The Best of the Week in Panels – 12.14.2011

Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of panels this side of the nuthouse.


Green Lantern #4

By Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Christian Almay or Keith Champagne, Alex Sinclair, & Sal Cipriano

It isn’t very complicated; it’s just a man winding up a punch. It’s the exaggerated body language that makes this panel really dynamic.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Journey Into Mystery #632

By Kieron Gillen, Mitch Breitweiser, Bettie Breitweiser, & Clayton Cowles

Now that Loki has figured out how to leverage Tumblr, ‘ain’t none of us safe.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Locke & Key: Clockworks #3

By Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos, Robbie Robbins

Time travel can be totally effed-up, you guys. Hill and Rodriguez came up with a pretty slick shorthand for depicting characters visiting other spaces in time. It’s a different look than the ghost forms seen in the series’ first arc, and the result is some really lovely, arresting images. I’m continually impressed at how ambitious the visual storytelling often gets in this book, while never at the expense of clarity.

— Paul Montgomery


Batman and Robin #4

By Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, & Patrick Brosseau

I love that Batman is less man than terrifying creature in this panel.

— Conor Kilpatrik


Uncanny X-F0rce #18

By Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Dean White, & Cory Petit

I was originally going to pick the panel that happened 8 pages prior to this one. But while that was a literally shot to the gut, this metaphorical one was much more powerful.

— Conor Kilpatrick


Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #3

By Chris Roberson, Jeffrey Moy, Phillip Moy, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Shawn Lee


— Paul Montgomery


Batwoman #4

By J.H. WIlliams III, W. Hayden Blackman, Dave Stewart, & Todd Klein

There is everyone else making comic book art and then there is J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart.

— Conor Kilpatrick



  1. Batwoman is consistently one of the best drawn/most creatively structured comics out there right now.

  2. The Star Trek / Legion book is so much fun. lots of crazy moments.

    Loki on Tumblr…haha

  3. That Batwoman page makes for a fantastic wallpaper.

  4. Lots of great art this week. When I read Batman and Robin, I stopped at that splash and thought, “Well, there’s your panel of the week!”

    Also, I’m very disappointed to discover that is someone’s personal blog.

  5. My favorite panel of the week was Atomic Robo assembling a convoy of big rig truckers….FOR SCIENCE!

  6. ooooooh Jerome Opena, you make all the comics beautiful.

  7. I loved the Last Supper panel in Demon Knights. The art style changed within the panel — it looked like a sketch on the left side, then morphed into looking like an oil painting on the right. Pretty awesome.

  8. I’m loving the fact that you used that classic line from Christmas Vacation Personally my fav Christmas movie along with a Christmas Story. Another classic line from that movie that I love was the kiss my ass, Kiss his ass, Happy Hanukah haha.

  9. The Stand:Night Will Come #4. Two killer panels:

    Stu’s fingernails breaking as he climbs out of the sunken hole in the highway. I cried out. Brutal.

    Stu’s nightmare of Frannie having a Randal Flagg baby. That was scary.

  10. good shout on that x-force panel, so affective!

  11. Green Lantern continbues to be the high benchmark series in all of comicdom. That has everything to do with Geoff Johns. But Doug Mahnke’s artwork is pretty damned sweet too. It’s not Ivan Reis, but it’s not bad either.

  12. Great choices. I especially love, love, LOVE that page from Batman and Robin. The cape is ridiculously long and the image is just beautiful to look at.

  13. Love the hipster glasses on that Tumblr guy.

  14. Loved X-Force but I still can’t decide if I’m ok with that panel undercutting what came before.

  15. great panels, but the batwoman lay out and the color on green lantern, wow

  16. Great panel(s) in Severed Jake next to fake Mr.Fisher in vehicle, the choice of words and art work diminishing the face of Mr.Fisher in shadows, and light hitting the other side of his face for the second part of the conversation.

  17. all of journey into mystery should be panel of the week

  18. In that Batman & Robin panel, I love the nice added of touch of one of Robin’s boots being untied in the background.