iFlashback! June 9th, 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 June 9th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.


Action Comics #816

By Chuck Austen, Ivan Reis, Marcelo Campos


The Punisher #7

By Garth Ennis, Leandro Fernandez


Stormwatch: Team Achilles #23

By Micah Ian Wright, Carlos D’Anda


District X #2

By David Hine, David Yardin, Alejandro Sicat


100 Bullets #50

By Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso


Teen Titans #12

By Geoff Johns, Mike McKone, Marlo Alquiza


She-Hulk #4

By Dan Slott, Juan Bobillo, Marcelo Sosa


Identity Disk #1

By Robert Rodi, John Higgins, Sandu Florea


Identity Crisis #1

By Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Mike Bair

That was the week that was in comics. Identity Crisis was released, a book people either love or love to hate. So, did you read anything that came out this week? If you did be sure to let us know what you thought of it.



  1. Hmm, the only thing I got was Teen Titans and “Indentity Crisis” (ah Yeah!). I wish Brad Meltzer would come back and write for DC again, he always wrote such engrossing plots with alot of characters I never cared about before. I actually bought the original Identity Crisis issues for $7, I really should lend them to some of my friends…

    • Yes! Thats totally what I posted a few times before! They should get Meltzer back and give him one of the struggling books, like Superman for example! Get Lobdell of that thing ASAP!

  2. She-Hulk! Identify Crisis. I read District X later and it was pretty good.

    I recall reading Johns’s Teen Titans, but I know I left when he did, or shortly before. That issue might have been the last I read.

  3. There’s only one frickin series here worth bothering with & that’s 100 BULLETS!!!!!!!!!

  4. For me it’s Punisher Max, District X and 100 Bullets. I gave up on District X but saw the other two through to the end. 🙂

  5. I’m in the “hate it” camp for Identity Crisis. I really wish that DC would have erased it with the reboot and brought back Ralph an’ Sue for the New 52 . . .

    One of these days, I’ll get around to 100 Bullets . . .

    • I’m in the “love” camp, is that the only reason you hate “ID” is because of what happened to Ralph and Sue?

      On a unrelated note, I’m up to volume 3 of “100 Bullets”. You should bump that up you’re. “To Read ” list.

    • Actually, large parts of the story didn’t work for me, especially the solution to the mystery. I don’t object to writers trying to add darker elements to characters, but a lot of the story felt like they were trying to be shocking for the sake of being shocking. If the overall story had been a better one, I would be less disappointed about Ralph and Sue. At least DC eventually gave them a type of reunion . . .

    • Not sure I can relate, the only one I thought was meant to have alot of shock value was the Watchtower rape scene. But I respect your opinion, it’s time to reread it and I might feel different after.

  6. I have not read any of these comics. 🙁

  7. Dan Slott’s She-Hulk was one of the best comics out there. I miss that book. Also, read Identity Crisis and loved it.

  8. I remember really liking that Titans run, District X, and that Punisher run. I enjoyed Identity Crisis quite a bit too. Whenever I see his work now, I’m always surprised at how good Michael Turner was, definitely sad that he passed away so young.

    I hear a lot of people complaining about Chuck Austen (I haven’t read much of his stuff, so I’m not prepared to make a judgement either way just yet), but MAN that guy has written EVERYTHING!

  9. There should be a retrospective on the Punisher MAX run by Ennis. I know it gets a lot of love with the community, including me, but I don’t see that much when it comes from the podcast. Not criticizing or anything just an observation.

    Here are some big events, births, and deaths to occur on June 9th:

    -1934: Donald Duck debuts
    -1954: Joseph Welch, special counsel to the Army, eloquently puts Joseph McCarthy in his place with this statement: “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
    -1973: Secretariat wins the Triple Crown

    -1954: George Perez
    -1961: Michael J. Fox/Aaron Sorkin
    -1963: Johnny Depp

    -68: Nero
    -1870: Charles Dickens

  10. Why is stephen baldwin on the cover of the punisher?

  11. I just read the Wikipedia article on Identity Disc. That sounds like an incredibly ridiculous book that had no lasting impression on the Marvel Universe. Not that every book needs to leave an impression, but this one seems utterly pointless.

    That being said, I might have to keep my eye out for the trade. It sounds like a hoot.

  12. I LOVED Punisher MAX and Identity Crisis! Don’t get the hate for the crisis at all. Its my favorite event book of all time, next to Final Crisis and Civil War.