start the protocol. And since then there always was some myth about the coming of the Russian X-Men.

@Starro: Toward the end of Dan Jurgens’ Teen Titans series, there was a storyline where the Atom started aging rapidly and Waverider used some of his DNA that he got from the time stream and was able to stabilize him and return him to his rightful age.

This explains it better: http://www.titanstower.com/monitor/?p=5942

where was Xavier in House of M?? they never explained why his body wasn’t in the grave and then he just showed up in deadly genesis

how did the silent kid get the Eye of Agamoto in DOOM 2099? The letters column hinted they would touch on that.

“Team Titans last issue. Hank Hall created the TTs and we see him with ‘dummies’ of various characters he apparently threw in their way, including Crystal Kole. But why her, how did he create people?”

@Dominic: I think that he was pulling people from alternate timelines in order to use them for his purposes and had “programmed” them be his sleeper agents, which is supposed to explain how some of the characters changed over the course of the series’ last few issues.

As for Kole, I could never tell if he ever created her or he killed her because she presented opposition to his plans. She’s hanging in the background in the last issue, presumably dead.

The problem, of course, is that Kole showed up when Marv Wolfman was writing the book and clearly was going to be some counter to Raven at one point but that never came about, and the Teamers being sleeper agents was shoehorned into the book because it was being cancelled and Zero Hour was happening. The original identity of the leader was supposed to be Danny Chase (yeah, I know).

in an early Generation X story it is alluded to that Banshee and Magneto had worked together prior to Factor 3 and their day’s as X0Men that I do not think was ever resolved.

Along with the previously mentioned Legion storylines:

What happened to the reboot Legion after they got lost trying to find there way back home? And where is Shikari now?

What was Dream Girl doing before she got was kidnapped by Dr. Destiny? And what happened to Thom between his last JSA appearance and his return to the 31st century?

Is Shvaughn Erin still a boy named Sean taking sex-change pills?

How did Karate Kid come back to life in order to visit the 21st century in The Lightning Saga?

Will anything come of Cos and Imra’s one-night stand?

Was it ever revealed what was in the small vial/film canister Sinister gave Gambit at the end of Uncanny X-men 350?

“I’d like to know why the Monitor’s were watching Dick Grayson in the Dan Jurgens issues of Nightwing.”

I think it had to do with the fact that Dick Grayson was supposed to die in Infinite Crisis and didn’t. IIRC, there was a contingent of Monitors in Countdown that was trying to “correct” flaws such as this.

Then again, I’ve blocked Countdown from my memory.

The one I wonder about the most is what the deal is with Cub, Ultra Boy and Apparition’s son from the DnA run on the reboot Legion. He had wild superpowers and was aging rapidly, but DnA never got to tell the end of his story. And, now that Earth-247 isn’t there anymore… where is he? Dead? I don’t find that a satisfying answer, especially since Ultra Boy and Apparition didn’t seem, you know, traumatized when we saw them in FC:L3W. Were Cub and Chuck Taine just hiding in the background all through FC:L3W? I miss the reboot Legion.

@derrick

Just so you know they did resolve the Iron Fist thing in Iron Fist/Wolverine: The Return of K’un Lun, it also handled the loose thread of what happened to the guy that stole power from the Steel Serpent in the 2nd New Warriors series.

I want them to reveal who Flex’s father was in the pages of a comic book finally! I know the writers said it was supposed to be Wolverine, but not the same as them not having it in the comics.

“or how about mutants that were not the 198 that got their powers back?” That’s a good suggestion.
But I’d also add why is there way more than 198 super-powered and apparently mutant beings in the Marvel Universe.

Here’s mine. X-men’s Angel had blood that headed others as his secondary mutation. Why’d he loose his secondary mutation when Emma Frost (diamond form) and Hank McCoy (frozen frown, no sense of humor, cat-like appearance) kept theirs?

@maths What’s so frustrating about the first couple of issues of Fantastic Four volume 3 is that while they were really well-written and illustrated, they set-up so many unresolved threads that were never really answered. This is something that has really bugged and haunted me to this day.

All of Battle Chasers !

The one that always bothered me was the Sentinels of Magic. A group created specifically to protect the spear of destiny, the one thing that could stop the Spectre should he get out of control. Most of the Sentinels got back together in Day of Vengeance to fight the Spectre (who, yes, got out of control), yet the spear and the fact that they were already a group is completely ignored. They later became Shadowpact, and I read a lot of that series but not the whole thing, did it ever come up?

Morrison’s 7 Soldiers seemed to have some dangling threads, but that was just Morrison being Morrison yeh? I mean, what was it, Time Tailors? Aurakles? Didn’t Klarion become (spolier) leader of the Sheeda? There was ALOT to that series so I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed something. Glad to see Frankenstein is coming back.

Trendimusprime

July 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Anyone read that Bishop Last X-Man? THey just plucked him out of that reality leaving that kid Michael that got sucked there with him and all those characters stories unfinished.

Chuck Melville

July 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Re: Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew… The Lost Ark mini revealed that Alley Kat-Abra was NOT guilty of murder, but had been framed by a look-alike from a parallel world. And they all appear, briefly in the last issue of Final Crisis, returned to their normal anthropomorphic forms. There has been no sign of them since, and no mention of what became of them following the events of FC.

@Warren Newsome
Also check out Busiek’s “Avengers Forever” for more on the Human Torch / Vision thing.

“Why was Kitty getting Illyana’s armor and then stop? I was hoping that would go somewhere.”

This is THE one unresolved subplot that worries me, because it resulted in Kitty losing *a part of her soul* and if it was never resolved, then she still is missing it…

Context: back in the 80’s, one of the plots involving the New Mutants was that Magik (Illyana, Collosus’ little sister) had become the ruler of Limbo, a demonic realm, after being raised there by the Sorcerer Belasco and then deposing him. As such she wielded the Soulsword, whose ultimate purpose was to bring the ‘dark gods’ back to Earth. But the sword needed six ‘soulstones’ that were made from pieces of a human soul to do so- and the stones couldn’t be forged all at the same time, which is why Belasco raised Illyana. I think there were only four stones in the sword when Illyana defeated Belasco and returned to Earth.

