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Did Cassandra Nova Take Over Armor's Mind?

In Left Unresolved, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Reader Alex M. wrote in with this interesting piece of business from Joss Whedon's "Astonishing X-Men" run.

Okay, so the third arc on Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's run on "Astonishing X-Men" was called "Torn". In it, it was revealed that a little bit of Cassandra Nova had remained in Emma Frost's mind from Grant Morrison's run on "New X-Men" when Emma Frost had transferred Cassandra Nova's consciousness to the inert body of Stuff. This small shadow of Nova was enough to twist Emma Frost into basically recreating the Hellfire Club with her mind and then also messing with the heads of the various members of the X-Men.

Most prominently, in "Astonishing X-Men" #17, Emma (under Nova's commands) made Kitty Pryde live three years in her life where she married Colossus and had a child, but then the child was taken from her. So she breaks in to rescue her son, but of course it was really to break free Stuff, which had Nova's mind trapped within it...

So Nova's plan was for Emma to then place Nova's mind in Kitty'd body...

In the next issue, though, Nova changed her mind, figuring that Kitty's mind was too powerful. So she decided that she instead wanted to be placed in the mind of the young X-Men student, Armor...

So now Cyclops is talking to her in the real world while Nova is talking to her in her mind and then this happens...

And then the X-Men are teleported into outer space and the next arc takes place. The ASSUMPTION is that Emma did not make the move and that Nova was still inside of Slug, but it was never actually specifically stated and obviously, Whedon intentionally made it vague as to WHO Emma was saying, "Go to hell" to. And I would imagine that Nova might not make a move if she WAS in Armor's mind, so it really is a bit unresolved. Whedon was off the book after the next arc, so he never had the chance to address it and no one else has done it since.

Thanks to Alex for the suggestion! If anyone else has an idea for an unresolved plot, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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