The Best of the Week in Panels – 06/03/10

Panels aren't just artificial planks of wood you attach to the walls of your home to create a faux rustic feel.

Avengers The Origin #3

Where to even begin with this one.  For one thing, that's some wonderful Phil Noto art.  Let me lay out what he's done here.  That's The Hulk… as Mechano… the circus robot clown.  In the foreground, Hank Pym has sent some ants to spy on him, and the Hulk is sulking, and he says "Hurm." I know that Alan Moore is responsible for that, but I'd like to think that, in some way, we of iFanboy placed it in the consciousness of Joe Casey when he scripted that brooding green fake robot clown. If I had to do a Pick of the Week based on one panel, this wins hands down.

— Josh Flanagan



Red Robin #13

Red Robin #13

When you have three brothers who are fighting crime together it's really important that you nail the interplay, and new Red Robin writer Fabian Nicieza does just that. i love the affectionate trash talking. Just like Tim says at the end, "Everything feels right."

— Conor Kilpatrick



Thanos Imperative #1

Yeah, that's Rocket Raccoon in Ripley's cargo-loader mecha. And yes, I'm still laughing since I first saw it last night. These cosmic books are more fun than a kangaroo in a bouncy castle these days.

— Paul Montgomery


  1. That Red Robin page was my favorite panel this week.  Very well done.

  2. So nice having Nicieza back.

  3. I may actually pick up Red Robin for once after this panel. Finally some real brother bantering with Dick & Tim so well written, just loved it!

  4. To be honest, I was a tad bit annoyed with Red Robin for how damn perfect it portrayed Damian as. Being smart is basically Tim’s "thing", and now Damian’s correcting him?

  5. @Bornin1142: That’s what Damian does. He corrects everyone.

  6. Thanos vs Raccoon Ripley wins hands down.

  7. That panel makes me wish I hadn’t droped Red Robin.

  8. yeah I noticed that mecha suit Raccoon was in too but I just don’t see the humor. I realize it’s an AVATAR reference but I don’t find that humorous one bit. Watch enough anime and you’ll find it a staple, like a superhero in tights.

  9. The Hulk panel could be in a Miyazaki film.

  10. It’s an Avatar reference if you consider Avatar as referencing Aliens.

  11. yeah, i don’t know, josh. Both movies have robot loader things and AVATAR has got be in the public conscience more than aliens now. it isn’t the late eighties/early ninties anymore

  12. I bet you much money that some hard core sci fi writers at the age of Abnett and Lanning think of the Loader all the time.

    Still, Cameron ripped himself off revisited many things from his previous work in Avatar. It’s all the same in the end.

  13. All three panels are awesome parts of three awesome comics.

  14. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    It was really just that it came out of nowhere. A tiny little raccoon in a mech suit. I liked it as a reveal. 

    Honestly, I don’t see it as a reference or homage to either Avatar or Aliens, just a fun use of the mech suit convention. But for the sake of writing it up for the article, I went with Aliens.  

  15. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    And now the spirit of fun has been again eviscerated like Prometheus by the eagle of context. 

  16. Thanos looks a bit stupid without his wacky costume.

  17. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    He does tend to look like a California Raisin. 

  18. Like P-Gum, I don’t even worry about what movie that mech might be referencing, I think it’s just funny that an anthropomorphic raccoon seems to be matter-of-factly driving the damn thing.  I’m a sucker for that shit.

    But my artistic heart swells at the sight of that masterfully laid out Hulk panel.  Beautiful Noto art.  Besides that, more critters doin’ human shit.  The thought of those ants hangin’ out and gathering intel makes me LOL out loud.

  19. oh, yeah, don’t get me wrong. i didn’t wake up in a cold sweat worrying about which cameron film this was referencing

  20. @josh: Good call I thought of the Alien loader first thing. I hadn’t thought about it being an Avatar reference.

    I love all the panels above but my favorite is the panel in Brightest Day #3 where Aquaman is being eaten by a dead whale.

  21. The Red Robin panel was my favorite. 

    @Bornin1142: Tim finds out later that Damian was wrong about the wind velocity. So he still wears the smarty pants.

  22. totally thought of the aliens loader. reason for that is easy – i basically don’t remember any details about avatar by now, but know a lot of stuff about aliens. avatar was forgettable and most people don’t intend to watch it more than once. aliens on the other hand…sci fi gold.

     nevertheless, this is about the panels. i like the red robin one best. just a great depiction of the bat family around town. 🙂  

  23. You guys are all nuts. It’s clearly a Starship Troopers reference–the book, not the movie.

    Seriously, it’s a raccoon. Driving a power suit. Squaring off against Thanos. That’s just pure awesome and doesn’t need any further thought.


  24. @JesTr

    Me too!

  25. No Brightest Day panel of Aquaman being eaten by a undead Shamu?!

  26. Wait What?!! Aquaman was eaten by a whale?!?!?! Does that mean he’s dead?!?!?! They bring him back in Blackest Night just to have him be eaten by a dead whale in Brightest Day?!?!?! WTF!!!

  27. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    He got better. 

  28. There is precedent for being eaten by a whale and surviving.

  29. My vote goes to Aliens. It’s iconic and as recently as last year Ripley and her loader were shilling for DirecTV. 

    Regardless, that panel’s Awesome with a capital "A."

  30. somewhere alan moore is crying RIP OFF at that hulk line

  31. @ultimatehoratio: Especially a zombie whale.

  32. Good choice Paul.  I don’t know what I like more, that Rocket panel, or your "kangaroo in a bouncy castle" line.

  33. I’d like to point out that thre was also a ‘hurm’ in this week’s Franken-Castle (at the cemetary, right before the karate pepple show up). That one seems more on the nose if you ask me…

  34. My vote is for Heralds #1.  Hellcat punches a clone of Einstein in the face.  Then she says, "Haven’t you always wanted to punch Einstein?"  Then she asks Abigail Brand if she has an Oppenheimer clone.

  35. Damien is the son of Jason Todd.