Now, for some unexplained reason, Kitty Pryde was linked to Illyana -her best friend- so that one point, when Illyana lost the soulsword, Kitty gained it, but a huge demon appeared and created a fifth soulstone from Kitty’s soul! Magik regained the sword but AFAIK the soulstone made from Kitty was still in it. And then Illyana’s story arc was hijacked by the Goblyn Queen (Madeline Pryor) during the INFERNO crossover and Illyana was made a (apparently normal) little girl again, and later died from the Legacy Virus. Now, I know the Inferno storyline wass revisited recently, But I didn’t read it so I don’t know if the part involving Kitty was ever resolved or even mentioned.

This might not seem a big deal storywise but it is kind of disturbing to know one of your favorite comics characters might be missing part of her soul to demonic forces and nobody did anything about it.

Who is Donna Troy? There’s been so many variations that no one is really clear. The Death of Katar Hol was never fully explained, other than “he died’. Jim Starlin’s Strange Adventures epic with Adam Strange, Bizarro, and Captain Comet was never finished.

Mike Loughlin

July 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Ben,

Peter David was setting up the Hell On Earth War. In Hulk 467, which takes place in the possible future (since incompatible with the regular Marvel Universe), Rick Jones describes what happened to the Hulk after Betty died. I asked PAD about it, and (IIRC) he said that the stories alluded to in that issue were stories he would have done had he not left the book. The Hell on Earth War was one such story, featuring worldwide demonic invasion.

Omar,

Thanks for reminding me about the Mr. Fear plot!

In reply to sylar wesker
July 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

“how did the silent kid get the Eye of Agamoto in DOOM 2099? The letters column hinted they would touch on that”

A lot of those plot elements in the 2099 probably got dropped I think when Warren Ellis took over from John Francis Moore.

As for the earlier question on whether the Doom of 2099 was the real one, the answer is mostly yes.

He had survived the Heroic Age and outlived many of the heroes but was severely injured in a battle with some unknown forces. His lover / rival Margaretta had recovered his body but she had to use the DNA from
a prisoner of hers (Erik Czerny, the heir of the ruler of Myridia) to help rebuild the Doom’s body. As part of their games they played with each other, she planted some of memories in Doom so that he was not sure of his identity.

I’ve always wanted to know how Ultimate Dr. Doom came back from the Marvel Universe y what happened when he faced the zombies superheroes? It’s something that still bothers men until today hahahaha…

What ever happened to Spider-man’s organic web shooters?

@Blake D: http://www.titanstower.com/source/whoswho/troia.html

Basically, this won’t give you too much of a headache.

Who are Layla Miller’s parents!?

During secret invasion Fury has her in mind for his Secret Warriors. Members of that team all their parents are villains. Are we to assume the same with LAYLA!?

During JMS’s run on Amazing Spider-Man, there was a point where Dr. Strange went off into some alternate dimension after some villain. An editorial note said that the plot would be resolved in an upcoming Dr. Strange miniseries — which never happened! So unless I missed something, there’s a big unexplained hole in Strange’s history now; how did he defeat the villain and get out of the alternate dimension? The world will probably never know.

Cyclops has a piece of Void stuck in his that he is keeping from taking over his mind through sheer dickishness. when is that going to be resolved?

@Comicfan

I recall that….maybe that’s why he has been different?

@Iron Maiden

THANK YOU! !! You explained that story better than the book did. I was a BIG 2099 fan, its what drew me into comic book collecting and reading. I loved the PUnisher 2099 as well

I don’t know if this is quite an unresolved plot point, but what the heck happened to Sharon Venture? She was last seen hanging out with Wyatt Wingfoot (for some reason) though I can’t remember if that was before or after she was revealed as a Skrull….given that there is a new “cure for Ben” plot line in FF, shouldn’t someone tell her about that?

Also, what happened to D-Man between Assistant Editor’s month and the New Avengers Nanny search.

In both these cases, there is an “official” where are they now, but no real explaination as to how they go there.

Unresolved after 35 years is Eric the Red’s initial interest in Lorna Dane and not the Summers brothers if he was posted on Earth by Emperor D’Ken, and the significance of his influencing her in adopting the codename “Polaris”, particularly with Mr. Sinister later suggesting her codename is tied into her overall role as leader of the Marauders and her being the “pole star” of his plans?

An even longer one is the unrevealed mutant presence detected by the Sentinels on one side of their mutant base in Uncanny X-Men #59? That’s over 40 years.

Whatever happened to the Golden Age Aquaman that Roy Thomas re-introduced in that one post-Crisis issue of “All Star Squadron?” C’mon Johns, get with the program! The Golden Age Wonder Woman still exists, right?

In the early John Byrne issues of Superman, you saw Supes raise up that laboratory into outer space into orbit around the Earth. C’mon, don’t give me that “implanted memories” Loeb junk.

What did Zatanna do after the “Godhead” storyline towards the latter part of JLA vol. 1 circa 1986? How did she get back?

In MS. MARVEL #26, a Skrull reveals that they (and A.I.M.) have kidnapped Ms. Marvel’s then-boyfriend, William Wagner, because he is actually a Kree spy. (This was also seemingly discovered by Ms. Marvel’s publicist.) In MS. MARVEL #27, it’s revealed that the Skrull lied about his location and he could be anywhere as a captive of A.I.M. And Carol never looks for him again…

In MS. MARVEL #30, the Super-Skrull that Ms. Marvel had fought for several issues is revealed to have a tattoo reading “HYDRA PRIME 001″. This team-up between the Skrulls and HYDRA doesn’t appear to be mentioned again.

