iFlashback! February 18th, 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 years and not ten? Well because our Mondays in 2013 sync up with the Wednesdays of 2004.

So jog down memory lane with me. The date is February 18th, 2004. The number one film at the box office is 50 First Dates  and these are some of the books at your local comic shop.


Batman: Room Full of Strangers #1

By Scott Morse


Exiles #42

By Chuck Austen, Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna


Superman: Secret Identity #2

By Kurt Busiek, Stuart Immonen


Uncanny X-Men #440

By Chuck Austen, Salvador Larroca, Danny Miki


Silent Hill: Dying Inside #1

By Scott Ciencin, Ben Templesmith


The Pulse #1

By Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna


Weapon X #18

By Frank Tieri, Jeff Johnson, Don Hillsman


DC: The New Frontier #2

By Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stewart


New X-Men #153

By Grant Morrison, Marc Silvestri

That was the week that was in comics. Almost every book Marvel released this week was an X-Men title. New X-Men was the highest sold comic of the month so there must have been quite a bit of X-Fever going around. So, did you read any of the books that came out this week? Be sure to let us know what you thought of them!


  1. What a great week. That final New X Men tale was great and really tied together all the seemingly disparate threads that Morrison had left dangling throughout his run. Also The New Frontier and one of the best Superman stories ever.

    Disappointed in The Pulse. After coming off Alias Bendis really dropped the ball on this series and tied it into too many other things and lost the sense that it was Jessica’s story. He redeemed it somewhat with a great final arc but it disappointed overall.

  2. Ah, the savage Austen days. Did any X-Fan suffer more than in that terrible era?

  3. Every time I forget about Chuck Austen, there is another iFlashback with his name on it.

  4. Never heard of the Batman title – anyone know anything about it?

  5. new x men #153 makes me nostalgic…

  6. Only read “Superman: Secret Identity” and “DC:the New Frontier”. Both great stories. I read a few of Morrison’s “New X-Men” (can’t remember which) but I didn’t care for most of it.

  7. Woohoo New Frontier!

  8. dc: new frontier great book, great story !! i have the absolute edition but i wish dc would publish a trade paperback. Just so it’s easier to read. I think i’ve read superman secret indentity but i’m not sure

  9. I am so glad that they finally got rid of “Cat Beast”. That single 2nd mutation took me out of the x books for years. I’ve never really cared for Grant Morrison. He starts out decent and then “WHAM” I feel like I need LSD to figure out what the hell is going on. Also, “Cat Beast” was the most inconsistently drawn character of the last decade. It was painful because no two artists ever drew him the same. Now at least we’ll see some consistency back in his look.

  10. Once again, Timmy finds some great stuff. I wanna read that Jim Gordon story in the worst way now.

    Here are some other big events to occur on February 18th:

    -1885: The “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is published.
    -1930: Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
    -1979: The first, and only time, snowfall is recorded in the Sahara Desert.
    -2001: Dale Earnhardt dies in a car accident at the Daytona 500.

  11. I don’t think I was reading comics yet at this point. Anyone know when Gutsville #1 came out. That was my first foray into comics as an adult. I bought that and a Walking Dead trade on a complete whim, my only comic book knowledge was a vague memory of liking Spawn and Venom when I was 10 or 11.

  12. Oh Chuck Austin. How you nearly killed Exiles with your toxic touch. Thank god for Bedard coming along.

    At least until Clarmont put it in the ground.