The Best of the Week in Panels – 06.20.2012

I’m pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large panel that supposedly injured some bathers. But, as you see, it’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time. Amity, as you know, means “friendship”.

Saga #4

By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, & Fonografiks

Los Angeles has changed you, Brian.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Young Justice #17

By Kevin Hopps, Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones, Zac Atkinson, & Dezi Sienty

They’re such a cute couple.

— Conor Kilpatrick


The Punisher #12

By Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, Matt Hollingsworth, & Joe Caramagna

You do not want to see Frank’s Pinterest page.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Reed Gunther #10

By Shane Houghton & Chris Houghton

This was what happened when Reed (and by extension, the Houghtons) let his imagination run wild in a battle of the mind. This is kind of everything that’s great about the series in one two page spread. There are creepy B.P.R.D. style monsters, cows with gatling guns, and Reed has a Statue of Liberty arm. I’m gonna miss these cowpokes.

— Josh Flanagan


Batman Beyond Unlimited #5

By Adam Beechen, Norm Breyfogle, Andrew Elder, & Saida Temofonte

I was all set to choose another panel from this issue but my eye kept getting drawn back to this dynamic panel with intense coloring.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Daredevil #14

By Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, & Joe Caramagna

This was, by far, the saddest moment of the week.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Winter Soldier #7

By Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Brian Thies with Stefano Gaudiano, Bettie Breitweiser, & Joe Caramagna

I’ll say! (I don’t know anything about bombs.)

— Conor Kilpatrick


Birds of Prey #10

By Duane Swierczynski, Travel Foreman, Gabe Eltaeb, & Dave Sharpe

Travel Foreman has brought a little Animal Man to Birds of Prey.

— Conor Kilpatrick


  1. Guys, i think you accidentally put X instead of #7 for the Winter Soldier post.
    There was an AMAZING series of panels in X-Factor this week that i hope wouldve made it in but I guess you needed to read about four panels for the joke to really work, the scene where Longshot nonchalantly walks by and waves at Monet. It made me laugh out loud, which is rare when im reading comics

  2. That Daredevil page is beautiful, but I was a little confused by it–are we supposed to understand that his jump fell short, or is it that he did make it over, but just doesn’t realize that the bad guys are already there? I think it’s the former, but I couldn’t really figure it out from looking at this and the panels leading up to it.

    • His sense are gone: he can’t hear or smell or feel anything. So he thinks he jumped over the border to freedom when in actuality he didn’t make it and has no idea he’s being dragged away.

    • Yes, I understood that his senses were gone and that he was incorrect about having made it to safety, I just couldn’t tell if that was because he failed to make the jump, or if his jump succeeded but he was simply mistaken in his belief that the jump would lead to freedom.

    • I think the idea is that he would have made it, but was lassoed at the last minute. That’s what I got anyway.

  3. Jacen Chris Jacen Chris (@jcbhatestweeter) says:

    I opened to that Saga page Wednesday and literally went “What. The. F**k.”

  4. my reaction to that saga panel went a little like this:


  5. I’d give a big honorable mention to Guillem March for the full page near the back of Catwoman #10. “Detective Alverez, I hear you’ve been looking for me”

    Amazing. March is so under rated.

  6. that panel from saga…you just can’t unsee that….it’ll haunt your dreams!

  7. A missed opportunity to show the dildo dinosaur. Or not.

  8. So no more Reed Gunther after #10? 🙁

  9. Kelly Kelly (@annaluna) says:

    Saw the saga panel in the FB preview that lists the issues and thought “Dear god, please don’t let that be Saga.” Had the exact opposite of the Best in Covers shout out.

  10. Oh, lord, that Daredevil panel is painful (emotionally, that is). His smile and sentiment put next to what’s actually happening is just wonderful and an effective juxtaposition.

  11. Good stuff. The last page of Daredevil was indeed the saddest moment of the week.

    Frank’s Pintrest page – HA!

  12. i’m just going to throw this one out to the forums – which is more deeply unsettling: that saga panel…. or juggalos on okcupid?

  13. I really like Leggy blondes but that Saga panel has changed my outlook on my dating Life

  14. This week was a gift, right Paul? Saga has a lock on the “WTF Moment Of The Year” prize for sure. And I’m running out of good things to say about Daredevil – Waid & co are scary good. Does that last page remind anyone else of the last scene in Brazil?

  15. Kinda disappointed ebonics Man-Thing didn’t make the cut but this week was jam-packed with goodness.

  16. PymSlap PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    “Welcome to Sextillion” is a good panel. I also loved the splash in AVX “Welcome to Utopia.” It was like getting a warm handshake from the series’ new illustrator Mr. Oliver Coipel.

  17. I absolutely hate that Saga panel. There, I said it. Love the book, hate that panel.

    Daredevil left my heart feeling heavy. That book is amazing!

  18. No Comedian kissing dead Marilyn Monroe’s ass?

  19. I was reading Saga with my Mom over my shoulder and I went “HOLY f***” when I opened it.
    Mom asked why, so I showed her, and I just proved that I am not adopted. Thanks Brian!

  20. great saga panel…but i feel like there were better panels in that issue…however the sshock factor was there…

  21. Well it was worth it for the Houghton bros to sale their soul. Great panel

  22. I honestly thought the panel AFTER this in Saga #4 was going to make it in ‘best of’ for the week. I laughed out loud when Lying Cat trudged back to the ship with his utility belt or whatever it was.