The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.08.2012

You’re suspect! Yeah, you! I don’t know what your reputation is in this panel, but after the shit you tried to pull today you can bet I’ll be looking into you. Now the business we have, heretofore, you can speak with my aforementioned attorney. Good day, gentlemen; and until that day comes, keep your ear to the grindstone.


Batman and Robin #12

By Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, & Carlos M. Mangual

Like any well trained boy band, the Robins always line up in perfect synch.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Spider-Men #4

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

This panel pretty much said it all about this very emotional issue.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Demon Knights #12

By Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert, Dan Green, Marcelo Maiolo, & Jared K. Fletcher

Paul Cornell has found the perfect book at DC Comics.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Punk Rock Jesus #2

By Sean Murphy & Todd Klein

This is some fantastic perspective and depth of field work here.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Gozilla: The Half-Century War #1

By James Stokoe

Every panel in this book is worthy of highlighting, but since this is the first issue, let’s go with the (literal) first impression of the titular kaiju.

There are many, many ways to introduce Godzilla into a Godzilla story. In his first appearance way back in 1954’s Gojira, it’s accomplished in increments. Stokoe goes the same route here. We get a glimpse of the big guy’s dorsal plates just cresting out of the smoke on page one. But our hero Ota first sees Godzilla here, with the iconic footstep. His reaction is priceless.

–Paul Montgomery


Fantastic Four #609

By Jonathan Hickman, Ryan Stegman, Paul Mounts, & Clayton Cowles

So spooky.

— Conor Kilpatrick


American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #3

By Scott Snyder, Dustin Nguyen, John Kalisz, & Steve Wands

This panel made me laugh. That kid really wanted to do some cleavin’.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Batman #12

By Scott Snyder, Becky Cloonan, FCO Plascencia, Richard Starkings, & Jimmy Betancourt

This was a great reveal. If Batman suddenly appeared and was in my face like that I’d probably never stop peeing myself.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

By Len Wein, Jae Lee, June Chung, & John Workman

What a wonderfully evocative two page spread. Elegant and action-packed. This is why it’s a big deal when Jae Lee does interiors.

— Conor Kilpatrick


  1. More Jae Lee interiors are needed on a top book!

    • Considering that all the BEFORE WATCHMEN books are, so far, selling in the neighborhood of 100,000 and above, you can’t get much more top then this.

    • More!

      It is interesting, has Jae Lee ever been on a top level book before?

    • @wangman Marvel Knights Inhumans maxi series with Paul Jenkins, the original Sentry miniseries, a really cool looking WWII-set GI Joe/Transformers book for Dreamwave, etc etc. Don’t think he’s done a ton of work recently, but there’s been some pretty high profile gigs in the past.

  2. It may tickle the fanboy in me, but I love that Robin panel.

    • Agreed!

    • Took me forever to like Damian as Robin, but he’s really grown on me. That panel with all 4 Robin’s is just perfect. I’ve even started liking Jason Todd again, who for the longest time I felt was someone that should have stayed dead.

      Oh, and Spider-Men #4…that whole issue was filled with so many great scenes…but that panel up above…quite possibly the best

    • I’m really glad they’re folding Jason back into the Bat-family. That panel made me feel like a kid again, if only for a second…

  3. That Godzilla panel is amazing and I can’t stop staring at that Jae Lee page. Great stuff! However, I am confused by the Fantastic Four page. Is Galactus dead right now? I don’t remember hearing about that…

  4. But Scott Lobdell said Tim Drake was never a Robin….

    • Silly ChrisSnell. We don’t trust the writers of any individual New52 book. We rely on editorial and the internet to tell us what is REALLY happening.

    • Then Scott Lobdell is a boner-face. Tim is the Robin of MY era, so he’ll always be Robin (“Red” or not), to me.

    • If I’m not mistaken, what Lobdell suggested was that Tim always referred to himself as “Red Robin”, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t spend time as Batman’s sidekick.

  5. When I turned the page to that silhouetted action scene in Ozymandias I knew it’d be a best panel! Also I’ve always wanted a Robin team book, could that ever happen?

  6. That Batman & Robin panel is so perfectly composed. I love that Jason is the only one with his back towards the reader. And the change in Nightwing’s costume colors solidifies the unity between all the Robin’s in a way I didn’t realize until I read this issue.

  7. I now play a game with myself every Wednesday. As I read my books, I try and pick out what panels might be candidates for this and share them with my co-host on my (incredibly amateur) podcast. I am very pleased to say all 4 of my picks made it here this week: Vandal Savage being hilarious, Ozymandias being an acrobatic badass, Peter Parker getting emotional, and the “Vote Batman” Robin group shot.

    Yay like minds!

  8. There wasn’t a bad panel in Godzilla this week.
    Stellar art.

  9. Sean Murphy is just amazing. Quickly becoming my favorite artist.

  10. That Ozymandias page is marvelous, but I can’t work out the American Vampire panel? It must be the context that I’m missing.

  11. Love the robins panel. Has such a classic look too it.

  12. Not ashamed to admit that the Spider-Men panel pushed me well beyond choking up.

  13. That Jae Lee spread is awesome. Really using the 2 page spread and print for something unique. It looks very theatrical almost like a Tim Burton type of scene. Love it.

  14. Who plays what in “The Robins” band? I’m gonna say Damian on drums, Tim on bass and backup vocals, Jason on lead guitar, and Dick as lead singer and a variety of instruments depending on the song, but primarily keyboard and tambourine.

  15. I DIIIIG that FF panel of cadaver Galactus.

  16. When I first saw that Batman & Robin panel (I don’t read the book) I thought “What the hell is the Red Skull doing with all those Robins?” (Yes ma’am, I’ll come quietly…..)

  17. Wow. That FF panel is incredible!

  18. Love the way Jason is facing the other direction to the others, almost like he shouldn’t be there, the intruder, you could almost slide him out of it and it would still be a great pic. I have totally come around to Jason/Redhood and i think it’s because of the family dynamic between the Robins. Love the Bat Family.

  19. Considering the reds and the posing, those Robins look like a classic communist propaganda poster.

  20. That Fantastic Four panel I literally turned the page to it and stopped and just stared at it for a good solid minute and finally said “…wow.” Great work.

  21. Could somebody please explain who the Sports Illustrated gas-mask lady was on the cover of Ozymandias #2? Was she one of the Asian girls in the factory? It’s a bit confusing and misleading.

  22. That Stegman Galactus page is money. I think the uncolored inks looked even better, too. Some rich bastard is going to be lucky enough to own that page. Whoever you are, let it be known that I hate you.

  23. I love that Fantastic Four panel, didn’t know that issue came out, had seen that preview image awhile back and wanted to get it, sure its available in some format. Jae Lee is great! Demon Knights is a much underrated book right now and along with Cornell’s writing, Neves is a fabulous choice for this books art, he’s excellent anyway. Haven’t read Batman #12 yet but anyone know why Capullo isn’t on the title anymore?