Retroactive: Green Arrow 2002 & The Punisher 2001

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My Favourite Covers

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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. 3 #11. Facing off against some stiff competition, this cover manages to emerge victorious despite the fact that it tells us nothing about the issue’s contents. There are quite a few elements on this cover that ensures its victory. First up is the classic pose of Green Arrow, his bow drawn back, taking aim, ready to unleash his arrow with pinpoint precision at his intended target. The second element I love is the building that our Emerald Archer is perched on. Not only does it have an appropriately coloured green hue to it but the main title becomes one with the building, taking on a brick design to further sell the merger. Last but not least is the background from the absolutely beautiful blood-red sky to the various buildings in the background. Yes, this cover has it all indeed.gav311


 For the Punisher, the title goes to: The Punisher Vol. 4 #12. The last cover of the fourth volume stands out to me as being the best overall, a cover that is three panel masterpiece. In the middle section we have everyone’s favourite anti-hero, swathed in shadows, his guns drawn although it appears that he is releasing his grasp on one. Why is that? Is the Punisher outnumbered? No, that wouldn’t stop him. Perhaps an innocent is in jeopardy and the only way to ensure his or her safety is for the Punisher to surrender? Before we can dwell on that for too long we are once again taken by the image as we admire the two other panels that act like bookends. Each panel contains a lone skull though it is the bottom skull that really grabs me, a skull that is split down the middle, one side blackish-blue while the other is white. It is very reminiscent of a Ying-Yang symbol. Is it simply a creative choice or does it contain a deeper meaning? Does it signify the external struggle that is going to take place between good and evil in this issue’s pages or maybe does it signify the internal conflict inside Frank Castle himself, a desperate attempt to keep his light and dark emotions in balance, walking that fine line between hero and villain?TPV412________________________________________________________

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

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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