iFlashback! July 14th, 2004

t’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 July 14th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is Spider-Man 2  and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.

DC Mystery In Space

DC Comics Presents: Mystery in Space #1

By Grant Morrison, Jerry Ordway, Elliot Maggin, J.H. Williams III, Mark McKenna

The Pulse 4

The Pulse #4

By Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna

JLA 101

JLA #101

By Chuck Austen, Ron Garney

Guardians 1

Guardians #1

By Marc Sumerak, Casey Jones, David Self

Bloodhound 1

Bloodhound #1

By Dan Jolley, Leonard Kirk, Robin Riggs

Gotham Central 21

Gotham Central #21

By Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Stefano Guadiano

Green Arrow

Green Arrow #40

By Judd Winick, Phil Hester, Ande Parks

Batman Order of the Beasts

Batman: The Order of the Beasts

By Eddie Campbell, Daren White, Michael Evans

Identity Crisis 2

Identity Crisis #2

By Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Mike Bair

That was the week that was in comics! Some interesting stuff came out this week from Brad Meltzer, Eddie Campbell, Phil Hester, Judd Winick and Grant Morrison! 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. There’s a comic by Grant Morrison, Elliot S! Maggin, JH Williams III and Jerry Ordway? What the hell man? That’s like telling somebody you’ve got unreleased Big Daddy Kane/Rakim/Slick Rick/Kool G Rap records just sitting at your house.

  2. Any one read Morrison’s Mystery in Space or Batman Order of the Beasts? Both look interesting – love the cover on the Batman issue.

  3. What the heck was Batman: The Order of the Beasts and why have I never heard of it before?

  4. I miss Parks and Hester….

  5. Wow! Three things I didn’t know:
    1. I had no idea Morrison wrote one of those Julius Schwartz tribute issues.
    2. I had never heard of Eddie Campbell co-writing and painting a comic called Batman: Oder of the Beasts.
    3. Chuck Austin wrote JLA!!!

    I’m going to have to hand in my DC fanboy membership card. Mind you, I was spending my pounds on Gotham Central, Green Arrow and Identity Crisis this week in 2004.

  6. Avatar photo Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Remind me to track down Bloodhound one of these days, as I have no idea what that is.

    • There’s a Word Balloon interview with Dan Jolley from 4-5 months ago that was pretty illuminating. I think Jolley got the rights back from DC and is relaunching it with a new publisher sometime soon. Sounded kind of cool.

    • Dark Horse have it now releasing the original series in a collection, plus it’s been in Dark Horse Presents & has a new series due out either in October/November?!

    • I remember liking bloodhound,, but i have no idea what it was about anymore..

  7. So it’s true, Identity Crisis DID ruin comics.

  8. I haven’t read any of those. 🙁

  9. How was that Mystery in Space and the Pulse? The Pulse Im guessing was classic Bendis, whatever that means any more. Right now I’m craving some classic DC back issues I’ve missed while being a Marvel Zombie. Having trouble finding that “Jimmy Olsen #1” by Nick Spencer.

    I did read “Identity Crisis” tho, I should reread that, game changer for DC at the time.

    • The Mystery In Space one-shot is one of my favorite Morrison stories. It’s in the Flex Mentallo vein, and quite moving. Funny, I was just digging through some old boxes looking for it the other weekend, to no avail. Time to crank up eBay…

    • Mystery in Space was GREAT! I remember it being one of the first comics I bought with my own cash (I’m young). Didn’t know ANY of the names at the time, but I loved it. I honestly don’t remember Pulse. But Gotham Central and JLA were obviously good reads.

      I wish I HADN’T read I.C. You enjoyed it?

    • I don’t understand the hate I.C. gets. Yeah there’s the rape scene but other than that? I don’t get it. I liked how Meltzer incorporated all this classic silver age and modern stuff and told such an encompassing story, he treated all the DC characters like they were real. I know the concept of superheroes is dumb or juvenile, but in my mind’s eye I don’t see why they can’t be taken seriously, why because it’s about people in costumes you can’t tackle anything “real”. I.C. did that really well IMHO. Plus the covers and art are awesome, I wish Turner couldve done the interiors though.

    • I honestly didn’t care about the rape scene. It doesn’t bug me like the Nightwing thing didn’t. I just don’t like it because of the sloppy writing and the inconsistent art.

    • I don’t know about sloppy writing, but I’ve heard that Rags Morales usually has trouble meeting deadlines and alot of his projects come in late, leading to fill-in artists to help out. I don’t remember that happening here though.

  10. That Green Arrow #40 cover is one of my all time favorites. God, that run was good.

    Now I’m depressed.

  11. Hmmm, may have to track down that Morrison Mystery in Space one-shot, sounds like it could be pretty good.

    Eddie Campbell on Batman? Damn, that I’ll definitely need to get my hands on . . .

  12. Batman: Order of the Beasts sounds pretty damn cool. Yet another Elseworlds story I’ve never heard of but it has an amazing cast of talents for art. Going to have to try and find that at NYCC.

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths to occur on July 14th:

    -1881: Billy the Kid is shot by Pat Garrett

    -1894: Dave Fleischer
    -1910: William Hanna
    -1913: Gerald Ford
    -1918: Ingmar Bergman

    -1965: Adlai Stevenson