Monthly POP: Panels of Purpose – November 2017



Panels of Purpose is a column we’ve been running since January capturing our favorite panels of the month due to many factors. From quality to purpose to downright shock, every panel you see below struck us as important in some way. We share them with you to not only enjoy the masterful work by these creators, but to shine a light on comic books. We are truly greatful to have so many excellent stories being told via the comic book format. Without further ado, enjoy the images and our commentary below!

Thor #701

Written by Jason Aaron | Art by James Harren
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Is there a fight game where you can spit teeth? Because if there isn’t there should be!

Lisa: Don’t get between Mangog and his mighty spitballs.

Dog: Uncanny accuracy. Must have gotten a lot of practice in Ms. Googash’s third period runes class.

Brian: Thor looks like me trying to feed my 3 year old vegetables in that last panel.

Batwoman #9

Written by Marguerite Bennett | Art by Fernando Blanco
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Wow, I love how the panels twist and turn at the bottom. Gorgeous.

Lisa: The panels mimic city buildings. Very clever use of scale.

Jason: When did the comics start borrowing the character designs from the Arkham games?

Brian: Still the best designed comic in the game.

Gravediggers Union #1

Written by Wes Craig | Toby Cypress, Niko Guardia | Art by Toby Cypress, Niko Guardia
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: This really freaks me out, guys!

Lisa: Looks like the “eyes” have it – next vote.

Dog: Look out, Neal Adams, you’ve got a contender for most whacked out idea of planetary genesis!

Mister Miracle #4

Written by Tom King | Art by Mitch Gerads
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Mitch Gerads is delivering a lesson in minimalism here.

Alyssa: Great use of the panels to play out the timing of the visuals.

Dog: The “out of focus” effect on the train is a perfect indicator of high-speed movement.

Slots #2

Created, Written, and Drawn by Dan Panosian
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: Watch what you say about people’s mommas while they’re standing there!

Dog: #FakeNews; everyone knows all mothers in comics are named Martha.

Brian: Are we inventing new Onomatopoeias? KRRRSSKKKPLLT!

Lisa: Can’t you read the man’s shirt?!

Batman: White Knight #2

Written and Drawn by Sean Murphy
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: To think, Joker has been praying to his Batman church for ages!

Dog: A hatred so deep and irrational, the Joker even blames Batman for his impotence. Bruce could pop a few little blue pills into his Batbelt and save a whole lotta lives.

Lisa: Why does Harley Quinn look like she has roid neck?

Alyssa: I know when I want to be intimate, I follow Joe Cocker’s advice.

Justice League #32

Written by Robert Venditti | Art by Liam Sharp
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Is it just me, or is it ridiculous the Flash nightmare needs a car?

Brian: The Fastest Bat on Earth is just lazy. Or in a Rob Zombie video.

Lisa: For all this badassery they should have stopped at giving the car matching ears.

Rock Candy Mountain #5

Written and Drawn by Kyle Starks
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: That time Hitler was caught with his pants off communing with Hell. Egg on his face!

Dog: Next to Mangog in that runes class? Young Indiana Jones, doodling pastel fantasies in his Trapper Keeper.

Jason: Like all good interactions with Nazis, the fascist ends up on the ground bleeding.

Brian: “Hey, let’s have Hitler holding the Spear of Destiny in his tighty whities!” “Why?” “I dunno, he’s a Nazi, fuck him.”

Captain America #695

Created by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Captain America Day is all about the merch. Apparently.

Jason: What could be more American than that?

Alyssa: I may own a Captain America nutcracker. DON’T JUDGE ME.

Dog: Speaking of Nazis, isn’t it weird to be selling plushies of Cap’s worst supervillains? I don’t see a Hitler bobblehead out there.

That being said … I want that MODOK. GIVE ME THAT MODOK

Star Wars #38

Written by Kieron Gillen | Art by Salvador Larroca
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Hard to believe Jedha lost that much of its planet.

Dog: Oh crap Neal, one quadrant of this planet expanded a little too fast! 😀

Brian: Why is Luke being drawn as a 12-year old girl?

Alyssa: Luke’s contouring game is on point. He should become a beauty blogger.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26

Written by Ryan North | Art by Jim Davis
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Someone give Jim Davis that sweet Bendis money so he can do this for all the Marvel characters!

Brian: Wow, Galactus eats a lot! Big stretch for Jim Davis.

Dog: Huge lost opportunity not depicting the Lasagna People of Krebulon 5. Maybe they went into hiding after Jean Grey killed all the broccoli people.

Dark Fang #1

Written by Miles Gunter | Art by Kelsey Shannon
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: What a pretty composition.

Lisa: Nice play on shapes to layer the scene.

Jason: Gotta praise the colors too, this is a really well done page.

Darth Vader #8

Written by Charles Soule | Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Seeing inside Darth Vader’s mind while he meditates is awesome. Interesting there’s still a bit of light to him.

Alyssa: Of course his inner life would be the opposite place of a desert.

Dog: This is Star Wars? Not Carnage and the Electric Sea Gulls?

Defenders #7

Written by Brian Michael Bendis | Art by David Marquez
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: No, that is not a giant Nintendo cartridge Elektra is slamming over Danny Rand’s head.

Jason: Storyboarding is so important in a fight scene, and Marquez is showing you how to do it right.

Dog: Also letting us know he’s up on his real judo techniques. “I’m sorry, you wanted WHAT redone? C’mere a sec ….”

The Batman Who Laughs #1

Written by James Tynion IV | Art by Riley Rossmo
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: When Superman cries tears of blood we’re all doomed.

Dog: I need to go pray.

Brian: “Oh, Batman: Metal can’t get any darker.” “Hold my beer.” Seriously, the next page is even darker than this.

Batman Lost #1

Written by Joshua Williamson, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV | Art by Doug Mahnke
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Seeing Batman scared is the scariest thing about this.

Lisa: This is a striking arrangement. A great use of the cape to depict Batman’s emotions as if he is cloaked in fear.

Thanos #13

Written by Donny Cates | Art by Geoff Shaw
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: For real folks, this comic is metal as hell.

Dog: Is there a virtuous Thanos in another universe screaming not to see any more?

Batman Beyond #14

Written by Dan Jurgens | Art by Bernard Chang
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: They seriously need to rethink the bat theme and change it to something spine themed.

Brian: At some point, shouldn’t the Bat-family have started to wear spine guards? Reinforced armor on their backs? This is a theme.

Dog: Huh. So the artist wants Rob Riggle to play Bruce in the movie adaptation? Bold fan-casting.

Silver Sable And The Wild Pack #36

Written by Christa Faust | Art by Paulo Siqueira
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: I could get behind this catch phrase.

Dog: I see mid-2000s MTV finally made it to Symkaria.

Jason: Why would you ask a full three sentences before even pointing your gun at her? You deserved to be punched because you’re a Nazi, but you also appear to be asking for it.

Brian: While I do not condone violence, Nazi punching is my jam as well.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #24

Written by Robbie Thompson | Art by Chris Bachalo
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: From Deadpool holding up the caption card to him getting excited for a team up, I love everything about this page!

Alyssa: Marvel still trying to justify Secret Empires’ relevancy.

Dog: Like the citizens of Montana wouldn’t have turned Tabula Rasa into a Parc Safari-type attraction by now. Those plant monsters will get real tame when they realize they can relax and just eat kibble held out of hatchback windows.