The Best of the Week in Panels – 06.27.2012

It was in a wheat field just south of Panels, Kansas. It was late November. It’s a month of mist. And we were caught in the open. The sun was setting behind us. There was nowhere to run. Twice it came in on us, and twice it missed the heart of us. And that’s when I had an epiphany.


Justice League #10

By Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, & Nick Napolitano



Mind The Gap #2

By Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback, & Dave Lanphear

I don’t always love when modern day computer generated effects are used in comics (or, usually, over-used, which might be the problem) but when they are used properly they can be quite effective and dramatic.


Superman Family Adventures #2

By Art Baltazar & Franco

I always enjoy a reference to one of my favorite lines from Superman: The Movie. Especially when it’s found in an unexpected place.


Wolverine and the X-Men #12

By Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend or Jaime Mendoza or Al Vey or Victor Olazaba, & Chris Eliopoulos

Wolverine and the X-Men is a great book without him, but when Chris Bachalo is on pencils it’s on a whole other level.


Before Watchmen: Nite-Owl #1

By J. Michael Straczynski, Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert, Brad Anderson, & Nick Napolitano

As Josh said on Twitter this week, “Joe Kubert inking Andy Kubert is the best looking Andy Kubert art I’ve ever seen.”


The Manhattan Projects #4

By Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra, Jordie Bellaire, & Rus Wooton

Hey… waitaminute!


American Vampire #26

By Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig, & Jared K. Fletcher

I love the perspective and depth of field used here. Also, this book doesn’t feel 100% right unless Rafael Albuquerque is drawing it.


Spider-Men #2

By Brian Michael Bendis, Sarah Pichelli, Justin Ponsor, & Cory Petit

When I turned the page and saw this word balloon, my first reaction was “woof.” But then I started reading it and found it to be a wonderfully entertaining and humorous way to convey a lot of anxiety.


Batman: The Dark Knight #10

By Gregg Hurwitz, David Finch, Richard Friend, Sonia Obeck, & Dezi Sienty

Um. Ouch?


Scalped #59

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

When you think about it, it really had to come down to this moment.



  1. A Panel’s Kansas, home of the dragon slayers.

  2. That giant word balloon does work. Kinda sums up the Ultimate Universe.

    Is SPIDER-MEN playing up the fish-out-of water angle? Shocking Peter with how “modern” or “edgy” this reality is? I would probably enjoy just seeing him aghast about mean Captain America and drunk Iron Man and new age Thor…

    • Sort of. Right now there’s just a lot of confusion on Peter’s part. And he’s only really run into Miles and Fury at this point. I’m hoping he gets to the rest of the Ultimate characters but I fear that might not be in the cards.

    • Isn’t Spidey already pretty familiar with alternate realities and such, especially with his recent time with the FF. This shouldn’t really surprise him at all…

  3. I had the same reaction to the word balloon in Spider-Men. At first I was like “Dammit Bendis!!!” but then I started reading and found it thoroughly enjoyable, I don’t understand why he doesn’t seem to bring that level of writing to his Avengers stuff though

    • He used to (and still does from time to time) on New Avengers with the banter between Spider-Man, hawkeye, wolverine etc. But with the main Avengers book, I imagine theres some pressure from Marvel to portray them in a certain way.

  4. When I turned the page to that giant balloon (in Spider-Men), I burst out laughing. I saw right away what he was trying to do. But I’m also a long and faithful Bendis fan.

  5. I still fail to grasp the love of Bachalo. His Ice Man is the worst representation of the character I have ever seen. Unless…O i see it now. When you said a ‘whole other level’ you meant it as ‘a level below the norm.’ Gotcha.

    That said…why is Beast fighting alongside the Avengers? In AvX 6 he left the team because he disagreed with them, and now it’s as if it never happened and he is ‘fighting the good fight.’ To me that was a glaring continuity error.

    • No, I did not mean that.

    • I know you didn’t. I have accepted the fact that I just don’t ‘get’ Bachalo, but I thought it was amusing to say regardless.

      Also, Conor, what was your take on the Beast flip-flop between AvX6 and Wolverine and the X-Men 12?

    • @GKFinns Haven’t read it yet, but I think Wolverine and X-Men 12 is still in the “first act” of this event? I know AvX 6 jumped forward quite a bit after the cliffhanger in 5, which would explain Beast’s change..

    • @srh1son: Nope, this issue clearly takes pace after the last issue of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN.

      @GKFinns: It’s a common continuity screw-up that you would think would be easily avoided.

    • @Conor: Especially since Aaron’s part of the team that’s doing the event.

    • Man Bachalo draws the best Iceman ever. I’m always disappointed that more artists don’t draw him like that. He looks very ice-y 😀

    • @GKFinns don’t feel too bad, I really don’t get Alan Davis sometimes. The way he draws doesn’t do it for me. I will acknowledge he is a master of his craft and beloved by all, but it just doesn’t do it for me.

    • I’m with you, GK. I don’t understand what I’m looking at most of the time when I see Bachalo art. “Ice”man looks like a stone Golem more than anything. And why are they in Purgatory? What’s happening in that book right now?!

      Also, that Kubert art looks very JRJR to me.

    • I don’t like Bachalo’s work either. I would be buying this book if not for him.

  6. THAT’s a good use of CG for a comic? Good lord that looks terrible. I thought I had glaucoma there for a second…

    I’m surprised there wasn’t a mention on that fantastic double page spread in Aquaman. I wouldn’t say that is my favorite (I don’t really have a ‘Best Panel/Sequence’ this week) but it was really impressive. Best looking rain I’ve seen in a comic in a while.

  7. Glad to see Mind the Gap here…the photoshop work in the series is quite ground breaking and beautifully done…

  8. I know it may not be a ‘Best Panel’, but I laughed out loud when Black Panther backhanded Tony Stark in AvX #7. Kinda wish it had shown up here…