100 Issues Ago February 2012

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?


Six months in to the New 52 and it was a mixed bag this month just like the previous one.

ALL-STAR WESTERN was still damn good, with Palmiotti and Gray joined by the excellent Moritat telling neat, well-paced stories about Jonah Hex. Probably the most enjoyable title I was getting around this time. Elsewhere in DC, FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF SHADE, DEMON KNIGHTS, and even VOODOO were still enjoyable, but outside of the big titles I was getting – GREEN LANTERN and JUSTICE LEAGUE – cracks were beginning to show.

CAPTAIN ATOM, BLUE BEETLE, FIRESTORM, TEEN TITANS, and JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL were all floundering under the weight of the new takes on the characters.

Outside of DC, THE BOYS was still rolling along, FATALE was living up to the promise it showed in the previous month, and PUNISHER: MAX came to an end with the death of the Punisher.

100 Issues Ago January 2012

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?


The solicitation for this series had caught my eye, promising a blend of crime noir and Lovecraftian horror so picking this up was an easy decision to make. And I wasn’t disappointed; FATALE would go on to be one of the best stories I’ve read in a long while and this was a good first issue.

Meanwhile, DC were into month 5 of the New 52 and, as I mentioned last month, some titles were starting to plod and slow down (CAPTAIN ATOM and FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN chief among them) while others (FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF SHADE and DEMON KNIGHTS) were rewarding the risk I’d take on picking them up outside the usual Justice League/Green Lantern family of titles that I would normally pick up.

Dynamite had THE BOYS and Marvel had PUNISHER: MAX, both of which were doing splendid work.

100 Issues Ago December 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 all my comics in storage right now, I’m reliant on my admittedly not too brilliant memory for these posts over the next couple of months.

THE RAY was a mini-series by Jimmy Pamiotti and Justin Gray that would redefine a character they’d recently been working with pre-New 52 in FREEDOM FIGHTERS. It was a good start; the duo usually delivered good, solid superhero stories and given a clean slate with the New 52, gave us a new version of The Ray that showed some promise.

Elsewhere, things were starting to slow down for me; normally a fan of Dan Jurgens, his JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL was just a bit slow; MISTER TERRIFIC and BLUE BEETLE were plodding; and FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN and CAPTAIN ATOM just seemed to be throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.

There were high points as well, though: ALL-STAR WESTERN (another Palmiotti and Gray title) was working well; FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF SHADE was fun and interesting; and GREEN LANTERN was romping along nicely.

Outside of the nineteen New 52 titles, I had THE BOYS and it’s side series BUTCHER from Dynamite, and then PUNISHER MAX from Marvel.

100 Issues Ago November 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?


Month three of the New 52 and things were still going okay on the whole. Despite a bumpy start, VOODOO was starting to pick up and it was nice seeing Ron Marx writing Kyle Rayner again. The series hadn’t won many fans over portraying the only woman of colour to have her own series in the New 52 as a stripper back in issue #1, but the hidden powers/Daemonite plot line was starting to warm up and I was enjoying it.

Elsewhere, FRANKENSTEIN and ALL-STAR WESTERN continued to be standouts of the non-typical series DC were trying here, while GREEN LANTERN and JUSTICE LEAGUE were ticking along nicely.

18 issues from DC this month, 3 from Dynamite (THE BOYS and a couple of the spin-offs from it), and a single PUNISHER: MAX from Marvel.