The Best of the Week in Panels – 09.19.2012

When they look at panels, they see what they want to be. When they look at me, they see what they are.


Batman Beyond Unlimited #8

By Adam Beechen, Norm Breyfogle, Andrew Elder, & Saida Temofonte

Apparently, every night Bruce Wayne dreams of recovering the broken, bloody, and burned dead bodies of his soldiers. Woof.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #15

By Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, & Cory Petit

David Marquez is really starting to own this book.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Justice League #0

By Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, & Nick J. Napolitano

Yay, art! Nay, costume redesign! (Except the cape. Love the cape.)

— Conor Kilpatrick


Daredevil #18

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

This panel, of Foggy’s reaction to having to take a call from Matt, made me laugh and laugh and laugh.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Wonder Woman #0

By Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared Fletcher

The fact that this is my favorite panel from the issue says a lot about where I am right now in my appreciation of comics, because this is some fantastic lettering. Yes, that’s what impressed me about this panel, regardless of it’s other many fine attributes. Check out the lines on that last balloon, and how the letters get bigger and more insistent leading up to it. It’s a modern letterer using the best of classic lettering, and if that doesn’t fit Cliff Chiang’s style, then I don’t know what does.

— Josh Flanagan


Batwoman #0

By J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, Dave Stewart, & Todd Klein

J.H. Williams III principally uses two art styles in Batwoman. There’s the painterly and innovative layout style that he uses for Batwoman superhero action and the more rigid Mazzuchelli-influenced style that he uses for Kate Kane’s civilian life. I loved this page where the two styles came together just as the two aspects of Kate’s life rammed into each other.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Spider-Men #5

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

Peter Parker has a lot of advice to give young Miles Morales.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Young Justice #20

By Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones, Zac Atkinson, & Gezi Sienty

*Fans Self* Oh my! *Fans Self* Mr. Grayson!

— Conor Kilpatrick


Sword of Sorcery #0

By Christy Marx, Aaron Lopresti, Hi-Fi, & Rob Leigh

The surprise book of the week not only featured some really solid art but promises some fun sword and shield (and I guess sorcery?) action.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Nightwing #0

By Tom DeFalco, Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Rod Reis, & Carlos M. Mangual

Terrible costume redesign aside (and I feel like I say that a lot when talking about DC books these days) this was the most fist-pumpingly triumphant moment in comics this week.

— Conor Kilpatrick



  1. Love J.H Williams

    Mazzuchelli-influenced for sure, but you know, I’m also seeing some 80’s Keith Giffen style in there as well.

    • Exactly!!!!

      He is a great artist & one day I will buy Batwoman as a (hopefully) omnibus & then be able to accept the inconsistencies of this title, with the story & filler artists.

  2. I loved artwork in both Spider-Men and UC: Spider-Man this week!!

    Gary Frank’s Shazam, though…


    Is someone taking body proportion art lessons from Rob Liefeld?

  3. I thought we might see the “We’re gonna be rich!” panel from Justice League #0 instead. The one you used showcases the new costume better, but the last panel of the story captured (what I assume will be) the tone of the series quite nicely.

  4. I like that War looks suspiiciously like Azzerello.
    The panel I liked most in Justice League was where Cap walks off with the women’s twenty bucks with this “hell yes!” look on his face – made me laugh out loud very hard.
    I that Tim Drake or Dick Grayson in that last panel?

  5. Foggy also has a panel where he does the Picard face-palm pretty hard. Good stuff.

  6. In the Robin action panel there’s an arrow pointing at his junk. I can’t not see it.

  7. Conor, don’t be jealous of Zatanna, i’m sure it’s just a brief fling, he’ll come back to you

  8. In another display of Grayson love, for me the most fist-pumpingly triumphant moment in comics this week was Dick and Zee in Young Justice.

    Just two pages after Dick and Bette.

    Greatest fictional man alive.

  9. “Red now yob”


  10. Awesome! I bought almost all of these books, and I agree with every choice!

    That Robin costume is not great, but at least it’s not green panties..l

  11. Why do I feel like the only one who likes almost all the costume redesigns? 🙁

  12. I think we all already saw the real Panel of the Week – Papa spank!

  13. So nowadays Robin had an arrow pointing at his junk? Great…just great. I hope Alfred corrected that quickly.

  14. “Boy Wonder Wand HERE”

  15. “Say it backwards.”
    Wow. Nobody plays the game like Grayson.

    That Spider-Men panel is hilarious. And the Batwoman panel is beautiful and incredibly creative.

  16. RE: Nightwing #0

    Spot on with the “bad redesign” comment. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That red arrow is all like “look at my lil’ Dick, villains!” It’s like the artist just got done watching some porn and was like, “that landing strip…man, that gives me an idea!”

  17. You could do one more issue of Spider-Men of Peter listing out all of the things NOT to do as Spider-Man.

  18. I agree…that Robin costume in Nightwing is lame!

  19. Dick Grayson actually looked really cool in the green pants and red hoodie when he first meets Batman. I thought he’d end up in the Arkham City style Robin suit with the hood. Even his circus costume looked better than the Robin redesigns.

  20. The best panel of the week was in the Hardman / Parker Batman digital thing. Where Batman is crashing through the glass feet first. That was like. Boss.

  21. I kinda liked the robin costume, it was a great read also.

  22. i haven’t been reading the Batman Beyond comics lately, but is that Jason lying on the ground too?! This comic is supposed to follow the DCAU continuity, but Jason was never in the cartoon! Why does DC feel the need to create a cluster-fuck of continuity with ALL of their Bat-books?!

  23. Someone is smoking crack with that JL #0 page. That is almost as bad as the infamous Cap, seriously almost. C’mon, this was a bit heavy handed toward DC and zero issues, there were better panels.