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.

100 Issues Ago October 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 Two of the New 52 and, for the most part (at least from my somewhat ailing memory these days) I was still cautiously optimistic about things.

This month’s featured issue above of FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #2 was one of the better issues, along with DEMON KNIGHTS, ALL-STAR WESTERN, RESURRECTION MAN and even VOODOO. The bigger titles, like JUSTICE LEAGUE and AQUAMAN were benefiting from Geoff Johns embracing the new era, with the other titles I was getting hoping to gather speed.

The only ones that weren’t really gelling for me at this point were FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN which I’d picked up due to Gail Simone scripting, but something wasn’t right. TEEN TITANS, also, wasn’t really sitting well with me.

But this was still early days, like I said, and it was good to see DC taking a punt on some odd titles.

Outside of DC (18 monthly titles at this point) I was getting THE BOYS and it’s side-miniseries BUTCHER, and the Jason Aaron written PUNISHER: MAX series.

100 Issues Ago September 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?


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.