This Week in Panels: Week 136

April 29th, 2012 by | Tags: , , , ,

Hey there, my Letterites. It was a pretty good week, giving us a fantastic Flash issue (I’m really loving the designs of these new rogues), Eric Powell alternating between funny and whiny as well as FF giving us the best final page in a long time.

The last page of Goon really had me scratching my head. The whole thing, like the issue, was Powell being annoyed at the hold of Marvel/DC superhero comics have over the industry. Nothing wrong with that. It’s just that his main point was how the comic industry needs its own Harry Potter.

If Harry Potter were a Dark Horse comic instead of a novel, it would be struggling to sell ten thousand, just because it’s not in a Marvel or DC superhero universe. Where’s our Harry Potter? Where’s our megahit that comes out of nowhere and draws people into comic shops? Why are we denying ourselves the possibility of that?

When reading this, I felt like meekly holding my hand up while saying, “…Walking Dead?”

Speaking of superhero tripe, I’m not going to be reading Avengers vs. X-Men, but I am reading Avengers vs. X-Men Versus. Why? Because I’m weird and I want to experience the Polly-O String Cheese of comic event tie-ins without any context for the sake of seeing how it comes off.

This week, Jody and Space Jawa have my back. Remember, you can help out too. If there’s a series you’re reading that you want represented, you can always toss me a couple panels. Email link’s on the right.

All-Star Western #8
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat and Patrick Scherberger

Aquaman #8
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis

Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #1 (Gavin’s pick)
Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert, Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen

Avengers vs. X-Men Versus #1 (Jody’s pick)
Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert, Kathryn Immonen and Stuart Immonen

Captain America #10
Ed Brubaker and Alan Davis

Daredevil #11 (Jody’s pick)
Mark Waid and Marco Checchetto

Daredevil #11 (Gavin’s pick)
Mark Waid and Marco Checchetto

FF #17 (Jody’s pick)
Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta

FF #17 (Gavin’s pick)
Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta

Flash #8
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

The Goon #39
Eric Powell

Green Lantern: New Guardians #8
Tony Bedard and Tyler Kirkham

I, Vampire #8
Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino

Star Wars: Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead #1
Tom Taylor and Chris Scalf

Star Wars: Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost #6
Mike Richardson, Randy Stradley and Paul Gulacy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9
Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan

Ultimates #9 (Gavin’s pick)
Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic

Ultimates #9 (Jody’s pick)
Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic

Uncanny X-Men #11
Kieron Gillen and Greg Land

Have to admit. I’m not a Star Wars comic guy, but that panel for the Boba Fett one has me vaguely interested.

These days I’ve been on a big mashup kick and I’ve been gathering a bit of a collection. Maybe I’ll do a countdown post of my favorites down the line. What are some really good ones I should look out for? Here’s an amazing one I’ve been shown the other day.

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16 comments to “This Week in Panels: Week 136”

  1. That FF one was pretty great. I’d like to know why the Kymellian (I assume) is with the FF crew, at all. I’ve wondered for a while. Seeing this depiction makes me want to know even more.

  2. Perhaps Eric Powell meant something closer in sales to Harry Potter than The Walking Dead. Although I think that’s a incredibly high standard to reach. Still a good question.

  3. From my mashup days, Eminem vs The Love Unlimited Orchestra by Soundhog was a favourite. And Last Night A DJ Saved My Life vs Seven Nation Army, but no-one except me really liked that.

  4. Enter Telephone: Beyonce and Lady Gaga vs Metallica
    Love the Way You Lie In Paradise City: Rhianna and Eminem vs Guns And Roses
    Dynamite Pressure: Taio Cruz vs Queen and David Bowie
    Smells Like Compton: NWA vs Nirvana
    Walrus of Choice: Beatles vs Fatboy Slim

  5. The Kymellian is part of Johnny’s posse due to the odd storyline involving his, uh, rejoining the team (which was one strand of the overall odd storyline that’s been playing out for most of Hickman’s run, which is quite disjointed and has periods of pretty bad art but is well worth reading, even for those who aren’t normally fans of the FF). He’s basically a warrior bro like Hulk had hanging around for a while during/after Planet Hulk.

    It’s probably a good call to not be reading Avengers versus X-men, although I’m not sure how I feel about VS itself. It’s fun and really dumb but only time will tell if that’s the tone or the exception for the mini itself. Although even if it turns out bad, it will probably be a healthier experience then trying to keep an open mind about the loose timeline of events between all the different titles (like how New Avengers #24 and AVX #2 seem to show two entirely different versions of how the Avengers leave the helicarrier, unless there’s some weird Rashomon thing going on)

  6. I love this mashup: http://youtu.be/P2rYG3CCsKw

  7. I’m glad Powell got that out of his system. It struck me as being something an indie creator would have put out in the 90s. I guess that’s a sign that nothing has really changed? However, it was pretty funny. His willingness to poke fun at his incredibly broad parody was amusing too.

  8. that FF panel made me laugh so hard soda came out of my nose! Good job Nick Dragotta.

  9. I’d never buy the book anyway but when I was a child I might have enjoyed a full-length treatment of Magneto vs. Iron Man that went exactly how you’d think it would go.

    Wouldn’t that be a lot harder to do than “well, but you see, Iron Man has invented a thing that . . . “

  10. Oh, and the best mashup I’ve heard in a year or more is still Ke$ha – Sleazy / NIN – Closer, by DJ White Orchid.

    Minimal and clean and better than either track by itself. It sets up an interesting, gendered, class-conscious and even rock-traditionalist call-and-response out of the two tracks. Very danceable as well.

    The entire track is here:


    (White Orchid is probably best known for his Kanye/Biggie track that you might have heard.)

  11. (DJ White Lotus, rather)

  12. @Don Delgado: Tony Stark not being the stupidest man in the world is exactly how I’d think it would go.

    He knows ahead of time that he’s going to be dealing with Magneto. He’s a super genius with a shitload of resources. He’s going to have some sort of strategy other than punch Magneto and hope Magneto doesn’t remember his own powers.

  13. My problem regarding Magneto’s participation in the fight wasn’t Iron Man having a plan, as Gavok mentions that’s to be expected. My problem was Captain America throwing his shield around two feet away from Magneto, and that shield not being thrown into the upper atmosphere.

    Also: since when can the Thing breathe underwater? That detail really stood out for me. Not only is the Thing able to outmuscle Namor underwater, but he does so leisurely and not even holding his breath? Ookay. :raise:

  14. @Gavok:

    Well, what I mean is: Magneto gets the drop on Iron Man, takes the suit out of the picture in seconds or less, and then we see exactly how smart Stark can be. Magneto beats Iron Man, but he doesn’t beat Our Hero.

    That’s how I’d imagine it going. It just seems a little more interesting to me than “ah, but you’ve forgotten that Iron Man has Adam West devices/plastic suits/magnets that he saves up just to fight Magneto. Here are some of them so this comic can be okay to read.” I think Magneto might be a good opportunity for the temporary de-Ironing of Iron Man (itself a cliche I’m sure, although I honestly haven’t read enough Iron Man to say that and mean it).

    As I said, this would all be contingent on me being in a time and place in my life where I would buy a comic just to see what happened when these two characters fought each other. I haven’t been there for a while, no offense.

  15. Ha! Autofill on that handle from another blog – that’s me above.

  16. Avx vs 1 turned out to be better than both Avx issues. Infinity 1 still better than all. As for FF 17, it is an absolute must buy. From first panel to the final page, such a great, hilarious read.