Retroactive: Green Arrow 1998 & The Punisher 1997


My Favourite Covers


Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?

For Green Arrow, the crown goes to: Green Arrow Vol. 2 #137. The final issue of this series proper captures the top prize for me with an image that showcases the present while looking back at the past. On it we have Connor Hawke, crouched and ready to strike in a classic Green Arrow pose, pulling an arrow from his quiver, getting ready to launch a projectile in the name of justice. He is perched on the skylight of a building, the night sky taking on an appropriately enough wonderful greenish-blue hue as smoke rises from a nearby chimney. This is no ordinary smoke though as it twists and turns to form the visage of Oliver Queen in a rather nice moment. Is Oliver’s appearance signifying that he is always watching over his successor with pride, that this comic will feature a flashback involving him, or perhaps something more? Regardless, it is an excellent cover that also helps me bid adieu to Volume 2 of Green Arrow and look forward to Volume 3 in the process.gav2137

 For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 3 #17. One look at this cover and we immediately recognize that it is a tribute to the Death of Superman cover (Superman #75). Like that cover we have a torn portion of our main character’s outfit blowing in the wind, acting like the proverbial white flag and a quasi tombstone. In the background we have various characters ranging from the more well-known (Spider-Man and Daredevil) to those more closely associated with this title, emotions on their faces ranging from shock to sadness. With the caption “War’s End” along with the homage and reactionary shots we are led to believe that our anti-hero meets his maker, that the Punisher has died in this issue. Is it telling us the truth or is it all one big swerve? The only way to discover the answer is to run out and buy the issue for ourselves, the hallmark of a truly excellent cover.TPV317________________________________________________________

So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

8 thoughts on “Retroactive: Green Arrow 1998 & The Punisher 1997

  1. I agree with you that Green Arrow # 137 is the best cover of the year.
    Special mention for issue # 131. Connor is about to kiss a girl, but the romantic atmosphere is ruined by the gun that girl is holding behind Connor’s back: does he know that she has that weapon? Or is she a femme fatale who seduces men and then kills them off all of a sudden?
    This image didn’t win the gold medal for 2 reasons:
    1) The anatomy is too clumsy;
    2) There isn’t a real background.
    Now that I think about it, Green Arrow # 131 reminds me of a much more recent and beautiful cover:
    The other gold medal goes to Punisher # 15. As you can see, Frank and two allies are about to be involved in a gunfight. The woman behind him has a very uptight facial expression; Frank, on the contrary, has a large smile on his face. By drawing that smile, the cover artist managed to catch the essence of the character, who is so brave and passionate about his mission that he faces even the most risky situations without feeling nervous at all.
    I also like the various tones of blue and black used for Frank’s costume, the title partially covered by Frank’s hand, the simple but striking tagline “Into the blaze”… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.
    P.S.: This week I watched 3 movies:

    … And Justice for All
    Brick Mansions

    I highly recommend you all of them. The first one is a very captivating legal thriller (I liked it so much that I wrote a post about it); Parker and Brick Mansions, on the contrary, are two action packed movies.

    • “Special mention for issue # 131.”
      Not only are we in agreement about our #1 pick but our runner-up as well.

      “Does he know that she has that weapon?”
      I believe so as you notice his gaze is directed in the direction of the gun as his free hand makes its way to his quiver full of arrows.

      “Now that I think about it, Green Arrow # 131 reminds me of a much more recent and beautiful cover:”
      Comparing the two, Titans #27 takes the crown for sure.

      “The other gold medal goes to Punisher # 15.”
      A solid pick but despite there only being four covers to choose from, my runner-up would have to go to another cover: The Punisher #18. Yes it may be a cliché (superhero giving up his costumed identity) but I simply adore the entire scene from the costume lying about to the use of shadows to Frank’s posture.

      “I highly recommend you all of them. The first one is a very captivating legal thriller (I liked it so much that I wrote a post about it)”
      I haven’t heard of any of those movies but I sure did enjoy your review.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices! 🙂

  2. I really like Green Arrow VOl 2 #130 with GA battling a shark on the cover! The blurb also mentions Green Lantern & The Flash as well, would’ve been fun to see them all on the cover. Guess I picked this because I watched Jaws the other night, love that film, so this cover jumped out at me straight away 😀

    I agree with you on Punisher Vol 2 #17 what a great cover, like you it reminded me of when Superman was killed by Doomsday, and this cover is very similar to that.

    Great instalment of Retroactive!

    • “The blurb also mentions Green Lantern & The Flash as well, would’ve been fun to see them all on the cover.”
      And to imagine that next year we could potentially see a Flash/Arrow crossover on television. Would they do it in the show’s first year? Wait until (hopefully) a second season? Regardless of when they do it, it has to happen. It’s going to be a good time to be a comic fan in the Fall: Gotham, Constantine, Arrow, Flash, iZombie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Agent Carter? Wow! Not to mention the Netflix shows coming in 2015!

      Thanks for providing your selections!

      • It would be great to see these TV shows crossing over, although I hope they let The Flash become more established with its first season before they do. The potential here is limitless and I think its bound to happen. I think it would be fun to see Hal Jordan show up on Arrow or Flash as well, maybe a story where he gets the power of Green Lantern maybe, think that would be awesome! So many great TV shows to look forward to featuring DC and Marvel characters, going to be brilliant!

        • I could see Oliver doing a cameo in the first episode and then a full-fledged team-up in Season 2. Hal Jordan would be an awesome addition as well though the FX budget would be blown on the GL effects. 🙂

          • Yes, I agree, that could work really well. Think it would be fun to see Hall and Oliver meeting for the first time before Hall becomes GL. They would certainly have to splash the cash for the GL special effects though 😀

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