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This Week in Panels: Week 235

March 23rd, 2014 Posted by Gavok

It’s panel time! I’m joined by Space Jawa, Matlock, Gaijin Dan and a rare entry from Dickeye. Jawa has double the panels due to some screw-up from his shop last week.

Writing-wise, I went back to the old What If well for old time’s sake by writing about 20 Uplifting What If Stories for Den of Geek US. It felt like coming home.

This week brings us the end of Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man and to be honest, I feel like it wasn’t worth my time. I don’t mean the issue, but the entire run. Despite being one of the must-read comics from the beginning of the New 52, it led to a big arc that went on for far too long, killed off his son (when the most beloved take on the character went out of the way to explain why this was a bad idea) and then meandered until its finale. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman is still well-written enough, but it feels so pedestrian as it reaches its big climax.

I’ll probably start picking up Superman/Wonder Woman because Charles Soule has been rocking my socks off on everything else he’s written, but I feel my interest in DC dwindling by the day.

All-New Invaders #3
James Robinson and Steve Pugh

All-New Invaders #3
James Robinson and Steve Pugh

All You Need Is Kill #8
Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Yoshitoshi ABe and Takeshi Obata

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This Week in Panels: Week 234

March 17th, 2014 Posted by Gavok

Ahoy, my friends! Another week of panelingus begins with me and Gaijin Dan and Matlock and Space Jawa! Jawa is inconsolable due to what appears to be the final installment of Batman: Li’l Gotham. Meanwhile, Matlock only sent me DC panels for whatever reason. Ah well.

For Den of Geek US, I had some stuff go up. The main course is a review I did on the WWE/Scooby-Doo crossover movie that just came out. Then I also wrote little fluff pieces on the live-action Street Fighter web series and the preview of the upcoming Deadpool wedding issue. The backups of that issue will feature stories by every single major Deadpool comic writer. From Priest to Waid to Simone. Sounds awesome.

Batman #29 (Gavin’s pick)
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Batman #29 (Matlock’s pick)
Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Batman: Li’l Gotham #12
Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

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This Week in Panels: Week 232

March 4th, 2014 Posted by Gavok

It’s a super-late edition of This Week in Panels, brought to you by me being stuck on the phone/chatting with customer support people for the past few days because practically every piece of technology I touch has a tendency to not work. But hey, at least I have the WWE Network working now and that’s a good time.

Elsewhere, at Den of Geek US I was asked to post some preview pages for the upcoming Deadpool vs. Carnage miniseries. I went a little bit further by writing up a Tale of the Tape between the two. Also, I have a comprehensive guide to the death and return of CHIKARA Pro Wrestling.

But really, I barely wrote anything last week due to the WWE Network. By God, it’s great.

Helping me out this week are Matlock, Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa. Jawa’s panels reminded me that I totally forgot to read that Utrom miniseries going on with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

All-Star Western #28 (Gavin’s pick)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Staz Johnson and Fabrizio Fiorentino

All-Star Western #28 (Matlock’s pick)
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Staz Johnson and Fabrizio Fiorentino

All You Need Is Kill #6
Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Yoshitoshi ABe and Takeshi Obata

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This Week in Panels: Week 228

February 2nd, 2014 Posted by Gavok

All right, back on schedule! I had an awesome time at yesterday’s National Pro Wrestling Day, which featured the much-needed return of CHIKARA. Without going into too much detail, let me just say that the show featured a run-in via time travel where a guy literally drove in in a Delorean. It was amazing.

I’m joined by Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa. This week happens to feature a terrible comic starring Bruce Wayne’s son as Batman, a decent comic starring Bruce Wayne as Batman and an awesome comic starring Bruce Wayne’s dad as Batman.

All-Star Western #27
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat

All You Need Is Kill #2
Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Yoshitoshi ABe and Takeshi Obata

Aquaman #27
Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier and Netho Diaz

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This Week in Panels: Week 227

January 27th, 2014 Posted by Gavok

As the Royal Rumble ends and the Superbowl is on the horizon, it’s This Week in Panels! This week, I’m helped out by Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa. Meanwhile, I read way more than last week, including Superman being a dick to Jim Gordon, which is just too terrible for words no matter what universe you’re in. Never be mean to Gordon. He’s a good guy.

The Deadpool digital comic is seriously good, though. It has some of the best use of the digital format and it’s fun regardless.

