POP captures the best panels with the most purpose every month. Here is our 7th chapter in the 2017 saga!
It’s the end of July, the heat is on if you live in the U.S. and the comics world is even hotter. With summer events midway through their arcs (most of them anyway) and new series sprouting hither and thither there’s plenty of great art and stories to swallow up. Leave it to us to pick our favorite panels and pages from the month of July, with many coming from Marvel, DC, and Image Comics (Dark Horse got one too!). Check them out and let us know what you think in the comments!
Dave: Dog-knife-nunchucks may be the craziest and coolest thing ever!
Cam: Ha! Finally the ASPCA gets a taste of its own medicine! (Just kidding, they do great work.)
Cam: But also, is that guy in the 2nd panel holding a Pikachu plushie? Is that part of the story?
Dog: It’s full of thumbtacks and vinegar.
Dave: Why can’t Iron Fist TV be as cool as Iron Fist comics?
Brian: I… came to a complete stop. Why are you hitting me?
Cam: Oh dip. That’s bringing back all sorts of Brubaker/Aja feels
Dave: Did they blow up the Twitter headquarters at the center? If they did, awesome!
Dog: But now how will we turn what would normally be a two-minute conversation into a two-hour misunderstanding over truncated phrasing?
Cam: I think it says “Bank” on the side? And the bird with a hat on is just there for the ride?
Dave: I didn’t know Green Lanterns can turn your skin into soup. Always wear your seatbelt, kids.
Dog: So that’s how the dinosaurs died. For once, it really WAS aliens!
Jason: Who do I complain to about this gross misuse of onomatopoeia? Fwkash? No, I don’t think so.
Brian: There are so many S’s in that effect. He’s melting under their power.
Dave: Not only is this gross, but isn’t it impossible? Flash would have to spend thousands of dollars a day eating. Unless he steals?
Cam: Yeah, that’s always something offhandedly referenced, established while “testing the limits of the powers,” or used as a plot point, but like… 50 times his weight. So like, if he’s 150 pounds, that’s 7,500 pounds of food a day. Apparently, an adult elephant eats about 500-600 pounds and spends 12-18 hours doing it. And all that enters has to exit…
Liam: Advice for all future Flash writers: he’s already super fast. You don’t have to try and impress us by having him eat the equivalent of a Hummer every day.
Dave: So Thor is trying this alien’s food and it’s not sitting well. I just love his expression and her waterfall of puke. Haha!
Brian: Thor, who is American under all that helmet, understands Cricket? Most unbelievable thing in this comic.
Jason: Fossil fuel? Is she talking about all those awesome coal jobs we’re supposed to be getting in the next few years?
Dog: Well, they are equally mythical.
Dave: Just keep telling yourself, “This is not a Lobo knock off, this is not a Lobo knock off!”
Brian: It’s spelled “Wulf” because spelling things right is for squares!
Cam: Now, I didn’t read this, but is this guy taken seriously? Does anyone call him out for his ridiculous name? Please tell me someone did.
Jason: Like most of his “original” creations, Liefeld created Bloodwulf specifically as a parody of Lobo, and didn’t even hide that fact in the Darker Image one-shot where he debuted (fun fact, that one-shot also saw the debut of the Maxx and Deathblow) or the series it spawned. And no, no one except for Liefeld has ever taken the character seriously.
Dave: Let’s be honest, they’re all for yourself, Peter.
Brian: Spider-Man has become meta-self-aware.
Dog: Are they… hovering? Lot of thermal updrafts in Midtown this summer, I guess.
Dave: I know Wolverine can take a pounding, but Old Man Logan? This might take a few days on the walker to recover from.
Dog: Must be enough lead in his body at this point for the EPA to declare him a Superfund site.
Jason: I’m most impressed by his seemingly bulletproof pants.
Dave: Science nerds on staff, is this accurate?! This is Earth 10 billion years ago.
Dog: The Earth is only 4.6 billion years old. At least she didn’t say 6,000.
Jason: It’s just a comic, you guys. Not everything is realistic. I mean look, the Earth isn’t even flat in this picture.
Cam: God bless Dave Sharpe and his lettering. What an amazing, over the top bubble for “We’re lost in time, too!?” Real Classic Comics stuff
Dave: David Marquez draws shadows like the Big Bang makes universes.
Cam: Aw, he was moments away from the big reveal: THE FLASH IS COTTONMOUTH’S FINANCIER! After all the money spent on thousands of pounds of food, he still has some left over to fuel a bid for the New York criminal underworld! #headcannon
Dog: The city can rest easy now that the Punisher has dispensed of the Lo Mein Vaudeville gang.
Brian: We need some of that sweet Big Belly Burger from the Flash panel.
Dave: Satanists always know the best spots for a good blood moon shot.
Dog: Since it’s slowly spiralling away, that’s probably what the Moon looked like to the dinosaurs. Someone inform the Green Lanterns.
Dave: My favorite is Gwen-om.
Jason: Now call me close-minded if you must, but this rampant combination of characters is the stupidest, most fanfictiony bullshit that modern comics keeps trying.
Dog: Note to self: Return Hero Mashers before Jason’s birthday.
Dave: The genius of this fourth wall breaking moment is that the credits page earlier in the book DOESN’T have the writer and artist listed. Rad!
Dog: Too bad Fishface William Howard Taft isn’t listening.
Jason: Also looks like the guy cosplaying Frieza’s third form in the top left corner is similarly disinterested.
Dave: Roge Antonio draws a really good Catwoman who is elegant, but also very muscular.
Dog: Nice juxtaposition of light and dark by the colorist, too.
Dave: Every hero needs a back-breaking moment.
Brian: We have made it to peak wanna-be-Batman.
Cam: Note to self: reinforce spine of super suit….
Liam: Still kinder than the critical response to Iron Fist’s Netflix series.
Dave: Batman vs. Amphitrion, who ya got!? Also, Greek nerds, I’m pretty sure there’s supposed to be a “y” in there!
Dog: Soooo close to Arctic Assault Batman. One step away from coming with a luge accessory.
Cam: Was WW previously established to be anywhere nearby? Because otherwise, it’s kinda amazing that she just appears with a flaming sword that shoots… lasers? And just like, “oh ho hoo! Silly Batman, silly Amphitrion. Just talk it out!”
Dave: Fact: Comics don’t show off how powerful Wonder Woman is enough. Damn!
Dog: Stop watching InfoWars, Diana. Plastic Man isn’t running a meth ring out of a Chuck E. Cheese’s, either.
Jason: If Gal Gadot would do this to Stephen Amell, I may actually start watching Arrow again.
Liam: I’m certain that someone out there is into living planets.
Dog: The Heavy Bombardment phase of Ego’s solar system formation was a swinging time, cats.
Jason: “Dad, what is context, and why does it matter?” “Well, son….”