Retroactive: Green Arrow 2001 & The Punisher 2000

In Retroactive I’ll take you on a visual comic cover tour of the past covering all the covers for a particular series. Each entry will cover an entire year and I’ll always have one comic from DC and one comic from Marvel. At the end of each edition of Retroactive I’ll select my overall favourite cover for that year for each series. Last time on Retroactive we covered Green Arrow 1998 and The Punisher 1997. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. Below you’ll find the two series that I’m currently covering. Click on that specific logo to be instantly taken directly to that series. The last section is reserved for my Top Picks from each year. Click the logo or travel to the third page to view them.

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6 thoughts on “Retroactive: Green Arrow 2001 & The Punisher 2000

  1. All the issues collected in this Retroactive post are pure awesomeness. On the one hand we have Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow, and on the other hand we have the first issues of Garth Ennis’ run on the Punisher. 2000 – 2001 was a great time for a comic book fan.
    I really like Punisher # 3.
    In the foreground you can see one of my favorite characters, Daredevil: his costume reminds of a devil, but his pose reminds of Jesus Christ. This contrast is a mind – blowing stroke of genius, and it deserves the gold medal alone.
    I also love the layers on this cover. First we have Matt, then we go back further and we notice Frank being ready to make his head explode, and then we go back even further and see a skull. The more you look at this image, the more you find some details that had passed you by the previous times, and that’s when you know you have a good cover in front of you.
    The other gold medal goes to Green Arrow # 2. Oliver’s eyes are covered by his wet hair, but he’s so determined and so self – confident that he tries to shoot even with a hampered sight. This image makes us understand how plucky Oliver is (you can guess it even from the way he clenches his lips), and I really appreciate it.
    This image is a gold – medal – deserving cover even from an aesthetic point of view, because the use of shadows on Green Arrow’s hat and right hand is simply awesome.
    P.S.: Yesterday I read DC solicitations for August (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52904), and I noticed that DC is going to reprint 2 iconic comic books, that is to say Marv Wolfman’s Teen Titans and the miniseries Batman: Gordon of Gotham.
    I read innumerous glowing articles about Wolfman’s run on Teen Titans and I really appreciated the Nightwing issues he wrote, so I’m definitely going to order that reprint.
    As for Batman: Gordon of Gotham, I already own it in the italian edition, and I do suggest you to order it if you haven’t read it.

    • “In the foreground you can see one of my favorite characters, Daredevil: his costume reminds of a devil, but his pose reminds of Jesus Christ. This contrast is a mind – blowing stroke of genius, and it deserves the gold medal alone.”
      Fantastic analysis, wwayne! This cover was indeed awesome and manages to capture my 3rd place award. For me, my runner-up would have to go to the gorgeous #6 though. I loved the repeated motif of the Punisher’s iconic symbol and how he is contained within the largest one. If these first nine issues are a sign of things to come, the next edition should be even harder to pick just one.

      “The other gold medal goes to Green Arrow # 2.”
      And this is my runner-up for the very reasons you so eloquently provided.

      “As for Batman: Gordon of Gotham, I already own it in the italian edition, and I do suggest you to order it if you haven’t read it.”
      Very interesting. I never even knew such a series existed. Would you call it a sequel or a prequel to Gotham Central?

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices.

  2. I agree, Green Arrow Vol 3 #1 is my fave here as well, such a striking cover to begin a new era. With the close up of the arrow gleaming next to GA’s masked eyes, its really good, almost like something you’d expect to see in a trailer for the TV series now.

    I liked the cover of Punisher Vol 4 #3 with the skull looming in the background and Punisher taking aim at the back of Daredevil head. Its always good to see Punisher and Daredevil in the same story, the characters share such an interesting dynamic, and its makes you wonder what has happened to make Punisher want to take a pot shot at DD like this.

    Great Retroactive, these have been some of the most interesting covers so far!

    • “With the close up of the arrow gleaming next to GA’s masked eyes, its really good, almost like something you’d expect to see in a trailer for the TV series now.”
      I agree that would make an awesome piece of promotion material if they replicated it.

      “I liked the cover of Punisher Vol 4 #3 with the skull looming in the background and Punisher taking aim at the back of Daredevil head.”
      You and wwayne are on the same page with this cover. I had a feeling that your affinity for Daredevil would lead you to picking this cover.

      “Great Retroactive, these have been some of the most interesting covers so far!”
      This was arguably the best overall edition of the Green Arrow/Punisher edition of Retoractive for sure.

      Thanks for providing your selections. 🙂

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