The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.15.2012

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their panels.


Uncanny X-Force #29

By Rick Remender, Julian Totino Tedesco, Dean White, & Cory Petit

Old Punisher is not amused.

— Conor Kilpatrick


The Shade #11

By James Robinson, Frazer Irving, & Todd Klein

There’s passing away peacefully in your sleep at the age of 85 and then there’s whatever The Shade did to that dude.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Catwoman #12

By Judd Winick, Adriana Melo, Julio Ferreira, Tomeu Morey, & Carlos M. Mangual

Chicks continue to dig the car.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Butcher Baker, The Righteous Maker #8

By Joe Casey & Mike Huddleston

I could look at weird semi/tank hybrids drawn by Mike Huddleston all day long. Just when I thought he’s shown me all he needed to show me, he had one more trick up his sleeve, and it had tank treads. USA indeed!

— Josh Flanagan


Batwoman #12

By Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III, Dave Stewart, & Todd Klein

J.H. Williams III’s return to art duties was a welcome sight. And so was the appearance of Wonder Woman.

— Conor Kilpatrick


DC Universe Presents #12

By Fabian Nicieza, Jorge Jimenez, Guy Major, & Dezi Sienty

Every superhero comic book should open like this. (I’m serious.)

— Conor Kilpatrick


Wonder Woman #12

By Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher

The gloves bracelets are off and someone is going to get their ass kicked. (Hint: It’s not Wonder Woman.)

— Conor Kilpatrick


Daredevil #17

By Mark Waid, Mike Allred, Laura Allred, & Joe Caramagna

I have always loved those panels that convey movement through multiple versions of a character. It’s one of the best ways to show movement in a static image. Allred pulls it off wonderfully here.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Saga #6

By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, & Fonografiks

This was the big moment of the issue, and it told us everything we needed to know about The Will very quickly and with great impact. Prince Robot IV dropped some bolts in his breeches, I’m sure.

— Josh Flanagan


  1. All excellent panels.

    Re: Daredevil. I too love the all-in-one movement technique, but I’ve never seen a hero removing his pants mid-air. That was a first.

  2. Conor, you’re the staff writer who would probably be enjoying JIM the most. The JIM recap pages are incredible (coming from a guy who usually doesn’t even read recap pages) Probably some trades you’d be really glad you looked into (the pages after the recaps are even better!)

  3. When I saw that Wonder Woman panel I literally put the comic down and shouted to my friend in the other room, “Lenny, Wonder Woman just went Super Saiyan!”

  4. I feel like I need to read Bart’s last word balloon to myself every Wednesday from now on.

  5. Great, telling panel from Saga but I thought the double page of the discovery of the ‘rocket ship’ would make it in here. I thought it was really, really awesome. It was a very fitting double page panel to have with that superbly breath-taking cover.

  6. I love The Punisher, but that burn was so awesome, way to go Remender/Deadpool. Uncanny X-Force just really doesn’t disappoint, like, ever.

    • I dunno, I dig Chuck as much as the next guy, but a little 4th wall-ish retro actor name-dropping, it’s fairly weak I’d say. If I was Punisher I would’ve totes not been impressed with said burn.

  7. Excellent panels. I liked how Saga did a very visual high impact finish last month and a very verbal high impact finish this month. At least for that branch of the story. Can’t believe they’re going to sell the trade for $9.99!

    • Investment for the future. Trade vol 1 is going to hook ALOT of new readers on the series. Whether they buy it in singles or the collections, they’ll have to have it. The following volumes will probably jump to a more rational and fair retail price. I think Image has done this with their other hit series like Walking Dead, Chew, etc.

  8. Glad to see someone else sees the similarities between Frank Castle and Paul Kersey from Death Wish.

  9. The double page spread in Nightwing was pretty bad ass. Surprised no one else mentioned it.

  10. I really loved that panel of Saga #6. The following panel without the dialogue were just as great, with The Will sitting there, head in his hands, and the look on Lying Cat’s face was so wonderfully drawn, with so much concern and sadness captured in that single image. Prince IV better watch his back.

    Damn…now to wait till November…

  11. I love The Shade and the great rotating talent James Robinsons been fortunate to have on the book, especially Frazer Irving, he just suits the feel of this book but the Tony Harris and Cully Hammer bring back Starman juice and would love to see this maxi with one issue left bring in Jack Knight or just lead to something else, perhaps tie it to Earth-2 cause original JSA characters were in the Starman run The Shade is from.

  12. Man, that Batwoman panel makes me kind of want to jump back on the book. Is it worth it if I haven’t read the book since the art change?

    • Unfortunately, Batwoman is one of those books where there really isn’t a good ‘jumping on point’ since it seems to be one continuous story arc.

  13. This issue of Wonder Woman was full of surprises, and is the perfect complement to issue #1 (as bookends). When I saw Diana flying, I let a “yeah!” out, and when she took her bracelets off, a “holy crap!” was heard.

    Please check my mini-review of Wonder Woman #12 here:

    Comments and feedback are always welcome!

  14. I have to wonder whether Deadpool is speaking for Remender, who used to write “Punisher.”

  15. Heeeell yes to that Catwoman panel. Great run for that team.

  16. I thought for sure the at the Batwoman panel of the pool scene would’ve made it. The whole issue is beautiful, but that floored me.