I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?
So here we are – FLASHPOINT had ended and the New 52 was underway. Fifty two new titles released by DC, all with new number 1 issues, all throwing aside previous continuity (well, mostly – GREEN LANTERN continued pretty much as if nothing had happened) and relaunching with new versions of old heroes.
There’s no denying it was a bold move and generated a huge amount of interest in what DC were doing but, with hindsight from just over eight years later, it quickly became something of a tangled mess as creators and fans alike were unsure what was still in continuity, what wasn’t, how that affected characters and so on.
For me, DC’s plan worked – I went from 11 ongoing series in August, to 18 in September. Some of those – the Green Lantern/Justice League titles – were pretty much straight swaps, but the New 52 allowed me to pick up some new titles that I might not have otherwise, among them ALL-STAR WESTERN, FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E., MISTER TERRIFIC, and even the much maligned VOODOO as well as DEMON KNIGHTS featured above.
As is always the case, some titles lasted longer than others, and there would be a second wave of titles six months or so down the line, but this initial month seemed full of promise. The haphazard nature of the New 52’s arrival, though, would soon become evident.