This is the debut of a brand-new feature. It is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.
We begin with a story I featured years ago as an Abandoned an’ Forsaked, as well, which is how the Avengers saved Spider-Woman from not only being dead, but also being forgotten!
On the first page of this feature, I’ll show how the series originally ended and on the next page, I’ll show you how another comic book series wrapped it up.
Spider-Woman #50 marked the end of her series, and scripter Ann Nocenti and editor Mark Gruenwald ended the book on a somber note (the issue was drawn by Brian Postman and Sam De La Rosa), where Spider-Woman encounters an old sorcerer friend who is actually a ghost and he convinces her to join him (in astral form) to help him defeat Morgan Le Fey. They succeed, but in the process, Jessica loses her mortal body.
So now dead, she decides to make everyone forget she ever existed…
That’s an awfully depressing way to end a comic book series.
Anyhow, so that’s how Spider-Woman ended. But how was it wrapped up? Go to the next page to find out!
Less than a year after Spider-Woman #50 came out, writer Roger Stern decided to fix the status quo from the end of Spider-Woman, along with the aide of his editor, Mark Gruenwald, who was conveniently also the editor of Spider-Woman, as well as Ann Nocenti, who helped out with the plot of the story. Avengers #240 (by Stern and artists Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott) quickly does away with the whole “no one remembers her” thing…
As it turns out, Magnus was just a…what’s the clinical term for this?…ah yes, he was just a creep a-hole who wanted Jessica to stay with him, so he lied about there not being any way of returning to her body. He even lied about being able to make people forget she ever existed!
So he agrees to send her back, but you see, that’s all part of Morgan Le Fey’s plan! She knew they’d try to return Jessica to her body, so she planned on hitching a ride and taking over Jessica’s body!
The Avengers, meanwhile, had called in Doctor Strange to help them out. So Morgan attacks in Avengers #241 (by Stern, Nocenti, Milgrom, Sinnott and Andy Mushinsky helping out Sinnott)…
In the end, Magnus sacrifices himself to break Morgan’s hold on Jessica and Morgan is defeated and Jessica is returned to life, although without her powers, presumably to explain why she doesn’t just go right back to being a superhero.
Chris Claremont (who had written Spider-Woman before) later made her a supporting character (sans powers) in his Wolverine ongoing series.
Okay, so that’s the first installment of “Wrap It Up.” Feel free to suggest other examples for future installments by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. DON’T make suggestions in the comments section!