The Best of the Week in Panels – 01.19.2011

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Invincible Iron Man #500

By Matt Fraction, Nathan Fox, & Javier Rodriguez

It's just a simple cutaway panel, and not all that big a part of the story, but I was blown away by the Nathan Fox pages in this issue, and this panel in particular impressed me. It's so alive and kinetic. The way the War Machine is drawn to be distorted by the heat is so simple, but so effective.

— Josh Flanagan


Batman: Streets of Gotham #19

By Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, John Kalisz, & Steve Wands

I like it when Paul Dini goes to his dark and distrubing place.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40

By Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, Michelle Madsen, Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt

Ah, the perils of living with a sibling. One of the best things about this years long season eight of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been Georges Jeanty's art, more specifically, the way he draws Buffy to look like Sarah Michelle Gellar without it looking like phototracing. The acting in this sequence is wonderful.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Hellblazer #275

By Peter Milligan, Guiseppe Camuncoli, Stefano Landini, Lee Loughridge, Sal Cipriano

Here's the moment they were all waiting for. But the point of the whole thing, and the question a lot of people ask before they get married if they'll be the same after the ceremony. John's not too worried about it.

— Josh Flanagan


Amazing Spider-Man #652

By Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli, Edgar Delgado, & Joe Caramagna

I have to give it up to Dan Slott this week. The Peter walking into a door bit made me laugh out loud. A lot of credit has to go to the WHAMP sound effect.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Brightest Day #18

By Lots of People

Hawkman and Hawkgirl finally earn their freedom from a centuries long curse in this really cathartic moment of triumph. And it's this emotional high that makes what happens at the end of the issue all the more heartbreaking.

— Conor Kilpatrick


  1. Conor, you should have showed the good part of that Streets of Gotham scene, you know, where the hyenas really get to feast! 

  2. If only Peter had some kind of sixth sense to warn him

  3. Some great selections this week. Brightest Day was chock full of pretty pictures this week, but this was one of the best.

    @lifesend: That panel blew me away. You know you’re getting old when a comic panel is so graphic that it makes you go “Oh,my.”

  4. I like Buffy seems to be a bit turned off with the sex in the background; yet one issue deals with her fucking someone everywhere on the planet.

    Not so modest I guess. 

  5. @TheNextChampion  It’s not so much about modesty as it is about that being her sister in the next room.

  6. There’s got to be a “bug on the windshield” joke with that Spidey panel.

  7. @TheNextChampion  what conor said. c’mon dude, modesty or not thats gross. I don’t even have a sister and i know thats gross

  8. For me the panel of the week goes to the last page of Superior #4

  9. @WheelHands  Yeah, and I love the build up to the scene, of how the Joker was more jokey, but then became more maniacal.  It brings greater impact to the brutality of the whole scene.

    @RandoCalrissian  That’s definitely a contender.  It’s one of the reasons I love Mark Millar. 

  10. @conor/RoiVampire: Cut me some slack. I’ve never (ever) saw or read anything that has to do with Buffy. So how was I suppose to know?

  11. @TheNextChampion  The very first line of the caption: “Ah, the perils of living with a sibling.”

  12. xander and dawn?  #calledit

  13. They’re not actually doing it in the scene (Dawn’s playing a joke), but are they actually together? I haven’t been reading the book lately. 

  14. Yes, they’re together. Got together sometime during the last few arcs, and in this issue — which takes place a little while after the aftermath of the big crisis — they’re currently living together. Buffy is crashing on their couch.

  15. I like the combination of that panel from Streets of Gotham with the DC announcement that they PLAN to stop submitting their DCU comics for Comic Code Authority approval. Exactly what DOES the CCA find objectionable, anyway???

  16. @rwpos  That issue of STREETS OF GOTHAM wasn’t submitted.

  17. Yay for the Constantine panel of the week!

  18. Lovely selection. I didn’t bother with Hellblazer, but now I’m going to buy it – that pic is so sweet. I never knew John had done grey.

  19. Pardon the literal, that penultimate word should be ‘gone’.

  20. @Mart  John went grey recently — maybe at the start of Milligan’s run? What was nice was that it wasn’t part of a plot (the shock of EVIL turned his hair grey!), but rather a natural aging of the character. I honestly thought the colors were off the first issue he was colored that way. 😉

  21. @daccampo  I don’t know about grey, but they’re definitely pushing on his aging now. As the younger version of him was in several issues.

  22. @josh  Yeah, it’s also definitely accentuated by his May-December marriage, now too. I think it’s cool. So often comics characters are not allowed to age (and understandably so), but with John there seems to be an unspoken rule that they’re going to let him age roughly in real time, and I think that actually helps keep the character fresh.

  23. How did Cobra Commander getting blasted by Chuckles not make it this week? Even the ‘Yo Joe’ made me giddy.