This Week in Panels: Week 86

May 15th, 2011 by | Tags: , ,

It’s the Free Comic Book Day edition of ThWiP! Which is good, since I didn’t really get too many books on Wednesday and need some padding. I did end up picking up Journey Into Mystery, which I’m enjoying the hell out of. The adventures of a now-young Loki will always trump the adventures of a now-young Tony Stark. Goddamn 90’s comics.

I’m joined by my usual folks, David Brothers, Was Taters and Space Jawa. As mentioned, last week’s FCBD stuff is being used here. At least, the stuff I got around to reading through. The Inspector Gadget one didn’t do much to wow (wowsers?) me and it suffers from one hell of a editing mistake on the second page. In a big two-page spread, what should be the dialogue between Gadget and Penny in the middle of the spread is instead being said by a stack of luggage on the far right of the image. How did nobody prevent this?

New Avengers is the first panel in a while that I’ve posted where it’s more about, “Look how bad this is.” The modern plot is interesting enough for the five pages we get an issue, but the Chaykin-drawn “Bendis decides to make his own Agents of Atlas lineup” segments are the worst. I’d drop this book if I thought this was going to be a new status quo for the series.

Atomic Robo FCBD
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener and others

Batgirl #21
Bryan Q. Miller and Dustin Nguyen

Batman Incorporated #6
Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham

Bongo Comics Free-for-All 2011 FCBD
Jesse Leon McCann, James Lloyd and others

Captain America/Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers FCBD
Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee

Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1
Sean McKeever and Mike Norton

FF #3
Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting

Flash #12
Geoff Johns, Scott Kolins and Francis Manapul

Flashpoint #1
Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert

Hellboy: Being Human
Mike Mignola and Richard Corben

Incredible Hulks #628
Greg Pak and Tom Grummett

Inspector Gadget FCBD
Dale Mettam, Jose Coba and others

Journey Into Mystery #623
Kieron Gillen and Doug Braithwaite

The Mis-Adventures of Adam West
Russell Dauterman, Reed Lackey and others

New Avengers #12
Brian Michael Bendis, Howard Chaykin and Mike Deodato

Punisher MAX #13
Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon

The Tick FCBD
Benito Cereno and Les McClaine

Unwritten #25
Mike Carey and Peter Gross

You know what comic I really enjoy these days but never talk about? Incredible Hulks. It’s been pretty good since its name change, but I’m really starting to feel that the new twist on the Bruce/Betty relationship has become my new favorite thing about comics. It’s this unique feeling of love/hate relationships double-dating in the same bodies that’s so full of potential. There’s a sequence in the latest issue where Hulk and Red She-Hulk are jumping towards a force field net that destroys anything it touches. The two bicker and are instructed by Amadeus Cho to shrink to their human forms to make it through. Once they do, Bruce and Betty have this awkward moment of greeting each other during the free-fall until retransforming and landing as Hulks.




“You again?”

“Shut up!”

It’s adorable. I hope the cancellation is another fakeout like Hercules becoming Herc.

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4 comments to “This Week in Panels: Week 86”

  1. Man, that Inspector Gadget lettering error really bugged me when I read it. And I had the same general opinion as you about the comic as a whole. It really comes off as them trying to latch on to the same success that other Saturday Morning cartoon comic adaption (i.e., Darkwing Duck) had, without putting as much talent or effort as effort behind it.

    And oh boy, that Johnny Test comic in the back was a mess and a half. Only professional comic I’ve ever seen that didn’t have its resolution sized correctly for print.

    Other than that, though, I really enjoyed all the FCBD comics that I read. It was a good year for them, I think.

  2. I am so happy that Prodigy is getting a moment to shine in Youth In Revolt.

    Slingers forever!

  3. I’ve enjoyed all of the Fear Itself minis I’ve read so far. Home Front has Agents of Atlas (and hopefully will rehabilitate Speedball once and for all), Spidey was nice and creepy (I’ve always liked Vermin), Youth in Revolt has a lot of Avengers Initiative cast members (I loved that book).

    I’m thinking about picking up some others. That Dr. Strange/Namor mini looks intriguing; anyone get any of the others?

  4. Batman Inc. #6 was pretty scary. Batman straight up beating on the Average Joes, in case we’d somehow missed the last 70 years of the comics.

    I knew Morrison was leading the character down the road that’s paved with good intentions, but I didn’t expect to see those Xbox robots turn into Kingdom Come – at least, not that early. I’d like to believe that the old anti-Thatcherite is somehow trying to deal with all the stuff raised by Josh Simmons.