iFlashback! April 28th, 2004

It’s time for an iFlashback, a weekly feature in which we take a look at some comics that were on sale nine years ago.  Why nine and not ten? Our Mondays and Wednesdays used to sync up, but 2004 was a leap year so we are off by a day. So jog down memory lane with me. The date is April 28th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is Man on Fire and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.



Daredevil: Father #1

By Joe Quesada, Danny Miki


Batman: Harley and Ivy #1

By Bruce Timm, Paul Dini


Human Torch #12

By Karl Kesel, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Skottie Young


Batman #626

By Judd Winick, Dustin Nguyen, Richard Friend


Hellblazer #195

By Mike Carey, Leonardo Manco


Marvel Knights 4 #5

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Steve McNiven, Mark Morales, Morry Jay Hollowell


Green Lantern #176

Ron Marz, Luke Ross, Rodney Ramos

Avengers 81

Avengers #81

By Chuck Austen, Olivier Coipel, Andy Lanning


Superman #204

By Brian Azzrello, Jim Lee, Scott Williams

That was the week that was in comics. Superman was the highest selling book that month, which makes sense. Jim Lee was fresh off of Hush. So, did you read any of the books that came out this week? If you did, be sure to let us know what you thought of them.


  1. Azzrello wrote Superman? News to me, how was it? I can’t imagine Supes fitting with Azzrello’s writing style, but then again Wonderwoman has been so good..

    • It’s pretty popular, but I think it was terrible. It’s kinda dark/brooding, forgettable bad guys that are just an excuse for Supes to hit something, and I feel like the story immediately starts after the last guy’s so I got confused on the when/how/why of the central “mystery” of the arc.

    • It seemed pretty poor at the time but it was a work of genius compared to what we’re getting now (Parker and Samnee aside).

  2. That Marvel Knights Fantastic Four was pretty solid for a bit there.

    Daredevil: Father was complete bollocks from what I remember. It also took forever to come out. I think it was around a year between #1 and #2, and they just flat out relaunched it.

    • When did MK:FF go down hill? I bought the whole series at a Comic Con for $20 but I’ve only read the first 12 issues.

    • Good find! I really only read the first couple arcs, which were the ones I say were pretty solid. It’s been ages, and I have long parted with the issues, so I can’t recall where it was I hopped back on and was less than enthused.

  3. Ah the old double numbered Marvel books.

  4. Kinda funny that Man on Fire was the movie that week, given that it’s the best Punisher movie we’ve had.

    I’m a massive Daredevil fan, but I completely skipped that Father series altogether.

    I probably read that Green Lantern. This is about the time they were winding it down and gearing up to bring Hal back, right? Geoff Johns is right around the corner from this issue, it feels like.

  5. Interesting week, makes me want to seek out all those books I didn’t get…only got>>>

    Superman #204 was a WTF issue, the beginning of For Tomorrow which didn’t start coming together until a several issues later,talk about a mind bender. Not your average or a very unique Superman story, and it was about the guy we will see in June…coincidence I guess.

    I also got the 3 last issues of Kyle’s GL run, not the issue above which started it, which lead into GL:Rebirth, nice way to send Kyle packing (for or a short while).

  6. Love that Sue Storm cover! That was a pretty decent book.

  7. Is that a good Human Torch comic? It has a pretty solid creative team for, what I’m sure, was not even a B-list title.

    Here are some big events, births, and deaths to occur on April 28th:

    -1945: Benito Mussolini and his mistress are executed

    -1937: Saddam Hussein
    -1950: Jay Leno

    -1992: Francis Bacon

  8. Superman, Green Lantern, & Batman.

    Superman: Though the art was great….I still own a 6″ collectible of Superman (in this cover pose)….I wasn’t impressed the story, or the entire collected “For Tomorrow” for that matter…..much ado about nothing.

    GL: It was ok, but nowhere near as good as the current GL title.

    Batman: The best of the three, I’ve always respected Winick’s writing.

  9. I’ve read:

    Batman by Winick and Nguyen and really liked that arc. In my eyes Nguyen has never drawn a better Batman book than back in that arc. Great stuff. The story was all right, but the artmade it sing.

    Daredevil Father but I don’t remember any of it, to be honest. I think I have to reread that someday.

    Hellblazer as always great, but Careys run is my least favorite run on the title, to be honest. Still, Hellblazer was always great.

    Superman for tomorrow. Still cannot make up my mind about that one. It looks great and the first half of the story had some really great ideas, but it fell apart for me when that fake Zod turned up. That was weird. I love Azzarello, but itseems that Supes is really not his character. Loved 100 Bullets, his Hellblazer run and his current Wnder Woman, though.