100 Issues Ago August 2011

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?


With FLASHPOINT almost over (issue #4 was out this month) the rest of DC’s output was either the FLASHPOINT tie-in miniseries, regular series winding up their run or a handful of specials like this one, where creators from classic runs of titles were given the opportunity to tell new stories using their characters.

The Detroit League doesn’t get a lot of love, generally, but I’ve always had a fondness for them, so having a new story set in that era of the League was a nice treat.

The plot’s straightforward enough: Felix Faust attacks the Detroit base of the League, trapping the heroes and a visiting group of children within the base. Steel and Aquaman butt heads, Steel convinced the older hero looks down on the League, before they make a final, doomed to failure stand. Gypsy manages to save the day by disobeying an order from Aquaman, and a young boy tells them they have nothing to fear as they’re the Justice League.

It’s a simple tale from a simpler time and works for me, though Conway’s insistence that the Detroit League matter and that they were heroes despite what the fans said is a little heavy handed.

Next month, it’s the launch of the New 52 and a bunch of new #1s.

100 Issues Ago July 2011 (Part 3)

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?


Judd Winick’s so-so run on POWER GIRL ended with the previous issue, leaving Matthew Sturges to step in for the final two, this and the next one.

And oh, how I wished he’d taken over from Palmiotti and Gray instead of Winick – the last two issues were just great fun, free from the angst and gloom of the previous issues, they showed just what a great character Power Girl can be in the right hands.

With the New 52 looming, however, the series was cancelled and it would be a while before we saw Kara again . . . but we’ll get to that next year at this rate.

100 Issues Ago July 2011 (Part 2)

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?


And lo, the FLASHPOINT spin-offs have landed! I picked up 34 issues from DC this month, of which 20 were FLASHPOINT related miniseries or one-offs. This one – FRANKENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN – was one of my favourites as it took Grant Morrison’s version of Frankenstein from his SEVEN SOLDIERS miniseries and had fun with it.

This was also my first exposure to Jeff Lemire’s writing and I became something of a fan, picking up the later FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. series by him as well as others.

Pretty much everything else by DC was wrapping up – TEEN TITANS was being produced twice monthly in what seemed like a desperate attempt to reach issue #100 before the New 52 reboot!


Wait a second . . . didn’t we have one of these just last week?

Yeah, we did . . . because I’ve been doing them wrong for the last year or more. Since I started these 100 Issues Ago posts, I’ve been subtracting 100 months from the current date but then looking at the comics that have the resulting cover date. As the majority of my collection from this time is DC, this means I’m highlighting issues that are two months older than I should be looking at.

Last week I looked at FLASHPOINT #1 because November 2019 minus 100 months is July 2011 . . . but I actually bought FLASHPOINT #1 in May 2011 when it was released.

So this week and next you get two extra posts to bridge the comics I bought in June and July 2011 so that when we get to December 2019 and I subtract 100 months, we’ll be looking at comics I bought in August 2011, rather than those with the cover date of August 2011.

100 Issues Ago July 2011

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?


I’ve been doing these 100 Issues Ago posts for about eighteen months now, but it’s only in the last year that I’ve managed to keep them to a regular, monthly schedule. A couple of times over the recent ones, I’ve mentioned about DC titles starting to wind down their plot lines in preparation for the New 52; regular commenter Calvin has mentioned what’s coming on more than one occasion . . . and we’re finally here.

Most of the time, I think back to the issue I’m featuring, but for this one I dug it out of its comic box and re-read it for the first time since 2011.


Barry Allen wakes up in a Central City Police Department that’s in a totally different world from the one he’s expecting; there are a number of small reveals/mentions before the big one: his mother is alive and well. As much as he likes that idea, he knows things aren’t right and so sets off to see Batman.

The Dark Knight, meanwhile, is a lot meaner in this world, willing to let villainous side-kicks die if they don’t provide useful information. He’s approached by Cyborg who asks him to join a group he’s putting together to fight Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Both those heroes in this world have caused massive loss of life when they attacked parts of Europe, but Bats refuses to team up and, without him, Cyborg’s group falls apart.

Finding his way to the Batcave, Barry’s astounded when Batman doesn’t know him – hardly surprising as it’s Thomas Wayne, not Bruce, beneath the cowl.


FLASHPOINT #1, taken on it’s own as the start of an event mini-series, works quite well. Barry plays the fish out of water, with hints about the new world being dropped in (mostly) naturally in dialogue, although the Cyborg/Batman conversation is a little exposition heavy, and the big reveal on the final page – that of Thomas Wayne being Batman – works well.

It sets up the mystery of how and why this world’s in existence and, honestly, makes you want to find out more. Unfortunately, DC decided to more than satisfy the appetite with the plethora of mini-series that would spin out of this over the coming months.

And after this was over, would come the New 52 . . .