The Best of the Week in Panels – 10.13.2010

Things never turn out exactly the way you planned. I know they didn't with me. Still, like my father used to say, "Traffic's traffic, you go where life takes you" and growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you're in diapers, the next you're gone, but the memories of panels stay with you for the long haul.

Jonah Hex #60

By Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Brian Stelfreeze, Dave Stewart, & Rob Leigh

This panel is all about design and mood.  The rain, and the pools of black ink, as we view things from overhead.  Anyony familiar with a western knows that bad things are afoot.  This issue was crammed with panels like these, but this one definitely stood out to me. 

— Josh Flanagan


X-Men #4

By Victor Gischler, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, Marte Garcia, & Joe Caramagna

Mmmm…. In-N-Out Burger. I'd love a map like that.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Strange Tales II #1

By Rafael Grampa

This was the best story I read this week, and this was the moment the whole story turned.  I'm not going to give away the plot point, but this panel churns with gore and ache and movement.  Sexy right?

— Josh Flanagan


Superior #1

By Mark Millar, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Dave McCaig, & Clayton Cowles

I don't know what it is about monkies that is so fascinating. Maybe it's the way that their almost mournful glance can peer directly into your soul. Or maybe it's the way they come down from space and offer you one magic wish.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batgirl

By Bryan Q. Miller, Pere Perez, Guy Major, & Dave Sharpe

Every once in a while I like to feature an entire page because just one panel wont' do the whole thing justice. In this issue, Bruce Wayne has returned to Gotham and he has been shadowing the new Batgirl, Stephanie Brown, and testing her skills and worthiness. If you know anything about Bruce and Stephanie's history you know that the big reveal was going to be… interesting. This was perfect. I didn't see the slap coming. My favorite page of the week.

— Conor Kilpatrick


New Avengers #5

By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Laura Martin, & Chris Elipoulos

One of my favorite things about Brian Michael Bendis is that he will occasionally thumb his nose at internet controversies. This sequence made me laugh but good.

— Conor Kilpatrick



  1. A couple of my favorite pages here, with Batgirl and New Avengers.  I’m kind of pretending Steph kneed him in the balls instead of the face slap though.  Just saying.

  2. What’s Bruce and Stephanie’s history?

  3. I love that Batgirl sequence. The ‘ohmygod’ narration and her just saying it’s good your not dead made me laugh. If the Batgirl book proper is like that (2nd trade onward) then I’m gonna love it. Also, that is a nice jab at us fans with Spider-Man.

    The Strange Tales II panel with the girl stabbing Wolverine is fantastic. Drawn brilliantly and the coloring is top notch. But the best panel by far in that issue is Man-Thing coming out of no where to save the day. I want Lemire to draw Man Thing all the time now thanks to that kick ass panel. 

  4. I tell you what, if a dude that looked that creepy, took a leather mask off then compliant me. I would slap him and run away too 

  5. ohgodohgodohgodohgod

    New Avengers take the cake though. 

  6. Why doesn’t Ron ever pick a panel?

  7. @Suicidalkangaroos: He’s a busy, man, sideburns don’t grow themselves and those Smiths CD need at least one person on the planet to listen to them 

  8. Sorry to be negative but that New Avengers sequence makes me cringe and reminds me why I don’t read Bendis comics anymore.  The dialog just rubs me the wrong way, I can’t stand it.  It’s a shame because I love Stuart Immonen.  But no harm done, plenty of other stuff to read.

  9. I don’t understand the joke Bendis made, can someone explain?

  10. New Avengers is great, love that it’s Wolverine saying don’t worry about it.  Should have said that he is on 20 teams himself

  11. @JJ: Bendis is basically telling us that he knows it’s crazy Spider-Man is on both teams right now.

  12. Loved that the UT Power T appeared in Jonah Hex this week.  Go VOLS!

  13. So Bruce Wayne looks like this nowadays?

  14. @TNC isn’t Wolverine on both teams too?

  15. @JohnVFerrigno For now he is.

  16. Jonah Hex was amazing this week. A big part of it were the panels like the one above.

  17. @s1lentslayer: Stephanie was Robin for about 5 minutes (I want to say right around Identity Crisis), but she didn’t follow orders one time and Bruce booted her. I think this is collected in the “War Drums” trade. She then plays a key roll in the follow-up event, “War Games”. That makes up two or three trades worth of books – it was a Bat-family crossover event. A lot of people didn’t like this event, so you might skip it and hit Wikipedia

  18. @s1lentslayer: DEFINITELY skip War Games. It’s a whole lotta nothin. Stephanie puts into action one of Bruce untested contigency plans for dealing with gang warfare. Things go horribly wrong. Lots of insignificant characters die. Black Mask gets a hold of Steph and tortures her. She "dies" on Leslie Thompkins table. Later we learn that she wasn’t dead, Dr. Thompkins stopped her heart temporarily and wisked her away to Africa (???) to save her from being another child endangered by Batman’s crazy ways. Everything I just wrote is better than the entire crossover. If you need more, Wiki that shit. But save yourself the groans and don’t hunt down War Games.

  19. @WheelHands   <3 your summary