Retroactive: The Flash 1995 & Uncanny X-Men 2002

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 The Flash 1994 and Uncanny X-Men 2001. 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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4 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1995 & Uncanny X-Men 2002

  1. I really like UXM # 413.
    First of all, it shows one of the most beautiful flaming skies I’ve ever seen.
    Secondly, instead of showing countless mutants or the same old “superhero vs villain” scene, the cover artist decided to depict a much more essential and peaceful image, with Charles watching the sunset with an unrecognizable woman.
    Thirdly, I love the fact that this gorgeous image has been coloured by using almost exclusively various tones of red and yellow.
    The other gold medal goes to Flash # 103.
    First of all, that alien gives the cover a horror vibe I absolutely adore.
    Secondly, I love the fact that we’re seeing this scene from an unusual perspective, that is to say from on high.
    Thirdly, the use of shadows is very effective. The artistic choice of showing the alien swathed in the darkness makes him look even more threatening, and I also love how the shadows define Flash’s muscles.

    • “I really like UXM # 413.”
      As do I. This cover was my runner-up for the very reasons you provided. Such a stunning image that contains a hint of drama. Looking at Charles’ posture you can see that he is not enjoying this beautiful scene play out but has his head hung low, dejected at something that has transpired. Fantastic colouring also makes this cover soar to new heights indeed!

      “The other gold medal goes to Flash # 103.”
      Very nice choice. With that caption of Dark Secrets it makes us wonder whose dark secret are we talking about? Did someone we know have this creature? Or has someone transformed into it? A giant mystery filled with the appropriate levels of drama makes this cover something special. For me, my runner-up would have to go to #97. I love that shot of all the various speedsters lined-up and racing across the cover. Also, as a whole, I admire the choice of having the speedometer inch ever closer to Terminal Velocity with each issue being released. Something truly creative.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections. It is much appreciated.

      • “Looking at Charles’ posture you can see that he is not enjoying this beautiful scene play out but has his head hung low, dejected at something that has transpired.” Nice catch GothamRogue, that had passed me by!
        “Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections.” Thank you as well for your reply! : )

  2. P.S.: I just noticed that the Flash cover I chose also has a very enticing tagline (“Dark secrets”). Now I’m even more convinced that this cover deserves the gold medal.

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