100 Issues Ago November 2013

Maybe I need to re-do my banner image and remove FOREVER EVIL from the list of Coming Soon annotations, as the more I look back on it for these 100 Issues Ago posts, the more I dislike the series. Maybe that’s why I’m focusing on this issue of WORLDS’ FINEST because it was one of the few tie-ins that I had this month? Who knows?

Either way, while not the best writer, Paul Levitz tends to manage straightforward heroics with Power Girl still suffering from her on again – off again powers (she starts the issue hoping her invulnerability has worn off so she can get a tattoo – it hadn’t) and trying to kick start them by buying a ride into Earth’s orbit on a space shuttle so she can go bathe in the sun’s rays directly. Trouble is, that gives her an uncontrollable boost and sends her hurtling back to Earth where the Huntress tries to help.

Elsewhere in the DCU, it’s mostly FOREVER EVIL as I said, so everything feels like it’s coated with an extra layer of grim and gritty this month. Outside of DC, Dark Horse continue their adaptation of THE STAR WARS (including stormtroopers – with lightsabers!), Image continues the excellent FATALE, and Oni Press LETTER 44 starts to pick up.

100 Issues Ago August 2013

Power Girl and Huntress are still trying to find their way back to Earth-2 and at the moment also trying to escape the clutches of Desaad who, it turns out, was stranded on Earth-0 back when Darkseid launched his invasion that the Justice League prevented. This issue seems like filler – it’s mostly Power Girl hunting for Huntress while she in turn escapes Desaad, only to finish with the revelation that the Apokoliptian god has somehow messed up Power Girl’s abilities which go haywire from next issue onwards.

So if it’s filler, why am I highlighting it? Because the rest of the DC titles appear to be gearing up to the FOREVER EVIL event, with Trinity War running through several titles, or other titles like STORMWATCH or ALL-STAR WESTERN were off doing their own thing. It really did seem like a mess of all sorts of things going on this month, and this was the issue that leapt out at me.

Once again it was a very DC heavy month with 17 issues and only FATALE from Image breaking the pattern.

100 Issues Ago November 2012

I’d only had a few tangential dealings with the Damien Wayne Robin and found him to be brash, spoilt and a total loose cannon – everything the late and unlamented Jason Todd had been vilified for, years before – but he was something of a fan favourite for some reason. How times change, I guess.

Still trying to find a way back to Earth-2, Huntress has a run in with the red breasted psycho that uses the name she used back on her home world and she’s shocked to find how careless and callous he is, which is probably why, despite the age and experience difference, he ends up beating her. However, Power Girl arrives and gives him a well-deserved kick in the backside before they decide to team up and work out who has been stealing regularly from Bruce Wayne’s bank account.

The rest of this month was fairly low key; BLUE BEETLE and FIRESTORM were limping along; the GREEN LANTERN titles were getting wrapped up in the Rise of the Third Army storyline; SWAMP THING and FRANKENSTEIN were mired in the slow-moving morass that was Rotworld; and TEEN TITANS was doing . . . something that I can’t remember.

Still mostly DC, with 21 issues this month; GHOST from Dark Horse; the final issue of THE BOYS from Dynamite; and FATALE from Image. Looking back at my records, those sort of numbers wouldn’t change until 2014.