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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – That Time Thor Talked to Captain America’s Spirit When Captain America Wasn’t Dead

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – That Time Thor Talked to Captain America’s Spirit When Captain America Wasn’t Dead

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by Manuel V., we look at the time Thor talked to the spirit of Captain America when Captain America wasn’t actually dead…

Right after the end of Civil War, in Captain America #25 (by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting), Steve Rogers is shot and killed (tragically, it’s by his own brainwashed girlfriend, Sharon Carter!)…

So a year later, in Thor #11 by J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel and a host of inkers, Thor decides to pay tribute to his old friend, Captain America, since he died when Thor, too, was dead (Thor had been brought back from the dead at the start of JMS’ run). Thor reveals a little-used ability of Mjolnir. It can summon from the dead people who have sworn an oath over it. I dunno when Cap did that, exactly, but it’s not that weird to presume that he did at one point or another…

After they talked, Thor did a touching tribute by using his powers to basically FORCE the world into a moment of silence for Cap…

This was all well and good, of course, except for one problem…Cap wasn’t actually dead. Go to the next page to see what ACTUALLY happened to Cap…

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