The Best of the Week in Panels – 02.13.2013

Gentlemen, this room here is the, uh, panels room. Call me crazy, but I think when I see people in this room, they should be using panels. But you three aren’t, which leads me to guess, you know, ’cause I’m such a bright fella, that you’re here for a different reason. Now forgive me for being distrustful, that probably means you’re up to no good.


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Fury MAX #9

By Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov

Frank’s world is cold. Frank’s world is hard. Franks world is a man’s world.


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Batman and Robin #17

By Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, & Carlos M. Mangual

A good English butler will handle all the duties that the Lord of the Manor cannot or will not. I think. I watch a lot of Downton Abbey.


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Marvel Universe: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! #11

By Frank Tieri, Tim Levins, Tom Palmer, Chris Sotomayor, & Clayton Cowles

“Hairless Troll” made me laugh. Also, “zounds.”



Katana #1

By Ann Nocenti, Alex Sanchez, Matt Yackey, & Taylor Esposito

Whoa! Alex Sanchez! Where have you been all my life?


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Wolverine and the X-Men #25

By Jason Aaron, Ramon Perez, Laura Martin, & Joe Caramagna

Sure there’s nothing groundbreaking here but I love the way that the river flows into the smoke billowing out of the chimney.



Batman #17

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

In an issue full of great panels it was this quiet moment that got me the hardest. I could almost hear the change from Bruce voice to Batman voice. Chilling.


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Avengers Arena #4

By Dennis Hopeless, Alessandro Vitti, Frank Martin, & Joe Caramagna

Somewhere in Berkeley a man is screaming.


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Uncanny X-Men #1

By Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend or Jaime Mendoza or Al Vey, & Joe Caramagna

This is the kind of sweeping, crazy double page spread in which Chris Bachalo excels.



  1. that Bachalo panel is amazing

  2. The sense of scale in that Bachalo piece is stunning.

    I also agree 100% on that panel from Batman #17.

  3. Great art all around and I think I’ve found a new favorite tag.

  4. I loved that scene of Bruce at Joker’s cell in Arkham. but seriously, what’s up with those scars? They aren’t even established as being canon in the exact same story the scene takes place in, so it was a distracting addition.

  5. Poor, poor Ron

    • I take it that he’s the screaming man from Berkely.

    • When I read Arena, I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in fan rage and were suddenly silenced.

      I also decided to stop reading Arena, since we had our Runaways spotlight issue and I couldn’t bring myself to give a damn about it.

    • I’ve been loving Avengers Arena and I was dead set against it when the first news about it broke. Hopeless is really knocking it our of the park here. I love the fact that he’s actually writing for the issue just as much as the arc. It’s really one of those titles that any issue is a good jumping on point, and you really feel you get your monies worth out of the story each issue.

  6. The Joker then turning to glance at Bruce, disinterested, was also a masterful moment.

  7. I should give Katana a chance. The preview pages look nice, but Nocenti doesn’t have a good track record of late.

  8. The art in Katana is amazing and that panel from Batman # 17 may be my favorite Batman panel ever. So much great stuff this week.

  9. That’s a lot of colons in that avenger’s title.

  10. I ended up not buying Uncanny X-Men solely because Bachalo’s art ruins everything for me. The man can draw a mean Sentinel, but the second he gets around to anything resembling a human, I get pulled right out of the story and spend all my time disliking the art.


  11. Where the deuce is Hercules since NOW! started? Would love to see a new series from him down the line.

    I would have to agree with that Alfred image as my favorite of the week. You forget sometimes how much of a badass Alfred can be so that was nice to see in the issue. The next page of him slowly going to sleep and smiling was a nice sequence too.

    But let me throw in Manhattan Projects with the hilarious moment of Groves trying to decide what to color his office….as two charred bodies are standing before him. Perhaps Butterscotch?

  12. My favorite Panel this week was the moment Bruce hugged Damian. Such an amazing quiet moment in the middle of the hysteria.

  13. I only read a cpl of my books so far and was hoping that last pick from Uncanny X-Men was gonna get recognition, Chris Bachalo, Scalera and Guedes have all been drawing some excellent Sentinels.

  14. Alfred’s smile after that panel was the truly great finishing touch to his section of the story. I was smiling along with him.