In SILENT WAR, the series in which the Inhumans battle the United States and the Avengers, Maximus the Mad usurps the crown from Black Bolt, his brother, and imprisons him. Additionally, Maximus seems to have mind-controlled the entire population of Attilan except Black Bolt and Luna (the daughter of Crystal and Quicksilver). When next we encounter the Inhumans, Black Bolt is running off to secret Illuminati meetings whenever he likes and all of Attilan is seemingly free of Maximus’ power.

As mentioned earlier, I’ve often wondered what the heck Hawkeye sees in NEW AVENGERS #26 after he sleeps with Scarlet Witch. I’m not even sure if he opened the door to the next room or not (did he just put his hand on the door knob?), though his shocked face suggests he probably saw something. I’ve always supposed it had something to do with Agatha Harkness, who is mentioned in narration, but I’m not clever enough to figure out the story.

During Millar’s FANTASTIC FOUR #562-569, Dr. Doom becomes the Apprentice of the Marquis of Death. He is millions of years old and nigh omnipotent (he killed a Watcher and reassembled his destroyed body through the power of hate). And yet his next act to gain power is in the (admittedly awesome) DOOMWAR, in which he uses none of this power. And then he’s basely robbed of his intellect by the Intelligentsia. What happened to him? (I asked Tom Brevoort via Formspring if I missed something, and he said I had it all. I found that more frustrating than not knowing if I’d missed something.)

at the end of Marvel’s Identity Disc mini series, we see Tristram Silver. a man who is feared by supervillians and supposed to have ties to the criminal underworld across the globe… and we have never seen him since. Who is Tristram Silver?

Back in PAD’s Hulk run, Hulk fights the Juggernaut in a rain forest. It’s revealed that Juggernaut is there at the behest of the New World Order, which includes various bad guys (I want to say Red Skull was one of them)……and then we never here from them again.

(PAD iirc once explained, maybe online or in CBG, why he dropped the idea, but in story..)

Oh, and following up on the Aquaman out of water, when PAD was writing him, he just got rid of the 1 hour time limit, decaring it dumb (59 minutes he’s fine, 61, he’s DEAD). …made it that the longer he’s out, the weaker he gets.

1- Dick and Babs engagement/relationship. Any news since they gave up on getting married around One Year Later?

2- The all too brief Aquaman-Wonder Woman sexual tension from ?Morrison’s run. Perhaps making a bit of a comeback in Flashpoint

3- Lord Malvolio’s master plan from Action Comics Weekly- Green Lantern (someone else mentioned this)

4- John Stewart’s Guardian status from GL: Mosaic. How did he lose it?

There was something in Amazing Spider-Man during the 80’s black costume saga that only got resolved very recently. When Reed managed to trap the symbiote in the container after freeing Peter from it there was a scene shortly afterwards where young Franklin stares at it and when he leaves, a mysterious flying device cuts a hole in the glass and frees the suit. That bugged me for years as I couldn’t find any reference to who was responsible and why. I mean who would know about it anyway? Not to mention the purpose it would serve, just weird.

Then a little while ago during the Spider-Man/Fantastic Four mini series we revisit the scene and find out it’s actually Doctor Doom who did it! Over 20 years later there’s finally a explanation. All credit to Christos Gage for resurrecting a long forgotten plot thread.

Dazzler & Longshot’s baby?

The fate of the XSE members that came the the present towards X-Factor’s original end (Howard Mackie
writing I believe)?

Dog Logan?

I’m sure I could come up with more if I took time, that’s just right off the top of my head…

Dave Wrighteous

July 11, 2011 at 6:25 am

I’ve got 2 good ones:

1. After Spiderman goes to the Fantastic Four and discovers the alien costume (Venom) is an alien being living off of him, Reed removes and jails it. In an issue of FF, on the last page, a tiny robot drone flies into the Baxter Building, lasers a hole in the device holding Venom and the costume is shown escaping into the city, where I believe it resurfaces in Web of Spider-man #1. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT DRONE AND WHERE THE BLEEP DID IT COME FROM??!!? Never explained.

2. At the end of Death in the Family, the Joker is shot POINT BLANK in the chest, then the helicopter he is in crashes into a bridge and explodes. Superman himself searches the area…no dice, Joker’s gone!!??? Boom tube technology, perhaps? How does a mortally wounded Joker give Superman and his powers the slip?? Joker reappears in Lonely Place of Dying, hurting pretty bad, but alive.

Dave Wrighteous

July 11, 2011 at 6:27 am

WHOOPS!! Thanks Gosunkugi, for that Spidey answer!! Apparently I wasn’t the only one head scratching that one…and I shoulda read all the posts before asking answered questions. Sorry.

I haven’t read the over 300 other comments yet, so (for now) I’ll stick to one I’m pretty sure no one else has mentioned.

Several months ago I was in a similar thread on another site. One example I dusted off was pretty darn obscure by the standards of modern fans, but it’s been left dangling for almost thirty years and counting! In theory, it could be re-addressed at any time in any comic book relating to DC’s own beloved Barbara Gordon. I’ll cut-and-paste what I said at the time:

A while back I had occasion to reread some of Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl adventures from 1982 — when she was the backup feature in the pages of “Detective Comics.” For the last two years, she’d been working for an office of the Gotham city government ever since she lost her bid for reelection to Congress. One of her co-workers was a rather surly man named Bob Barton. At one point — I think it was in “Detective Comics #516″ — Babs was out superheroing, and meanwhile we saw a subplot being set up at the office in her absence. A letter arrived at the office for Bob Barton. An African-American woman named Doreen (the department’s secretary/receptionist, I think) handed it to him.

Bob looked at it, gasped, said something like, “No! Not again!” and walked away in a hurry, leaving the woman wondering what had made him such a frightened man.

