My Favourite Covers
Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme? For Flash, the crown goes to: The Flash #237. Iris Allen is caught in a tug-of-war between the Flash and the Reverse-Flash in a storyline entitled “The Thousand-Year Separation.” The Reverse-Flash proclaims: “Let go of her Flash–or Earth dies!” Sure enough that seems to be exactly what is happening as the very ground itself is tearing apart, buildings collapsing in the background. But the Flash will not bend to the villain’s demands despite the dire straights, replying “I don’t care! My wife is coming with me!” Our hero’s love for his wife is so great that he is willing to risk the death of the planet to rescue her. Some may call it selfish but I call it true love. That and the Flash probably has a plan to stop this grim threat from coming to fruition anyways. We hope so at least… For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #168. I absolutely adore this cover starring Kitty Pryde and I knew instantaneously that this was the cover for me this year. The spotlight is being shown on this young heroine both in terms of the issue and on the cover itself. This is not a happy-go-lucky Kitty though as she looks tired and worn-out, her back against the wall, trying to hold herself up. We notice that her costume has claw marks slashed on various places and the threat of this unknown and unseen force that is menacing her unnerves us to our very core. We feel concern for her safety while inquisitively wondering what she is exactly being confronted with. Can she hope to win this battle by herself or will she need the aid of her fellow mutants? We care what happens to her and seeing her placed in jeopardy only compels us to crack open the issue and discover the road to her victory for ourselves.
So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!
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Great covers to pick from here, really liked Flash #233 with Reverse Flash about to steal Flash’s identity just as Iris walks in, wow, what an amazing cover! I also really liked Uncanny X-Men #169 where Angel has fallen, defeated, his wings pinned to the wall. This was a defining moment for the character, and had big implications for years to come.
We were so close this week as both of the covers you named were my runner-ups. Some really solid choices. UXM #169 is especially excellent. I love the perspective and the enticing captions. After you’ve read the issue, this cover takes it to another level indeed.
Thanks for sharing your choices!
I really like The Flash # 233 as well.
First of all, on the left there is Flash’s wife opening the door and saying: “Hi honey! I’m home!” As you know, I love when a writer decides to focus on the private life of the superhero he’s working on, so this slice – of – life detail instantly won me over.
And then I looked under her feet, and I noticed a very enticing tagline: “Deadly Secret of the Flash!” It seems that our hero has a skeleton in the cupboard, and the writer is about to unveil it: how could you prevent yourself from buying that issue and getting to know what the tagline is alluding to?
I also love how the bright colours used for the 2 costumes stand out thanks to the dark background surrounding them.
This cover shows the imposter cliché: as you know, I don’t usually give the gold medal to a cover it if shows an hackneyed narrative choice, but in this case I decided to make an exception to the rule.
As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 172. Logan getting married, a dagger piercing through his invitation card, the shadow of the dagger covering the name of his wife (possibly suggesting that next time the dagger’s owner will try to pierce her)… what an eye – catching and spooky image! : )
Special mention for UXM # 165: even in 1983 the UXM cover artist decided to create a cover having a real nice horror vibe, and I really appreciate that.
“It seems that our hero has a skeleton in the cupboard, and the writer is about to unveil it: how could you prevent yourself from buying that issue and getting to know what the tagline is alluding to?”
I agree. I can’t fathom what this secret could possibly be. On a side note, this year marked a lot of dead Flashes. #233 and #234 (back to back? Really?) and #235 which mixes it up by having the Golden Age Flash meeting his maker. Rumors of their deaths were greatly exaggerated! 🙂
“As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 172.”
As I mentioned to Paul Bowler, Flash #233 was my runner-up as was UXM #169. Your selection would be right behind #169 though for the very reasons you stated. I also love the little personal note to Nightcrawler written on the invitation: “Hey Elf – don’t forget the beer!”
Thanks, as always, for providing your selections! Much appreciated.
“I also love the little personal note to Nightcrawler written on the invitation: “Hey Elf – don’t forget the beer!”” Nice catch GothamRogue, that had passed me by! : )
“Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!” Thank you as well for your replies! : )