The Best of the Week in Panels – 04.03.2013

“You think you know something, don’t you? You think you’re the clever little girl who knows comic panels. There’s so much you don’t know. So much. What do you know, really? You’re just an ordinary little girl living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there’s nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day and at night you sleep your untroubled, ordinary little sleep filled with peaceful, stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares! Or did I, or was it a silly inexpert little lie. You live in a dream. You’re a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what comic panels are like? Do you know the comics industry is a foul sty? Do you know if you rip the fronts off houses you’d find swine? The world’s a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie! Use your wits. Learn something.”


Popeye #12
By Roger Langridge

I don’t mean to be sedimental, but Roger Langridge might be the best living cartoonist. This issue is the reading equivalent of an ice cream sandwich.

–Paul Montgomery


Green Arrow #19
By Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino

When people talk about comic book pacing, this is what they’re talking about. Here we see a quick series of strikes, and use of the black and white inset panel. It’s brutal, but it’s quick and punchy. These sequences are the best part of this title.

— Josh Flanagan


Locke & Key Omega #5
By Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez plays with perspective like few other comic artists. His compositions nothing short of sublime.

–Paul Montgomery


Thanos Rising #1
By Jason Aaron, Simone Bianchi

Any time a friend posts a picture of their baby on Facebook. Every. Time.

–Paul Montgomery


Animal Man #19
By Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Jerks got what’s coming to ’em. But that is not gonna play well on TMZ.

— Josh Flanagan


Indestructible Hulk #6
By Mark Waid, Walt Simonson, Chris Eliopoulos

Walt Simonson’s Thor will always be my favorite. It’s a bit of Valhalla on Midgard.

–Paul Montgomery



Godzilla: The Half-Century War #5
By James Stokoe

Stokoe’s concept for the Half-Century War story line might be the best framework for a Godzilla history in the history of the atom. One man’s lifelong efforts to kill an irradiated lizard? It’s the best romance in ages.

–Paul Montgomery


Deadpool #7
By Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Scott Koblish

Iron junk.

–Josh Flanagan


Locke & Key Omega #5
By Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

Don’t care how bad your prom went, and mine was pretty dreadful: This? This is the ultimate party foul.

–Paul Montgomery


  1. Somehow I knew that Simonson drawing Thor would make it here and, yes, it might just be the nicest on this list . . .

    Personally, I thought that the image of Thanos, the lizards & his dead school friends would be the one to make the list . . .

  2. In recent years, I’ve been happy to see artists like Olivier Coipel and Esad Ribic do Thor justice however, I do have to agree though… Simonson defined Thor for me.

  3. What the hell is going on with iFanboy lately – Deadpool discussed on a podcast not once but twice and now a Cover AND and Panel?

    I’m not sure I like the new direction iFanboy is headed.


    • I think each issue of Deadpool has had a panel here.

    • I loved the first arc of “Deadpool”…but this issue made me laugh my ass off. Also, the art wasn’t just “retro,” but 100% rock solid in terms of storytelling and execution. Brilliant.

  4. really looking forward to that Godzilla: Half Century War being collected. that Stokoe art looks fantastic!

  5. the best part of paul being a reg on ifanboy is that locke & key is finally getting the weekly mad props it deserves.

  6. hey that godzilla book looks friggn sweet, never even heard about it.

    • I’ve collected everything Godzilla since IDW has received the “rights” to the character…….Godzilla: Half-Century War is by far the best series they’ve published of Godzilla!!!!!

    • It’s absolutely fantastic. I can’t recommend it enough.

    • I’ve been reading “Half-Century War” digitally and honestly, it’s pretty cool to be able to pinch and zoom to really get into all of the insane detail and masterful line-work.

  7. I love that crowd in the Popeye panel. Such a simple idea and it’s so damn funny to look at.

    I particularly liked the joke of Deadpool ‘discovering’ Iron Man’s not so secret lair. Good reveal.

  8. Animal Man #19 was Steve Pugh’s best work on the book yet.

  9. Green Arrow passed into the realm of the ridiculous this month. I mean its a nice page, but the guy gets hit by at least four arrows and is then running around on the next few pages like fuck all happened, WTF DC!

    • I agree, that took me right out of the story.

    • Yes, and no. Although he was injured, yet still running……Lemire does express in thoughts G.A.’s pain and the fact that he must overcome it to live…..which is quite the motivator.

    • Ridiculous indeed. Felt like i was reading a book that didn’t take any of this seriously, who could possibly survive getting shot by four arrows. So unreal…

    • Cause superheroes are usually based in realistic settings or reality in general, lol,…sorry I had to. I love the artwork since Sorrentino took over, it’s the type of panel pacing mentioned above I look for but don’t see enough of. Although I do agree after four arrows, Lemiere should’ve shown Ollie administering a painkiller injection of some sort and emphasized the pain he was going through a lil’ more.

  10. Might have to pick up Green Arrow in trade. That’s a mighty fine piece of storytelling.

  11. Locke & Key is excellent.