Retroactive: Green Arrow 2005 & The Punisher 2004

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 2004 and The Punisher 2003. 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.

________________________________________________________

Green Arrow 2005green_arrow-logo___________________________________________________

The Punisher 2004punisherlogo________________________________________________________

My Favourite Coverstop_picks_logo

________________________________________________________

com-next

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Retroactive: Green Arrow 2005 & The Punisher 2004

  1. I really like Green Arrow # 53.
    The first thing that drove me mad about this cover is its unusual perspective. We’re seeing the scene from on high, as if we were lying on a tree of that wood.
    And then I noticed the contrast between the very different attitudes of the hero and the villain. Solomon Grundy has a raging face, and is about to break Oliver’s bones with his right hand. Any other man would panic, but not Green Arrow: he tries to shoot with a perfectly calm and concentrated facial expression, as if his life weren’t in peril at all. His reaction speaks volumes about how brave he is.
    Thirdly, I love the tagline “Solomon’s Revenge!” What could Oliver have done to him? This tagline is so enticing and question – raising that it deserves the gold medal alone.
    As for Frank, I completely agree with the cover you chose. As you wrote, this image has a very subtle ironic vibe, and we definitely needed that after so many gloomy covers. I also love the symbolic use of red you mentioned in your description.
    Special mention for Punisher # 10, because even in this case we have a rather funny scene, with a normal man washing his hands and suddenly realizing that the Punisher is watching him.

    • “I really like Green Arrow # 53.”
      You really can’t go wrong with selecting any of these gorgeous covers. My other runner-ups would have to be #44 (a simple yet powerful and emotional image), #47 (a beautiful quadruple shot of all the main members of Team Arrow) and #54 (special guest star Mirror Master and I love the technique to create the cracked mirror).

      “Special mention for Punisher # 10, because even in this case we have a rather funny scene, with a normal man washing his hands and suddenly realizing that the Punisher is watching him.”
      We are in double agreement! This is my runner-up as well. 🙂

      Thanks, as always, for sharing you selections and providing your in-depth analysis!

  2. Wow, some great Green Arrow covers, I’m with you on Green Arrow Vol 3 #50 though what a stunning cover, featuring all the GA characters and lots of guest stars as well! Brilliant!

    I went for Punisher Vol 5 #37 a plain white cover, with the Punisher in the foreground, while the dark image of the skull almost seems to bleed through the right side of the cover. Its kind of spooky and very menacing, especially with the Punisher glowering at your from the cover like that.

    A great instalment of Retroactive 😀

    • “Its kind of spooky and very menacing, especially with the Punisher glowering at your from the cover like that.”
      Fantastic choice! This just missed my personal Top 3 with #10 taking 2nd and #2 capturing 3rd. I love that shot on #2 of the Punisher giving up, laser scopes honed in on him. You just know he’s leading them into a fall sense of security despite the crippling odds. 🙂

      Thanks for providing your choices!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s