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Provide Some Answers – Captain America Solves a Canadian Murder Mystery

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This feature is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Today, based on a suggestion by Ben Herman, we look at how an Alpha Flight murder mystery was resolved five years later in the pages of Captain America!

In 1989’s Alpha Flight #78, James Hudnall, John Calimee and Mike Manley introduced a Brazillian hero and also had him murdered…




The plot was never resolved in the pages of Alpha Flight.

A couple years later, Mark Gruenwald introduced a seemingly unrelated character named Zeitgeist into the pages of Captain America #390 as part of a new German superhero team…


In 1994, with Gruenwald about to leave Captain America after a nearly decade-long run on the book, he brought back the German heroes in Captain America #442 and also decided to resolve the Alpha Flight mystery by having Zeitgeist revealed to be the same person in both books…



But wait, Zeitgeist the German character didn’t use a sword. Aha, so there’s the DOUBLE twist! In the end, it is revealed that Zeitgeist was actually Everyman…



Who was a short-lived character from J.M DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and John Beatty’s Captain America run, debuting in Captain America #267…


That is some hardcore continuity right there. In the letter column of the issue, Gruenwald practically wrote a treatise on the character, noting that he enlisted the help of Marvel historian Peter Sanderson to make it all make sense.

That’s it for this installment! Feel free to send in suggestions for future editions of Provide Some Answers to bcronin@comicbookresources.com