The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.28.2013

I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m comin’ back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I’m gonna build things. I’m gonna build airfields, I’m gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I’m gonna build bridges a mile long…


American Vampire Anthology
By Rafael Albuquerque, Ivo Milazzo, Taylor Esposito

There’s a moleskine field note quality to “Bloody Kansas,” one of many stellar stories in this consistently pleasurable anthology. I love seeing the artist’s hand in this watercolor masterpiece.


Adventures of Superman #4
By Rob Williams, Chris Weston

I read this digitally, and it actually took my breath away as I advanced to this scene. Superman as the ultimate pugilist, the same Superman who danced with Ali. The same Superman who adorned my childhood bedsheets.



Thor: God of Thunder #12
By Jason Aaron, Nic Klein, Joe Sabino

Easy does it, rookie.



Deadpool #15
By Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

A haunting, even poignant image of loss and desperation, and in the latest issue of Deadpool of all place.


Young Avengers #9
By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton, Matthew Wilson

Well that’s a cool use of negative space.



American Vampire Anthology
By Greg Rucka, JP Leon, Dave McCaig, Steve Wands

A masterclass in atmosphere, all though line and color.



Adventures of Superman #4
By Rob Williams, Chris Weston

Like an old lunchbox or the musty packaging of a colorful action figure playset unearthed from the basement, this image is nothing short of a call to adventure from a bygone era. Has Despero ever been so wonderfully pink?


Lazarus #3
By Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

“Mind if I…?”

“Be my guest.”

“All in the wrist.”


Thor: God of Thunder #12
By Jason Aaron, Nic Klein, Joe Sabino

Thor pays a long overdue visit to the Westboro crowd.



American Vampire Anthology
By Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Travis Lanham

Holy Fawke.



Batman / Superman #3
By Greg Pak, Yildiray Cinar, June Chung, Matt Yackey, & John Kalisz, Rob Leigh

City Mouse, meet Country Mouse. Pennyworth and Kent, World’s Finest Dads.



Thor: God of Thunder #12
By Jason Aaron, Nic Klein, Joe Sabino

Walter never stands under trees anymore. A nice bit of levity during quite an emotional sequence. Aaron and Klein handled what could’ve been a maudlin, overwrought scene with tenderness and honesty. My favorite single issue of 2013.


Adventures of Superman #4
By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Wes Craig, Craig Yeung, Lee Loughridge

Middle Management Red Skull, make way for Conference Room Gorilla Grodd.


  1. Hey look, it’s Superman! Haven’t seen that guy for a long time. Looks like I may finally have to start picking up Adventures of Superman.

    These are all wonderful, but that panel of Alfred and Jonathan Kent watching the boys play really hit me in the gut. What a tender issue. And I’m not even a father!

    “Buffalo gals won’t ya come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight. Buffalo gals won’t ya come out tonight, come out tonight, come out tonight. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand …”

  2. You rightly focused on a number of gems found in the pages of “Thor: God of Thunder” No. 12–and I second your nomination for favorite single issue of the year. The single panel that I got misty on, however, depicted Thor raising frothy mugs with his buddies at the local veterans hall.

    It’s one of those concepts that seems obvious in retrospect, and it’s special to have seen it executed so well. The same scene with Captain America would be fun, but Thor’s presence, for me at least, makes it even more universal.

  3. The exchange of looks between Forever and Joacquim in Lazarus #3 were my favorite panels from this past week. The amount of body language Michael Lark is able to communicate, particularly in this issue, seems effortless.

    And I love the that file name for that Gorilla Grodd panel is titled “Banana futures”. Nice one, Paul.

  4. Interesting choice- there are a lot of panels you could have went with for Deadpool #15.

  5. If you want to read Superman, read Adventures thereof. If you want to read Superman searching desperately for his glorious red trunks and all that they stood for, read Superman Unchained. If you want to get confused about a confused Superman, read Action Comics. If you don’t want to read Superman, read Superman.

  6. I just read Lazarus over lunch and it was full of great moments. The negotiation had some great acting, too. But yeah, that moment was the gem. The whole issue was about tension.

  7. So many great panels from this weeks Thor.

    I have to confess I did a little dance inside when Thor paid a visit to the “God Hates You” protesters.

    If only real life was like that.

  8. Ray Fawkes as a writer, not a fan. His art is really something though. I love how basically all of Thor: God of Thunder #12 made it here. A lot of great moments in what could have been a filler issue.

  9. Ha, you guys may as well put the whole AV Anthology on here! AWESOME book!

    And look, it’s Superman! You know, the dude that’s been MIA since 2011? May just start reading that title.

  10. Good lord. How is McKelvie not dead after doing pages like that? But it is wonderfully executed.

    There were so many great panels in Deadpool I’m surprised there isn’t more on here. The two page spread of the snowy ‘waste’ pile from Weapon X was absolutely gorgeous with a great coloring scheme. Then there’s the second to last page with Deadpool firing at the helicopter. Again, a great page with some wonderful ‘lightning’ by Bellaire.

    Also, no Bat-Cow?

  11. Those Chris Weston panels are so cool.

  12. All cool choices, mostly from books I never picked up. My favorite panel of the week would have been from Uncanny Avengers when Wolverine cops the claws through his head. That was brutal. Or anything from JIM.