The Best of the Week in Panels – 10.31.2012

Well, the Empire doesn’t consider a small one-man fighter to be any threat, or they’d have a tighter defense. An analysis of the plans provided by Princess Leia has demonstrated a weakness in the battle station. But the approach will not be easy. You are required to maneuver straight down this trench and skim the surface to this point. The target area is only two meters wide. It’s a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system. A precise hit will start a chain reaction which should destroy the station. Only a precise hit will set off a chain reaction. The shaft is ray-shielded, so you’ll have to use panels.


Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Skeletor #1

By Joshua Hale Fialkov, Frazer Irving, & Dave Sharpe

C’mere! Give your ol’ uncle Skeletor a kiss!


Winter Soldier #12

By Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice, Brian Thies, Bettie Breitweiser, & Joe Caramagna

Butch Guice continues to do some fantastic 70s-inspired panel layouts with this book and more people need to be talking about it.


Justice League Dark Annual #1

By Jeff Lemire, Mikel Janin, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh, & XXX

I really love the off-the-wall nature of this team. The addition of Frankenstein and Princess Amaya (however temporarily) only makes me love it more.


Happy #2

By Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson, Richard P. Clark, & Simon Bowland

Here’s the winner for panel that most made me shriek like a little girl.


Swamp Thing Annual #1

By Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, Becky Cloonan, Tony Avina, & Carlos M. Mangual

And then we, like Alec Hammond, fell in love with Abigail Arcane.


Wolverine and the X-Men #19

By Jason Aaron, Nick Bradshaw, Walden Wong, Laura Martin, & Chris Eliopoulos

The appearance of 60s-style nerdlinger Peter Parker made me happy beyond words.


Batman Beyond Unlimited #9

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

Chaos in Gotham caused by an army of Jokerz is bringing the ex-Robins out of the woodwork. And Grayson’s entrance was, of course, the most dynamic.


The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #3

By Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Jordie Bellaire, & Shawn Lee

The Rocketeer + Dinosaurs + Ray Guns = Yes

And now, three from Joe Kubert…


Joe Kubert Presents #1

By Joe Kubert

Hawkman and Hawkgirl looking like they should.


Ghosts #1

By Joe Kubert with Pete Carlsson

This story, supposedly Kubert’s last, was only loosely penciled and waiting to be fully fleshed out with inks. I was amazed at how much detail and power was still found in those loose pencils.


Joe Kubert Presents #1

By Joe Kubert

Joe Kubert did more with just a pencil to set mood, place, and character than most entire art teams.


  1. So is The Rocketeer pretty much just crazy comic book fun? Never read an issue but when I see stuff on this site that’s what it looks like.

  2. Damn. I think I might have to pick up the Kubert book now.

    Also, is future Dick Grayson supposed to look like Nick Fury? Cause he kinda does.

  3. Love every panel of Kubert’s Hawkman.

    Love Becky Cloonan’s Abigail Arcane.

    Love Nerdlinger Peter Parker:)

  4. 60s-style nerdlinger Peter Parker killed me. I was smiling all day and I had to keep flipping back to those pages.

  5. No kidding with the shrieks for that Morrison panel. Actually listening to the humpback songs record from national geographic will make you even more uneasy.

    • Thanks for the heads-up! I haven’t listened to this since the early eighties. Heavy stuff with or without the narration. This should be used somewhere in the background in a movie somehow during the Aquaman sequence.

      … And in other news… Thanks to the Sons of T. A. Edison for the Flexi disc!

  6. Awesome selection of panels this week. I’m sometimes a little scared to read this feature since I get all my books at the end of the month and I’m sometimes spoiled reading it, but it’s always worth it to see so much goodness.

  7. Wow, that Winter Soldier panel gave me vertigo. Incredible.

  8. Wolverine and the X-Men is a hard book to pick just one panel from. Text + images are amazing in almost every panel. Blade bursting in for his interview is pretty good, too.

    The Skeletor panel definitely shows the potential of a He-Man book – you could do some f’d up Heavy Metal art with his universe.

  9. Can’t wait to read Joe Kubert Presents. Is there any way we can get DC to make this the REAL Hawkman 52 reboot? Maybe the current Savage Hawkman crapfest is really taking place on Earth-Drek?

    Also looking forward to Justice League Dark and Swamp Thing. As of today nothing has reached our local comic book shops here in South Jersey. Our local shops are realy hurting, they dedend on the weekly sales generated every Wednesday. The shippers don’t know where the trucks are or when the books may reach us.

    who needs gas, water or electricity? WE NEED COMICS!

  10. I have yet to get my comics for this week but judging from that Skeletor panel I wanna get that one-shot so badly. Seriously, how good as Frazer Irving been lately?

  11. Great picks, love Frazer Irving’s art so much I doubt I would’ve bought that issue if it was done by anyone else. Joe Kubert’s Hawks are classic and love the JLDark team.