100 Issues Ago January 2013

Forgive me – with all the fun and games of working on the house, being busy in the office, and just missing my reminders, I forgot to post a 100 Issues Ago post last month. Still, c’est la vie, eh?

I’ve long been willing to give Keith Giffen a chance when he’s either writing and/or illustrating a book and back in 2013, THRESHOLD came along featuring a tough as nails abandoned Green Lantern called Jediah Caul and his sort-of partner in crime Stealth who, if I remember rightly, was a revamped version of a LEGION character. Again, if my memory serves, the title was touted as being an ongoing and then, before release, became an eight issue miniseries which isn’t usually a good sign.

Anyhow, Caul is one of the victims on the intergalactic show The Hunted where a whole planet is out to get him and Stealth and a bunch of others. Giffen’s tight dialogue, as usual, doesn’t give a great deal away, but there’s exposition in the form of Glimmernet updates. It’s fast moving and the art by Tom Raney (Scott Kolins illustrated the Larfleeze backup) is nice and clean.

Not a bad start to the series.

Elsewhere this month, the GREEN LANTERN titles were still running through the Rise of the Third Army storyline; DEMON KNIGHTS welcomed Robert Venditti as the new writer on his first DC book; the Rotworld crossover in SWAMP THING and sundry other titles limped along; and both FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF SHADE and BLUE BEETLE came to an end.

Still massively weighted in favour of DC – 19 issues this month, with just one a piece for both Marvel and Image.