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?

Power Girl #12 was the last issue in the Palmiotti/Gray/Conner run and rounded out a superb series that really made the most of the character. The writing was spot on with a great mix of action and humour and the art looked gorgeous. Ther series continued for another year or so after they left, helmed by the less that excellent Judd Winick who very quickly went dark and serious, but at least Sami Basri continued the great look of the series.

It’s no surprise that Palmiotti and Conner later had such success with the Harley Quinn book and it was a delight to see them bring in their version of Power Girl with barely a nod to the New 52’s revamp of the character.

I know I’ve said it before, but if you haven’t picked up the collection of this series, you really should.

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?

Blackest Night comes barrelling to an end with this issue, with a ton of dead characters restored to life with white rings, Nekron defeated once and for all and the whole of the DCU seemingly geared up to begin Brightest Day.

As mad, sprawling, interconnected crossovers go, Blackest Night was great fun, with the various Rainbow Corps really getting a chance to shine. Sure, it had what felt like a bajillion crossovers into other series, but Geoff Johns was still writing hopeful stories at this point; with Flashpoint and Forever Evil to come in later years, this was probably the last of Johns big stories that I really enjoyed.

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?

Sadly, I was reading this, the final issue of Justice League: Cry For Justice.

James Robinson rightly won much acclaim for his run on Starman where the stories of Jack Knight, his family and friends and even his enemies were told with rare heart and feeling.

Some time later, he wrote this which featured Red Arrow getting his arm ripped off, the casual off-screen slaying of most of the Global Guardians and the death of Lian Harper, Red Arrow’s daughter, amidst the destruction of Star City.

God, it was awful.

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?

This was the teaser/taster issue for Neonomicon, the continuation of Alan Moore’s Lovecraftian story The Courtyard. It had about 8 or so pages from the first issue of the mini-series and damn it was good – enough to make me eagerly await the continuation even more than I had been since reading The Courtyard some six or seven years before then.

And what made it even better was the eventual follow up to Neonomicon in the form of Providence.

My views on Moore have changed over the years but his Lovecraftian epic still holds up and is well worth reading even if you’ve never read a single story by Lovecraft.

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn, my friends.