19 March 2012

THIS WEEK IN PANELS: March 14, 2012

THIS WEEK IN PANELS features the best in comic book panels each week. No criteria, no rhyme, no reason. Excelsior! (Click pictures to embiggen)
The Strange Talent of Luthor Strode #6 by Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore; Image 2012
Going on a year of reintegrating into comics after a lengthy break (Battle Chasers was still ongoing when I stopped), I find myself already tiring of the same ol' hero-punch-villain routine. The DC reboot was revitalizing at first for new/return readers but seven issues in, it seems most titles are already running on superhero auto-pilot.

Luckily, indie titles are vibrant in today's industry with Image pumping out new creator-owneds each week. I don't know that I'll find anything quite like, say, The Maxx which blew my 16-year-old mind, but Luthor Strode came pretty damn close. The pivotal panel above illustrates Moore's Adam Warren-esque style with the hyper-reality pacing of Scott Pilgrim that made this mini such a quick and incredibly satisfying read.

BPRD: Hell on Earth: the Long Death #2 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi & James Harren;
Dark Horse 2012
Mignola and company's Monsters campaign soldiers on as Harren delivers more of the three dimensions moment-before-the-big-reveal panels that are becoming his calling card. And trust me, Agent Nichols' faith is surely about to be tested.

Saga #1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples; Image 2012
Image presents Brian K. Vaughan's (Y: the Last Man, Ex Machina) latest, the appropriately titled Saga. Alana and Marko are Romeo & Juliet in a war-torn galaxy far, far away as they struggle to find a better life for Hazel, the daughter of their unspeakable relationship.

Peter Panzerfaust #2 by Kurtis Wiebe & Tyler Jenkins; Image Shadowline 2012
J.M. Barrie's world of a mischievous boy who can fly begins to see itself reflected even more in WW2 France as Peter Pan...zerfaust leads some Lost Boys, er, lost boys to freedom. Or, more trouble.

Saucer Country #1 by Paul Cornell & Ryan Kelly; DC Vertigo 2012
In today's conservative political climate, Presidential candidate Governer Arcadia Alvarado, a first generation Hispanic American woman, couldn't fathomably take another strike. Good thing news of her alien abduction hasn't spread to the public. Yet. It's almost enough to make Professor Joshua Kidd's "magical helpers" seem reasonable in comparison.

Batman & Robin #7 by Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason; DC 2012
The big guns still deliver, though. Tomassi's Nobody storyline sees its epic conclusion sure to define Damian's standing within the Bat-family. Gleason's pencils continue to stun with bold, crisp lines and all the broody shadows and bright colors with the assist of Mick Gray and John Kalisz, respectively. Next to Batman and Batwoman, DC's Bat-titles are consistently the best looking books out there.

Wolverine & the X-Men #7 by Jason Aaron & Nick Bradshaw; Marvel 2012
Wolverine & the X-Men follows up the phenomenal last issue with an action packed finale to the title's second story arc. Above Bradshaw has some fun with Iceman's abilities as Chris Bachalo's character design seems to be the only one interested in doing anything interesting with the character.

Journey Into Mystery #635 by Kieron Gillen & Richard Elson; Marvel 2012
And finally, Journey Into Mystery presents the deservedly hooplah'd Cadaver Thor as guest contributor in its brilliantly presented monthly summarizations of the story thus far.

CADAVER THOR 2012

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