iFlashback! April 7th, 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. So jog down memory lane with me. The date is April 7th, 2004, the number one film at the box office is Hellboy and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.


Swamp Thing #2

By Andy Diggle, Enrique Breccia


Wolverine #13

By Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson


Enginehead #1

By Joe Kelly, Ted McKeever


Alpha Flight #2

By Scott Lobdell, Clayton Henry, Mark Morales


Strangers in Paradise #64

By Terry Moore


Ghostbusters #1

By Andrew Dabb, Steve Kurth, Serge Lapointe, Blond


Uncanny X-Men #442

Chuck Austen, Salvador Larroca, Danny Miki


New X-Men #155

Chuck Austen, Salvador Larroca, Danny Miki


Punisher: The End

By Garth Ennis, Richard Corben

That was the week that was in comics. Garth Ennis and Richard Corben give us their take on The Punisher’s last adventure. Also, Chuck Austen takes over for Grant Morrison on New X-Men. 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. Wow I never realized Punisher: The End was Corben… that just made my must read list.

    • It is a terrific piece of work, but very, very dark. Even for Ennis or Corben. I honestly don’t think I can read it again. It makes Cormac McCarthy’s The Road seem like an uplifting tale of human perseverance.

    • “…uplifting tale of human perseverance.” – I laughed. It was pretty bleak, and the only title on this list I read. It is quite awesome though!

    • I will definitely by looking for this in back issue bins.

  2. Nothing on this list, but after watching “Hellboy” in theaters I became a lifelong fan and now I have all the main books.

  3. I know I say this every time his name comes up, but Chuck Austen… *shudder*

  4. Scott Summers’s secondary mutation is Ninja Turtle hands.

  5. filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

    I was only buying indie back then. Only “Strangers in Paradise” for me.

  6. I relieve the only thing I read here was Alpha Flight.

  7. Punisher: The End is so damn bleak. Even for Garth Ennis it is just so hard to read because of how sad it is. But some great Corben art and I honestly don’t see how anyone else could draw it.

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths to occur on April 7th:

    -1967: Roger Ebert publishes his first film review

    -1939: Francis Ford Coppola

    -1947: Henry Ford
    -2012: Mike Wallace

  8. wow. That looks like a decent week in comics…
    -That Swamp Thing cover is awesome. Bold, creepy and a little silly all at the same time.
    -I never heard of Engine Head, but with Joe Kelly and Ted McKeever, I’ll have to track that down.
    -Beautiful Strangers in Paradise cover!
    -And Corben did a Punisher issue!? I’m not a huge Punisher fan, but am a huge Corben fan.

  9. New X-Men #155 -like- still don’t get the Austen hate.

  10. Can anyone explain why this feature randomly looks back nine years instead of ten? I’ve been conditioned to respect round numbers I guess but a little grumpy old man voice always just goes…”Bah! nine! What about ten years ago? Now THAT was a long time ago….” 🙂

  11. Oh… Austin… He wrecked the x-men for a while…

  12. Just read the Wikipedia entry for Punisher: The End and I’m ready to slit my wrists. Yeesh.