The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.08.2013

The most powerful man in the United States is President Nixon. You’ve heard of him? Charles Colson is special counsel to the President. There’s a cartoon on his wall. The caption reads, “When you’ve got ’em by the panels, their hearts and minds will follow.”


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All-New X-Men #15

By Brian Michael Bendis, David Lafuente, Jim Campbell, & Cory Petit

Sometimes you run into the teenage time-traveling alternate universe version of your mom in the hallway just after she’s gotten out of the shower and things get awkward.


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Satellite Sam #2

By Matt Fraction, Howard Chaykin, Ken Bruzenak, & Jed Dougherty

There comes a time in every man’s life when he has to sit in a corner surrounded by boudoir photographs of his recently murdered dad’s floozies while cradling a space helmet in his lap and drinking bourbon. So much bourbon.


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Earth 2 #15

By James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott, Pete Pantazis, & Dezi Sienty

I was mesmerized by the amount of detail in Hawkgirl’s wings and then I suddenly flashed back to the time we interviewed Darwyn Cooke at 8am in his hotel room at San Diego where he made a joke about young artists being obsessed with detailed feathering and then I thought about how he made us do a shot of booze before that interview.


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Daredevil: Dark Knight #3

By Lee Weeks, Sergio Cariello (possibly), Tom Palmer (possibly), Lee Loughridge, & Clayton Cowles

This was the surprisingly emotionally satisfying ending to a thrilling beat the clock story.



Trillium #1

By Jeff Lemire, Jose Villarrubia, & Carlos M. Mangual

Don’t eat the alien flower.


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Green Arrow #23

By Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo, & Rob Leigh

This Count Vertigo story has yielded some very interesting and creative visual treats.



  1. Sorrentino should have a permanent spot on best panels. Every month there are multiple panels that I spend time on just soaking in all the awesomeness .

  2. That Trillium panel rocks, read that this morning. Really surprised by the floating alien smoke signal.

  3. That All New X-Men panel is hilarious.

  4. Panels from all books I pull. Cool!

  5. I thought the premise for the new X-Men was interesting enough that I requested the trades for my birthday. Although overall idea is good, are the new X-Men ever going to battle anyone anytime soon???

    I counted two battles in the first 10 issues. One battle lasted 4 pages when the new X-Men met older Cyclops and his amazing friends in issue#4. And another battle involved young Angel and older hippie Angel with Hydra in issue #7 or 8.
    Other than that , there’s a whole lot of talking.

    If I went back in time and brought younger me back to the present, I would not be interested in comics based on the current offerings. For $4, I want some fricking battles in my comics.

    • They recently fought Mystique, Sabertooth, and Lady Mastermind.

      But yeah, still more quipping than anything else. It’s good quipping though.

  6. Wow, only one issue in and Trillium has LITERALLY become my favorite book! THIS is what comics are about!

    It’s also proof that a great book requires an EQUALLY brilliant artist to flourish! Obvious, I know. But panels like this one just remind you of that. 🙂

  7. No Pandapool? Fail.

  8. Look, David Lafuente is a great artist. But man, does his style not work at all for X-Men. Which is weird because it worked for Ultimate Spider-Man to great effect. Here though….it just looks way too cartoony.

    There was a lot of great pages from Trillium like the once mentioned here. The spread of the natives attacking the explorers was a good one too. Also, the reveal of Julia in TEN GRAND was a good page and a great design by Templesmith.

  9. The Green Arrow issue was artistically outstanding – the cutaway to Oli’s inner ear, notwithstanding.
    As an ENT physician, I was especially pleased to see how anatomically correct it was!

  10. Green Arrow just seems to be killing it every issue. Really enjoying it at the moment. That’s both art and story.