Retroactive: The Flash 1998 & Uncanny X-Men 2005

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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 Flash, the crown goes to: The Flash Vol. 2 #139. Even the Fastest Man Alive can’t make it in time to save everyone. That is the concept of this shocking cover though the person the Flash is failing is not just anyone but rather the love of his life, Linda Park. In the foreground we see Linda being struck by a strange-coloured bolt of blue lightning, her entire body surging with energy. I love the artistic choice of rendering her in black and white which not only causes her to pop off the page next to the other colourful elements but also helps sell the fact that she has been struck down dead as all the colour drains from her. Running towards Linda is the Flash, his arms outstretched as he tries to reach her, tries to move faster to no avail. Above him we get a close up view of his shocked reaction as he watches the woman he loves perish before his eyes. The overall colouring utilized creates a real gritty and sombre tone while the surrounding scenery is detailed but not distracting either. It is an image that gets us excited about the issue as we wonder if this event is truly going to pass. Would they really kill Linda Park? Regardless of the answer, this dramatic yet beautiful image is the clearcut winner next to some real stiff competition.
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 For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #465. This cover is wonderful due to a multitude of aspects. The use of lighting and shadows is brilliant with the glow from the neon Uncanny X-Men logo being the real standout element that instantly demands our attention. Surrounding the logo we have three characters ranging from a poised to strike Captain Britain, the alternate dimension heroine Nocturne, and the imposing Juggernaut. Juggernaut himself looks like he has been through a real battle, his outfit worn and his helmet appearing cracked. That something or someone could cause this much damage really gets our minds racing as we try to figure out what or who could possibly have inflicted it. The sight of Nocturne on the cover works on two levels: those who are familiar with her from the Exiles instantly get excited to see her featured so prominently on a mainstream X-title while those who have no clue about her are perplexed as to who this female Nigthcrawler truly is. The colours work harmoniously together, the kinetic energy is palpable, and the overall structure and placement of all the various characters and other features is spot-on. All of the above equates to one exceptional cover for sure and an image worthy of being called the best.
UXM465
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

 

6 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1998 & Uncanny X-Men 2005

  1. I really like UXM # 453.
    First of all, this image reminds me of road movies: I like them, so this cover instantly caught my attention.
    Secondly, I love the fact that Logan’s furious eyes are looking directly at us: thanks to this artistic choice, the cover artist managed to convey Wolvie’s rage to us in a very direct and effective way.
    Thirdly, this cover raises a lot of questions. Where is Wolvie going? Who is he trying to save and/or to capture? Why is he so furious?
    The icing on the cake is the gorgeous bright sky behind him. The contrast between the peace conveyed by that sky and the uneasiness conveyed by Logan’s eyes is a huge plus of this cover.
    Special mention for UXM # 454, because of its beautiful and very sumptuous background.
    The other gold medal goes to Flash # 134: the leading character hiding himself in a blind alley, his face partially swathed in shadows, his eyes and his closed fist conveying his rage to us in a very eye – catching way… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.
    Silver medal for the Annual, because of its post – apocalyptic atmosphere.
    Bronze medal for Flash # 135: a cover foreshadowing Green Arrow’s presence will always get a medal in my personal ranking.

    P.S.: These are my favorite road movies:

    1) Everybody’s Fine
    2) Trouble with the Curve
    3) Brannigan
    4) Road To Perdition
    5) Dumb and Dumber
    6) Little Miss Sunshine
    7) No Country for Old Men
    8) Rain Man
    9) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    10) Due Date

    • “I really like UXM # 453.”
      On top of the great points you mentioned, another element that really grabs me is the depiction of the motorcycle itself. The colouring, detail, and reflection is spot on and makes it really come to life.

      “Special mention for UXM # 454, because of its beautiful and very sumptuous background.”
      And this here is my personal runner-up with #464 being my third place winner due to me being a big fan of the artist and his style alongside that terrific purple glow from Psylocke’s weapon.

      “The other gold medal goes to Flash # 134: the leading character hiding himself in a blind alley, his face partially swathed in shadows, his eyes and his closed fist conveying his rage to us in a very eye – catching way… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.”
      There were numerous covers that I really liked for my runner-up with #134 being one of them. Other contenders were #133’s Through The Looking Glass cover, #138’s moody and shadow-filled cover, #142’s wedding celebration, and the Annual’s horror inspired image. In the end, my rankings would be Second (#133), Third (#134), Fourth (#142) and Fifth (The Annual).

      Thanks for sharing your selections, providing your analysis, and listing your Top 10 Road movies. I’ve personally only seen Dumb and Dumber so I’ve got a lot of quality flicks to choose from. 🙂

      • I’m sure you would love Brannigan and No Country for Old Men. Both of them are action packed movies that make you jump on your seat countless times. Thank you as well for your reply! : )

  2. Love the cover of The Flash Vol 2 #141 with the shadowy Black Flash creeping up on The Flash as he’s running uphill, what a spooky and unsettling cover this is. The purple background looks great as well, a very dark and atmospheric cover.

    Uncanny X-Men #462 gets my vote, had to really as it features Captain Britain!!!!! Great to see the good Captain on this cover, I still like this version of his costume best.

    A great edition of retroactive 😀

    • “Love the cover of The Flash Vol 2 #141”
      Unsettling is the perfect description. Seeing a skeletal Black Flash reaching out his clawed hands to grab our hero all the while a grey moon/sun resides in the background is truly bone chilling.

      “Uncanny X-Men #462 gets my vote, had to really as it features Captain Britain!!!!!”
      Who would have ever thought we’d see the day when Captain Britain was the star on an UXM cover?

      Thanks for providing your choices. It is much appreciated.

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