100 Issues Ago June 2012

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?


Man, really slim pickings this month as I looked for an issue to write about. EARTH 2 was speeding up with its #2 issue featuring the debut of the New 52’s Jay Garrick, and WORLDS’ FINEST second issue was struggling to deliver on the promise of artists George Perez and Kevin Maguire sharing the load, hampered as it was by the sluggish plotting of Paul Levitz. Outside of that, even consistently good series like ALL-STAR WESTERN and DEMON KNIGHTS were suffering, the first from a forced tie-in with the Court of Owls thing happening in the Bat-books, and the latter seeming to slow as it approached it’s first year anniversary.

BLUE BEETLE, CAPTAIN ATOM, TEEN TITANS, and even JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL all seemed to be floundering as the excitement of the New 52 experiment appeared to be wearing thin.

All of which leads me to VOODOO #10, the little title that could (at least for a while) but which never found the following. Writer Joshua Williamson would g on to write THE FLASH a couple of years later and apparently do a great job of it – I know him more from BIRTHRIGHT and NAILBITER at Image – but whether it was the character or the rough start it had, VOODOO never really took off, despite Williamson’s attempt to build suspense and a backstory.

A shame as the writing was complimented by the nice, clean art of Sami Basri whose work was always good.

Outside of the 19 DC titles this month, it was FATALE, THE BOYS, and FURY MAX.

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.