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Comic Book Storylines That Ended On Cliffhangers That Will Never Be Resolved

List RulesVote up the storylines that ended on a frustratingly open-ended note.

When comic book story arcs come to an end - whether satisfying or unsatisfying - fans get to move on with their lives and find their next comic book obsession. But what about the comic book cliffhangers that never get resolved? How do fans move on from stories that go unfinished?

What do fans do when only a single issue comes out of a planned series, as was the case with Grant Morrison's WildC.A.T.s reboot? What about abandoned mysteries that will never get solved, like why Batman had a secret file on Dick Grayson's parents? What happens when old storylines are just completely ignored in later issues? There are just some storylines that will never be resolved.

And if you're in the mood for even more cliffhanger goodness, check out Brian Cronin's "Left Unresolved" series over at CBR!

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    There's A Second Aquaman That DC Just Forgot About

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    Comic books are an inherently nutty medium. They are (mostly) ongoing soap operas where absurd things are always happening and characters get rebooted or wiped out without a moment's notice on a regular basis. And, sometimes, characters are created to take the place of old standbys only to prove to be less popular than was intended. 

    Enter Arthur Joseph Curry: the pre-New 52 Aquaman reboot character who basically had the same name and powerset as the original Aquaman, only without all that worrisome continuity baggage. For a character who was intended to take the place of the original Arthur Curry, 32 total appearances without even being given a true farewell are probably not what DC was hoping for.

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    The Runaways Almost Lost A Core Member, But A Reboot Brought Him Back With No Mention Of What Happened

    While Runaways has been a fan-favorite for years, and has found new success in recent times with the Hulu adaptation and the successful Rainbow Rowell-penned fifth volume of the series, the third volume of Runaways didn't catch on the way Marvel wanted and ended with a massive cliffhanger that was essentially ignored in future issues of the coming-of-age superhero series.

    Chase Stein, a member of the Runaways, was hit by a truck and was in a seriously bad way. Like, clinging-on-for-dear-life kind of bad way. But this was completely glossed over when the fourth volume of the series hit about five years later - though that series was set during the Secret Wars crossover and only featured one member of the original team. Chase's recovery was briefly discussed in Daken: Dark Wolverine #18but mentioning that "[he] got better" is hardly a satisfying conclusion to that storyline. 

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    Falcon Either Perished Or Disappeared - Then Came Back Like Nothing Happened

    The mid-2000s Marvel series Captain America and the Falcon eventually saw Sam Wilson break bad and join forces with the Anti-Captain America. By the time the series hit its final issue, Sam had gone M.I.A. and Captain America was questioning the Anti-Cap while fighting him for the Falcon's whereabouts. 

    The Anti-Cap ends up taking his own life without giving away Sam's location. The final panels of the comic see Steve Rogers chase after a bird he believes is Sam's, only to find the abandoned Falcon costume lying on the ground in a rainy graveyard. But the next time Steve and Sam are together, in Ed Brubaker's Captain America series, Sam's return isn't mentioned at all!

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    Marvel Never Explained How Black Panther Recovered From A Brain Aneurysm

    We're not sure if you're aware, but brain aneurysms are pretty serious business. They can lead to severe health complications and even death in some cases. But when you're Black Panther, and you have the magic of Marvel Comics, you can seemingly just shrug it off like the common cold. 

    2002's Black Panther #49 saw T'Challa abandon the mantle of the Black Panther in light of his brain aneurysm. This was in order for a new Black Panther, Kasper Cole, to take on the superhero moniker. However, by the time the series ended with Black Panther #62, Cole had taken on the name of White Tiger and T'Challa was back as the Black Panther. And there was never another mention of the aneurysm.

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