Retroactive: Green Arrow 2002 & The Punisher 2001

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 2001 and The Punisher 2000. 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 2002 & The Punisher 2001

  1. Of course I completely agree with the Green Arrow cover you chose.
    Special mention for issue # 17. Arsenal is very angry with Oliver: you can guess it not only from his facial expression, but also from the fact that Roy is aiming at Green Arrow with his bow. The Emerald Archer is so sure that things will turn out well that, instead of assuming a self – defence pose, he simply makes the stop signal with his right hand. The contrast between the rage of the sidekick and the absolute calmness of his mentor is a huge plus of this cover.
    And then you look behind them, and you notice a villain who is looking at you. His piercing gaze really catches your attention, and his presence behind the quarrellers makes you think that he’s the one who sowed discord between Oliver and Roy. This cover makes you wonder how could he have troubled such a strong friendship and also how Arsenal and Green Arrow will solve their issues, so it is very effective.
    The other gold medal goes to Punisher Vol. 5 # 1. Frank is taking aim before shooting, but the lower part of the cover points out that someone is aiming at him as well: it is a very creative means to say that in this issue Frank is a hunter and a prey at the same time, as it happened in the amazing issues Edmonson recently wrote for the latest series of the Punisher.
    Also, notice Frank’s reaction: he realized that someone is aiming at him, but he’s so self – confident that, instead of panicking, he looks at the sniper with a completely impassive facial expression. The artistic choice of not showing his eyes makes him look even more threatening.

    • “Of course I completely agree with the Green Arrow cover you chose.”
      I had a really good feeling that we would agree. 🙂

      “Special mention for issue # 17.”
      There were many great covers to choose from but I would have to award my silver medal to #13. It is a striking image with the villain and the backdrop of all the various sound effects that is a hallmark for this character. Great write-up by the way for your choice.

      “Also, notice Frank’s reaction: he realized that someone is aiming at him, but he’s so self – confident that, instead of panicking, he looks at the sniper with a completely impassive facial expression. The artistic choice of not showing his eyes makes him look even more threatening.”
      Classic Punisher in action. Your choice was spot on and is coincidentally my #2 pick.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your choices and sharing your commentary!

      • “There were many great covers to choose from but I would have to award my silver medal to #13.” It is a good cover, but unfortunately I decided to leave it out of the podium. The bronze medal goes to Green Arrow # 14.
        “Thanks, as always, for providing your choices and sharing your commentary!” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your reply! : )

  2. I agree, Green Arrow vol 3 #11 is a great cover, really like it as well. Green Arrow is in a classic pose, with bow drawn, ready to strike. I also like how the building is such an integral part of the cover.

    I also liked The Punisher Vol 5 #3 a very dark a moody cover, with Punished swathed in shadows, and the image of the skull looming in the background, very ominous indeed!

    • “I agree, Green Arrow vol 3 #11 is a great cover, really like it as well.”
      You, wwayne, and I are all in agreement. A rare occurrence indeed!

      “I also liked The Punisher Vol 5 #3 a very dark a moody cover, with Punished swathed in shadows, and the image of the skull looming in the background, very ominous indeed!”
      You really can’t go wrong selecting any of these quality covers.

      Thanks for sharing your selections. 🙂

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