The Best of the Week in Panels – 05/12/10

Sometimes, panels surprise you. Sometimes they shock you. Sometimes they startle you. Sometimes they catch you unawares. Sometimes, they do all of these things because those are basically synonyms.

Here are some of our favorite moments from this week's comics:

B.P.R.D. King of Fear #5

I don't know what this means, or what this is about.  I do know that it had nothing whatsoever to do with the story that had been going on in the previous pages.  It's a very antiquated looking brass machine/creature thing, and he's in a fancy Victorian chair, complete with tea, in a submarine.  And if I'm not mistaken, shit's about to get real. -Josh Flanagan

He's from the seventh trade! Those guys are AWESOME! –Paul 


Sentry: Fallen Sun

The Sentry's funeral was a pitch-perfect tribute to everything awful about him. After years of unearned status ("He was Reed Richards' best friend, you know. And only he could calm the Hulk. And Tivo was his idea, and he suggested Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man") Jenkins gives us one for the road: "Oh, by the way, he totally got a taste o' that sugah. I'm sorry, did that fundamentally change a crucial part of that character for a three-panel punchline? Oh, well; why stop now?" And so the Sentry ended his life as he began it, as a three-point shot banking off the rim of my office recycling bin. — Jim



Flash #2

I don't actually have a joke here. I just thought this was too adorable and too funny not to highlight. Between this moment from a scene where Flash rebuilds a freshly leveled apartment complex and the car dismantling sequence from the first issue, Johns and Manapul are doing some really thoughtful things with the Flash's powers. Even if he hasn't been involved in any big scale battles yet. I love Barry as a people's champion and Manapul is the ideal artist for great moments like this one. If it weren't for Digger's brutual beat down later in the issue, this would be a perfect all-ages book. –Paul


  1. While I agree with all of your picks, I really did love the flash #2 panel. It made me laugh out loud and comics rarely do that to me. You are wise as always Mr. Montgomery.

  2. Wait, the Sentry tapped another woman while he was totally in love with his wife? The wife, whose death set him off? Sheesh.

  3. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Rogue apparently has really, really terrible taste in guys.

  4. That Flash Panel was a truly great superhero moment. I think its an interesting way to keep the character grounded since the Flash universe and all the villains can get a bit wacky at times. 

  5. My favorite panel was in Avengers: The Initiative. Taskmaster tells Norman he helped Deadpool rob him  at the beginning of Dark Reign.

  6. Reading Fallen Sun just reminded me of all the things I found distasteful about the recent retcon that Sentry was a junkie.  That just didn’t fit for me at all.  And not just because it was already Freak’s origin in Amazing Spider-Man.

  7. @Paul love that panel in Flash#2 also.Manapul is definitley growing on me(he reminds me of Scottie Young style wise)

  8. I love that Jimski’s use of "Best Panel of the Week" has, over the past few weeks, been to point out the most ludricrous page of a given week. Nice.

    That Flash panel was the best part of that book. I really loved that sequence. It’s a great meld of story and art in just three simple panels.

  9. … the second one was remotely funny. Being a Rogue fan for 18 years I find it a bad retcon for the sake of a joke but w/e. It was a sentry book I was bound to have bad taste in my mouth. Also that last one was ok, although it didn’t resonate in me one bit. That first one made me laugh not only because of how ridiculous it looks but because of Paul’s quote.

  10. That page of BPRD may be my favorite single page of the year.  I have no idea what it means, but it is positively oozing with potential.  I’m very excited about the future of the Hellboy Universe.

  11. I have no idea what is going on in BPRD…..but that panel alone makes me wanna find the back issues for King of Fear.

    That Flash moment is the best for me, not just the little girl but the whole thing. I cannot wait until Manapul is tested to do a full blown fight.

    @JesTr: Ha! Nice bit of continuity there. 

  12. @Bansidhewail – Sentry was a junkie as of issue #1 of his original series by Jenkins/Lee.  Read it again, it was never a retcon.  Remember, he was shooting up with needles in that very first issue, it’s all there.

  13. I can only hope this nonsense with Rogue will never come up again. Ever.

  14. I don’t think it will @Bornin1142

  15. You know, the original Sentry miniseries was actually pretty good.  It was a neat idea.  I just don’t know if he should ever have been revived outside of the Marvel Knights line.

  16. Arrrggghhh (@Arrrggghhh) says:

    Rouge will bang anyone who she can touch and not hurt – noted.

  17. BPRD – Garden of Souls tpb

    Everyone, even slightly interested, needs to read this Abe Sapien origin story.

    How about that fine bone china tea set on a sub? Now that is high tea (and scones) with style! Join the Oannes Society.

  18. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    One of my favorite BPRD stories. 

  19. Panels like that is why I’m glad I started reading BPRD.

  20. Did… someone just get corrected on Sentry continuity? I never thought I’d see the day.

  21. I didn’t know the Sentry could HAVE continuity.  I thought the charm of the character is that his entire "continuity" didn’t really exist?  Or it did and we’ve all forgotten… or something like that.

  22. (In honor of the NBA playoffs going on, I’m going to bust out a chant:) Sentry sucks! Sentry sucks! Sentry sucks!

    Worst… Deus Ex Machina… Ever… 

  23. @RaceMcCloud – The Sentry has charm? Now that’s an interesting thought!