The Best of the Week in Panels – 05.08.2013

You get out there, and the panels are full and everybody’s cheerin’. It’s like everybody in the world come to see you. And inside of that there’s the players, they’re yakkin’ it up. The pitcher throws and you look for that pill… suddenly there’s nothing else in the ballpark but you and it. Sometimes, when you feel right, there’s a groove there, and the bat just eases into it and meets that ball. When the bat meets that ball and you feel that ball just give, you know it’s going to go a long way. Damn, if you don’t feel like you’re going to live forever.


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Thor: God of Thunder #8

By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina, & Joe Sabino

This series consistently has the best final pages in comics. I cannot wait for next month’s issue.


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The Private Eye #2

By Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, & Muntsa Vicente

Any world with less technological intrusion in our lives and more automats is a world I’d like to live in.


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Suicide Squad #20

By Alex Kot, Patrick Zircher, Jason Keith, & Jared K. Fletcher

The use of the flying Scrabble tiles to represent a sound effect is very fun and clever.



Wolverine #3

By Paul Cornell, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Matt Hollingsworth, & Cory Petit

Yeeeees. Like in the movie.


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Life with Archie #29

By Paul Kupperberg, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, & Jack Morelli

All of them, Reggie. I’m pretty sure all of them.



Batman #20

By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, & FCO Plascencia

“Garbage chute. Really wonderful idea. What an incredible smell you’ve discovered!”


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Uncanny Avengers #8

By Rick Remender, Daniel Acuña, & Chris Eliopoulos

Short mask ears. Mutton chops that spill out of the sides of the mask. I love the way that Acuña portrays Wolverine.


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Star Wars #5

By Brian Wood, Carlos D’Anda, Gabe Eltaeb, & Michael Heisler

This bar is a wretched hive of scum and villainy and Hellboy.



  1. HA it does look like Hellboy.

  2. Great choices. Acuña’s Wolverine is right up there with Rafael Grampá’s (and not because of their accent marks!) for me. Love it.

  3. Gotta agree about Acuna. He’s excelling at drawing people wearing masks and helmets rather than just drawing costumes, Early in that issue there’s a great head shot of Thor where he’s wearing his helmet rather than it being an extension of his forehead.

  4. A.I.M Agents in tuxes and fancy dresses from Avengers 11 made my week instantly better.

  5. Hilarious quote coming from the man who murdered Hank Pym in one of the stupidest comic books being published right now.

    • Hardly the same character.

      Uncanny Avengers Wolverine is still living in a world where Humanity rules the world. Age of Ultron Wolverine lived in a world where half of humanity had been culled and Ultron rules the world with an iron fist. Different times call for different attitudes about death and murder.

    • Adamantium fist.

    • Yeah, Iron Fist is a different character.

    • If any of that came through in Bendis’ writing, then I’d buy what you’re selling. “Age of Ultron” is just pathetic from the man who can pretty much concurrently write the consistently good “All-New X-Men”

  6. Most of the books on my pull list have been canceled. Nowadays, I’m very choosy about putting a new book on the list. Thor: God of Thunder has been stunningly good, good enough to make it a must-read for me. Everytime a new Thor book, creative team, or story arc comes along, I brace myself; so far, though, every change has been engaging and surprising, even when some of the same concepts have been covered again. This book is no exception; I look forward to it every month. Great final panels seem to be a matter of course for it.

  7. I spy with my little eye… A BOBA FETT!

  8. Does anyone actually use the AR thing in the Marvel books? Does it add anything beyond a distraction?

    • I do not.

    • I used it once (I don’t personally own an AR-ready device), and I got the impression that it was like DVD extras. The kind of content you’d take a look at after you’ve experienced the primary content.

    • AR does not work with my two Android devices. I am not going to spend 400 bucks on a device it will work with just to see a glowing background or what ever AR does.

    • Occasionally it’ll translate dialogue if they don’t do the bracket translating thing directly on the page. Best example of this I think was the AvX: VS that pitted Magik against Black Widow and all their dialogue was in Russian. AR translated that to English.

  9. It’s a devaronian.

  10. So anybody else start hearing Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes in there head as they scrolled down and saw the star wars page?

  11. I KNEW the CRUNK panel from Suicide Squad would be in this week’s BOTW. Clever and cool. This issue was excellent too.

    Loved Batman 20 as well, and not just for the Star Wars homage, but also for what they found in the trash compactor. Ultra cool.

    Everything in Thor was great, put that was a “HELL YEAH!” panel.

    Haven’t finished my books yet, but looks like I have some good things to look forward to!

  12. Looking at that Wolverine panel, it occurs to me the problem I have with movie Nick Fury is the lack of hair. No hair = no greyed temples. That plus the eye patch is the iconic Nick Fury look.

    The movie used Ultimate Nick Fury which was straight-up Sam Jackson to begin with. Would’ve been sweet if they added some OG Nick Fury flavor and gave the Sam Jackson version some hair in the first place.

  13. That’s a great idea by Zircher for sound effects in Suicide Squad. I heard good things about the debut for Ales Kot on that book. Anyone confirm that?

    I was gonna say I was surprised ANY of the panels in Avengers with the A.I.M. members in evening outfits but with their helmets on wasn’t chosen. But then I remember no one who does the podcast read’s the book anymore. So I won’t harp on that.

  14. Crunk- eleven points, assuming there wasn’t a triple word or other scoring anomaly involved. Great panel!

  15. Never read or bought a Star Wars comic but that Hellboy

    • That devil-man is called a Devaronian. They were featured as one of the random aliens in A New Hope. The background info is that the costume people started to run short on masks, so someone though it would be ok to use a spare devil mask they had lying around. The species in Star Wars is quite cool, the women rule their home world. The men scurry off into the galaxy to become famous and rich, sending all their excess money back to their family on Devaron. Most males never return home (save for conjugal visits during mating season) and wind up becoming the scum of the universe. Also, their tongues are really long.

  16. That Acuna panel would have been great if the dialog wasn’t so awful.