The Best of the Week in Panels – 07.11.2012

“This is my first time in a public school. And I know you probably think I was born with a silverspoon in my mouth. But I’m no elitist. I think you’ve got some great facilities, and I’m really looking forward to making the best of it over here at Grover Cleveland. One footnote: I noticed you don’t have a fencing team. I’m going to start one up. Let me know if you’d like to join. Thanks.”

Batman #11
By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO, Richard Starkings, & Jimmy Betancourt

The Capullo difference. I loved this cutaway, as Batman held on for dear life at the rim of a plane’s engine. The droplets of blood trailing ion the turbine’s pull? It’s the little things sometimes.

Dark Avengers #177
By Jeff Parker, Kev Walker, Frank Martin Jr., & Joe Caramagna

Sad, contemplative Man-Thing breaks my heart.

Before Watchmen: The Minutemen #2
By Darwyn Cooke

I sense a pattern…

Planetoid #2
By Ken Garing

The sheer scale of the thing.

American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #2
By Scott Snyder, Dustin Nguyen, John Kalisz, Steve Wands

Would you believe this is a gift, he’s presenting?

The Walking Dead #100
By Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard

“Without context, this panel is almost jovial; with context, it’s gut-wrenching. Damn you, Kirkman.”

–Ryan Haupt

Punk Rock Jesus #1
By Sean Murphy, Todd Klein

Well, damn…

Planetoid #2
By Ken Garing

There’s some really impressive robot battles in this issue, but my favorite sections involve little gags like this. Garing is a fantastic visual storyteller.

Batman #11
By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO, Richard Starkings, & Jimmy Betancourt

In a chilling story about a secret society and self-professed long-lost brothers, the interaction between Bruce and Dick served as the emotional core. Snyder brought this tale to a close with this pitch perfect button, a perfect depiction of their wonderful dynamic.


  1. Rushmore! Also, Planetoid looks fantastic in those selected panels.

  2. I stared at the Batman cutaway for a while when reading it. I’d love it on a big giant canvas, just like that.

  3. I agree about Capullo. While he’s certainly proven that he can do sprawling action as well as simple conversation, it’s definitely the little things that make him stand out. I honestly stared at the chosen panel for a solid 30 seconds. A lot of other artists would consider that wasteful, but Capullo pulls it off.

  4. Jeff Reid Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Great. Now I want to watch Rushmore again.

  5. I loved those Planetoid pages, particularly the one with the lizard rat thing.

  6. As much as I like the panels chosen from Batman 11, the one that stuck with me the most for some reason was Batman being thrown into the church bell…

    • I loved that! The timing of the thing was excellent.

    • Loved the church bell panels, and then read Batman 412, and learned that Batman and Robin stopped on Sunday mornings to listen to the church bells. Weird timing on the read. It was good by the way.

  7. Damian on his motorcycle with the Red Hood helmet was pretty bad ass, lol.

  8. That American Vampire was a real shock when I turned the page.

    What a fantastic series.

    • If you’re talking about the page where Gus and Drac are both “waking up”, I agree. That page was beautiful.

      Vampire sleeper agents. What a good idea.

  9. Wait…what is that guy in the Punk Rock Jesus panel dumping? It’s not…oh dear God, tell me it’s not what I think it is…

  10. Kev Walker drawing Man-thing is a beautiful “thing”!

  11. I loved the second page of Batman and Robin with Gleason showing the Todd/Crowbar moment in the background while Todd is fighting Damian. Now I wanna see Gleason draw Joker.

  12. This was a damn fine week for comics. I feel that the last pages/panels in Spider-Men #3 were are also up there. Without getting too much into spoilers, that simple and sad gut punch that only a parallel universe can provide (*ahem* Doctor Who for comparison) really got to me. (Side note: I never in a million years thought I would be enjoying Bendis’ writing again.)

  13. Mr.Enigma Mr.Enigma (@EJsingley) says:

    PLANETOID looks amazing… I need to pick it up the next time i get my books.

  14. I felt that there were really great panels in Batman and Robin #11 and they were going to be up there. Oh well, this one ( was the highlight of the issue for me, what can I say I’m a Damian Wayne fan.

  15. I loved loved loved Punk Rock Jesus. I am very intrigued to see what happens next. I am also a fan of Planetoid and the Walking Dead. These were great panel choices!