wwayne Presents – Retroactive: Gotham Central 2004 & Generation X 1995


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. Last time on Retroactive we covered Gotham Central 2003 and Generation X 1995. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. 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 2004

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Generation X 1995

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My Favourite Covers
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7 thoughts on “wwayne Presents – Retroactive: Gotham Central 2004 & Generation X 1995

  1. Gotham Central #17 is a very dark and spooky cover. This scene in the morgue is bathed in a blood red glow, very unsettling. Generation X Annual 1995 is a nice wrap around cover. Wish they still did these, they always looked good.

    • I completely agree with you. I miss a lot of things that were typical of 90s comics, and wrap around covers definitely are among them.
      The cover you chose is very rich and colourful, so I agree that it’s an awesome image… but my runner – up is Generation X # 9.
      This image is clearly inspired from all the Bat – covers that show Bruce perching on a Gothic sculpture, but there are 2 important differences:
      – Chamber is not jumping from a sculpture, but from a mountain of rubbish that looks like a Gothic building if you see the cover from far or with a vacant look;
      – The scene doesn’t take place at night, but at sunset.
      I love when an artist manages to give a personal touch to something that has already been done countless times, so these 2 awesome changes led this cover very, very close to the 1st prize. Add an enticing tagline and a masterful colouring, and here you have a stellar image that could have won the gold medal with ease in any other year.
      Thank you for providing your picks! 🙂

      • Yes, I really miss those wrap around covers as well. They did some foil covers too if I remember for some of the X-Men books, those looked great. A great edition of retroactive, and some great covers to choose from!

      • Gotham Central was a very difficult year for me. In the end the pull of Issue #15 was too much to pass up. I love the way the Joker is (pardon the pun) clowning around as he is being processed. In his sideways photo he is holding the sign so that the “Got” part of Gotham is being covered up to reveal his humorous view of “Ham City”. Then the second photo shows him making a face and sticking out his tongue, a childish act but one that is quintessential Joker. He may act silly sometimes but never forget his homicidal and ruthless nature.

        Silver medal goes to Gotham Central #22. I love the image of Harvey with a gun drawn in one hand and a bottle of alcohol in the other, the rain pouring down. Is his judgement impaired on the matter? Who is he drawing the gun on? Simply fantastic. Last but not least, my bronze medal goes to Gotham Central #24. The use of shadows is amazing! I also really enjoy all the various “memorabilia” of the various members of Batman’s rogue’s gallery in the background. Where on Earth has Renee found herself?

        As for Generation X, I wholeheartedly agree with you on the #1 pick. Second place goes to Paul Bowler’s top choice, the Annual with your runner-up (#9) earning third due to the various reasons you so eloquently provided!

        • “In his sideways photo he is holding the sign so that the “Got” part of Gotham is being covered up to reveal his humorous view of “Ham City”.” Great catch! That had completely passed me by.
          “Silver medal goes to Gotham Central #22.” This is my runner – up as well.
          “Last but not least, my bronze medal goes to Gotham Central #24.” This cover is amazing for all the reasons you listed, so it got very close to the 3rd prize in my personal ranking… but at the end I decided to give the bronze medal to Gotham Central # 23. It’s full of action, and it also gives us the illusion the crook is about to fall on us.
          “Second place goes to Paul Bowler’s top choice, the Annual with your runner-up (#9) earning third due to the various reasons you so eloquently provided!” We chose the same 3 covers for our podiums, but we put them in a different order. Anyway, it seems pretty clear that these 3 images were by far the best ones of the year.
          Thank you for your compliments and for providing your picks! 🙂

    • I completely agree with you. I started reading comics in the 90s, so I remember that era with much, much fondness. I’m really glad that my post brought back lots of memories to you. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

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