iFlashback! August 27th, 2003

It’s time for iFlashback! A weekly feature in which we take a look at some comics that were on sale nine years ago. Why nine years and not ten? Well because our Mondays in 2012 sync up with the Wednesdays of 2003.

So jog down memory lane with me. The date is August 27th, 2003. The number one film at the box office is still Freddy vs. Jason and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.

Superman: Red Son #3

By Mark Millar, Killian Plunkett, Walden Wong, Paul Mounts, Dave Johnson

Batman: Tenses #1

By Joe Casey, Cully Hammer, Dexter Vines, Lee Loughridge

X-Treme X-Men #30

By Chris Claremont, Igor Kordey, Scott Hanna

Hellblazer #187

By Mike Carey, Doug Alexander Gregory, Lee Loughridge

Wolverine #4

By Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson, Tom Palmer

Reign of the Zodiac #1

By Keith Giffen, Colleen Doran, Bob Wiacek

Jack Staff #3

By Paul Grist, Phil Elliot

X-Statix #12

By Peter Milligan, Mike Allred, Phillip Bond

Batman #618

By Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams

That’s the week that was in comics. Big week for both Batman and the X-Men! So, did you read any of the comics that came out this week? If so what did you think of them?


  1. Light week? Superman Red Son .. this could be the best Superman story ever …

    • Absolutely, it’s consistently the story I hand to people who say “Superheroes are lame.” They all have preconceived ideas and generally they’re surprised. Then they come back to me and ask what else I’ve got.

    • Red Son is great, I love a few Elseworlds stories and the stand alone non-continuity concept altogether. JSA:Liberty Files is another one from the Elseworlds I love.

  2. Hush is a very stupid story, all told, but I sure had fun reading it when it was coming out monthly.

  3. Wolverine by Rucka and Robertson?? Sounds awesome

    Anyone read it?

  4. Ah, Jack Staff. One of the greatest (and chronically late) comic series of ALL TIME.

  5. I really enjoyed any X title Chris Claremont ever did. Hearing how Grant Morrison enjoyed pissing all over everything Claremont ever did when it comes to the x-men still irks me to this day.

    • Was Morrison the one who had Beast turn feline? I still can’t get used to that.

    • is this Ron Richards’ incognito account?

    • Although Claremont had a great run on X-Men, what he produced when he came back and did X-Treme was absolute rubbish in comparison. It was hugely out of date in style and although he had some nice art from Larocca at the start of the run, the art took a nosedive after he left. When you compare it with the forward thinking on Morrison’s New X-Men and Milligan’s X-Statix it only made it look more sub-standard.

      Morrison was incredibly referential to Claremont in his run and riffed off a huge amount of what he had done. The meandering plot threads that went through the whole run, the focus on the school, the soap opera elements, Geneosha and the civil rights parallels were all there. The only difference was he wrote these in a modern style and actually moved these elements forward rather than Claremont who tended to stick with the status quo and never move on many of his sub-plots or to simply end them where he began.

      The X-Men books were archaic and tedious, happy to cater to those who wanted stories in a style 15 years out of date with characters who never changed. Along with Milligan, Morrison finally gave us an X-Men run that built on Claremonts work to give us something modern, dynamic and interesting.

    • I’m with TheRealVenom, Morrison’s run while “modern” to all isn’t interesting or good. X-Treme X-Men is pretty solid entertainment, it has it’s flaws but I dig it. Claremont is the guy.

    • Gotta throw my hat in the “Yay Morrison – Boo Xtreme X-Men” corner. I loved Claremont’s Uncanny, but Xtreme bleh. Even typing “Xtreme” makes me angry.

    • Claremont’s Xtreme was pretty bad, and that was around the time of the derailment from his one terrible plot to another.

      isn’t that where Lifeguard came from? *shudder*

    • I gotta say I love Claremont on Uncanny as well but X-treme was lame aside from Larocca and I did love Morrison’s New X-Men and believe he was joking when he said he enjoyed pissing all over Claremonts run as he says things like that to arouse controversy for fun the way Jim Morrison would. I think he changed a few things for the better and feline or more Feral Beast depends on who draws him…that was Quietly with Morrison, don’t know whose decision but think he looks better as a feral version of that New X-Men Beast like in the Secret Avengers now opposed to the 70’s version which is classic but wouldn’t look right in today’s comics but it would be interesting to see someone draw him that way in a current storyline for awhile.

  6. Red Son is still one of my top Superman stories, and Rucka’s “Brotherhood” arc on Wolverine was great. I read it in trade a few times since I first bought it a few years ago.

  7. I bought Red Son in trade.What a fantastic story by Mark Millar.One of the best Superman stories!

  8. I need to re-read Red Son sometime soon. Not a big Wolverine fan but Rucka and Robertson could change that. Batman: Tenses I’ve always been curious about. Love some Cully Hamner!

  9. Superman: Red Son is really the only Mark Millar story that I’ve unqualifiably loved.

  10. Avatar photo filippod (@filippodee) says:

    At the time X-Statix was the only Big 2 title I was buying. Now I am buying way too much. Senile regression?

  11. Loeb and Lee on Batman.Would that happen to be the “Hush” arc or did they team up another time?

  12. Cully Hamner on Batman is cool, X-Statix is awesome and Mike Carey on Hellblazer is good too….some really nice covers in this week of 2003.

  13. That was a good week. I read wolverine, Batman, X-static. All books I really enjoyed at e time.