This Week in Panels: Week 89

June 5th, 2011 by | Tags: , ,

Only months before ThWiP gets renumbered at #1 with Esther taking over, we’ve got a strong week here with a lot of event-based comics and their tie-ins. Joining me is the regular crew in David Brothers, Was Taters and Space Jawa.

Can you figure out why I picked up Amazing Spider-Man this week? It’s a tough one.

Amazing Spider-Man #663
Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Emma Rios, Todd Dezago and Todd Nauck

Avengers Academy #14.1
Christos Gage and Sean Chen

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Fear Itself #3
Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen

Fear Itself: The Deep #1
Cullen Bunn and Lee Garbett

Flashpoint #2
Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert

Flashpoint: Abin Sur: The Green Lantern #1
Adam Schlagman and Felipe Massafera

Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1
Rex Ogle, Eduardo Francisco and Paulo Siqueira

Herc #4
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Neil Edwards

Heroes for Hire #8
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker

Hulk #34
Jeff Parker and Carlo Pagulayan

Irredeemable #26
Mark Waid, Peter Krause and Diego Barreto

I, Zombie #14
Chris Roberson and Michael Allred

Ozma of Oz #7
Eric Shanower and Skottie Young

Secret Six #34
Gail Simone and J. Calafiore

Thunderbolts #158
Jeff Parker and Kev Walker

Uncanny X-Force #11
Rick Remender and Mark Brooks

Wonder Woman #611
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester, Don Kramer and Eduardo Pansica

In all seriousness, if you aren’t reading Avengers Academy, you need to start. You don’t even need to start at the .1 issue above. The previous 14 are all class.

And now, completely unrelated, here’s a remix of one of the greatest videogame songs of all time:

God, I love me some Mega Man remixes.

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10 comments to “This Week in Panels: Week 89”

  1. That’s not Fear Itself #3

    It’s a tie-in miniseries.

  2. Yeah, the picture for The Deep was put under Fear Itself. I liked FI: The Deep. Stealth Defenders reunion, awesome.

    I somehow knew that’d be the exact panel you picked for ASM. Good story, but clearly All Is Not As It Appears. Also, of interest to Brothers perhaps: this week’s (and last week’s) ASM has a backup drawn by Emma Rios.

    Avengers Academy is top-notch. I’ve been reading it from the beginning. In relation to your previous analysis of the .1 issues, how does this rate? I thought it set up the themes and characters of the series very well.

    Flashpoint, Flashpoint, blahblahblah…

    Ah, Thunderbolts. Kick. Ass.

  3. Whoops. Clerical error. Fixed.

    @clay: I thought Avengers Academy was easily one of the best .1 issues. Not only is it a good intro to the characters, but it gives the series direction exactly when they need it.

  4. You should’ve thrown in the last page of Flashpoint and written in, “Wow . . . I am never getting that smell out.” I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one to think that. And damn, that’s some clunky exposition. “Um, because there wasn’t a fast guy and some junk, the JSA fell”? Oy.

  5. @Jason: I had a different idea about that last scene:

    Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

    Linked for spoilers.

  6. Here’s my prediction for Flashpoint based on the end of #2:

    Flashpoint Barry Allen is dead.

    Thomas Wayne – Batman – will ultimately become The Flash. And as the Flash, the responsibility will fall to him to stop Reverse Flash and set things right, which will be pulled off in a heroic sacrifice that echos what Barry Allen did to stop the Anti-Monitor in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. Ultimately, though, his efforts won’t fix things entirely, since he’s not actually suppose to be The Flash, which is what will result in the DC reboot.

    This also explains why we got narration from Wayne instead of Flash at the beginning of the first issue – it’s a case of bait and switch hero. While the comic is called Flashpoint, Barry Allen Flash isn’t meant to be the true main character, and was killed off trying to replicate the experiment that gave him his powers.

    With Barry dead, and Thomas driven by his claim that Bruce is suppose to be alive instead of him, he will turn into The Flash in his effort to make things right.

  7. @Space Jawa: Dang it, here I thought I was spoiler tagging the majority of that last comment. >__<

  8. Wait, when did Batman become Bacardi-Man?

  9. @Space Jawa: That’s so plausible, DC will probably pull an Armageddon 2000 on it and get a new ending written.

  10. I concur with Prodigal, Space Jawa. That is such a great thought and would redeem most of the faulty logic that I doubt DC will do it….