iFlashback! May 26th, 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  two days! Hope you had a great Memorial Day yesterday. Jog down memory lane with me. The date is May 26th, 2004 the number one film at the box office is Shrek 2 and these are some of the books that are on the stands at your local comic shop.

Secret War2

Secret War #2

By Brian Michael Bendis, Gabriele Dell’Otto


Superman #205

By Brian Azzarello, Jim Lee, Scott Williams


Venom #15

By Daniel Way, Skottie Young, Rick Ketcham


The Authority: More Kev #1

By Garth Ennis, Glenn Fabry


Stray Bullets #33

By David Lapham


Richard Dragon #1

By Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens


The Legion #33

By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Chris Batista, Jay Leisten


DC: The New Frontier #4

By Darwyn Cooke

Astonishing X-Men 1

Astonishing X-Men #1

By Joss Whedon, John Cassaday

That was the week that was in comics! Big week, right? You had to have bought some of these books. If you did be sure to let us know what you thought of them!



  1. How did Venom ever get around with those shoulders of his?

  2. Astonishing X-Men #1 AND Secret Wars #2, what a great week that must have been. Looking at my pull list this week, I’m seriously jealous of May 26th, 2004!

  3. I still have not read Bendis’ “Secret Wars”, is it worth reading? I did read Azzerallo’s Superman arc, “The New Frontier” by Cooke, and Whedon’s “Astonishing X-Men” but only “New Frontier” really impressed me.

    • I don’t think Secret Wars was very good.

    • I would vote no. Secret War was not very good.

    • Seems to be a general consensus, alright I’ll give it a pass. Thanks guys.

    • I haven’t read Secret War in several years but I remember liking it. I also remember liking the art more than the story if that’s any indication.

      Also, I can’t believe you didn’t like Astonishing X-Men! It’s my favorite X-story hands down.

    • I just don’t care for Whedon’s style of (comic-book) writing, it feels like alot of set-up with too little climax. And I read all 3 of his “Astonishing X-Men” books in order, all of them had that problem to me. Also I’m not a hardcore X-fan, so maybe that had something to do with it.

    • I read Secret War a few years ago, but it didn’t leave much of an impression on me. Actually, I got rid of my copy of the trade now that I think of it. It is the introduction of Daisy, who I’ve always liked, so that’s something . . .

    • Secret War was all right. The art work was gorgeous, holy crap, it was so gorgeous. But the story was all right, it has to do with Nick Fury assembling an espionage group of heroes to go to Latveria to get Doctor Doom or someone important like that. But it wasn’t executed as cool as it sounds.

  4. God, all those New Frontier covers are just gorgeous.

  5. Picked up Secrt War and Astonishing X-Men this week. Secret Warwas. Huge disappointment, but Astonishing X-Menwas great. I still haven’t read New Frontier, but I loved the movie. I m holding out or the Absolute edition to one Adkins print.

  6. Those Kev Authority issues are some of my favorites. Such a fun Ennis story!

  7. Secret Wars 3 should pop up here in about six months.

    • What, there’s a 3rd one? Unbelievable, what was it about? Was it any good? How’d I miss it, I’ve never heard of it before.

    • I remember the whole bendis secret wars series as a filler between his pulse issues and the beginning of new avengers. A kind of prequel to new avengers if you want. But it could be that i am wrong. Wanted to reread the early bendis 616 stuff for a long time.

    • You’re probably right, although Bendis requires alot of background reading to follow. “Secret Wars” comes before New Avengers but also “Avengers Disassembled” and somewhere between those 3 is “House of M”. Long story short, yea “Secret Wars” helps set up New Avengers.

    • heh, I actually just meant Secret War Issue 3. Because of the delays. Ahem.

      But yeah, Secret War was actually fairly important in setting up the next few years of Marvel status quo – Fury out, Maria Hill in, introducing what’s her name. These things all affected stories for years, up through Hickman’s Secret Warriors.

    • Oh, my bad @flakbait. I wish other stories made that kind of impact like “Civil War”. Seems like that was revelant until Bendis’ next event.

  8. Man! I miss Stray Bullets

  9. Wow. Astonishing X-Men debuting AND a New Frontier issue? That’s a goldmine right there.

    Here are some other big events, births, and deaths to occur on May 26th:

    -1897: Dracula by Bram Stoker is published
    -1998: Congress rules that Ellis Island is the property of New Jersey and not New York

    -1886: Al Jolson
    -1907: John Wayne

    -2008: Sydney Pollack

  10. Wow. I haven’t thought about Richard Dragon in years. I really enjoyed that book for a while.

    Man, that Azzarello/Lee Superman run was disappointing. So much potential.

  11. Now why did I pick up Superman #204 but skipped #205 and #206 and then picked up the remaining issues of For Tomorrow back then?
    Maybe because of $$$
    Maybe I was waiting for it to build up since it was 12 part story.
    I do remember seeing them on the shelves tho, yep like it was yesterday.

  12. Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run was what got me back into comix after not reading any for years, loved it. Secret War needs a re-read, I remember liking Dellotto’s art. Azzarello & Lee’s Superman: For Tomorrow wasn’t bad. I didn’t read the New Frontier until a cpl yrs ago but love it, JSA “masks” being persecuted and forced into retirement, hunted down (much like the Minutemen/Watchmen) and Hourman not giving in, ending with a dramatic cop chase (whole beginning of that story was told in a montage through the credits of the animated feature). Those are the ones I read.

    Legion by DNA was/is probably good, glad they didn’t stick with Venom’s name logo from Way’s run, love The Authority but Ennis’ mini looks skippable, heard Stray Bullets is good and never seen DC’s Iron Fist guy. 😉

  13. Back then I bought Astonishing X-Men, Superman and Secret War. I wish I would have picked up The New Frontier-I still haven’t read it.

    Stray Bullets has always interested me as well. I’ve only read the FCBD issue that came out years ago.

  14. Didn’t read comics back then, but currently own Secret Wars, Astonishing and New Frontier.

  15. I read Superman, Secret War, New Frontier (so good), Whedons X-Men and More Kev.