iFlashback! January 28th, 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 January 28, 2004. The number one film in the box office is The Butterfly Effect and these are some of the comics at your local comic book shop.


G.I. Joe: Cobra Reborn #1

By Paul Jenkins, Eddy Barrows


The Incredible Hulk #66

By Bruce Jones, Doug Braithwaite, Bill Reinhold


Ultimate Fantastic Four #2

By Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Adam Kubert


Midnight Mass: Here There Be Monsters #1

By John Rozum, Paul Lee


The Losers #8

By Andy Diggle, Shawn Martinbrough


Superman #201

By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Karl Kerschl


Wildcats 3.0 #18

By Joe Casey, Francisco Velasco


The Walking Dead #4

By Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore


Wonder Woman #200

By Greg Rucka, Drew Johnson, Ray Snyder, Rich Burchett, Nunzio DeFilippis, Stuart Immonen, Linda Medley, Eduardo Risso, Robert Rodi, Steve Rude, Eric Shanower, Walter Simonson, Brian Stelfreeze, Ty Templeton, Christina Weir

That was the week that was in comics! Wonder Woman has a landmark issue, Bruce Jones continues his polarizing run on The Incredible Hulk (people either loved it or found it really boring), and Wildstorm continues to “bleed” into the DC Universe with Mr. Majestic. So, did you read any of the books that came out this week? If so let us know what you thought of them. For me, this was when I went from wading into comics to jumping in headfirst. With the exception of G.I. Joe, I am pretty sure I bought all of these.


  1. One of the best Walking Dead covers

  2. I seem to remember reading Midnight, Mass but remember nothing about it. I or think I got ny of the oters.

  3. I remember reading that Superman story, but I’ll be damned if I remember how it ended or what really happened.

  4. I was definitely in the “loved it” camp for Bruce Jones’ Hulk run, the only run of Hulk I ever stayed on for more than 1 issue. Some great covers, too.

    • What did you like about the series, out of curiosity?

    • Can’t answer for Schark, but I loved it as well. I was never much of a Hulk reader, but I loved the mystery of it and the characters that Bruce would interact with. I also loved that getting to the Hulk was a bit sparse really made you appreciate when he did show up. Granted the series took a downturn as Bruce Jones hurriedly wrapped up his run (I believe he went Exclusive to DC).

  5. I read Ultimate FF all the way until Salem Seven or something, that was a series that just got away from itself. I saw A collection of Bruce Jones Hulk series at Half-Priced Books and skimming through it, thought it sounded kinda interesting but I didn’t pick it up.

  6. Anybody actually buy that Walking Dead #4 back in 2004? If only we’d known.

  7. Last issue of Wildcats 3.0 that moved the whole “Halo Generation” plot forward. Damn, I miss that book..

    • I wasn’t reading comics when this book was coming out but recently caught up with it; and yes I agree – wish it ran for longer than it did.

  8. Only read UFF at that time. Later read TWD an the Losers in collected form.

  9. Really enjoyed that G.I. Joe: Cobra Reborn book. It was really a biting look at our country at the time. The series that came after it, G.I. Joe Reloaded, was not all that good though.

  10. Midnight Mass looks interesting, especially since I got into Rozum’s work with Xombi.

    Here are some other big events to occur on January 28th:

    -1813: Pride and Prejudice is published.
    -1820: Antarctica is “discovered” by Mikhail Lazarev and Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen on the ship Mirny.
    -1986: Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart 73 seconds into liftoff killing all seven on board.

  11. So I’ve seen Majestic show up in this column I think last week too, who owns that character? He isn’t owned by DC right, or was he a Wild Storm character? I could of sworn he was an Image (creator owned) right?

    • He was a Wildstorm character, which at the time Wildstorm was an imprint at DC Comics. Every now and then they would have crossovers. Planetary and Batman crossed over, and there was a great mini where Captain Atom went to the Wildstorm universe as well.

    • Thanks @TimmyWood. I wonder if they have any plans to bring him into New52, maybe in a few years or so?

  12. My favorite WW run, and Ultimate FF was excellent in the beginning. Losers was good too!

  13. I read none of that except Walking Dead 4 but in trade format a cpl yrs ago. WildC.A.T.S. 3.0 Year One & Year Two are on my list of trades to buy and Midnight Mass looks like something I’d enjoy. That’s one badass looking Cobra Commander cover too!!!