iFlashback! February 25th, 2004

It’s time for an iFlashback, aweekly 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 25th, 2004. Peter Jackson, Sean Penn and Charlize Theron all took home Oscars  and these are some of the books at your local comic shop.


The Legion #30

By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Chris Batista, Chip Wallace


Venom #11

By Daniel Way, Francisco Herrera, Carlos Lobo Cuevas


Light Brigade #1

By Peter J. Tomasi, Peter Snejbjerg, Bjarne Hansen


The Losers #9

By Andy Diggle, Jock


Hellblazer #193

By Mike Carey, Marcelo Frusin


Marvel Knights 4 #2

By Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, Steve McNiven, Mark Morales


The Flash #207

By Geoff Johns, Howard Porter, John Livesay


Conan #1

By Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, Dave Stewart, Richard Starkings


Superman/Batman #6

By Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines

That was the week that was in comics. Books of note: Superman/Batman concluded its very popular first arc in which Lex Luthor blames an asteroid heading toward earth on Superman. If I recall correctly a straight up Superman vs Lex Luthor fist fight hadn’t happened in comics in a while. Marvel Knights 4 was Ron’s Pick of the Week as it continued its story of the poor Fantastic Four. Kurt Busiek begins his long acclaimed run on Conan and that The Flash cover is probably one of the most iconic for both Michael Turner and Wally West. So, did you read any of the books that came out this week? If so what did you think of them?


  1. Not a Howard Porter cover. Michael Turner.

  2. Umm…isn’t that a Michael Turner Flash cover?

  3. Howard Porter did the interiors… look at the credits on the cover, the cover artist doesn’t always make those. http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Flash_Vol_2_207

  4. Look guys I think the signature on the cover speaks for itself, probably a typo on Timmy’s part.

    Did anyone read Light Brigade? I only ask because A God Somewhere is in my top 5 comics of all time list and wanted to know if it was on par or above.

  5. Light Brigade is on my “one of these days” list.

    Busiek’s Conan is so good. I got it in trade, years later.

  6. Two things:

    1. Abnett & Lanning’s Legion was brilliant.

    2. I miss the DC bullet logo.

    • Seconded – to both these points.

      Who did the covers to DnA’a Legion run? Love the way the rings are illuminating Darkseid’s fingers.

    • The covers were very distinctive for most of the run. They were a collaboration between Tony Harris and Tom Feister, someone I’m unfamiliar with beyond these covers.

  7. A really nice Venom cover, how was Way`s run on Venom?

  8. The Light Brigade was one of those magical series that I still go back to once in a while.

    Also I really miss DC prestige format mini-series. They were really into those for a while there. Now, not so much.

  9. I still have all of Way’s Venom run and have never finished reading it.

  10. I loved the “MK 4” series, and Geoff Johns’ Flash run. I liked most of the “Superman/Batman” first arc except for the giant robot at the end. I got over that because the series seemed to just get better and better as it went on.

  11. Once again Timmy you have given me another series to search for with Light Brigade. Looking it up it sounds like something out of Mike Mignola. WWII soldiers fighting Nazi’s and fallen angels/demons? That and the combo of Tomasi and Snejbjerg is too hard to pass up! Looks like DC, for once, reprinted the story in a paperback that is available on amazon….Should get that before anyone else notices.

  12. Paul did a great write up on the Light Brigade a while ago. Check it out here: https://ifanboy.com/articles/inglorious-angels-charge-of-the-light-brigade/

  13. That first Superman/Batman story was indeed awesome. It’s the last time I can honestly say I loved something Loeb’s done. Great stuff.

  14. I love that Legion cover and still wanna read that story. A few of those covers are really good, The Thing looks sweet McNiven style, Swamp Thing in the circle of Hellblazer, Venoms tongue is pretty creepy and Dave Stewart has been doing some great colors for a long time and that Conan is proof of it. That Superman/ Batman is part of the Public Enemies storyline right? I read that, Enemies Among Us and Worlds Finest for the Superman/Batman run, I liked the interiors where it wasn’t McGuiness’s over exaggerated art which he is capable of and it wasn’t always him on pencils. Anyway, that Legion story might be my next bin hunt or “bottomless back issue bin” example like Jim M mentioned in his article.

  15. I remember liking that Loeb arc as it was coming out, but the random version of toy man, the random alternate superman, and the giant composite robot didn’t do it for me. The arc is important for ending Luthors presedency, but beyond that it really doesn’t age well.