The Best of the Week in Panels – 06/16/10

Comic book panels could probably score a goal on France.


Hellblazer #268

Much of Hellblazer #268 was an hallucination, which is something, like dream sequence that I normally abhor. To be honest, I wasn't that happy about it here, but then this arm thing came up, and after that, John spent a good number of pages trying to remove said arm.  It was completely wacky and funny, and the Guiseppe Camuncoli art plays the moment perfectly. You know, lately I've been thinking my right leg is sort of… dastardly. Hmm.

— Josh Flanagan



Amazing Spider-Man #633

Amazing Spider-Man #633

In an issue full of great panels by Chris Bachalo, this one stoof out because of the excellent, and subtle, body language of Spider-Man. Yes, he's mostly out of the panel that is dominated by Bachalo's awesome and scary version of The Lizard, but Bachalo says so much with so little. Spider-Man's shoulders are hunched in and his eyes are wide in fear. It's a fantastic representation of cowering.

— Conor Kilpatrick



DC Universe Legacies #2

DC Universe: Legacies #2

In real life, it was quite troubling to find yourself on the business end of the accusatory finger of Senator Joseph R. McCarfthy. It is apparently no different in comics. Looking at this panel and thinking about the historical parallels made me shudder.

— Conor Kilpatrick


  1. How fitting that I just finished watching Good Night, and Good Luck.

    Anyway, I love how Spidey is trying to hide behind that thingy.

  2. PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    The coloring for ASM’s Shed was perfection.

  3. I would have picked the double page spread at the end of Hulk.

  4. Still can’t stand Bachalo. Being better than Humberto Ramos isn’t the same as being good.

    Those other panels are pretty sweet, though.



  5. I love Chris Bachalo on Spider-man. Its great.

  6. SHED should win an Eisner for best story.  ASM is the best comic this year.  Wacker for Marvel EIC!

  7. Is it just me or does he sound vaguely like Norman Osborn?


    @Bryce31: His run on X-men (now X-men Legacy) was spectacular as well, he and Humberto Ramos alternated in a now collected hardcover titled: SUPERNOVAS. It’s one of the best runs I have ever read (and I have X-men back issues on Marvel’s DVDs).


  8. How did Tony Stark end up in DC Legacies.

    (Civil War: Never Forget)

    This post paid for by the Committee to Remind People Tony Stark is a Dick

  9. Heh.

  10. that hellblazer panel reminds me of six feet under. "NAAARM"

  11. stoof

  12. good choices!

  13. @diabhol: Wow. I don’t understand the hatred of great artists that have a more exaggerated style. Artists like Skottie Young, Jim Mahfood, Humberto Ramos and Chris Bachalo are the people who really keep me interested in comics. I prefer the expressive artists and I can trace that back to Bill Sienkiewicz, Walter Simonson, Mike Zeck and Arthur Adams works from the 80s. I find the more realistic artists to be boring. I’ve never been able to get excited over Perez or the like.

  14. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Man, I’ve been digging SHED. Story and art. Bachalo does a great Lizard. That particular panel reminds me of Skottie Young. Especially in that rad tail. 

  15. @nilcam: And I don’t understand the love of exaggerated styles. I find they, at best, produce really ugly comics. At worst, they make a story impossible to follow. I want to know what the hell is going on and I like my people to look human.


  16. none of those panels look even remotely human (hold up a photo of real peoples next to any ’em, bet you can can tell the diff easily), but they are AWESOME!

     ‘cepy maybe the Hellblazer one. the Bachalo ASM panel is the veritable dopeness.

  17. backup in The Spirit #3, by Justiniano… is a huge panel of spirit fighting through hallway of guys, very much like that movie "Old Boy"

  18. Bachalo’s Lizard is really cool and freaky.