The Best of the Week in Panels – 04.28.2011

You never heard of the Millenium Falcon? She's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve panels.


Scalped #48

By Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Giulia Brusco, & Sal Cipriano

This moment snuck up on me, and it was a skillful reminder of the growing tension between Shunka and Dash. It came up so organically, and smacks you right in the face. This is why Scalped is a great, great series.

— Josh Flanagan



Avengers #12.1

By Brian Micahel Bendis, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, & Paul Mounts

Anytime anyone mentions World of WarCraft I still get a little twitch in my right eye.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Action Comics #900

By Damon Lindelof, Ryan Sook, & John J. Hill

In the panel prior to this, Jor-El asked the scientist how much air, water, and food could be fit into this ball. This was the panel that really stuck the landing though. That pained and distorted reflection is a magnificent piece of cartooning, and the rendering of the hand alone is a technical bit of drawing wonder. Basically what I'm saying is, we need more Ryan Sook in all of our lives.

— Josh Flanagan


Venom #2

By Rick Remender, Tony Moore, Crimelab! Studios, John Rauch, & Joe Caramagna

There's so much that is wonderful about this panel. Kraven is great and dynamic and he's got one of those wonderful Tony Moore expressions going. But my favorite thing is the way that Venom's shoulder, and the spear that is sticking out of it, are framed in the foreground. You don't often get foreground work like this in comics.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Brightest Day #24

By Lots of people

Brightest Day has excelled at quitely powerful, break-your-heart emotional moments. This was another one.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Velocity #4

by Rob Marz and Kenneth Rocafort

Look at that composition. Look at the movement. Look at the perspective. This is as good as anything I've seen in a comic book in a long time.

— Josh Flanagan


Justice League: Generation Lost #24

By Judd WInick, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Hi-Fi, & Travis Lanham

There were a couple of great moments of catharthis in the final issue. This was the best.

— Conor Kilpatrick

Detective Comics #876

By Scott Snyder, Jock, David Baron, and Sal Cipriano

When you're off to work in the morning, this is right up there with things you don't expect to see in the lobby of your office building. It is drawn in such a way that I can almost smell it. Jock does his signature wide-angle distortion and bending of the straight lines, making his pages more cinematic than anyone else in comics. You just can't beat "lobby whale."

— Josh Flanagan


Detective Comics #876

By Scott Snyder, Jock, David Baron, and Sal Cipriano

There is Jock and then there is everyone else.

— Conor Kilpatrick


  1. When I read that last Jock example I literally just stopped, stared and went “fuck…. Jock”  That page could be page of the year!

  2. There are good days, bad days, and “whale in the lobby” days.

  3. Talking about GOOD Action Comics #900 shorts:

    That Lindelof one really got to me cause I wasn’t expecting it. That sequence, plus the one where the engineer is looking at his child really says it all. It’s a story I don’t has ever been addressed but I’m glad Lindeolf and Sook executed it perfectly. Even the shadows on that panel matches what we’re seeing. 

  4. Yeah that Batman diving page was fantastic.

  5. If real life looked like Jock’s work, all wars would cease.

  6. That’s also pretty f’d up that a bunny just got his finger cut off.

  7. that action comics one shot really got me.  i am a father and it just broke me.

  8. I loved that Superman short story.

  9. Did Usagi Yojimbo #137 come out this week ? I didn’t see it in the new comics list, and my lcs didn’t have it in my pull list. (You think I’d know these things). 

  10. The Jock Batman page is really awesome….tough to beat that one.

  11. I wish I owned the Detective Comics page that Conor picked, it’s a completely different Batman than what I’m used to and I love it. I seriously hope Jock, Francavilla and Snyder stay on that book for a long, long time.

  12. That killer whale just sold me on Detective Comics. Oh, and Batman was cool too, I guess.

  13. That art by Ryan Sook in Action floored me. (The story was really good, too.)

    Also, did those bankers in Detective get the day off? ‘Cause you know you’ve got a crap job when they find a whale in the lobby, and then make you stay and work the rest of the day. 

  14. @RandoCalrissian  I’m afraid I have some bad news (and believe me, it’s painful even typing this out).  I’m afraid Snyder, Jock, and Francavilla will be leaving the title in August with #881.  I’m sorry, man.  I’m really, really sorry.  I wish it wasn’t true.

  15. @skestra – are you sure that’s the end of their entire run? I had read that was the last issue of this storyline, but nothing definitive about if it was their final issue on Detective or not.

  16. @skestra Got a link or something where you heard that? That’s a SERIOUS bummer

  17. Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @skestra  That’s not confirmed. He states on Twitter that he only revealed that that would be the end of this particular story line. Stay tuned. Plus, we’ve also got Gates of Gotham to look forward to. 

  18. Crap. Now I need to buy Detective too? I’m tying to cut back but WANT!

  19. That detective panel is truly breathtaking…

  20. Wow, that Jock batman page is great!

    there is NO WAY Spidey plays World of Warcraft. first of, there is no way he would do anything that wasteful with his time when he could be out fighting crime and/or looking for a job. Plus, he spends all of his disposable income on web fluid and uniforms. No way did he drop coin on a PC fast enough to run a current game, plus a subscription to WOW. I cal shenanigans!  

  21. I don’t usually just gawk at comic book art, but every page of Detective was like that for me.  I’ve always appreciated Jock but this Detective run feels like it’s coming together as well as anything he’s ever done.

  22. Yeah..some mighty fine panels this week.  Jock always floors me, but, I love me some Moore.  Very effective page.

  23. Ryan Sook is always great, he did a phenomenal miniseries with dan slott its

  24. That panel from Generation Lost was the first time in a long, long time that a comic made me fist pump.  Hell yeah!

  25. The Jock panel ist really great.
    The panel from Action Comics #900 is a nice homage to M.C. Escher, does anyone know his self portrait:

  26. @pyynk I’ll second that Generations Lost fist pump!