iFlashback! July 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 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 28th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is The Bourne Supremacy and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.

XStatix 25

X-Statix #25

By Peter Milligan, Mike Allred, Nick Craine

Superman Birthright 12

Superman: Birthright #12

By Mark Waid, Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan

Rogue 1

Rogue #1

By Robert Rodi, Cliff Richards, Norm Rapmund

DC Comics Presents Hawkman

DC Comics Presents Hawkman #1

By Cary Bates, John Byrne, Larry Stucker, Kurt Busiek, Walter Simonson

Carnet De Voyage

Carnet de Voyage

By Craig Thompson

DC New Frontier 5

DC: The New Frontier #5

By Darwyn Cooke, Dave Stewart

Metal12 2

Metal Hurlant #12

By Alejandro Jodorowski, Jose Ladronn, Rick Spears, Rob G., Guy Davis, Jerry Frissen, Stefano Raffaele

Planetary 20

Planetary #20

By Warren Ellis, John Cassaday

Avengers 500

The Avengers #500

By Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch

That was the week that was in comics. What a week! We got some Planetary, Craig Thompson, and Humanoids comics. Avengers #500 also came out this week signaling a sea change at Marvel comics. Just to give some perspective, The Avengers #500 was the fifth highest selling comic of the month and it was at number twenty four the month beforehand. Just proves how much Bendis did to save that franchise and make it the high selling book it was. So, did you read anything that came out this week? If you did be sure to let us know what you thought.


  1. One of my all time favourites Planetary, loved it loads. Also great stuff by Craig Thompson, Blankets was always my personal fave of his!

  2. Bring back X-Statix!

  3. Oh man, it was always a good day when there was a new issue of Planetary. And by day I mean year. Christ, that book took forever to come out.

  4. Only thing I read was Avengers, which I thought was just OK. My lie of Bendis started to wane around this time.

  5. Supes birthright, Avengers, DC the New Frontier for me.

    What was “Carnet De Voyage” and “Metal Hurlant”? Those look interesting.

    • Metal Hurlant was the original bad-boy that started the whole science fantasy magazines from france in the 70’s, Heavy Metal was the american version of it translated, after the original series ended in the late eighties in 2002 a new series started up & this was done by Humanoid Publishing still doing the anthology set-up but a bit more creator unknown as well as famous writers & artists contributing!

      Carnet De Voyage was a kind of travelogue done by Thompson while travelling through central europe promoting Blankets (which is fucking awesome), it’s a nice read but he has done better.

    • Thanks @RileyArmpit32.

  6. I read Avengers Dissembled later in trade — not one of Bendis’ better moments, I will admit. I read volume one of New Frontier, but never got around to reading the second, after I saw the animated adaptation. I know, I know, I’m hanging my head in shame now . . .

  7. Ah, Avengers #500. Proof positive when sales are low just start really f******* things up with the status quo to increase the numbers.

    Superman death,Human Torch death etc.

    Is it the casual fans that drive the numbers up or those collectors who actually think they are going to get rich because of this one issue?

    Sadly the version of the Avengers I grew up with died starting with this issue.

  8. Whew, that is a LOT of quality from DC.

  9. Birthright, New Frontier, and Planetary. All good series! 🙂

  10. This is just before/around when I got back in mainstream comics.

    I’ve read Avengers-related stuff back to around this point, and really enjoyed it.

    I dug New Frontier and have yet to read Planetary so I guess it’s about time, huh?

  11. These DC Comics Presents one-shots look real impressive there Timmy. Surprised these haven’t been recollected or published again. Wait, it’s DC Comics! Of course they haven’t seen the light of day since 2004…

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths to occur on July 28th:

    -1868: The 14th Amendment is certified giving African American’s citizenship and guaranteeing due process.

    -1929: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    -1540: Thomas Cromwell

  12. Avengers Disassembled was pretty much responsible for dragging me back into comics after a decade long lapse. Havent read it since but I owe it a debt of gratitude.

  13. Oh yeah, how did David Finch go from that to where he’s at now? His work looks kinda terrible lately.

  14. July 28th was my birthday! I didn’t read any of these though. Would have been a much better 2004 birthday if I got gifted some of these.