The Best of the Week in Panels – 07.03.2013

I’m pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator 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 “best panels”.



Green Arrow #22
By Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo

Sorrentino creates a sense of disorientation with some dislodged panels, an inventive play on his trademark inserts of pressure points, impacts and other fine details.


The Private Eye #3
By Brian K Vaughan, Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente

In many ways, the most important character in the series.


The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1
By Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber

A reasonable question.


Batman Incorporated #12
By Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, Dave Sharpe

“You may think twice before signing your child’s permission slips, Mom and Dad. Eyewitness News has obtained iPhone footage of the Goddamn Batman dropping in on Gotham PS 81’s recent third grade field trip to the Pretzel Factory. Tonight at 11.”



Satellite Sam #1
By Matt Fraction, Howard Chaykin

From the booth to the stage, lighting grid and the wings, all the way to the final presentation on the monitors, Satellite Sam showcases every angle of a live production, often simultaneously.


Avengers A.I. #1
By Sam Humphries, Andre Araújo, Frank D’Armata

This is both gross and extremely cool. Right out of SkyMall. I love Araújo’s depiction of machines as especially organic. Reminded here of Quitely’s body-horror take on Parasite in All-Star Superman.


Daredevil: Dark Nights #2
By Lee Weeks, Lee Loughridge, Clayton Cowles

Wonderful sense of scale. Of scope. Daredevil is absolutely swallowed up in the immensity of the blizzard.



Green Arrow #22
By Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Marcelo Maiolo

Often presented as laughingly over-the-top, our perception of Count Vertigo and his power set has finally balanced out with his own self image. Somebody get Oliver some aspirin.



Batman Incorporated #12
By Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, Dave Sharpe

Talia offers one hell of a severance package.


  1. Green Arrow was fantastic! Great pic I stared at that 2 page spread for 5 minutes just soaking it all in. And Daredevil was great to read when it’s 108 outside. You could feel how freezing that blizzard was.

  2. Wow, GREAT picks this week! And I may just have to start picking up Green Arrow! Who’d have thought that we’d have such great ongoing titles from BOTH master archers at the same time?!

  3. Why the hell does anyone try to raise children in Gotham?

    • In the hope that Batman will take them into his super-secret Robin training orphanage…? No, seriously, I don’t get it either. I would have been gone for good after the earthquake…

    • Really! I can’t figure out why any one in the DCU lives in Metropolis or Gotham and why any one in Marvel lives in NYC

    • Because it isn’t that bad of a city. Sure the police are a bit corrupt and there are a few murders about but that’s true of any city. Honestly, the worst thing to happen to Gotham in the New 52 was that guy who went around branding everyone.

    • @Scarlet-Batman I’m sorry that you too live in a city that has the likes of Joker, Poison Ivy, Clayface, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, Killer Croc, etc… Seriously, it’s bad, dude!

  4. Just beautiful art

  5. Yay Portugal! First Filipe Andrade and now André Lima Araújo.

  6. Wow, that green arrow panel is awesome!

    • I just realized there are two from green arrow 😛 the one I mean is the second one with the back of his head being blown out. It’s very surreal and captivating.

  7. Avengers A.I. #1 was a pretty good issue, but I really couldn’t get over how squat the Vision appeared in every panel.

    • The art seemed slightly off to me as well, specifically the Vision and when Hank grew. It was a solid first issue, but it definitely has some kinks to work out.

  8. So I just fell in love with that Aruajo art. Not really interested in that Avengers book but that page really makes me wanna rethink that. Also, Superior Foes of Spider-Man has Shocker in it and I didn’t buy it. I’m silly because Shocker is my all time favorite Spidey villain….No joke.

    Anything from BAtman INC could have been POTW for me. Either one of three things specifically thought:

    1) Two page spread for the title page
    2) Bruce commanding the bats with a bat voice
    3) Batman beating up Leviathan and screaming ‘YOU HEAR THAT?’

  9. That second Green Arrow panel is absolutely amazing. I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the awesomeness of it.

    Also, while I love the nanobots in the Avengers A.I. panels, I find the Vision himself to be overly blocky.

  10. In my opinion the panel of Superior Foes of Spider-Man was the one with the middle finger censored by the Comics Authority Code logo, I’m kind of surprised that didn’t make the cut.

    • I liked that set where Shocker convinced Speed Demon to run all the way back to Manhattan just to get the keys to Boomerang’s place, gets back with smoking feet and complaining about the traffic (“Man, the BQE…”), only for Shocker to open the door and go “Oh, it’s unlocked!”

    • Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Yeah, I liked this joke better.

    • That’s why I get nervious around a group of guys in red full body robes. Reminds of that scene from “Revenge of the Nerds” too.

  11. Pretty cool panels, looking forward to GA meeting the new Count Vertigo. I’ve heard that “Superior Foes…” was pretty good, judging by that panel it looks hilarious (geez, the Spidey foes are pretty kinky guys. Electro, Sandman, Doc Ock, Norman Osborn).

    Here’s hoping DC responds with “The Rogues” ongoing series.

  12. Loved the Green Arrow Mind Explosion!!!

  13. I can’t believe I’ve actually been convinced to go pick up an issue of Green Arrow.

    Today’s forecast: Flying pigs.