This Week in Panels: Week 204

August 19th, 2013 by | Tags:

Hey! Panels! Yeah! Pretty light week, though. Even Gaijin Dan has less than usual and Space Jawa and Dickeye only have one panel to toss my way each. That’s okay, though. Infinity kicked enough ass to satiate my hunger.

Elsewhere, I wrote some stuff from Den of Geek. I did a review of the Mega Man/Sonic crossover Worlds Collide and also a review of Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, the cartoon crossover that involves Venom ringing doorbells and running away. I have a huge article ready and done, hopefully to be posted sometime in the next few days.

Batman #23
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, James Tynion IV and Rafael Albuquerque

Batman ’66 #7
Jeff Parker and Joe Quinones

Batman: L’il Gotham #5
Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

Deadpool #14
Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish

Demon Knights #23
Robert Venditti and Phil Winslade

Dragon Ball Z #27
Akira Toriyama

Green Lantern Corps #23
Van Jensen, Robert Venditti and Bernard Chang

Infinity #1
Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung

Infinity (Infinite Comics) #1
Jason Latour and Agustin Alessio

Injustice: Gods Among Us #31
Tom Taylor and Tom Derenick

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman #5
Akira Toriyama

Naruto #642
Masashi Kishimoto

Nisekoi #86
Naoshi Komi

One Piece #717
Eiichiro Oda

One-Punch Man #23, part 2
ONE and Yusuke Murata

Saga #13
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Scarlet Spider #20
Chris Yost, Erik Burnham, In-Hyuk Lee and Patrick Olliffe

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2
Christopher Yost and Marco Checchetto

Thor: God of Thunder #11
Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic

Toriko #245
Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

World Trigger #26
Daisuke Ashihara

And now, a metal cover of one of my favorite movie themes.

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5 comments to “This Week in Panels: Week 204”

  1. The Scarlet/Superior team-up was so much more fun than the Scarlet/Venom crossover. And a third as long.

  2. “RicooooolaaaOOOOHHHH SHHHITTTT!!!!” What? Team Four Star has wrecked DBZ for me, now and forever.

    Could someone explain Infinity to me? I got a blank cover for sketching purposes (I’m thinking Black Bolt), but it feels like I have to read a buttload of Marvel books first.

  3. @Jason: Hickman has a tendency to write stories in the style of “Crazy shit is happening that neither you nor the characters truly understand, but keep with it and I swear the payoff will be awesome.” Infinity is no different. It connects with his current work on Avengers and New Avengers, but even people who have been following them are in the dark about parts of Infinity so far.

    The gist of the runs so far:

    Avengers: There are beings called Builders and a couple of them camped out on the moon. The two main ones are Ex Nihilo and Abyss and they act like the Celestials and High Evolutionary in that they’re obsessed with fiddling with life while being callous about the damage they cause. They experimented on Earth, which caused some crazy stuff to happen to the planet. The Avengers defeated them and took in a being Ex Nihilo created called Nightmask. Nightmask is a character concept from the New Universal continuity of Marvel who along with Starbrand, were supposed to be recreated in Marvel continuity, but something unexplained has caused them to be kind of out of whack with the universe.

    Cap and Iron Man decided that the Avengers needed to be really huge, so they added a lot of guys to the roster. One of the members is Hyperion, a Superman archetype that’s appeared a lot in name, but there are various Hyperions from various alternate Earths. This specific Hyperion is newly-introduced after his own planet was destroyed in a cataclysm and he was sucked into the regular Marvel Earth due to an AIM experiment.

    Captain Universe is also a major member of the team. The Captain Universe energy usually moves from host to host, but it’s remained on this one woman who is semi-catatonic and mentally regressed due to trauma. Captain Universe knows what’s going on and is pretty certain that the universe itself will be destroyed. That’s why she said the Avengers needs even more members, meaning that she insisted on Ex Nihilo and Abyss joining, despite all the damage they’ve caused.

    New Avengers: With Xavier dead, the Illuminati replaced him with Beast. They found out that the multiverse is screwy and dimensions are colliding together (which explains Hyperion’s situation). The only way for your world to survive is to destroy the world that it’s about to collide with and that won’t prevent the crisis from happening again. The Illuminati decided to fight this with the Infinity Gauntlet and had Cap wield it. It failed and all the Infinity Gems shattered, except the Time Gem, which simply vanished. Cap is all, “We won’t quit! Nobody will die! We will find a way!” but the others aren’t so sure and had him mindwiped and removed from the team. They don’t WANT to destroy other worlds to survive, but they know that it’s something they may have to do. God have mercy on their souls.

    They also keep this woman around named Black Swan. She’s their prisoner and expert on what’s going on. She’s destroyed at least one world to save her skin.

    The stuff with Thanos and his crew are completely unexplained. All except that these Builders are Ex Nihilo/Abyss’ people and they don’t understand why they’re destroying everything.

  4. Gavok, how awesome was Summerslam last week?

  5. Anyone else annoyed at how these robot dudes from infinity were so tough that they shanked up surfer yet spider-woman can one shot one…

    Its been less than a month, you think they’d have been able to keep the power-scaling consistent, or is it a case of “badass decay”

    I thought they were captain universes children, not subordinates of ex nihlo, couldn’t he just call them off?