The Best of the Week in Panels – 09.01.2010

She took the panels?

Hawkeye & Mockingbird #4

By Jim McCann, David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez, Nathan Fairbairn, Cory Petit

This is how you get a lot of characterization done in a team book in a very small amount of time.  Plus you get the funny.  After these 2 panels, and 6 word balloons, I know infinitely more about these characters than I did prior to reading them. That's well done emsemble comics, right there.

— Josh Flanagan

Jonah Hex #59

By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Jordi Bernet, Rob Schwager & Rob Leigh

Surrounded by four gun-toting Confederate vigilantes intent on killing you and you haven't got a gun? No problem! Jonah Hex doesn't need a gun when a hatchet will do just fine.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Magdalena #3

By Ron Marz, Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla, Dave McCaig & Troy Peteri

A hot red head offers you sanctuary from the rain and over drinks in front of her roaring fireplace she rips off her skin suit to reveal a horned demon underneath. Who amonst us hasn't been there before, right, fellas?

— Conor Kilpatrick

Brightest Day #9

By All Those People Listed Above

No one ever talks about the danger of having heat vision. Noooo. It's always just "How awesome would that be? I could roast my own marshmellows!" No one ever talks about melting your own hands.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Jonah Hex #59

By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Jordi Bernet, Rob Schwager & Rob Leigh

A number of notable things are happening here.  First of all, Hex is, for the first time maybe ever, apologizing.  You see, he threw an axe at the guy when he was about to draw on him, but the gun dry-clicked, and the victim still ended up with an axe to the throat.  Jonah feels sorry about that. But not so sorry that he didn't stop to take his axe back before saying so.

— Josh Flanagan


  1. Brightest Day is probably the most hardcore book DC has produced in awhile. Say what you will about Blackest Night but no one blew their own hands off in that book.

  2. What would this feature be without Jonah Hex?

  3. Twice!

  4. Sweet Magdalena love. Hopefully it will be mentioned on the Podcast

  5. I really have to start reading Jonah Hex! 

    I thought someone would have picked the panel on page 10 of Stumptown when Parios looks up at the big guy after she punches him with that "Oh crap" look on her face.  

  6. The lettering in the hawkeye book really bugs me for some reason.

  7. manhunter having heat vision never made sense to me. fire is his only weakness but yet he has heat vision???? that would be like whatever superman looked at with x-ray vision turns into kryptonite.

  8. @HailScott:Yes you do!

  9. Can you imagine if all superheroes had vulnerability to their own powers? How awesome would that be?

  10. How has this feature not significantly raised the number of Jonah Hex pulls month-to-month? Everyone who’s not reading it: It’s this awesome pretty much all the time.

  11. @sakuuya: Exactly Jonah Hex is top notch every month!

  12. Jonah Hex killed those guys with his sheer rage alone. The hatchet is an optical illusion.

  13. I really liked that Brightest Day panel.  Martian Manhunter’s story should prove interesting.

  14. Definitely a great Brightest Day panel that made me stop and take notice…. though I must admit, for the dark humor aspect, I would have also liked to have seen the martian wandering the grocery store in here…seeing it gazing at the baby food was rather funny until you stop and consider the slaughter of its family, back at the beginning of the series…then it was just chilling.

  15. OK, technically MM does not have "heat vision." It’s "Martian vision," but it is most often depicted as heat or energy beams. I think it was called "Atomic vision" in the Silver Age, but I may be wrong. And there’s a difference between fire and heat, too. Fire is more of a psychological weakness than a physical one for MM. It’s been explained and retconned in a variety of ways: the burning of the victims of the plague of H’ronmeer, a weakness implanted by the Guardians (weak idea), etc.

  16. Nerd.

  17. @josh – You, sir, are correct. I’m also a big Martian Manhunter fan from way back.

  18. Heh.

  19. A fine batch of panels, there. Aren’t comic terrific? My favourite was the transformation moment in Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #2.