Rereading that for the first time in years, I decided it was clear that the writer of the Batgirl backups in those days (Cary Burkett, in fact) was trying to set something up to give Barton some
honest-to-goodness character development for the first time in the two years or so since his debut! Something scary out of his past was coming back to haunt him, and presumably Barbara Gordon would have caught wind of it eventually, and then Batgirl probably would have helped Bob Barton put an end to whatever the problem was. Bob might even have started saying such civil things as “Good morning, Barbara” to her afterwards. (Or is that too much to hope for?)

Babs’s backup feature lasted a few more months after that scene, but Babs never became aware of Barton’s difficulties (whatever they were). Eventually she lost her slot in “Detective Comics” in favor of Green Arrow (Ollie) — and for the next few years, she got precious little attention in any of DC’s books! Any subplots involving her supporting cast were left hanging in the air, NEVER to be heard from again!

So if Bob Barton was getting threatening letters — blackmail, maybe? — in 1982, then as far as I know, today, in 2010, he may still be suffering from the severe stress of whatever that was all about, and wishing he had the nerve to ask someone for help! 29 years of some nasty person having their hooks in him somehow — I really feel bad for the guy!

Nathan Adler. not sure if this is relevant but iirc for at least some of his later appearances (around the trial of gambit ithink) eric the red was revealed to be magneto. Mags would obviously be more interested in his daughter? polaris than the summers boys. maybe he had been using the false identity earlier than we thought. I mean scot summers was eric the red before shakari anyway!

The “Wolfsbane in heat” storyline that was never resolved when Peter David left X-Factor in the 90s. It was pretty obvious where he was doing with her heightened sexuality, and it was awesome, but Marvel just dropped it when the writers switched.

Ed (A Different One)

July 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

Wow – just got done reading over 300 of these posts and probably don’t remember all the good stuff I read there, but here goes a few things I can add:

Jonesy Stark asked what happened with Kaine since Grim Hunt – I believe Kaine died during Grimm Hunt as he willingly allowed himself to be sacrificed (instead of Peter) in the ritual that brought Kraven back (and brought him back imperfectly as a result). Unless I missed something, Kaine’s dead and gone (or at least as dead and gone as a character in the MU can be).

A couple of people asked what happened to Peter’s organic web shooters and other powers gained from The Other storyline – while this isn’t really a complete answer, I saw Tom Brevoort respond in one of the BND-era letter columns that they’ve never established that the organic webs or stingers ever did go away. This implies that Peter may still have those capacities but, for whatever reason, chooses not to use them.

The great unanswered question at this point is “why”. Does he not remember he has these powers? Are they laying dormant? It seems to me that Spider Island could be an interesting time to dust them off again as a means of giving Spidey the edge over the otherwise equally-spider-empowered-public. I haven’t heard anything definitive, though, re: Marvel’s future plans for these powers.

Peter & MJ’s baby is probably the biggest unresolved plot line that came to my mind and I’m surprised that more people haven’t brought it up (maybe folks are just sick of it laying out there). I remember when Marvel was “teasing” the second year of the BND era, Joe Q. mentioned that there would be a “baby” involved. Seemed like they were trying to drum up interest by implying that this was the Pete/MJ mystery baby, but of course it turned out to be Norman’s baby with Menace – not sure if it was intended to be used this way but it sure felt like a “cheat” to me.

The only other plot point I can think of isn’t exactly tantalizing but always fascinated me. Back in Roger Stern’s ASM run in the early to mid 80’s, the Mad Thinker sent one of his battle droids to fight Spidey. It was portrayed as kind of an “exploratory” mission, with the Thinker interested in Spidey’s powers and capcities. Spidey naturally trashes the Droid, and the Mad Thinker walks away suitably impressed by Spidey’s prowess and, especially, his spider sense. The issue conluded with this feeling that the Thinker had some big plans for Spidey in the future, but Stern, and no subsequent writer, ever circled back around and picked up that plot thread. Now that Spidey is in the FF, and with the Thinker being a traditional member of the FF’s rogue gallery, it seems like now would be a good time fro Slott to do something with this, maybe after the dust settles on Spider Island (Hickman could theoretically do something with it in FF too, but it seems like it would just “fit” better within the confines of ASM and provide a nice symetry since that where Stern first explored pitting these two against each other).

Now, back to this pesky thing called a job . . .

@ Marc,

Yes, that Doctor Strange story WAS touched upon, albeit NOT in the way originally promised.
“Doctor Strange : The Other Side of Darkness” was to be a mini-series from JMS that told the story of what happend after Doc left Spidey in that Amazing Spider-Man issue, but instead we got the craptastic “STRANGE” (Doc as matrix’ Neo) origin revamp.

So the Doc/Spidey story was FINALLY told in the ONE MORE DAY bit of BS.

Read OMD and see that Doc leaves Spidey alone in the room because he is the DOC of the (OMD FUTURE) and has Spidey of the OMD Future in that hidden room.
Remember when Doc sent Spidey through time, Spidey tries to stop the bullet and gets attacked by demons who severely wound him. In order for Doc to help, he needs to bring Spidey to a safe place in time – BACK to there he knew the Sanctum was empty.

The lame payoff is that Doc takes Spidey to his Sanctum at that time because he knows he wont run into himself there at that moment. The house is empty. Then, he just has to open the door when the past Spidey knocks, gives him the Hand of whatsis thing and goes back to the other room (saying he has an appointment with Death) to see “future” Spidey.

Yeah. Sucko.

~P~

@Marc,

Oh, wait… I just realized you might mean the OTHER time they promised a mini for Doc asfter Doc gets kidnapped by Baron Mordo after the whole DORMAMMU / MINDLESS ONES battle in NYC.

OK, THAT was indeed taken care of in the lame “STRANGE” mini.

Y’see? The thing was that Mordo had come back from the dead because Doc had screwed around with time in the spell that destroyed Dormammu (SPidey, of course getting in the way and being sent off into his own past).

