The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.01.2012

Never underestimate the power of panels and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.


Action Comics #12

By Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, A Whole Bunch of Possible Guys, & Steve Wands

No matter what he’s wearing he’s still Superman.


Fury MAX #5

By Garth Ennis, Goran Parlov, Lee Loughridge, & Rob Steen

In the midst of the awfulness that was the attempted coup in Cuba, Ennis takes a quiet moment for some withering analysis.


Earth 2 #4

By James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott, Alex Sinclair, & Travis Lanham

The team’s coming together.


Daredevil #16

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

When I was 22 I got laid off from a job and that’s when I learned that you never keep too may personal items in your desk at work.


Worlds’ Finest #4

By Paul Levitz, George Perez, Scott Koblish, Hi-Fi, & Carlos Mangual

Hey, it looks like Paul Levitz has read a science text book!


Hawkeye #1

By Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth, & Chris Eliopoulos

That’s quite a way to open up an issue.



  1. Love how in that Daredevil panel, with all the crap falling out of the desk, the skull looks like it has slight horns on it. How appropriate…

  2. I keep running into people on forums who completely despise David Aja’s art. WHY?!?! How do you not love that panel?

    • I think what many of us (myself included) see “elegant” and “concise” in Aja’s line work (or in the work of Chris Samnee, Paolo Rivera, Darwyn Cooke or Sean Phillips), reads as “simple” or “crude” to others. I think the un-rendered colors also make the art appear “unfinished” to some folks.

      Their loss! 🙂

    • Yeah, pretty much what Ken said. I feel that some people only want to see art that can be classified as traditional super hero comic book art, if that makes sense. They only want to see super detailed, heavily penciled, cross hatched, super hero art. Art like Aja’s comes off as half assed and unfinished to them, which bums me out. This is all speculation, mind you.

      It all just comes down to opinion. Where a lot of people love David Finch and Tony Daniels for their super detailed work, I can’t stand that stuff and would prefer stuff like Aja or Mignola. My opinion is totally right though, and everyone else is wrong haha. Kidding.

    • Sadly I’ve run into fool who say the same thing about Kirby!! Some people need cross hatching to think art is good…

  3. God. Aja is so fucking ridiculous.

  4. About world’s finest- PG seems to know a lot about science in general, so not realizing what would happen when she lifts the tanker is a little hard to believe.
    On another note, anyone else note the return of the boob window a few pages later?

  5. The Hawkeye panel while nice is not the most original layout in fact it’s practically a cliche’ at this pooint

  6. oh for an edit button

  7. Is it just me or is it everytime I see Aja’a art, I think of David Mazzuchelli and how much I miss him.

  8. I would like that Aja image more if he didn’t just rip it off from the Avengers movie.

    My favorite moment is in Daredevil and it’s probably something you wouldn’t notice. When Murdock is talking to Dr. Strange and he references that he’s starting to look bored….He has a bored look on his face! Nice detail. I’ve seen many faces give me that look…

    • In the most recent episode of Keiron Gillen’s “Decompressed” podcast, Aja explained that the similarity is just a coincidence/happy accident. He said he still hasn’t seen Avengers, and it wasn’t out in his town when he drew the panel. So not a rip off.

    • I love that panel too, NextChamp! Samnee does the best facial expressions.

    • @Ken: Two things with that.

      1) I can believe it. Coincidences always seem to happen with comics so maybe it was just luck. Although I’m sure most people would have the same reaction that he did take the idea from the movie.

      2) He hasn’t seen Avengers? I call B.S. on that! 🙂

    • As to #2, he does live in Spain (while they are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the breadth of their international distribution might not cover ever every cinema in every town in every country). Plus, the lifestyle of a working professional comic book artist isn’t known for it’s abundant freetime, and I believe he has a wife and kids.

      So I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I mean, someone in the world has to be balancing out Pat Loika’s 28 viewings, right?

    • That Hawkeye panel is even in almost every trailer for the Avengers movie as well, so he didn’t happen to notice a trailer for possibly the biggest comic book movie ever released and he works in comics? Ha! I on the other hand still love his linework and yes he definitely reminds me of Mazzucheli and like that unrendered style with flat colors. I also love Lee Bermeho’s chromed paint style and Nicola Scotts crisp detail. Some people just need to expand they’re horizons cause it really is they’re loss.

  9. I thought the Daredevil panel of him jumping out of the building with the window making a halo was stunning. I kept turning back to it.