In Left Unresolved, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.
This story began in the pages of All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh. The opening arc involved an old Kree device that was used against the Invaders during World War II. Dubbed the God’s Whisper, it could control gods. Naturally, when the Invaders defeated the bad guys who were using the device, they felt that they should come up with a way to make sure that no one got their hands on it ever again. So they hid it for decades. Now, though, in the present day, the four heroes who hid it (Bucky – now Winter Soldier, Human Torch, Namor and the original Vision) found themselves under attack by a contingent of the Kree who want to use the device themselves. Namor is captured and taken to the Kree homeworld of Hala. Captain America, Winter Soldier and the Human Torch (with help from the Golden Age Vision) head to Hala to save Namor and stop the Kree from using the God’s Whisper. Sadly, when they got there, they learned in All-New Invaders #3 that the Kree had already used it on Ikaris of the Eternals!
They managed to defend themselves from the might of Ikaris long enough to defeat the Kree. They were going to try to figure out a way to help Ikaris when suddenly, his fellow Eternal, Makkari, showed up to get Ikaris at the end of the arc in All-New Invaders #5…
Once the dust settled, the Invaders decided to allow the Eternals to have control of the God’s Whisper, as they felt bad for them (plus, the Eternals were their ride home to Earth from Hala).
At the end of the issue, however, we discover that the Eternals had plans for the God’s Whisper. They were super pissed off at the Kree for daring to control Ikaris like that, so they planned on using the God’s Whisper on Galactus (who had been trapped in the Negative Zone since the events of the Cataclysm storyline in the Ultimate Universe) to get revenge on the Kree…
The thing is, that never actually quite happened. It was clearly something that Robinson and Pugh had planned for the future, but I guess it just kept getting pushed back and back (the next storyline after the opening arc was a crossover tie-in, so maybe everything got thrown out of schedule. I really don’t know for sure). Sadly, All-New Invaders got canceled after 15 issues. In the 15th issue, Steve Rogers (during the series, Steve lost his Super Soldier Serum-given powers and turned into a very old man) even notes that, oh yeah, the Eternals are out there with one of the most powerful weapons in the universe. Maybe we should do something about that?
Clearly, this was Robinson and Pugh showing the readers what COULD have been had the series not been canceled.
However, we were not destined to know what the Eternals’ plan was, because whatever it was, they didn’t go through with it and Galactus showed up as part of a major storyline in the post-Secret Wars version of the Ultimates and he seemed no worse for the wear…
Maybe someday we will learn what the Eternals had planned.
That’s it for this installment! If anyone has a suggestion for a future installment of Left Unresolved, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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