100 Issues Ago June 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?


Palmiotti and Gray had been doing some sterling work with the Freedom Fighters over several series in the years running up to this, bringing the team together in INFINITE CRISIS AFTERMATH: THE BATTLE FOR BLUDHAVEN before a couple of FREEDOM FIGHTERS titles that was coming to an end with this penultimate issue.

Here Uncle Sam battles and finally defeats the Jester who had been trying to take his place as a more tyrannical spirit of America. The celebrations are muted due to the death of one of the team and the issue ends with the President having to shut them down.

I enjoyed the team’s dynamics and, following FLASHPOINT and the rise of the New 52, Palmiotti and Gray would try to launch other versions of these heroes: Phantom Lady (with Doll Man), the Ray, and Human Bomb had their own mini-series but it went nowhere, sadly. It wasn’t until the recent FREEDOM FIGHTERS title that the characters reappeared – but that’s set on Earth-X and features different versions again.

Looking at the other comics in my collection from this time shows various series starting to wind down as something big was around the corner . . . which we’ll have to address next month.

100 Issues Ago May 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 had plenty of problems with Judd Winick’s writing on both JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST and POWER GIRL that he was writing at the time of this issue, but I had to pull this one out for this episode of 100 Issues Ago mainly for the cover and Wonder Woman’s trousers – or pants as they say in America.

Jim Lee had redesigned Wonder Woman’s costume and, I think, there was some new storyline about how people either forgot who she was, or there was a different timeline or something where she hadn’t been around – this was pre-New 52 so I don’t think it hung around for long. But the thing that made the internet go crazy was the fact that he gave her long pants in the redesign.

I vaguely remembered writing about it on my old blog and so did a quick search and found I’d captured some comments from DC’s old blog The Source (no longer available) which summarised the reaction:

disconnectedsmile says on June 29th, 2010 at 6:37 pm :

she didn’t need to be redesigned for the modern era.
Wonder Woman is a global icon. you can’t change her look anymore than you can change Batman’s or Superman’s.
i don’t know who that’s supposed to be in that costume, but it sure isn’t Wonder Woman.

thebigburton says on June 29th, 2010 at 6:45 pm :

This has to be a joke. I am literally sick to my stomach right now. This is a joke. You CANNOT destroy my reason for loving comics and superheroes like this. Not even for a single issue. Please stop this NOW!

ipstenu says on June 29th, 2010 at 6:51 pm :

This had BETTER freakin’ end with Steve Trevor stepping out of the shower and it’s all a dream.
I was willing to lay the One More Day Spider-Man fiasco on Marvel, but now this?
No. I’m sorry, JMS, I love you for B5, but this is … this is horrific and wrong.
No.
Bad.
Done.

thebigburton says on June 29th, 2010 at 7:01 pm :

I actually just threw up… how dare you do this. THIS IS DISGRACEFUL. I hope you lose the rights to WW. I am now done collecting comics. GOOD JOB!

I said at the time and it still cracks me up that “thebigburton” tells us he’s feeling ill at 6:45, goes (hopefully) to the bathroom, throws up, then comes back to tell everyone at 7:01!

Ah, comic fandom . . .

100 Issues Ago April 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?


Having recently watch the entire series of The Boys on Amazon, I figured now was as good a time as any to highlight the original series.

The issue above was focused on Wee Hughie’s conversation with Greg Mallory, the founder of The Boys, specifically his first encounter with the Vought American heroes during World War II. This issue isn’t the grand exploits of the Justice Society during the war; the heroes featured here barely have a moment to blink before inadvertently bringing down a German attack on Mallory’s outfit that wipes out everyone – supes included – with the exception of Mallory himself.

THE BOYS is a tough series that pulls no punches and delights in ripping to shreds the superhero archetypes and this issue’s no different, easily puncturing the whole Captain America/Justice Society World War stories while celebrating the efforts of the real men who fought there.

100 Issues Ago March 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?


The Matthew Sturges written JSA ALL-STARS was a good fun read for the year and a half that it lasted; the younger members of the JSA split to form their own team with Power Girl as the lead and while it never seemed to set the world on fire, it was a good, solid, fun read.

It’s cancellation in the run-up to FLASHPOINT and the New 52 (and we’re getting ever closer to that with these posts, aren’t we?) meant we never got to know the origin of Anna Fortune, an original character who joined the team early on and was a neat addition to the ranks – a strange pseudo-steampunk magic user who relied on spells hidden in her gloves.

Fun while it lasted, though.