Then, after Doc helped Spidey find his way back, he gives Peter a box that contains a spell to bring Uncle Ben back from the dead for a little while. So, while Spidey is off with Uncle Ben, Mordo returns to take Doc “back to his beginnings” to remake his origin in a way that would make him easier to defeat.

Then we got the lame STRANGE mini, which rewrote Doc as “NEO from the Matrix”.
Thankfully, that was ignored and is seen as an alt-universe tale.

So, there ya go.
Two promised JMS Doc stories – eventually touched upon – badly.
lol

~P~

JC LEBOURDAIS

July 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

The worst of all? Not knowing what happens to kick-ass-robot-Shadow after Helfer & Baker’s SHADOW #19.

OK, so just to clarify:

My earlier reply to @Marc was in reference to the events from Doc helping Spidey in Amazing Spider-Man issue # 42 (renumbered).

The 2nd reply to @Marc was for the events in Amazing Spider-Man # 500 (“Happy Birthday”).

~P~

@Matches – Yeah, D-Man was established by that story in Assistant-Sized Spectacular to have a new secret superhero career in Iraq, but they just ignored that or forgot about it so far by having him back in New York unexplained for that gag in NA. Would like to have seen what happened….

Geoff Johns revealed that Owen Mercer/Boomerang was the son of Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness) & Meloni Thawne… This made him a half brother to Bart Allen/Kid Flash. I don’t believe either Boomerang or Kid Flash ever discovered that they were related and Johns unceremoniously killed off Owen Mercer (and with him some tremendous future story material) in Blackest Night without either he or Bart Allen ever discovering their family ties.

It would be nice if the DC Reboot somehow resurrects Owen/Boomerang. Given Owen’s gray area sometimes rogue/sometimes hero status he’d be an excellent fit for the new Outlaws title with Red Hood, Arsenal, & Starfire that DC is including in their relaunch.

There are an awful lot of these around PAD’s last year on Incredible Hulk. Most notably why future Hulks seem to think that the Wild Man is going to be fantastically important to the character sometime in the future, but there are others.

Cerebus never really did explain what the deal with Sir Gerrick is, either, although the completeness of that series may exclude that one.

The two big Sandman ones have been mentioned, but there’s also #3: what was Morpheus doing immediately before #1 that left him so weak as to be able to be trapped?

There was a mess of foreshadowing in Gaiman’s Swamp Thing annual, some of which was eventually used but I don’t think anyone has done anything with the “Forest Lords” to my knowledge.

@Omar Karindu – Jack O’Lantern has shown up as part of the Ultramarine Corps in JLA: Classified 1-3, where he had kind of a love/hate relationship with the Knight. I would love for someone to pick up on the plots started in Primal Force, showing us the other Leymen and why Jack was so important.

Didn’t the Lanothians colonize Titan (Saturn’s moon) at the end of the New Krypton storyline? So we have another populated planet in the solar system, and that never comes up? I guess Jemm is over there on Saturn too.

1 – From Busiek/Chen’s “Iron Man” run, there was a new War Machine introduced who had ties to Rhodey, who was acting very mysteriously during that time. I haven’t been following the character so I don’t know if it was ever followed up on in a different series. Who was the new War Machine and just what was Rhodey up to?

2 – Geoff Johns has spent a long time building up Green Lantern stories so maybe he has a plan, but the Gremlins/Starlings and Evil Star storyline has been teased several times since the beginning of the current series and hasn’t had any followup. What the heck is Evil Star doing??

Blond-haired Time Trapper at the end of Zero Hour! Who was that supposed to be?

In the 80s (?), in a Legion of Super-Heroes storyline called “Exile”, Brainiac 5 and Dawnstar were lost on an unknown planet. There may have been a romance between Dawny and a native (It might have been pure and chaste from afar). They found their way home, with a promise to return. But no return.

On Busiek’s Superman run, there was the “Third Kryptonian” arc. The third Kryptonian on earth told Superman that there were others out there that were not on the planet when it exploded, but they’re spread out and in hiding. Then “New Krypton” happened and everyone forgot. But she flew off into space to hide again, because people would hunt kryptonians.

There are supposedly more out there, but Superman and Supergirl make absolutely no mention of it. It was a solid story arc, too.

Dave Blanchard

July 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Going back to the very first superhero comic book ever, I keep wondering if DC will ever explain why Jor-El had the time to create and program a rocket that could sustain his infant child and protect him from the ravages of outer space, plus land him safely on another planet, when it would have been far easier and quicker to just build a bigger rocket, and take all three family members along for the ride. His cover story of “I didn’t have time to build a rocket that would carry all three of us” is obviously a lie, but what was he covering up that he didn’t want Lara to know about? Hmmmm…….

Also, why exactly was wealthy millionaire doctor Thomas Wayne out walking the alleys with his wife and kid when clearly they lived on the outskirts of town and would have taken a chauffered towncar to get to the movie theater? What dark secret compelled him to escort his family *away* from his vehicle, which would’ve been waiting for him right in front of the theater?

Living Silver

July 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

@robbie johnson I’m pretty sure they have as well, and I was thinking the same thing.

@Dave Blanchard –

I’m sure those questions will be answered when DC publishes Definitive Crisis in a few years.

@Dave…..Maybe Thomas Wayne hired a hit for his wife and kid and it went awry? Or he didnt want Bruce to be spoiled like Carrie Bradshaw

yes the 3rd Kryptonian……

Whatever happened to the Golden Age Aquaman that Roy Thomas re-introduced in that one post-Crisis issue of “All Star Squadron?” C’mon Johns, get with the program! The Golden Age Wonder Woman still exists, right?

Sadly in terms of DCU chronology All-Star Squadron #59 was not a post-Crisis issue but a MID-Crisis issue. Roy Thomas brought the Golden Age Aquaman in just to give him a little ink exactly one issue before he’d be wiped from history in ASS#60. In fact, at the end of that story all the heroes pose for a group photograph, but when the photo is delivered to FDR the Golden Age versions of all five Super Friends have vanished from the picture, replaced by the Freedom Fighters (including Plastic Man). Weirdly, Green Arrow and Speedy are still in the photo.

