Retroactive: The Flash 2005 & Uncanny X-Men 2012


My Favourite Covers


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 #217.tfv2217

This sombre cover, which doesn’t even feature our title hero, stands out as more than worthy of taking the top prize. Here we have all the various members of the Rogues over the years paying respect to their fallen colleague, Captain Boomerang. While they may have had their disagreements over the years, the fact that they are all here to pay tribute to the man who made boomerangs cool again speaks volumes to this villainous group’s code. Surrounded by some of the more prominent members of the Rogues is Captain Boomerang’s son, Owen Mercer, who is kneeling on the ground, overcome with grief. Front and centre is the tombstone itself, a lone boomerang placed in front of it as a memento. Finally, we have the brilliant choice of showcasing the entire scene on an angle, a decision that mirrors the uneasiness that the characters are feeling. It is an emotionally powerful image that tugs at the heartstrings, something that a villain-centric cover is not known for, while also compelling us to buy the issue itself to see the scene play out inside which is the hallmark of a truly great cover.


 For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 2 #14.UXMV214

Much like my selection for Flash, this cover forgoes showing our heroic team and instead places the focus on the villainous Mister Sinister. Sinister is dressed rather opulently, an air of supreme confidence permeating off the page. The reason for said confidence can be found residing in his left hand: the skull of Cyclops, complete with visor. Sayeth what? They couldn’t have possibly killed Scott Summers…could they? It is a question that beats at the forefront of our brains as we take in the rest of the image. At the feet of Sinister grows lush plant life, adding to the beauty of the image as a whole while further in the background we can make out an almost  steampunk-like castle which we can only presume is Sinister’s base of operations. Almost as if it doesn’t want to intrude in this gorgeous scene, the main title itself hangs further in the background, not wanting to take the spotlight away. All in all, it equates to a cover that stands out from its fellow compatriots of the second volume of Uncanny X-Men due to strong visuals and superb colouring. A real x-ceptional cover if I ever saw one!


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 2005 & Uncanny X-Men 2012

  1. Wow, I forgot how Uncanny X-Men volume 2 started and finished within the same year.

    Anyway, I agree with your Flash cover pick, with 224 and 226 being my runner ups. For the Uncanny X-Men covers, I prefer 19 – the one with a closeup on Cyclops’s face while he’s blasting, and different characters are reflecting off his visor. A lot of good covers for both Flash and X-Men that year.

  2. I really like Flash Vol. 2 # 219.
    First of all, I love the fact that it’s a perfectly symmetrical image: on the left you can see a female villain right behind a male superhero, on the right there is a male villain right behind a female superhero.
    Secondly, I deeply appreciate the question – raising detail of Diana having her eyes blindfolded. She doesn’t have any power connected to her eyes, so why did the villains decide to do that? If it’s because there’s something she mustn’t see, why did they blindfolded her and not the Flash?
    Thirdly, I love the contrast between cool colours and warm colours. The green used for the background make the yellow – coloured villain stand out in a very eye – catching way.
    As for the X – Men, exactly like you, I chose an X – cover that forgoes showing our heroic team and instead places the focus on the villainous Mister Sinister. The cover I’m alluding to is UXM Vol. 2 # 16. This image instantly caught my attention because of its stunning lighting, but then I noticed another marvellous detail, that is to say the phoenix upon Sinister’s arm: the phoenix is the symbol of Jean Grey, so probably this is a delightfully subtle way to convey the message that she is in his power. When a cover is wonderful from an aesthetic point of view and also informs you about the content of the issue in a clever way, you know you’ve got a truly special image in front of you.

    • “I really like Flash Vol. 2 # 219.”
      You listed some real good points including the whole blindfold element. The choice does seem strange and makes me want to buy the issue for the answer to that and for simply seeing the super-villain team-up of Zoom and Cheetah. Coincidentally, it is an issue I’ve been looking for awhile now to track down but all the various comic stores around my area are seriously lacking in Flash back issues. For me, determining my runner-up is quite a task. I love #218’s Heatwave image that has become synonymous with the character, I love #220 with its homage to covers past, and I love #225 with all the various visages of the Rogues behind our hero. In the end my standings are as follows: 2nd = #218, 3rd = #225, and 4th = #220.

      “The cover I’m alluding to is UXM Vol. 2 # 16.”
      This cover is my undisputed silver medalist for the very reasons you brilliantly provided.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections and providing your analysis. 🙂

  3. Well, for me its Flash Vol 2 #227 that really caught my eye. I always liked the way the Flash’s costume was concealed inside the ring. This is one element that I would love to see introduced in the TV series at some point, just think it would be so cool! Think I will opt for Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 #19 with Phoenix/Cyclops going totally mental. I like how we see the others all reflected in his visor as well. AVX was an exciting story, it was dragged out a bit though. Another great retroactive, have a fun new comic book day everyone!

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