The Best of the Week in Panels – 02.22.2012

I understand that you little guys start out with your panels and you think they’re great… and they are, they are terrific. But pretty soon, a panel isn’t enough. You’re out on the street trying to score a page, or maybe a cover. And the next thing you know, you’re strung out on collections, Ken. That’s serious.


Prophet #22

By Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Richard Ballermann, & Ed Brisson

This comic might have fewer words than others, but I take more time with it because it’s full to bursting with wonderful vistas.


Magneto: Not a Hero #4

By Skottie Young, Clay Mann, Seth Mann, David Curiel, & Chris Eliopoulos

This is a great page but I especially love the extreme perspective on the middle panel.


The Flash #6

By Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato, & Wes Abbott

I love everything about this double page spread. From the ballsy move of dealing with, head on, the most probably fan reaction to the new Captain Cold, to the main title being hidden in the ice, to the way that The Flash’s boots exist in the foreground and draw us into the image. Great stuff.


Fantastic Four #603

By Jonathan Hickman, Barry Kitson, Paul Mounts, & Clayton Cowles

You never want a Mad Celestial to go Full Voltron.


Chew #24

By John Layman, Rob Guillory, & Taylor Wells

This made me laugh.


Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #7

By Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Samnee, Justin Ponsor, & Cory Petit

I would have thought that John Suintres would have been into a higher class of porn.


All-Star Western #6

By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat, Gabrial Bautista, & Rob Leigh

The “SOK” sound effect coupled with the Olde Timey boxing stance also made me laugh.


Uncanny X-Force #22

By Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini, Dean White, & Cory Petit

Yep. Yep. That’s Phantomex’s face. *shudder*


  1. You really can’t top the ‘Dreamy’ posters of Robert Kirkman in Chew.

    It would be cool if Layman/Guillory shows up in Walking Dead just as a ‘pay back’.

  2. When I read that section of All Star Western this week, it reminded me a LOT of the swamp raid from Call of Cthulhu. I mean that as the greatest of compliments to Gray and Palmiotti.

  3. Yeah, I loved that shot in All-Star. Put up your dukes!

  4. I don’t read Uncanny X-Force but… Detective Comics #1 anyone? 0_o *sigh*

  5. How many people need to be skinned alive before they realize that it is a major concern in ordinary life?

  6. I personally love the new Meta progression of Captain Cold. Differentiates him from Mr. Freeze a bit more, and they seem to have kept his Rogue with Honor personality. That panel was phenomenal. Francis is a champ.

  7. How do we the new Captain Cold is cool? Two words, my friends: Sleeveless hoodie. It worked for Scarlet Spider, it’ll work here!

    Seriously though, great pick of panels. I loved the two-page spread in Flash and I did actually laugh out loud at the page in Chew. Great stuff.


    “I would have thought that John Suintres would have been into a higher class of porn.”

    I trust you haven’t heard the Bendis Tapes feat. a discussion of “Perversions of Science.” 🙂

  9. “Full Voltron” might be my new favorite phrase.

  10. You NEVER go Full Voltron

  11. Why do I hear Rick Astley’s “Never gonna give you up” when I look at that manly poster of Kirkman?

  12. There is a double page spread in American Vampire that should have made this list.

  13. I like all these panels except for Uncanny X-Force. I can’t stand Tocchin’s art work. It’s like a kid drawing with crayons.

  14. Graham and Roy had to be watching The Human Centipede when they came up with that creature caravan in Prophet.

  15. That was my reaction to the new Captain Cold. I miss the parka.

  16. I dropped Uncanny X-Force cause of the new art was so terrible, especially panel to panel in sequence, a single blown up image like above isn’t horrible but overall he’s currently ruining what was one of my favorite titles. Btw the rest of the panels are great, funny and love that angle on Flash,now that’s good drawing and color.

  17. The more and more i see of Flash makes me want to read it. Is it really THAT good? I checked Amazon and the collection doesn’t come out till November!!! Way to go DC, great job. *sigh*

    • The dialog isn’t the strongest but the overall package from a design standpoint is great. I would even buy the book without dialog. More artists should take note of all the creative panel layouts, they convey tons of energy. I think a lot of the inspiration came from We3 but that’s not a bad thing.

    • So the story is clunky?

    • Yep the story is a little clunky. It looks beautiful, but there are some very dodgy concepts jumping around… not quite Bilson run bad but Manapul needs to be really careful where he goes with the danger of the speedforce narrative and ‘reimagining’ the rogues.

    • The story is awesome, don’t let that stop you. You gotta read the art as much as the text or you’ll miss on a LOT of the story! Manapul is the artist as well as the co-writer and it shows, some of the things are just small details in the panels that a lot of people miss cause they quick read the text and don’t study the art, to those who say nay to the Flash, go read it again and this time, pay attention to the art! :p

  18. I guess Fantomex will have to FACE the music . . .

  19. That panel in Chew earned it my PotW

  20. Some gooood choices.

  21. That Prophet panel is jaw-droppingly good – is the rest of it up to the same level?

  22. hahahahahahah