@Aaron K

The Marqui of Death is Clyde Wyncham

A character that Connected KICKASS to 1985, to FF, to Old Man logan

Basically all the Millar stories

I’ve got a couple:

* The Ann Nocenti / Art Adams Longshot mini ended with Longshot, Ricochet Rita, and Quark traveling to Mojoverse to fight Mojo. Then, later on, Longshot reappeared in Claremont’s X-Men with his memory wiped, but the fate of Rita and Quark wasn’t explained. Back then this bugged me a lot, because I loved the mini and those characters, and wanted to know what happened to them. According to Wikipedia the history of Spiral was later retconned so that she’s actually Rita of the future, her body and mind deformed by Mojo, and sent back in time to fight Longshot and her past self. But whatever happened to Quark?

* In 52 Animal Man dies but is revived by the yellow aliens previously seen in Morrison’s AM run. In that run we learned that aliens work as sort of in-universe retconners, changing reality to wipe out continuity snarls caused by the Crisis. However, in 52 Animal Man’s death doesn’t threaten the continuity in any way, so why did the aliens revive him?

“There was something in Amazing Spider-Man during the 80?s black costume saga that only got resolved very recently. When Reed managed to trap the symbiote in the container after freeing Peter from it there was a scene shortly afterwards where young Franklin stares at it and when he leaves, a mysterious flying device cuts a hole in the glass and frees the suit. That bugged me for years as I couldn’t find any reference to who was responsible and why. I mean who would know about it anyway? Not to mention the purpose it would serve, just weird.”

We saw that model of drone used by Doom waayyyyy back in Byrne’s FF run, didn’t we? I think it was meant to be understood but not spelled out 20 years ago.

“Omar Karindu – Jack O’Lantern has shown up as part of the Ultramarine Corps in JLA: Classified 1-3, where he had kind of a love/hate relationship with the Knight. I would love for someone to pick up on the plots started in Primal Force, showing us the other Leymen and why Jack was so important.”

I know of that guy, but he doesn’t seem to be Liam, the previous Jack. His powers, costume, and personality are completely different.

“Blond-haired Time Trapper at the end of Zero Hour! Who was that supposed to be?”

Supposedly this was meant to be Lori Manning, the 20th century girl who traveled to the Legon’s time and was prematurely aged to adulthood by Chronos. (Lori was transforming into an iteration of Glorith, who had replaced the Time Trapper in the previous Legion continuity.)

“The only other plot point I can think of isn’t exactly tantalizing but always fascinated me. Back in Roger Stern’s ASM run in the early to mid 80?s, the Mad Thinker sent one of his battle droids to fight Spidey. It was portrayed as kind of an “exploratory” mission, with the Thinker interested in Spidey’s powers and capcities. Spidey naturally trashes the Droid, and the Mad Thinker walks away suitably impressed by Spidey’s prowess and, especially, his spider sense. The issue conluded with this feeling that the Thinker had some big plans for Spidey in the future, but Stern, and no subsequent writer, ever circled back around and picked up that plot thread.”

It was revisited in Spider-Man Team-Up #2, written by Roger Stern; the Thinker goes after Spidey and the Silver Surfer with his androids for a similar purpose, but his old creation Quasimodo fries the Thinker’s brain (temporarily, obviously) and hijacks the scheme for himself. He’s defeated by Spidey, the Surfer, and Thanos — Quasi had made the mistake of hijacking Thanos’s old ship Sanctuary II for his scheme.

“1 – From Busiek/Chen’s “Iron Man” run, there was a new War Machine introduced who had ties to Rhodey, who was acting very mysteriously during that time. I haven’t been following the character so I don’t know if it was ever followed up on in a different series. Who was the new War Machine and just what was Rhodey up to?”

Answered in later issues of the Busiek/Chen run; it’s some mercenary guy (retconned in/new creation) named Parnell who knew Rhodey in Rhodey’s merc days. The engineer who built the new War Machine suit was Stuart Clarke, previously the villain ramapge from the 1970s Champions series and the 1990s Wonder Man series, and more recently a supporting character in Matt Fraction’s Punisher War Journal series.

“Back in PAD’s Hulk run, Hulk fights the Juggernaut in a rain forest. It’s revealed that Juggernaut is there at the behest of the New World Order, which includes various bad guys (I want to say Red Skull was one of them)……and then we never here from them again.”

They turned up again later in issues of PAD’s Hulk, hiring Mr. Hyde, the Absorbing Man, and the Juggernaut to attack the Apocalypse-empowered Hulk; it was then revelaed that the villains fell apaprt due to infighting, and a Spider-Man story had Juggernaut trying to sell the War Hulk’s sword for cash since he’d gotten stiffed on his earlier mission.

The Elf with the Gun. That’s not so much an unresolved plot as one that was de-resolved. Gerber was setting up a story where some recurring villains (the Headmen?) were kidnapping people and dropping them into a controlled environment of some kind. It was, I thought, pretty clear that the Elf was originally going to be revealed as the henchdwarf responsible for the actual kidnappings. But he got popular enough that Gerber changed the plot and hadn’t managed to get a new story line going before he was fired off the book. Nobody else knew what to do with him.”

You’re simply misremembering the story: the Headmen were shown to be kidnapping people using Jerry Morgan’s shrink gas, fired by Morgan himself, in the Annual that concluded the story. That annual was the only part of the story where the Headmen shrank people down for a controlled environment/human ant farm, which
the Defenders promptly smashed.

Confusingly, *other* people were being abducted for study and brainwashing by Nebulon’s alien allies in that same story, but those abductions were portrayed as flying saucer-style alien abductions.

