100 Issues Ago August 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 FLASHPOINT almost over (issue #4 was out this month) the rest of DC’s output was either the FLASHPOINT tie-in miniseries, regular series winding up their run or a handful of specials like this one, where creators from classic runs of titles were given the opportunity to tell new stories using their characters.

The Detroit League doesn’t get a lot of love, generally, but I’ve always had a fondness for them, so having a new story set in that era of the League was a nice treat.

The plot’s straightforward enough: Felix Faust attacks the Detroit base of the League, trapping the heroes and a visiting group of children within the base. Steel and Aquaman butt heads, Steel convinced the older hero looks down on the League, before they make a final, doomed to failure stand. Gypsy manages to save the day by disobeying an order from Aquaman, and a young boy tells them they have nothing to fear as they’re the Justice League.

It’s a simple tale from a simpler time and works for me, though Conway’s insistence that the Detroit League matter and that they were heroes despite what the fans said is a little heavy handed.

Next month, it’s the launch of the New 52 and a bunch of new #1s.

Sunday Reviews

“Vulko?”

“My queen?”

“How’s my hair?”

“… wet?”

Mera seeks some advice in AQUAMAN #53

AQUAMAN #53

Tristram Maurer, the sea captain from two hundred years ago, has been summoned to Amnesty Bay, telling Aquaman that hell will follow with him. Before Aquaman can get to the bottom of that, Black Manta attacks, having drawn Mera and the Atlantean forces along with him, to face off against Aquaman.

I get the distinct impressions DeConnick would be happier writing more about Maurer and his mysterious imaginary monsters but has had the whole Black Manta/Year of the Villain thing foisted upon her. Either way, best issue in some time.

CHASTITY #2

Having been kidnapped by human traffickers, Chastity wakes on a ship and promptly escapes, freeing all the other captives along the way, as well as killing as many of the guards as she can. The last guard turns out to be a CIA undercover operative and offers to show her to the armoury.

There wasn’t much happening in this issue – it was basically one big escape story, though the page layouts of the breakout worked well.

INFERIOR 5 #2

Justin, Lisa and Helen survive an attack from the Billy creature before it’s called back in to the Dominators’ headquarters. Lisa’s revealed to be a Durlan, as suspected, and Justin’s mom is being experimented upon to turn her in to a sleeper agent. In the back-up Peacemaker story, we get a glimpse of how messed up he is.

In typical Giffen fashion, next to nothing is explained here – he’s never been a fan of exposition, preferring dialogue to fill in the blanks which makes you work to get the good stuff… and it is good. Oh, and there’s a lovely little WATCHMEN homage in the Peacemaker back-up.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #34

Throughout the various time periods, the various Justice League teams, along with their friends, fight against the Legion of Doom in order to bring together the pieces of the Totality to once more imprison Perpetua. Just as they’re about to win, Hawkgirl’s need for vengeance against Luthor spoils the plan, and the League falls throughout time, allowing Perpetua to rise.

Finally! After months and months of “Something big is going to happen!” something actually happens – the League loses and Perpetua stands ready to reshape the Multiverse. Is this going to lead in to the big changes/crisis that’s coming next year? Who knows!

Mash-Up #140 Nemesis vs Justice League of America

Okay, I admit it – I’d never heard of Nemesis before I found this image while looking to mash-up covers. Want more info? Check this page.