The Best of the Week in Panels – 03.06.2013

It’s always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth. I don’t really know what the truth is. I don’t suppose anybody will ever really know. Nine of us now seem to feel that the panel is innocent, but we’re just gambling on probabilities – we may be wrong. We may be trying to let a guilty panel go free, I don’t know. Nobody really can. But we have a reasonable doubt, and that’s something that’s very valuable in our system. No jury can declare a panel guilty unless it’s sure.

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Earth 2 #10

By James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott, Alex Sinclair, & Dezi Sienty

Jay Garrick appearance #1! What an amazingly twisty double-page spread. They might get some top notch fill-in artists, but this book never quite looks right until Nicola Scott is drawing it.



Archie #641

By Roberto Aquirre-Sacasa, Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, & Jack Morelli

In an entire issue filled with in-jokes and meta humor, this was one of the gags that made me laugh the most.


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The Phantom Stranger #6

By Dan Didio, J.M. DeMatteis, Zander Cannon, Gene Ha, Dan Davis, Art Lyon & Travis Lanham

The Phantom Stranger is the WORST John.



Glory #33

By Joe Keatinge, Ross Campbell, Owen Gieni with Chris Solis, & Ed Brisson

Aaaand suddenly I’m 13 again.


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Swamp Thing #18

By Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn, & Travis Lanham

One last moment of romance before things get pretty dark and tragic, I imagine.


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Lost Vegas #1

By Jim McCann, Janet Lee, Chris Sotomayor, & Dave Lanphear

This panel creeps me the fuck out. They peer into my soul!


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Smallville: Season 11 #11

By Bryan Q. Miller, Jorge Jimenez, Carrie Strachan, & Saida Temofonte

Jay Garrick appearance #2! The old craggly Clint Eastwood-esque retired Jay Garrick who apparently is always in costume around the house was the best thing in comics this week.


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All-New X-Men #8

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

Never has that hairstyle been more terrifying. Or just terrifying in general.


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Legends of the Dark Knight #6

By Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, Elizabeth Breitweiser, & Saida Temofonte

Gabe Hardman should be on a Batman book right now.


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Legends of the Dark Knight #6

By Michael Avon Oeming, Nick Filardi, & Saida Temofonte

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Michael Avon Oeming draw Batman before but he’s welcome to anytime he’s not working on one of his own books.



  1. @Smallville Panel – Old Jay Garrick wears hipster jeans?

  2. Damn those last two panels are fantastic. It’s always nice to be reminded that Batman can be completely bad-ass.

  3. Hardman’s art was awesome in that issue. Really wish he was drawing a bat book.

  4. That Jean Grey thing freaked me out too, though it was more the casual mind wipe than anything else. The hair didn’t help, though.

    That being said, I was hoping to see a few panels from ANX where Bobby and Kitty were describing Cap and Beasts conversation and, as far as I could tell, getting it right.

  5. The Phantom Stranger panel reminds me of Bane giving his date flowers in Secret Six: “I wish to mate. Here are the bargaining tokens they told me to purchase. Shall we begin negotiations?”

  6. Yanick Paquette ended his run on Swamp Thing with style and grace. It was an all around gorgeous issue.

    Conor you accidentally misspelled Nicola’s name as “Nicole.”

  7. Some awesome stuff this week!

  8. Wow Conor you werent kidding. That Glory page made me break out the long box to re-read Extreme Prejudice.

  9. Jay Garrick appearance #1 from Earth 2 looks inspired by M.C. Escher’s Relativity. Escher is a favorite of mine for the complex visual and logical paradoxes that are a major component of his style.

  10. I’ve enjoyed the Flash arc much more than i thought i would and I wish Jorge Jimenez would keep drawing Smallville forever.

  11. @Legends of the Dark Knight #6 2nd Pick: ZOMG the Return of Dark Claw!!

  12. LOTDK #6 was packed with great art this month. Think I’ll go back to the shop for that one. The Phantom Stranger panel makes me laugh. Anytime someone is that dry, cold and logically in a sexual encounter its like the funniest thing to me.

  13. I don’t know how but Nicola Scott makes that Flash suit work most of the time. That alone is worth panel of the week!

    Earth 2 is a nice throwback book in it’s style.

  14. The second I saw that Earth 2 spread I knew it would be included here. Great stuff.

  15. Both of those Batman panels are amazing. I never thought I’d see a Hardman homage to Sale. And Oeming’s might be the best batarang whip-out I’ve ever seen.

  16. I’m not one of those people that hates the New 52 costumes, but man does the Smallville Jay make the Earth 2 one look lame.

  17. Oh my lord. That Jay Garrick in Smallville….I must buy this comic. Cause the JSA episode of ‘Smallville’ was good and all. But I was SUPER annoyed Garrick and Alan Scott didn’t get even a second of visual screen time. But this panel makes me wanna buy this comic now.

    Also, great Batman design by Oeming which has a Bruce Timm flare to it.

    I don’t think there was one thing I can point out in the three issues I bought….Maybe the final page of Dial H just because it felt deserved after 8-9 issues of build up.

  18. I never thought I would ever be writing in the 21st century – “I love that Archie’s panel.”

  19. There’s something about that Gabe Hardman Batman panel that’s familiar to me. After racking my brain I realised it was reminding me of this panel of Mazzucchelli art from Batman: Year One.

  20. Wait… So does Batman have steel reinforced knees and joints to be able to crush a car like that?