All-New Invaders #1
James Robinson and Steve Pugh

Animal Man #27
Jeff Lemire and Rafael Albuquerque

Atomic Robo: The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #5
Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener

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This Week in Panels: Week 222

December 23rd, 2013 Posted by Gavok

Triple 2s! Neat! And with a Two-Face comic in there also!

Huge, huge week this update, breaking forty images, which may be a ThWiP record. Helps that I have Matlock, Gaijin Dan, Space Jawa and Was Taters backing me up.

My time’s been eaten up by a lot of personal things, but I have some stuff coming up in the next couple days. A really nice guest article and a little something different. In the meantime, here’s a review I wrote for Den of Geek US on a comic called Rainbow in the Dark. It’s the Matrix meets Pleasantville meets They Live as a rock opera with Sam Elliot as the wise mentor character.

Animal Man #26 (Gavin’s pick)
Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner

Animal Man #26 (Matlock’s pick)
Jeff Lemire and Cully Hamner

Avengers Assemble #22
Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis, Matteo Buffagni and Paco Diaz

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This Week in Panels: Week 220

December 9th, 2013 Posted by Gavok

Ahoy, friends. Welcome to another edition of ThWiP. I have my usual backup in Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa with me today. This week gave us a goofball story in Avengers Annual, some great closure in Young Avengers and the stupidest, most amazing reveal in DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe. I think Keith Giffen must have been watching the Scooby Doo movie when writing this one.

Also, Deadpool visited 1960′s Marvel and that was a good time.

Avengers Annual #1
Kathryn Immonen and David Lafuente

Batwing #26
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Eduardo Pansica

Bleach #559
Tite Kubo

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This Week in Panels: Week 219

December 1st, 2013 Posted by Gavok

To Infinity Gauntlet and Beyonder! It’s This Week in Panels! Strong week across the board and I’m helped with it by Space Jawa and Gaijin Dan. Unfortunately, while Sinister Carnage was really strong for the first four issues, the last issue is a big step down that only succeeds in bringing things back to the status quo. The worst part being how they made a big deal out of Cletus Kasady being brain dead because the symbiote is supposedly worse than him on its own… so they fix his brain at the end.

They never did explain how his legs came back.

But who cares about that? Infinity stuck the landing and I can’t wait for the next chapter in Hickman’s Avengers/New Avengers epic. Hopefully we get more Maximus. Hickman’s writing the fuck out of that guy.

In other news, I wrote a review of Christmas Bounty starring WWE wrestler the Miz for Den of Geek US. It’s worse than you’d think!

All-Star Western #25
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Moritat

Aquaman #25
Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier

Batman ’66 #22
Jeff Parker and Ruben Procopio

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Who’lldoit: Dead Shredder Walking?

November 12th, 2013 Posted by guest article

Gavok note: This guest article comes from longtime ThWiP contributor MK Stangeland Jr., otherwise known as Space Jawa.

I could open with a bit about how great IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been, but I’ll let you read Gavok’s summary on the series if you need a real introduction.

Ready to move on? Good.

Let’s talk about Shredder, shall we? Because for all the things he may be – leader of the Foot Clan, the turtles arch-nemesis, ruthless as can be – he also happens to have some significant flaws.

One of these is a talent for making enemies who want him dead, especially in IDW’s current series. Which is kind of a bad deal since so many of theses people arguably have the ability to pull it off, too. At least, if you ignore his potential immortality. Which is why I can’t help but get the feeling that in spite of how hard it is to kill him, it’s not a question of if someone will snuff him out soon, but who?

So why don’t we take a moment to look at the likely suspects (and a few unlikely ones as well) and see just who might have what it takes to actually pull it off?

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This Week in Panels: Week 215

November 4th, 2013 Posted by Gavok

I don’t know. Just seemed weird that Invincible and Saga would have generational arm-wrestling matches weeks apart.

This week I’m joined by Gaijin Dan and Space Jawa. Jawa and I both realize that the world is now better for having Bebop and Rocksteady fully join the cast of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic.

I know I’ve probably said this before, but I really wish DC would just give Ostrander an ongoing for the Others from Aquaman. It would only last a few issues before being cancelled, but I’d read the hell out of it. Besides, it has diversity and stuff without running into the legacy quagmire that’s been shooting them in the foot.

Plus the Prisoner-of-War is one of my favorite things about the New 52 and I want to see more of him.

Aquaman Annual #1
John Ostrander, Geraldo Borges and Netho Diaz

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search Part 3
Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru

Avengers #22
Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu

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