The Best of the Week in Panels – 01.16.2013

Henry, you’re a good kid, I’ve been good to you, you’ve been good to me. But there’s something really unreasonable going on here. Jimmy’s being an unconsionable panel-breaker. I never agreed to 3 points on top of the vig! Am I something special? Some sort of schmuck on wheels?


Saga #9

By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, & Fonografiks

Lying Cat is the worst wingman ever.


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New Avengers #2

By Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting, Rick Magyar, Frank D’Armata, & Joe Caramagna

This could very easily be featured in Saturday Night Live‘s “Bad Idea Jeans” skit.


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Indestructible Hulk #3

By Mark Waid, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, & Chris Eliopoulos

This panel kind of freaked me out and I wasn’t even the one driving the giant robot.



Batman #16

By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt

There is so much that is fantastic about this two-page panel from the awkward way that The Riddler, Penguin, and Two-Face are standing there to The Joker’s pride to the “Justice Leaguers” who clearly know their fate to the “sword in the stone.” There’s a lot of compelling stuff going on in just the one image.



Daredevil #22

By Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, & Joe Caramagna

Chris Samnee’s art is getting more and more dynamic. And I love the coloring on this page, it’s so eye-catching.


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Captain America #3

By Rick Remender, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Dean White with Lee Loughridge, & Joe Caramagna

I love when the showcase Steve Rogers’ artistic side. People tend to forget about it and it adds such dimension to his character.


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All-New X-Men #6

By Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Marte Gracia, & Cory Petit

Welcome to the future, Scott. And no, it doesn’t make any sense.



  1. RE: All-New X-Men – yeah, you’re right, it doesn’t make any sense. That is, it doesn’t make any sense to assume that younger Cyclops wouldn’t know about bottled water. He can’t be from much further back than 10-12 years.

    • This series is now ranking up there with Long Halloween as just a rehash of scenes and dialog from some movies. Really Bendis? Weak as fuck.

    • @glennism Do we know how long the Marvel Universe has been bottling water?

      Honestly not trying to bust your chops but i just finished reading a whole article on the historical inacurracies of Inglourious Basterds and by the end of it I was just like “Yeah well the war didn’t end with a movie theater guys!” it’s a damn movie that is clearly making up it’s own history

    • That moment is very Marty McFly but we know the Marvel Universe’s time moves way slower than ours and I don’t think they’re aging like humans in the X-verse opposed to any reality and not just Logan. Besides them being from the past thrown into a future where everything they knew has changed it’s what’s fun & intriguing about it, specifically the status’s of all the X characters and not insignificant things like bottled water.

    • @RoiVampire Better point than mine, and “Do we know how long the Marvel Universe has been bottling water?” is a hilarious thought.

    • And don’t forget that Bendis is hinting at much larger issues with the time-space continuum in the Marvel Universe. This could be a symptom of things not being quite right.

    • Please remember that X-men originally came out in 1963. Though Cyclops may have not aged in comic book time many years, the history and actual time has changed greatly from 1963 to 2013. Yes it does scream “Back to the Future”, however it makes sense when you read the context of the original 1963 story lines to todays story lines. I think they have captured the original purity that the original X-Men team had way back 50 years ago.

    • It seems to me that having a sliding timeline makes a lot more sense than having people age differently and/or have everyday issues be different.

  2. Hey steve, she has a face, you know??

  3. I would read a Saga spin-off that starred the Will, Gwendolyn, Lying Cat and Slave Girl. And I suspect (and hope) we’ll see more of that team in the future.

    Also, Greg Capullo is a goddamn BEAST and I love it.

  4. Lying Cat’s face in the third panel perfectly captures a cat’s curiosity and any pet’s desire to please. “Did I do good?”

    As a fan of felines, I really enjoyed this issue more than usual. This is the most time we’ve spent with Lying Cat so far, and the were so many mannerisms that Staples nailed perfectly. Good stuff.

    • Good point, Fiona Staples is great at conveying expression and executes perfectly with Lying Cat, I didn’t think about it but it is the most time we’ve spent with Lying Cat and I notice I enjoy the issues that have more focus on The Will & Lying Cat not more but as if its a whole other book but completely connected with the overall Saga vibe and that’s the beauty of this series.

  5. Lying cat will finally do justice to the reputation of all felines across the world. I for one, love that character.

  6. This needed a panel from batman and robin.

  7. I love the Batman panel, Capullo is upping his game each issue right now. That DD looks like an Allred’s piece.Extermination had some really good panels to close the series and story.

  8. That Daredevil page stopped me in my tracks. I just stared for a full 2 or 3 minutes.

  9. I also liked in Hulk that Banner loves the smell of urine when he starts changing. It makes the carnage all worthwhile.

    That or Batman punching a horse cause let’s be honest: we all thought about it once in our lives.

    • I thought the flaming horse panel was the best (and most terrifying) in Batman, and in a comic that spooky and well-drawn, that’s saying something!

  10. Funny, I was just thinking about Steve Rogers: ARTIST the other day…

  11. I know the chronology of the Marvel U is purely up to writer interpretation (and why shouldn’t it be?).
    However, it makes sense regardless. Cyclops and the gang were 15-16 when the series began. Now, those characters are in their early to mid thirties. Even giving the benefit of the doubt, 15 years have gone by. If you told my young self there’d be whole minimart cooler bays filled with bottled water, I would ask the same question. Bendis is right on the mark here.

  12. That panel from Daredevil reminds me of this JiM cover.

    Both seem a bit naughtier than “necessary”. 😉

  13. When The Will says he’s tried to kill Lying Cat, Lying Cat is silent so I guess that’s the truth.

  14. Leinil Yu’s really on his A game, best stuff sense Avenging Spider-Man #5.

  15. T’Challa’s assurance that after everything is sorted he is going to kill Namor was by far my moment of the week.

  16. Love lying cat and there is something about the stalk that is just awesome. The design is amazing. Fiona Staples is god. I didn’t get one of her prints at NYCC this year but I that she’s there next year so I can. The cover to this issue is great.