Retroactive: The Flash 2000 & Uncanny X-Men 2007

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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 #165.
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There were quite a few intriguing covers this year that left us wondering what was going on. What set this one apart from the rest is that it didn’t just contain one “what is going on” moment but two. The most apparent one is that of Aquaman’s funeral. Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, Black Canary, and Martian Manhunter act as the pallbearers for their fallen friend/teammate. In the background we see various members from the superhero community including the Doom Patrol, Green Arrow, Speedy, and Batman amongst others. Everyone’s range of emotions fluctuate from sadness including a few tears rolling down their cheeks, trying to put on a brave face, and verging on anger at Aquaman’s death. To further sell the central image the sky is a depressing grey which fits hand-in-hand with the sombre tone. This funeral march in itself would have our minds racing as we wonder how and who killed Aquaman which would have been worthy of the crown itself but then we have the next surprising and thought-provoking element: the Flash and Captain Cold. The Flash is completely shocked at what he is seeing, clearly showing that he was unaware that Aquaman had fallen. It makes us wonder where he has been that he hasn’t heard the news but before we can fully digest that we notice Captain Cold gesturing to Aquaman’s casket and remarking “We’re next!” That’s right, he said “we’re next” not “you’re next.” Since when did these archenemies share the same fate? Why would the same killer that struck down Aquaman be after both hero and villain? Why are they two in particular the next intended targets? This cover makes our heads spin with its captivating image and multiple question inducing moments, a job well done indeed.


 For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #487.
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This cover is an absolute drop-dead gorgeous shot of Storm, an image that takes our breath away as we see her unleash her powers in all their glory. Storm floats in the sky, he outfit flowing dramatically, reaching her hands out to the heavens as she channels the power of a thunderstorm. Behind her the sky darkens, lightning strikes across the cover, illuminating our heroine and adding to the image’s epic nature. The main title itself is very faint, almost as if it doesn’t want to interfere/overshadow what is unfolding before our eyes while her display of powers is both beautiful and awe-inspiring with a tinge of danger as well. We look at this image and wonder what has caused her to put on such a display? She is in deep concentration yet there is no malice in her movements which makes us wonder even more. Regardless of the answer, nothing can take away the fact that this is one of the most stunning Storm covers of all-time.

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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

 

5 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 2000 & Uncanny X-Men 2007

  1. 2000 was a very good year for the Flash covers.
    The gold medal goes to Flash # 159, because I love the ironic dialogue between the two. “It’s time for me to return! If you love me, you’ll come with me!” “That’s a proposal?” Simply awesome!
    Silver medal for Flash # 161. The leading character makes something a lot of men can only dream, that is to say a PDA with a gorgeous woman in front of his friends. Not to mention the very enticing tagline: “Lightning – fast mystery and adventure!”
    Bronze medal for Flash # 160, because even in this case we get a gorgeous romantic image. Also, the bullet holes all over that picture create an ominous atmosphere that makes the cover even more eye – catching.
    As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 488, because it shows one of my favourite situations in superhero comics: a character walking in the sewer system with a torch in his hand and his legs immersed in murky water. You’d expect that in a Bat – story, but it’s not that frequent in an X – issue.
    Special mention for UXM # 484, because it’s an extremely powerful image and it conveys a lot of energy.

    • “2000 was a very good year for the Flash covers.”
      Yes indeed! Not only was it a great year for Flash covers but it was a momentous one as well as Geoff Johns began his terrific run on the title.

      “Silver medal for Flash # 161.”
      This cover came oh so close to capturing first place for me. I love the retro art style and the tagline “Lightning-fast mystery and adventure!” My bronze medalist is Flash #157. Wally kneeling before the tombstone of Linda Park, lightning flashing in the background, shadows used perfectly? Yes, this ominous cover is awesome and that tease of having the “Died Again” bit on the tombstone just makes my mind go into overdrive with questions.

      “As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 488”
      And this is my personal runner-up with #489 coming in third.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections and offering your commentary!

  2. What nice cover for Flash vol 2 #161 featuring Jay and the other members of the JSA, really like this cover as it captures the style of this classic era perfectly. Uncanny X-Men #487 featuring Storm basking in the power of the storm she’s unleashed is a magnificent cover, it really showcases the raw power at her command, brilliant 😀

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