100 Issues Ago

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?

Gail Simone’s Secret Six run was always a delight, whether as part of the Villains United run-up to Infinite Crisis, the mini-series that followed that or the well deserved ongoing series it had later. She took a bunch of misfit criminals, weirdos and anti-heroes and made them into a bizarre, messed up family that you couldn’t help but care about, without shying away from the fact that most of them were killers.

Sadly, the New 52 version by Simone didn’t catch on so well, possibly because the new team (even with a few old favourites) just didn’t seem to work together so well, even with the re-introduction of Elongated Man and Sue Dibny, an event which should have attracted more attention given the uproar caused by Ralph and Sue’s deaths in previous years.

Still, the first few volumes of Secret Six are well worth picking up if you’ve never read them.

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100 Issues Ago

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?

It’s a bit of a cheat, this one, as it’s a trade rather than a single issue but, back in November 2009, my comics collection was dominated by Blackest Night and the aftermath of Final Crisis so instead of picking out yet another issue of Power Girl like last month, I figured I’d grab this one.

While I’d grown up reading 2000AD, I stopped reading it sometime around the mid to late 80s – this was during my comics drought years when I was discovering the joys of beer and (not very successfully) women – so was surprised one weekend in 1990 when a friend called round clutching this issue:

He’d seen that cover – a scarred, disfigured man holding Judge Dredd’s badge – and been intrigued enough to buy it and share it with me. Even though we hadn’t read any issues running up to it, the story of Dredd taking the Long Walk, being attacked by the Sisters of Death and struggling to survive and regain his memory was great.

Almost twenty years later, with the release of The Dead Man collection, I finally got to read the whole story. By that time, the publisher Rebellion had been producing lovely reprints in Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files as well as other collections so I’d read the story that The Dead Man led into – Necropolis – but it was nice getting the background and being able to finish the story.

100 Issues Ago

First in a possibly new sporadic series of vaguely linked posts! Collect them all!

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?

Of the 24 issues I picked up in October 2009, 22 of them were from DC (there was one each from Avatar and Dynamite) and while that puts us knee deep in Blackest Night and just after Final Crisis, I had to pick this issue of Power Girl as the highlight of that month. There was plenty of other good stuff out – Blackest NightSecret Six and The Boys, but there were also some . . . less worthy titles like Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape and the dreadful Justice League: Cry for Justice.

The Palmiotti and Gray written, and Amanda Conner illustrated, Power Girl was a fantastically fun run of 12 issues, the team leaving after that, and it’s a shame the title didn’t get as much attention as their later (and just as good) Harley Quinn received.

I know I said it recently, but if you haven’t, pick up the Power Trip collection that contains the whole run – if you like good, fun comics with excellent art, you could do a hell of a lot worse.