Retroactive: The Flash 1997 & Uncanny X-Men 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 The Flash 1996 and Uncanny X-Men 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.

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5 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1997 & Uncanny X-Men 2004

  1. I really like UXM # 446.
    First of all, in the foreground there’s a female character holding two giant smoking guns: her presence gives the cover an action packed vibe I absolutely adore.
    Secondly, the use of shadows is simply perfect. I especially appreciate the artistic choice of covering with shadows the head of the woman, because this compels us to open the book in order to see her face.
    Thirdly, I love the fact that the colourist used as much red as possible. This artistic choice helps building an even more ominous atmosphere.
    The other gold medal goes to Flash # 121, because I love the fact that we’re seeing the scene through the eyes of the sniper.

    • “I really like UXM # 446.”
      An amazing image that succeeded in getting me interested for the issue. I look at the shadowed figure and the first detail that my eye zooms in on is the X logo on her uniform. Here is a fellow X-Man that has turned on her teammates. What could the reason be? Who is she? Yeah, this issue certainly earns my runner-up award with UXM #438 bringing in third with its melancholy yet serene scene.

      “The other gold medal goes to Flash # 121, because I love the fact that we’re seeing the scene through the eyes of the sniper.”
      I thought for sure you’d go for Annual #10! Oh well… For me my runner-up is #128: The Flash, his back against the wall, as his Rogues gather to put the hurt on. 3rd Place goes to #125 on the back of its unusual perspective.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections.

      • “I thought for sure you’d go for Annual #10! ” That cover gets the silver medal.
        “3rd Place goes to #125 on the back of its unusual perspective.” This cover is my bronze medalist as well.
        “Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections.” Thank you as well for your replies! : )

  2. I thought Flash vol 2 #131 was good as well, with Flash stopped in his tracks, in a wheelchair and his foot in a plaster cast. A very intriguing cover and makes you want to read it right way to see what’s happening in the issue. Uncanny X-Men #449 was my top pick in this selection, with Storm basking in the full glory of the storm she has created, a stunning cover!

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