wwayne Presents – Retroactive: Gotham Central 2003 & Generation X 1994


In Retroactive we 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 we’ll always have one comic from DC and one comic from Marvel. At the end of each edition of Retroactive one of us will select our overall favourite cover for that year for each series. Below you’ll find the two series that wwayne is currently covering. Click on that specific logo to be instantly taken directly to that series. The last section is reserved for wwayne’s Top Picks from each year. Click the logo or travel to the fourth page to view them.

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Gotham Central 2003

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Generation X 1994

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My Favourite Covers
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8 thoughts on “wwayne Presents – Retroactive: Gotham Central 2003 & Generation X 1994

  1. It is nice being on the other side of things here. Thanks again for writing the first of these multi-part Retroactives you have lined up. Now onto my picks:

    Gotham Central was certainly a difficult choice for me as there were quite a few top contenders. I kept going over and over the images but every time I did I stopped a little bit longer each time on one in particular. That cover was Gotham Central #6. I love it for quite a few reasons. I love the use of the blacks and the whites to create the scene and how they are reminiscent (appropriately enough) of the Two-Face motif. I love the subtle use of the rain falling and the way it creates the puddles radiating on the ground. I love how the subtitle “Half A Life” is done in two distinct fonts overlapped on one another. It is the perfect example of simple yet effect. Rounding out my Top 3 are Gotham Central #11 (the cover I initially thought was going to be your top pick) due to the romance pulp feel and the very first cover due to its odd angle and powerful imagery as the police force stands in front of the lit Bat-signal.

    As for Generation X, I completely agree with your choice and couldn’t have described the image better myself. 🙂

    • “Rounding out my Top 3 are Gotham Central #11 (the cover I initially thought was going to be your top pick) due to the romance pulp feel and the very first cover due to its odd angle and powerful imagery as the police force stands in front of the lit Bat-signal.” Your prediction was almost right, because Gotham Central # 11 is my runner up. Not only because of its romantic vibe, but also because it reminds me of Roy Lichtenstein’s art.
      Bronze medal for Gotham Central # 12. At first you may think this image conveys a deep sense of peace, because of the snow slowly falling on Gotham… but then you give the skyscraper a closer look, and you notice a shotgun coming out of one of its windows. The contrast between these details and the completely different emotions they stir up is a huge plus of this cover, and that shotgun raises a lot of questions: who’s the sniper? Who’s his target? Will the cops stop the sniper in time?
      It takes a lot of talent to create a good cover without showing a single character, so I give this cover the bronze medal without the shadow of a doubt.
      Also, the Grifter image you chose is perfect! Probably I’ll use it for my next comic book – themed T – shirt.
      And now it’s my turn to say: thanks for sharing your selections and providing your analysis! 🙂

      • “It takes a lot of talent to create a good cover without showing a single character, so I give this cover the bronze medal without the shadow of a doubt.”
        That right there sums this cover up perfectly! It comes in fourth place for me while Gotham Central #9 rounds out my Top 5. I keep gravitating to that image of Renee in the cell, flipping the iconic coin of Two-Face in the air, a great sadness permeating off of the cover itself.

        “Also, the Grifter image you chose is perfect! Probably I’ll use it for my next comic book – themed T – shirt. And now it’s my turn to say: thanks for sharing your selections and providing your analysis!”
        I’m glad you like the choice of image. Also, let me finish this by saying: Thank you as well for your reply! 🙂

  2. I’ve not really collected Gotham Central or Generation X so these are nearly all completely new to me. Gotham Central #12 is a nice snowy cover, with us looking down from the building as the snow fall. Very simple but effective cover. I’ll go for Generation X #1 as its a fine looking wrap around cover, was this a foil cover? Anyway, great cover with all the team on it, very exciting! Great choice of covers and post Wayne!

    • “Gotham Central #12 is a nice snowy cover, with us looking down from the building as the snow fall. Very simple but effective cover.” Great choice! I gave this cover the bronze medal, and I agree with you that it’s an awesome image.
      “I’ll go for Generation X #1 as its a fine looking wrap around cover, was this a foil cover?” Exactly! Marvel used to print foil covers quite frequently in the 90s.
      “Great choice of covers and post Wayne!” Thank you for your compliments and for providing your picks! 🙂

    • I’ve just finished reading the entire run of Gotham Central and I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. As for Generation X, these covers are also an unknown to me so it will be fun to explore them together!

      • Will be fun to see what we think of these covers, especially as we haven’t seen some of them before, going to be a great retroactive feature to enjoy! Have a fun new comic book day.

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