The Best of the Week in Panels – 05.15.2013

Don’t pander to me, kid. One tiny crack in the hull and our blood boils in thirteen seconds. Solar flare might crop up, cook us in our seats. And wait’ll you’re sitting pretty with a case of Andorian panels, see if you’re still so relaxed when your eyeballs are bleeding. Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.



Justice League of America’s Vibe #4

By Sterling Gates, Manuel Garcia or Fabiano Neves, possibly Sandra Hope Archer, Brad Anderson, & Carlos M. Mangual

Oh, hey. How YOU doin’?

— Conor Kilpatrick



FF #7

By Matt Fraction, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, & Clayton Cowles

This was a wonderfully sweet moment that makes no sense if you haven’t read the issue and Scott Lang’s speech to the kids of the FF.

— Conor Kilpatrick



Nightwing #20

By Kyle Higgins, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, & Carlos M. Mangual

I’m not a Brett Booth fan but credit where credit is due: this two-page spread is an exercise in beautifully luminous chaos. Lots of credit also goes to inker Norm Rapmund and especially colorist Andrew Dalhouse.

— Conor Kilpatrick


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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23

By Brian Michael Bendis, Dave Marquez, Justin Ponsor, & Cory Petit

Ultimate Comics Miles’ Dad #1 might be the best thing to happen to the Ultimate line in over a decade.

— Paul Montgomery


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Wolverine and the X-Men #29

By Jason Aaron, Ramon Perez, Laura Martin, & Joe Caramagna

I love the joyous Bamf in the back on the left. He’s so psyched that they found something!

— Conor Kilpatrick


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Sword of Sorcery #8

By Christy Marx, Aaron Lopresti, Travis Moore or John Livesay, Hi-Fi, & Rob Leigh

Eclipso’s defeat reminded me very much of that of The Wicked Witch of the West.

— Conor Kilpatrick



Nova #4

By Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, Marte Garcia, & Albert Deschesne

This book is pure fun

— Conor Kilpatrick



  1. Why, after 130-odd years, does Logan go grey? Hope they tell that story, and it’s not just sloppy visual story-telling.

    The art in USM was amazing all around in that issue!

    • He has been drawn older or in the future many times and he usually has grey hair.

    • @Anville: See, you say you hope they tell that story, but think about it for a second — do you really want them to tell a story just to explain why Wolverine’s hair turns gray? That would be some hardcore continuity porn.

      I’m sure there are compelling stories that could do more than merely explain it, and I get your logic for asking the question, but I read those scenes as a look at a possible future that exists only to serve the story set in the present day. Once this present-day plot resolves itself, I think this particular possible future will go up on the shelf with all the other ones the X-Men have acquired over the years.

      That said, I feel like the color of his gray hair changed a couple times in the issue. If that’s the case and I’m not misremembering, there’s your sloppy visual storytelling.

    • I guess I’m not a huge X-Men guy, so I don’t know most of the (possible) future tales that’ve already been told. But when I saw that this guy who seems to be functionally immortal is gray only 25 short years in the future, it made me think there’s got to be a reason there. I not asking for a 5 issue mini “Wolvie’s Hair” or anything, but to me it’s an in-your-face inconsistent thing, that it would be nice to see it touched upon, even in passing, such as lost of healing, or whatever. Or maybe he uses Grecian formula now, and just gave it up?

      I suppose we file this one away with Red Hulk’s/Thaddeus Ross’s mustache

    • Easy: he stopped being a professional killer and became a professional teacher. That’ll grey ya right up, trust me.

  2. Great choices. And boy, Nightwing sure got good all of a sudden!

  3. When I read FF, I kept thinking “That’s gonna be in Panels…no, wait, THAT’S gonna be in Panels…no no no, THAT’S definitely gonna be in Panels!” Really great stuff this week from that book.

    • I know, my personal panel from that book was with Blackbolt walking away and Medusa talking to Whitman.

    • So, FF is good? I was a fan of the Hickman run and jumped off when Fraction started. Honestly, I did not even give it a try after not liking the main Fantastic Four book by Fraction.

    • I haven’t read Fraction’s F4, nor any of Hickman’s run on the franchise, so I can’t say how it compares. All I know is that I’m loving the current FF. Allred’s art is really good and a lot of the humor and character writing sticks. Give it a shot, see if it impresses you.

    • ctrosejr… Yes Fractions run is just as good as Hickman’s so far. At first i didnt jump on because i was so spoiled by Hickman’s quality run but i eventually tried issue 1 and was surprised. Ive since caught up. CATCH UP DUDE. Its way cool. FF man.. Allred art! Whats better than that?

    • I’m kind of on the fence on Fantastic Four, but FF has been pure joy. Fraction is killing it. I could even take or leave the Allred art…it’s just not my thing, but Hickman created a very specific fibe w/ FF that I thought no other writer could capture, and Fraction is really got it down, and doing it justice.

    • Yeah Fraction & Allred aren’t doing what anyone would expect from Fraction with that book and Allred’s art gives it more character than most out there, it really is in a class all it’s own and fun.

    • The only adjective I have for Fraction’s FF is wonderful.

      or is that an adverb? Anyway, it’s rather brilliant.

    • Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      It is, indeed, an adjective.

  4. Looking forward to checking Nova out in trade, I’ve only heard good things about that series.

    I don’t hate Brett Booth but his faces sometimes ruin his stuff for me, I loved that nightwing two-page spread though.

  5. Anytime “all those videogames really paid off” happens in a book, I let out a sigh of relief. There’s hope that I’m not just wasting my life…I might get a wishing ring or space helmet, honey…I gotta finish this level!

  6. Surprised on how much Booth is impressing me over at Nightwing. It isn’t perfect but some of those pages in Nightwing this week was fantastic.

    I did love the ‘grim reaper clock’ sequence in The Fall Of The House Of Usher. Corben taking the time to set up the mood with such a weird clock was just one example of his skills at work.