Retroactive: Green Arrow 2009 & The Punisher 2008

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 2008 and The Punisher 2007. 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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9 thoughts on “Retroactive: Green Arrow 2009 & The Punisher 2008

  1. I really like GA/BC # 24. What a powerful image, with Black Canary and an unknown red – haired character falling into a ravine, the first one on a flying motorcycle, the second one on a Spider. They should fear for their lives, but, instead of showing terrified faces, both of them are exultant (you can guess by the way they’re raising their arms). Their body language definitely contrasts with the situation they’re in, and this definitely catches your attention.
    Also, notice that a man (probably Connor Hawke) has been tied tightly to the Spider, and this is another very eye – widening and question – raising detail.
    I also love the fact that the image has been coloured by using almost exclusively various tones of green.
    As for Frank, I completely agree with the cover you chose. Special mention for Punisher # 52, because of its detailed background.

    • “I also love the fact that the image has been coloured by using almost exclusively various tones of green.”
      Very nice catch! This cover earns my bronze medal due to the shock value alone. Why is the Black Canary acting so exuberant when she is supposed to be a purveyor of justice? Why would she team-up with the villainous and psychotic Cupid? And who is this man that is tied to the car? 2nd Place for me goes to #17. Love that image of Cupid, arrow in hand, showing no regard for her physical self but trying to get across her unhealthy obsession with Oliver by etching the symbol into her bare chest. She looks like someone you really don’t want to cross paths with!

      “Special mention for Punisher # 52, because of its detailed background.”
      And I would make special mention to #61’s companion Mexican cover. Pitch perfect use of shadows and colouring.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections!

        • Really like Green Arrow / Black Canary #14 especially like how this cover seems to work almost like panels of a comic books, brining a real sense of movement and action before you even read the issue. The Punisher Vol 6 #57 is a great cover, seeing the Punisher in a gas mask makes him seem even more menacing. A really dark and powerful cover!

          • The image you chose reminds me of another very beautiful cover: Punisher Vol. 2 # 6. My bronze medal goes to Punisher Vol. 6 # 56, though: a cover showing all those guns, submachine guns and cartridge belts can’t be left out of my podium. : )

          • “Really like Green Arrow / Black Canary #14 especially like how this cover seems to work almost like panels of a comic books, brining a real sense of movement and action before you even read the issue.”
            Cliff Chiang’s art is simply stunning!

            “The Punisher Vol 6 #57 is a great cover, seeing the Punisher in a gas mask makes him seem even more menacing. A really dark and powerful cover!”
            As if the Punisher was intimidating enough, once you add the gas mask he takes it to another level.

            Thanks for sharing your selections!

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