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Monthly POP: Panels of Purpose – July 2018

We pick our favorite panels from comic books out July 2018 and tell you why.

July is one of the biggest months for comics. There is San Diego Comic-Con for all its news and, if you’re lucky to go, its splendor on the floor. It’s also the summer months when publishers drop big events and even bigger books. The trick of it is, if you’re a fan like us, every month is the biggest month for comics. As you scroll down below you’ll see some of the coolest, most purposeful, and gorgeous panels from comics that came out in the month of July 2018.
Infidel #5

Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote | Artist: Aaron Campbell
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: The problem with having a demon on your shoulder is made worse when the angel is missing.

Dog That ugly thing is pretty impressively drawn. I can’t make heads or tails of the proportions, and that just makes it scarier.

JJ: The color work on the top half of the page is exceptional. The light colors give an eerie, phantasm-like, supernatural feel to the creature’s presence. The dark blue tones mixed with black, used in combination with the negative space around the figure with the pipe projects pure menace.

Amazing Spider-Man #2

Writer: Nick Spencer | Artist: Ryan Ottley
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: This sciency panel has scienced so much science I think science may have outscienced its nerd science self.

Dog: All hypotheses are in the name of justice. For what is justice if not the pursuit of truth! Spider-Man 2020!

JJ: What’s happening here is when ammonium sulfide is exposed to air, the sulfide reacts with moisture, hydrolyzes and a mixture of hydrogen sulfide and ammonia is released, which in turn smells of rotten eggs. That my friends is the basics of how a stink bomb works.

Doomsday Clock #6

Writer: Geoff Johns | Artist: Gary Frank
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: This is a fantastic final page to issue #6. Johns is very good at making villains complex and more interesting.

JJ: The Joker had me laughing on this one. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are like the 1992 Dream Team. The perfect combination of players.

Mr. And Mrs. X #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson | Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: When comics get into the private sexual lives of heroes I think we all win.

Jason: See, now I’m torn between my affection for Gambit and Rogue as an item and my supreme distaste for couples who dress alike.

Brian: I miss the trench coat. Also, when they get together, does Rogue have to wear like a body glove? Why am I thinking about this?

Venom #4

Writer: Donny Cates | Artist: Ryan Stegman
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: So Symbiotes have a brand new origin and they started out as a blade? Sick!

Dog: Is the “felled creator” David Michelinie?

Brian: “Tong” seems a bit anticlimactic of an onomatopoeia.

JJ: Well this is just plain awesome. Dark god used his own flesh to craft symbiotes as blades in some forgotten corner of the universe? Yeah sign me up. I need to read this comic. How to sell someone on a book using a single page 101: taught by Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman.

Justice League #3

Writer: Scott Snyder | Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Publisher: Comics

Dave: This is so freaking haunting. The reflection in the bloody saw makes things even scarier. Bravo.

Dog: Joker gets around. Can we confirm his whereabouts on November 22, 1963? Huh?

JJ: S--t. That’s quite possibly the creepiest looking Joker I’ve ever seen. Hawkgirl’s a badass in her own right, but I can’t help but feel immensely worried for her.

Astonishing X-Men #13

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg | Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Name dropping restaurants is a great way to get into the foodie market.

Jason: That’s silly, Dave. I feel like restaurateurs have too much dignity to be buttered up by something so transparent. Especially the good folks at Alinea restaurant in Chicago, who would never fit a reservation for two this Friday night in exchange for a mention on a decently trafficked comic-themed website. Especially not one under the name “Felix.”

JJ: I had lunch at Veggie Galaxy yesterday. I enjoyed a Mac n’ Stack and as expected, it was amazing. I’m from Boston. I rule. Veggie Galaxy rules. Jets suck. Yankees suck. New York sucks!

Elvira Mistress of the Dark #1

Writer: David Avallone | Artist: Dave Acosta
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Dave: He’s caught up on her being undead but I’m pretty sure Poe isn’t seeing that kind of top on a lady during his time.
Brian: Elvira is the only comics character who can out top Power Girl.

Dog: Phrasing, Brian.

JJ: Let’s all pretend a guy from the 19th century is going to look Elvira in the eyes. Also, if you haven’t seen her film, Elivra: Mistress of the Dark, you’re missing out.

Old Man Logan #43

Writer: Ed Brisson | Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: I love how this page is organized to ramp up the tension from left to right.

Dog: And suddenly, Kiefer Sutherland was in talks for a Logan sequel.

Catwoman #1

Writer and artist: Joëlle Jones
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Catwoman’s new costume is breathable and fashion forward for that Batman Returns crowd.


JJ: Soooo her new costume exposes half her armpit? Comfy.

Star Wars #50

Writer: Kieron Gillen | Artist: Salvador Larroca
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: “Umm, my Lord…hope? Do you know the coordinates?”

Jason: “Wait…make that A NEW Hope.” ::Yello’s “Oh Yeah” start’s playing::

JJ: “Most satisfactory” Openly laughed at this line. How deliciously evil. What a nutjob.

Deadpool #2

Writer: Skottie Young | Artist: Nic Klein
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Demented Frog-Galactus just needs a napkin.

Brian: Deadpool borrowed the “Tiny Cricket” from Men in Black.

Dog: At least his diesel-powered hoverboard still works.

Farmhand #1

Writer and Artist: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: That tree is so emo.

Dog: So terrifying your tear ducts will scream!

JJ: I thought this was an AFI album cover for a minute.

Avengers #4

Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Ed McGuinness, Paco Medina
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Jason: No one ever cares much for Iron Fist.

Dave: This ancient super team needs its own book already.

Dog: I want a Mezco Mammoth Rider yesterday.

JJ: Will the Iron Fists ever get the respect they deserve?

Amazing Spider-Man #1

Writer: Nick Spencer | Artist: Ryan Ottley
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Ottley is so very good at making the alien blood fly. Begs someone to recolor it all red to show how graphic his work can be.

Jason: In this scene, Gambit will be played by Charles Grodin.


Harley Quinn #45

Writer: Sam Humphries | Artist: John Timms
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Clearly Harley has been working out. Look at that hammer!

Brian: 2019’s biggest cosplay hit.

X-23 #1

Writer: Mariko Tamaki | Artist: Juann Cabal
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Beast needs to look in the mirror.

Jason: What? He’s just sending a highly trained killer to proactively deal with a threat because it perverted science for its own selfish goals….oh, now I see it…

Dog: Beast is the worst.

Flash #50

Writer: Joshua Williamson | Artist: Patrick Gleason
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Dawwwww he’s so cute.

Dog: Lucha libre sure loves its minis!


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