The Best of the Week in Panels – 11.14.2012

In this one case, you may appreciate a bit of merciful censorship.

Star Trek: The Next Generation / Doctor Who Assimilation 2 #7
By Scott Tipton, David Tipton, J.K. Woodward, and Gordon Purcell

I’m Borg! In a related story, a Borg also has a super pointy-uppy nose!

By the way, this one was done by J.K. Woodward, who is selling prints and commissions after he lost most of his possessions in Hurricane Sandy. Support him now, support him often.

– Josh Flanagan


All-New X-Men #1
By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia, VC’s Cory Petit

Now that all this Avengers Vs. X-Men nonsense is past us, Cyclops is back and he’s a badass. Also, he’s totally right. Gotta give it up to Immonen for portraying Cyke, Magneto and Emma with a sense of confidence and swagger that they deserve. His name is Cyclops. Pay attention.

-Ron Richards


Saga #7
By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fenografiks

This actually happens across two pages, but I think you’ll agree it’s one of the best fist-pumping moments of the week. If there were no such person as Dorothy Montgomery, Alana might be the best mom in the universe.

-Paul Montgomery


Thor: God of Thunder #1
By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Dean White, VC’s Joe Sabino

Meet the one-eyed, one-armed bastard known as Old King Thor, our favorite new character in recent memory. He’s saturated in pathos and uses a goddamned Destroyer arm as a prosthetic. Odin’s got nothing on the gnarled fruit of his loins.


Batman #14
By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, Richard Starkings, Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

It’s the encounter we’ve been waiting for, and it’s suitably dramatic. It’s the classic western showdown with the camera pulled back to capture the fullness of the confrontation. Two enemies alone on a bridge, as if the only two people left on earth. Add in Joker’s unsettling new term of endearment for the Batman, and you’ve got the start of a haunting and compelling scene.


Locke & Key Omega #1
By Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos, Robbie Robbins

Why, it’s Locke & Key creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez serving as EMT’s in a flashback sequence!

Invincible #97
By Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley

I want to see that movie.

– Josh Flanagan

Conan the Barbarian #10
By Brian Wood, Declan Shalvey, Dave Stewart, Richard Starkings & Comicraft

This is part of a larger sequence that serves as a kind of montage. The new status quo of Conan and Belit dominating the western ocean and lovers and partners in war is a fantastic departure from Conan’s typical lone wolf operation. Even if he’s ridden with comrades before, the devotion between these two makes for a great dynamic. Declan Shalvey also proves more than worthy to chronicle all the bloodletting, passion, and nautical mayhem.


All-New X-Men #1
By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia, VC’s Cory Petit

“No Marty, this isn’t about you! It’s about your kids!” Or it’s not about their kids, rather it’s about Scott. Either way, the early X-Men are back and kudos to Bendis and Immonen for making it believable and not dated. I got a feeling this is going to be fun.

– Ron

Saga #7
By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fenografiks

(Click Image for Uncensored Version…If You Dare.)

That’s this weekend’s nightmares sorted out.



  1. The greatest compliment I can give to the Saga giant panel is that my wife looked over to see what I was reacting to, made a horrified noise, and left the apartment.

  2. That Saga panel with Alana pulling the gun was my moment of the week. And the minute I saw that Batman panel my first thought was that it was going to make Best of the Week in Panels.

    Saga must be good, it’s pretty rare for a book to have two separate panels in this feature!

  3. So… isn’t that the exact same thing Bendis did with Avengers when Kang came back? Exact same time travel Back to the Future setup.

    Really? Nice one, Bendis.

    Now I’m pissed I pre-ordered this book all the way out to January.

    • I’m totally okay with more time-travel fun (I see the general similarity to the Avengers setup, but I sincerely doubt the stories will be going in similar directions).

      I was, however, annoyed that Bendis couldn’t resist another Back to the Future shoutout. I have had enough pop culture references and winking in-jokes in my comics for a lifetime.

    • Um, it’s not all like that Kang story? The whole premise of the Kang story was that he was creating the apocalypse by recruiting all these heroes and bringing them to the future to fight Ultron.

  4. I love that the Hawkeye head has become the censor bar. I want this to continue for a long time.

  5. I love that Saga is a book I can enjoy not in spite of, but BECAUSE of the giant, yellow-stained troll nutsacks. That book is always full of surprises.

  6. Looking forward to Post-Coital Old King Thor.

  7. My best moment of the week was the Joker’s revelation in Batman #14, but that whole entire face-off was terrifying and perfect.

    Heh heh…’face-off’…

  8. Thank you for the Hawkeye censor. Made my morning. On that note, that panel got my wife and best buddy to scream aloud in terror after flipping the page 🙂


  9. The Hawkeye censor bar and the tags alone made the article. But Scott Summers, badass X-Man, was the image of the week for me.

  10. Goddamn! Capullo!!!

    Also, old school Hawkeye face censor bar is the new black.

  11. So much awesomness this week Saga, Thor, Batman….some of the panels from Great Pacific I thought were excellent even Where Is Jake Ellis? had some great Zonjic panels?!

  12. Hawkeye Face! XD!

    The thing was disturbing… eww.

  13. So many awesome panels, can’t pick a favorite really. Love that Hawkeye is the new face of censorship.

  14. Batman #14…….wow. The art and writing are at there best on this one. Makes it in unbearable to wait for the next issue.

  15. Saga…. I have no words.

  16. I’m glad to see JK get some love here, especially as he is still dealing with hurricane Sandy.

  17. Everything about Batman was fantastic. But the one moment I would say is my favorite would be when Batman played the tape left by Joker. Specifically, when Joker revealed he blinded Alfred with Ammonia and then did it again just because….That made me realize that I should never anger Scott Synder in my lifetime.

  18. This is my favourite thing on iFanboy every week. The enthusiasm for certain comics piques my interest. Although I’m a Marvel guy, I’m going to add Batman to my subscription.
    I’d have liked to see something from the final issue of ‘The Boys’ this week though. The page with “that one has an erection” comment (which then made me go back to the image in question and burst out laughing when I saw it) deserves to be here, surely? Plus, the reveal of the bad guy’s base in The Walking Dead impressed me.

  19. Joker is truly terrifying. The way he is drawn. The things he says. It’s a whole new level and kind of amazing.