The Best of the Week in Panels – 01.05.2011

Well, it's not the panels in your life that counts, it's the life in your panels.


Ultimate Captain America #1

By Jason Aaron, Ron Garney, Jason Keith, & Clayton Cowles

If anyone ever asks you the difference between Ultimate Cap and regular Cap, that's pretty much it right there. 

— Josh Flanagan


Superboy #3

By Jeff Lemire, Pier Gallo, Jamie Grant, & John J. Hill

Hey, those are some tight jeans there, Superboy. It's like they're painted on.

— Conor Kilpatrick


She-Hulks #3

By Harrison Wilcox, Ryan Stegman, Michael Babinski, Guru eFX, & Ed Dukeshire

Another reason to never trust a monkey: some of them are like ninjas.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Jonah Hex #63

By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Jordi Bernet, Rob Schwager, & Rob Leigh

I love the different planes and angles and the depth of this panel. It's a level of detail you don't often get these days.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Avengers: Prime #5

By Brian Michael Bendis, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Javier Rodriguez, & Chris Eliopoulos

If it happens in a different realm it doesn't count.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Brightest Day #17

By A Lot of Unidentified People

The set-up: Boston Brand is back alive after spending years as Deadman. He tracks down his only living relative, a 98 year old grandfather who he's not sure even remembers him. The result: The best page and set of panels of the week.

— Conor Kilpatrick



  1. That Brightest Day page really got to me

  2. wait a man can have camel toe? nice MANgina superboy!

  3. I cannot WAIT for Avengers Prime to get released as a trade.  The trade wait on this one is painful!

  4. that shit choked me up, a close friend lost his grandpa last week and it made me think about mine for days, then this issue hit and i was gone

  5. Thor was on a break!

  6. The background lines up just right soi that Cap looks like he’s applying Chapstick.

    What are those sinister looking vines behind Superboy? Does not look like something on a normal farm! Looks like something from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” there. Maybe he’s a copy and they goofed up his junk.

  7. I stopped reading Brightest Day months ago, but that page is pitch perfect.

  8. Hulk wins for me, with a glimpse into the courtship rituals of the Watchers.

  9. @CaseyJustice  HULK came out last week.

  10. You just listed my biggest compliant with superboy. Conner’s clothes are to damn tight! If your disguise is literally a flanel and tiny glasses then get some baggier clothes to hide your giant muscles.

  11. Steve being an inexplicable douche and cheating on his girlfriend is a good thing now?

  12. I just re-read John Byrne’s Man of Steel mini-series and some of the subsequent Superman series. Superboy’s proclivity for tight close has nothing on 1986 Superman!  A decent sample. 

  13. Superboy’s got a man-gina! Superboy’s got a man-gina!

    And then Superboy never sang in public again. 

  14. I guess Superboy wears jeggings.  It’s probably not realistic for any superhero to maintain their secret identity in the modern era but Superboy really stretches the limit.  Let me change into my costume…by putting on a different shirts and taking off this tiny glasses.

    That Brightest Day page makes me wish I had stuck with Brightest Day or that they had just focused it on Boston Brand from the beginning.  Unfortunately I wasn’t sticking around for a series that was dragging along and only half the stories I was interested in, tops.

  15. The thing that bugs me about Superboy’s glasses as a disguise is that for the first part of his career Superboy wore (sun)glasses as part of his costume.

    Of course Superboy today bared virtually no resemblance to Superboy of the Grummet years…

  16. That panel in Ultimate Cap, and a few others, made me laugh so much. I keep forgetting just how much of a dick Ult. Cap is and it was really the only thing keeping me going in the issue.

  17. Wow, now all of the Avengers’ big three are womanizers.

  18. I prefer my Steve Rodgers to talk (and act) like Audie Murphey. Ultimate Cap is the best Cap.

  19. hahaha ultimate steve rogers is such a dick

    also, there’s nothing wrong with kon el wearing jeggings

  20. I’m just gonna come out and ask, what the hell are “jeggings”?

  21. Leggings that look like jeans.

  22. It’s easier to draw tight pants. Not taking anything away, of coure.


  23. I honestly do not see what’s so different about the two Caps. It’s not like regular Cap never acts like a wiseguy.

  24. Thor was going all “i don’t care” on Tony. But Tony knows better in that not caring about field.

  25. Where is Josh when you need to start the Jeans Too Damn Tight Party? I’d love to have that page of original art from the Hex issue.

    @kennyg: It looks like Cap is trying to smoke a pipe to me.

  26. @RapidEyeMovement  Ultimate Cap is ethnocentric, sociocentric, mysoginistic, kinda a dick, and not half the leader that regular Cap is when away from the battlefield. 

  27. @MisterJ  In fairness, I stopped reading after Millar’s Ultimates run, but I never really got thoe vibes.

  28. @RapidEyeMovement  I think it’s a case of poh-tay-toe/poh-taht-toe. Except the “misogynist” charge. I’ve never seen Ultimate Cap hate women. 

  29. Why does Tony cut off Thor in the middle of a sentence to ask him what the next word of the sentence will be?

  30. @OttoBott  That is fair.  It is not as much the hating as it is the ‘over protecting’.  So perhaps mysoginist is a bit far.

    @REM-Even in Vol 1 and 2 Cap clearly had an attitude that demonstrated that he thought his nation and his way of thinking was correct, where regular Cap was more about the ideals of what he thought the ‘idea of America’ represent.  But more importantly, he just doesn’t have the respect/gravitas that regular Cap does.

  31. Conor, why you all up in Superboy’s crotch?

  32. Holy shit, that Brightest Day panel makes me wanna go back and read the issues.

    LOVE Avengers Prime panel, but I’ve been praising Davis all day…