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Monthly POP: Panels of Purpose – May 2017

Five months into the year 2017 and we’ve seen plenty of fantastic panels and pages. Art seems to be getting better every year it seems and POP aims to prove it! Check out our favorite, most striking, most conversation worthy panels below!

Green Arrow #23

Written by Benjamin Percy | Art by Juan Ferreyra
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Not only is this page incredibly pretty, but it’s dynamic as hell. Plus, who knew Ollie could bend like that?!

Dog: The color contrast helps the two narratives stand apart, too. An art win all around.

Alyssa: I love that part of writing comics means figuring out what word sound effects to use when an arrow is bouncing off different items. Not one repeat in this panel! #thuk
Lisa: Terrific use of contrasting colors and the three panels creating an arrow shape piercing the bottom of the page.

Secret Empire #1

Written by Nick Spencer | Art by Steve McNiven
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Ruling the world can be SO boring.

Patrick!: So, Cap has become Trump at White House Briefings? Does he golf when he should be saving/destroying the world?

Jason: General Ripper was right! The enemy is after our precious bodily fluids!

Alyssa: Is this an example of how seriously we should take Secret Empire as a storyline?

Dog: OH JESUS F--K. Please Nick, of all the things, don’t give the mind-numbingly dumb “toxic fluoride” idea any more credence. We’re more likely to be killed by the parasitic worm man back there.

Lisa: “I don’t want to drink the fluoride or brush my teeth.” [wah, pouty face]

Regression #1

Written by Cullen Bunn | Art by Danny Luckert
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: Who knew he had a chocolate insect deep inside him!

Patrick!: How the hell is he yelling? We can clearly see he has no lungs. UNREADABLE.

Jason: I feel like this is an illustration of what happens whenever I eat at Denny’s.

Lisa: The human trials of the Care Bear Glow-a-Lot series did not end well. Initial tests proved glow worm implants were not a viable option.

Dog: Still better than Alien: Covenant.

Detective Comics #956

Written by James Tynion IV | Art by Marcelo Maiolo
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: What a freaking cool power Clayface has. Winning!

Patrick!: I am 100% on team GoodGuyClayface. He’s the best part of Detective.

Dog: Huh, that first panel is the same thing I say on every third date.


Written by Lee Allred | Art by Mike Allred
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: The retro is too much!

Dog: “Pummel him with lullabies” makes me imagine “Hush, Little Baby” backed by blast beats.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Written by Gerry Duggan | Art by Aaron Kuder
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dog: You know what, Galactus? Go ahead and eat Earth. No one would blame you right now.

Dave: Poke fun all you want, but this was my jam in 1994! Sure I was 11, but still…

Patrick!: Starlord is totally going to haver back to you…DA DA DAAAA DAAAA.

Alyssa: I hope that’s the cassingle and it gets stuck in the stereo like on How I Met Your Mother.

Titans #11

Written by Dan Abnett | Art by Brett Booth
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Crossovers are so confusing GAWD.

Dog: Yes, let’s ignore the voyeur dominator and bondage devices to concentrate on onomastics.

Jason: As long as their moms aren’t both named Martha…

Lisa: That’s my ridiculous name! No it’s mine!

Patrick!: How the hell can any of the Flash kids maintain that much muscle mass when they run as much as they do. Let’s start drawing them like these guys:

All-Star Batman #10

Written by Scott Snyder | Art by Raphael Albuquerque
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Batman is totes attempting to rip off Daredevil here.

Dog: Or trying to make Robin feel more at home with this human cannonball act. “Happy yet, kid? I am not sticking my head in a lion’s mouth.”

Amazing Spider-Man #27

Written by Dan Slott | Art by Stuart Immonen
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Jason: Nice to see Norman osborn walking around in a new Edgar suit after casually murdering Walter White.

Dave: Scrotum face wasn’t a thing until this comic came out.

Dog: He didn’t lose the brown Brillo hair, so no worries.

Lisa: Your face looks like a torched wax figure but your teeth are super white. What’s your secret?

Silver Surfer #11

Written by Dan Slott | Art by Mike Allred
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Patrick!: Getting a real “Powdered Toast Man” GRAB ONTO MINE BUTTOCKS vibe from this panel.

Alyssa: I love Mike Allred’s style. It fits perfectly with the Silver Surfer’s retro vibe.

Dave: So very retro, so very good at capturing the eternal war of bear vs. bee.

Dog: Happy Birthday, Kirby!

Lisa: All this honeycomb makes me want a cheese plate.

Batman #23

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

Patrick!: I love Bats’ reaction here. Normal reaction – THE HELL? Bat-reaction – “I have a friend who’s an alien, from Mars, that’s terrified of fire. This isn’t anywhere near that weird. Let’s roll.”

Jason: I wouldn’t want to be stuck on a road trip with Swamp Thing. “Do you know how much fossil fuels are destroying the planet by…” Ugh.

Dave: Swamp Thing is totally a nag.

Dog: The grass usually tells me to eat six bags of Funyuns and take a nap.

Grrl Scouts #1

Written by Jim Mahfood | Colors and Lettering: Justin Stewart
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: Drugs, impossible bodies, fighting…am I in an LSD trip?

Patrick!: Liefeld’s Saturday night.

Dog: The grass told them!

Lisa: Aw, they made a comic about my high school.

I Hate Image Comics FCBD

Written by Skottie Young | Art by Skottie Young
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: Spawn’s feet are going full Grinch and I love it.

Patrick!: Would anyone watch an Adventure Time type kids show starring Spawn and the Clown? Just Hellfire and adventures and death?

Dog: I don’t know, but I think Tim Burton wants to direct the movie based on this panel.

Batman #23

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

Dog: *sigh* “I need a car so we can get to the grocery store, dear. Now buckle up like Daddy.”

Dave: Batman can tell jokes…the most shocking thing about this issue.

Patrick!: Don’t mess with the car, Swampy.

Jason: See? If Batman didn’t cut Swamps off he would’ve launched into an endless tirade about how we should all be driving electric hybrids and trees never started wars and blah blah blah.

Generation X #1

Written by Christina Strain | Art by Amilcar Pinna
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Alyssa: This issue may be from 2017, but Kitty’s skirt suit is pure 1997.

Dave: Even if she can phase isn’t it a tad strange she’s saying she’ll put something inside a student?

Dog: And the young Wally Wests IMMEDIATELY enroll in the Xavier School.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2

Written by Gerry Duggan | Art by Aaron Kuder
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Well there goes their dignity!

Jason: Peter Quill, who crawled through a river of space s--t and came out clean on the other side.

Dog: I feel like there’s potential for a Clorox commercial here.

Secret Empire #2

Written by Nick Spencer | Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: Remember when these were cool, ::record scratch:: in the 90’s!

Dog: The stars of Clueless probably would call Hydra Steve a Monet.

The Wicked + The Divine 455 AD

Written by Kieron Gillen | Art by Matt Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics

Dog: You’d think a god would know you can’t get the proper tension from a tendon.

Dave: Brings new meaning to the phrase, “He played him like a harp.”


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