In any case, Gerber is on record in several places that the Elf was deliberately random and unexplained, and that it symbolized the random mishaps of everyday modern life.

The greatest for me is the scene from Morrison’s Batman RIP when at the end confrontation between Batman and Joker, Bruce takes off his mask and Joker learns his true identity. He makes nothing of it, and it wasn’t ever resolved in any way. That felt really disappointing.

@Zirbert – if it hasn’t been said yet, and if you haven’t read it, you must locate the most recent Doom Patrol series.

@Adam82
RE:July 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm
The greatest for me is the scene from Morrison’s Batman RIP when at the end confrontation between Batman and Joker, Bruce takes off his mask and Joker learns his true identity. He makes nothing of it, and it wasn’t ever resolved in any way. That felt really disappointing.

I love this. Okay I’m gonna tangent then come back so stick with me…
Reading evoked firstly a a few panels from WATCHMEN, when the Comedian is sitting on Moloch’s bed, weeping & spilling his guts. Also with Moloch shows up ay Eddie Blake’s funeral.

I’m also convinced that this is the same BATMAN and JOKER Morrison’s been writing since ARKHAM ASYLUM back in ’89 (wuz it?). Grant even then defined Joker as “Super-Sane”, but developing a new personality daily. I think that by the “now” time of Morrison’s BATMAN AND ROBIN, Bruce is in his mid 30s, with his sons minding the hardware store so-to-speak whiles he’s busy in the Time Stream. I think especially after Jason & Tim, et al…Joker sure as heck knows. Edward Nigma knows (Hush)…Selena Kyle knows (Hush)…Hush knows…lots of people know. Black & Red…Joker Always Knew. He’s Batman’s Opposite…kinda just as smart in his own way. I think Joker would play it dumb and say, ” Batman shot me in the head with a Gun! (That wasn’t ME, Joker…that was one of the Other Fake Batmen!).
Joker did get some surrogate Batman hate out on Dr. Hurt, if I’m not mistaken…if Joker knew it ALL and was after the Black Glove…then this was The Big Laugh!

I’m also reminded of SUPERMAN and his relationship with LUTHOR. I’m currently reading ALL-STAR SUPERMAN in issue form and I am on No. 5 where Clark Kent goes to interview Lex on Death Row @ Stryker’s Island. Lex is unaware of Clark being Superman. It’s a part of the suspension-of-disbelief thing in Superman. How can Lex STILL not get it that Clark is Superman (I even saw Max Lord’s Checkmate files, c’mon! ^_~)

Just some good comics thoughts. .

The one that bugs me to this day is where exactly Thunderbird 3(Neil Shara or whatever his name was). A lot of Xtreme Xmen was unresolved or not resolved how it seemed it was going. What exactly was Vargas? If the books were so important, why have they not popped up again especially with all that has gone on.

and as I said earlier…I’m reading ALL-Star SUPERMAN #5

there’s an ad For WildCATS by Grant Morrison, drawn by Jim Lee.
Bi-Monthly, 2006!
“I want to see beautiful people doing amazing things” -Grant Morrison, from Ad page for WildCARS w/ Lee at hte end of AllStar Superman #5.

Sure I mentioned WildCATS 3.0 earlier but what about WildCATS Vol. 4?

A few questions:

Way back in X-men 94: what ever happened to Dragonfly?

One manifestation of Kitty’s power was the ability to phase into the Earth and then have the earth’s spin drag her in her phased state to any other part of the world. This power was seen in X-Men Forever, but Claremont showed Kitty using this power on Earth 616. Nothing since has been made of it.

During the Messiah Complex, Storm was somehow able to hold off a horde of Maruaders, including Mr. Sinister, while the other X-men escaped. How in the world was she able to do this? I mean she’s powerful and all but…

What ever happened to Thunderbird, Slipstream, and Lifeguard of Extreme X-Men.

During the Phoenix saga and the X-Men’s first fight with Proteus, Storm was easily able to carry Wolverine as she flew; then; in Astonishing X-men it was menti0oned that he’s to heavy for her to carry. What gives.

“Way back in X-men 94: what ever happened to Dragonfly?”

She turned up as one of the Stranger’s abductees in Quasar, and later was mutated further and used by her sister as a weapon in an Iron Man story in an annual (I think?). That revealed her real name, Veronica Dultry, and her background as a socialite. Later, restored to her usual form, she was part of Justine Hammer’s Masters of Evil in Thunderbolts #24-5.

@Sanctum Sanctorum Comix Thanks a ton for those responses! I had no idea there was a whole in-continuity story to why Strange’s origins were revised in “Strange.” I figured it was just your standard “nope, here’s what really happened” revisionism BS. Good to know that those plot holes were filled, at least, even if it wasn’t really done in a very compelling way.

@rev sully

Riddler doesnt know anymore about Bruce being Bats

JC LEBOURDAIS

July 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

shouldn’t it be the editor’s job to keep these loopholes from happening?
Just sayin’

Ed (A Different One)

July 12, 2011 at 4:52 am

@ Omar Karindu

Wow – thanks for the tip – I never knew that Stern went back and addressed the Spidey/Thinker plot point and since it was done in a rather obscure title (Spider-Man Team Up), I don’t know that I ever would have come across it myself.

You sound like a guy who has sure read a butt-load of comics!

Here’s three I can think off the top of my head.

2 are related to the fact that SHIELD was in charge and watching over Iron Maniac and the alternate Ms. Marvel who wanted to kill Rogue and haven’t shown up again.

Third, where the heck is Crusader? He used his ring to wish for a happier ending or somesuch and never showed up again and his part in the Initiative was easily the coolest part of Secret Invasion.

I think that is intentionally left ambiguous. My interpretation is that the shard of cosmic cube gave him a new life somewhere as a normal human with no memory of his first life as a Skrull and a super hero.

