The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.14.2013

How many times you been in a panel? It’s always you and four dummies. NYPD are paying homeless guys $10 a head half the time. And there’s no way they’d line five felons in the same row. No way.


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Thor: God of Thunder #11

By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina, & Joe Sabino

I will continue to love how they are allowing the pencil lines to show through the art. It gives the work a texture that is unique to most other mainstream comics.


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Smallville: Season 11 #16

By Bryan Q. Miller, Jorge Jimenez, Carrie Strachan, & Saida Temofonte

Wonder Woman’s debut in the Smallville universe was so much fun, it made me doubly sad that it never happened on the show.


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Uncanny X-Men #10

By Brian Michael Bendis, Frazer Irving, & Joe Caramagna

The really impressive thing about this two-page spread is, in a medium where many artists have one “man-face” and one “woman-face,” the distinct look of everyone in the crowd. They all feel like real and distinct people.


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Star Wars #8

By Brian Wood, Ryan Kelly, Dan Parsons, Gabe Eltaeb, & Michael Heisler

Cocky Han Who Just Pulled Off A Nigh-Impossible Piloting Maneuver is the best kind of Han.


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Wolverine and the X-Men #34

By Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw, Walden Wong, Laura Martin, & Clayton Cowles

Bobby Drake goes into battle in a ice-mecha Voltron? Yes.


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Batman: Li’l Gotham #5

By Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, & Saida Temofonte

It’s the tiny hat that does makes this panel.


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Avengers Arena #13

By Christos Gage, Karl Moline, Mark Pennington, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, & Joe Caramagna

I love the idea that they have all the kids’ phones hooked up to an AI program that continues to text, Tweet, and Instagram for them thus making it seem like they are not in fact missing because how else do teenagers interact with the outside world?



Batman #23

By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia, & Nick Napolitano

Everyone on the art side deserves kudos for this page. Snyder, for the great concept of the holographic bats flying through Bruce. Capullo and Miki for the gorgeous art that shows the holographic cave wrapped around the architecture of the mansion. FCO Plascencia for the wonderfully dream-like colors.


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Thor: God of Thunder #11

By Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic, Ive Svorcina, & Joe Sabino

Don’t fuck with a Thor with two hammers.



  1. Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I could stare at those Thor and Batman images all day. I think I will.

  2. You could have done this whole week with panels from Thor.

  3. I love the trees that look like mushroom clouds, in that Uncanny X-Men spread. At least that’s what I see.

  4. Krakoom is definitely my favorite sound effect and that Thor panel certainly uses it well.

  5. That Thor panel with the two hammers was so perfectly gratifying! KRAKOOM!! What a great payoff to a great story.

  6. Thor with two hammers is at the moment my new laptop wallpaper. Loved the Bobby ice-mecha Voltron as well.

  7. Now I’m like super excited to read the second hardcover of Thor and finish reading that damn story!! 0_o Thor wielding Akimbo-Mjolnir! WOOT!

  8. Those are some wonderful pages by Ribic in Thor. Even if the story didn’t grab me, they definitely got the right artist for the book.

    I’m surprised we didn’t see anything from Saga this week. The second introduction to Oswald was one of the standouts because it was hilarious on how Staples drew him. Two other contenders should go to Luke Cage and Deadpool bugging their eyes out in anger (for different reasons) in Deadpool. And also in Infinity with the Spaceknights introduction or possibly the final page note of Thanos gleefully aware there are no Avengers on Earth.

  9. What a week! Off topic but, I really miss Smallville. At least we have the comic.

  10. Saga didn’t make the cut?! what?!