iFlashback! August 4th, 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.

Jog down memory lane with me. The date is August 4th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is The Village and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.



Batman/Catwoman: Trail of the Gun #1

By Ann Nocenti, Ethan Van Sciver, Chris Chuckry


X-Force #1

By Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

Books of Magick2

Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #2

By Si Spencer, Dean Ormston

DC Comics PResents Superman

DC Comics Presents Superman #1

By Stan Lee, Darwyn Cooke, Keith Giffen, Paul Levitz, J. Bone, Al Milgrom

Ult. Nightmare 1

Ultimate Nightmare #1

By Warren Ellis, Trevor Hairsine, Chris Coleby


Scratch #3

By Sam Keith

X-men the end 1

X-Men: The End: Book One: Dreamers and Demons #1

By Chris Claremont, Sean Chen


Majestic #1

By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Karl Kerschl

batman 12 cent

Batman: The 12 Cent Adventure #1

By Devin Grayson, Ramon Bachs, Raul Fernandez, Rodney Ramos

That was the week that was in comics! I am positive I grabbed Batman: The 12 Cent Adventure on my way out of the comics store. Also, a Stan Lee written/ Darwyn Cooke drawn Superman story! I have to find a copy of that. 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. Superman fought the ghost of Superpro?

  2. “The Village number one movie”?

    Ann Nocenti on Batman/Catwoman?


    … Interesting week, to say the least… Don’t think I grabbed ANY of these! Anything good?

  3. I grabbed none of these. Huh. Gan, “The Village”, waste of a few hours. Does anybody else remember when M.Night movies used to be good?

    “Ultimate Nightmare” looks interesting, did anybody read that? How about “Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #2”? I’ve seen that at Half-Priced Books for $0.25 each but its hard to find the earlier issues because of the titles/numbering being on the side.

    And finally, today’s bombshell; STAN LEE WROTE SUPERMAN?!!!!!!

    • Ultimate Nightmare was the first part of the Ultimate Galactus story. It was okay I think. I don’t remember much other than they introduced a Vision with boobs.

    • Ultimate Nightmare was very enjoyable. Ellis had an enjoyable run on that trilogy of minis and the Ultimate FF title around that time.

    • Ultimate Galactus paid off handsomely if you stuck with it, but the best part was Nightmare. It’s worth finding the components for a tasty little self-contained story that actually used the Ultimate-verse to it’s best function.

    • Cool cool. I did read the Ultimate Galactus Trilogy, and thought it was pretty good. It’s been awhile though. I think I enjoyed all the little tweaks to stuff to make it unique from the 616. Although it doesn’t seem like it made much of an impact, from what I read for a few years after.

    • “Does any on e member when M.Night movies sed to be good?”

      No, because they never were.

  4. I want to check out that Sam Kieth book. The cover looks so Maxx with that “Julie” girl on the cover.

  5. BTW was that Batman book one of Grayson’s better ones? I loved her Nightwing, but not so much her Batman…

    • I can’t speak for that specific installment, as I read all of War Games in trades later. Overall, an enjoyable storyline, but a lot of writers & books were involved . . .

      I’ve read a bunch of Grayson’s Gotham Knights stuff and find it very mixed. I’ll love an issue or two, shrug my shoulders at one, maybe be bored by one, then read one that I love. I don’t think I’ve read any of her Nightwing, but have heard good stuff about it.

  6. Can anyone say “Mr. Majestic” without doing Drexl Spivey?

  7. Gosh i read the DC presents Superman Story, and The X-men The End (i did not dig it) and X-Force #1 (did not dig it)

  8. If Cable pulls the trigger in that Liefeld cover, does he instantly earn himself another artificial robo-hand?

  9. Huh? Stan Lee wrote a Superman comic?

  10. This is the first time I’ve seen a comic I actually picked up on here. Go go Batman: The 12 cent Adventure

  11. I read the 12 Cent Adventure as part of the War Games trade. I read one or two issues of that Majestic book, and thought that they were a lot of fun. I need get the rest of it someday and finish the story,

    Hmm, Giffen and Cooke on Superman sounds like something to keep an eye out for . . .

  12. Why is Cable’s right arm half the length of his left arm?

    Also, why do all Liefeld characters have glowing left eyes?

    • You’re probably joking with that last question but I’ve got an answer.

      One of the most annoying things to do as an artist is draw the other eye after drawing the first one. Harder is getting the pupils to display emotion and point in the same direction.

      Basically Liefeld is making them glow in a super hardcore way so he doesn’t have to worry about this. He is the master of cheating.

  13. Stan Lee and Darwyn Cooke on Superman seems like a good fit. Would love to see how that is. Also, I remember liking the first part of Warren Ellis’s Ultimate Galactus story (in Nightmare) but the rest was kinda bad. The story of Cap fighting the mutant and the discussion they have was pretty good. Reminds me of what Ellis did when he did Astonishing X-Men for an arc.

    Here are some big events, births, and deaths to occur on August 4th:

    -1944: Anne Frank and her family are caught by the Germans and are sent to concentration camps.

    -1961: Barack Obama
    -1962: Roger Clemens

    -2013: Art Donovan

  14. Man did I love War Games, one of my favorites

  15. Books of Magick LDW was just bad ass. Loved it.