Laurence J Sinclair

July 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

During the DnA / Coipel run on the Legion, an evolved Computo was merged with the Coluan assassin Sharn Nux and teleported to the Omega Point, where a shadowy figure (aren’t they always?) said “I’ve been expecting you.” Just over a year later Infinite Crisis put an end to that whole future, so it was never resolved.

Also from that series, what was up with Ra’s al Ghul and all those clones of himself?

In Armor Wars II, Iron Man defeated the mystery villain who took control over Stark’s body. When Stark unmasked him, he didn’t recognize who it was. Rumor has it was supposed to be Obadiah Stane who transferred his consciousness into someone else’s body. I don’t think it was ever resolved.

We never found out who wore the FACADE armor and killed Lance Bannon in Spec. Spidey, around 210.

@rev sully
Regarding Wildcats vol 4 there was just the one issue of it along with two issues of Morrison’s Authority around the same time. The entire thing was heralded as a return to form for both series and new directions for the Wildstorm-verse.

Sadly after those issues the entire project went up in smoke and Grant focused on the 52 event. Authority got retitled as “The Lost Year” many months later with issue #3 to finish the run under a new writer.

I keep coming back to WildStorm “dropping the ball” in the mid-00s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_Down
21 Down anyone?

I remember liking this one as well. And feeling WTF as well. Perhaps if Brain Cronin makes a list, then the mid-00s WildStorm could/should be lumped into one grand disappointment after such an awesome run, peaking at Eye of the Storm, Jumping the Shark at Coup D’Etat and wheezing off in the sunset at WorldStorm/unfinished volumes of the later 00s.

;P

Power Girl’s pregnancy was apparently not caused by Hal Jordan, but was part of a plan put into place by Arion, Lord of Atlantis, to defeat a demon(?) named Scarabus. Her child was born during Zero Hour, went… somewhere, aged to adulthood and took the name Equinox, then showed up, killed Scarabus, and ran off somewhere. You can read more about it here:

http://www.cosmicteams.com/profiles/powergirl.html

Wikipedia might have more on it, too. I have never actually read the issues in question, but AFAIK Equinox has never been mentioned again.

The Joker story in All Star Batman and Robin. That book needs to be finished.

@rev sully (aka myself)
“July 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm
my first vote is Image’s THE INFINITE HORIZON by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto. a 6-issue limited series that stopped at issue #4. No matter how much RTFM I do, I cannot seem to find any info about #’s 5 & 6. It’s a good modernization of Homer’s Odyssey. I was really enjoying it. WTF!”

WOW! Re-solicited For October 26, 2011
THE INFINITE HORIZON #5 (of 6)
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=33337

I’m gonna take this title & plotline off my list, sorry. (but yay! cool!)

;P

Rev Sully,
The Hub of The Multiverse

Batman and the Outsiders
Another parasite, alone, is found by the Outsiders in a Gotham City club, being held captive, and admission charged for those wishing to gain superpowers. Nonetheless, as the parasites only activate the metagene in a number of humans, most customers do not survive the ordeal. Although the ending of Batman and the Outsiders (Vol. 2) #10 had it flying off into the Gotham night with Batman on its back trying to bring it down, the story was interrupted with a Batman R.I.P. crossover, leaving the parasite’s story unresolved.[4]

Brainy Pirate

July 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Who was the woman Dawnstar was, umm, “with” in the 21st century when she came back for the Lightning Saga?

Maybe Legion Lost will bring that storyline back????

Here’s one:

In Web of Spider-man #117 John Jameson and Judas Traveller’s minion Nacht are looking at a bank of monitors showing various Spider-man foes. They are Shriek, Carnage, Chameleon, Vermin (in human form), and a woman with green hair and chalky white skin.

The other four characters appear in the story but the woman with green hair is never named and never seen or mentioned again. Who was she?

-Chuck Austen’s Uncanny X-Men arc with Nurse Annie (she up and left, remember? …But in the backseat, her son’s got an imaginary buddy (Cassandra Nova?) )
-Wolverine’s Savage Land son and Colossus’ as well, in a buddy comic together (knowing Marvel this is coming any day now)
-That Preacher’s wife from the Brood Returns story arc (with that Silvestri Broodverine cover) got a brood inside her, and like, 6 years later, Brian Hitch did art on catching up (she is infecting the locals with Broodlings), and it was meant that another X writer would pick up the strand on ICEMAN FREEZING HER IN STASIS TIL A CURE WAS FOUND, but so far, nothing. When the Mansion blew up the umpteenth time, they shoulda been crawling in Brood Queen.

-HEY! GEOFF JOHNS! DID YOU FORGET THE REST OF YOUR SINESTRO CORPS TEN NEW LAWS IN THE BOOK OF OA? BECAUSE ONLY FOUR WERE REVEALED, I think. <–pretty freakin important since.. my understanding is the DCU reboot will be "Ultimate DC" but some events happened, but some didn't, but is Geoff really rebooting and saying screw the other laws? Probably, since Wally West isn't around.

-Speaking of Geoff: HEY! WHAT ABOUT WARDEN WOLFE?

=Speaking of Geoff: HEY! WHAT ABOUT ZOOM TALKING TO THE PROF AT THE END OR FLASH: REBIRTH???!! Is Flashpoint's real villain Zolomon?

Desolation Jones.

Houston Red: that woman is Mayhem, NYPD officer turned deadly gaseous vigilante. She was seen amongst the Ravencroft inmates in Web of Spider-Man Annual #10.

I am 32, will the Flash of my generation, Wally West be back?

Regarding Wolverine finding the admantium skull and his convo with Apocolypse about it. Backstory was that it had been planned that Apocolyse was the voice talking to the Doctor in Weapon X. So apparently he was behind it somehow and the skull was a hint at being a previous experiment. This has never been shown in the comics though so it is still a dangling thread.

Re: Shatterstar as Dazzler and Longshots kid. Shatterstars origin has gotten convoluted enough as it is. Let’s leave that as a side joke.

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