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Monthly POP: Panels of Purpose – May 2018

Witness the very best comic book panels of May 2018!

Welcome to our May edition of Panels of Purpose. This is the one stop shop to get a taste of all the best comics of the month with select commentary from the AiPT! staff. Enjoy our jokes, our comments, but above all the fantastic art and story beats in comics today! Panels include publishers Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Image, Antarctic Press, Dynamite, and BOOM! Studios!

Moon Knight #195

Writer: Max Bemis | Artist: Paul Davidson
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: This is one of the trippiest single issue comics I’ve ever read and boy…does this panel take the cake.

Brian: I want none of his magic. Everything happening here is a goddamn nightmare.

Lisa: He needed to finish that statement with “And clearly there is nothing magical about my hygiene”.

Dog: When did Salvador Dalí start directing “MTV Cribs”?

Star Wars #48

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

Dave: The way the stars are stretching makes this look like it’s going to be one really bad crash.

Lisa: Why does Leia look like she has a thyroid condition?

Dog: Misguided avoidance of iodized salt?

Venom #1

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

Dave: I understand he’s strong and all but physics may want to have words with the creators about this one!

JJ: I hope the Venom film pays as much attention to drool as this comic does.

Jason: NOW THAT’S USING YOUR HEAD!!!…Don’t mind me, I’ll see myself out.

Dog: Stegman is a treasure. It’s impressive how his style has changed over the years, yet whatever he tries, he’s always great at it.

Adventure Time #74

Writer: Conor McCreery | Artist: Jorge Monlongo
Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Dave: Possible new fad: Save money on color artists and just have the reader do it.

Lisa: Reverse rainbow vomit – that is some good s--t they are on.

JJ: “Drawing Comics on Acid 101”, With special guest Jorge Monlongo.

Dog: I feel like this is the morning hangover version of the Moon Knight scene.

Jason: I thought Magic man lost his power and was now the king of Mars? It’s like the continuity of this show isn’t built to make any sense.

Barbarella #6

Writer: Mike Carey | Artist: Kenan Yarar
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Dave: Thank god alien blue whales are bouncy.

JJ The judges like what they see. Nice form and solid improvisation. This teams bound to capture a high score.

Lisa: hmm…maybe i should start watching the Summer Olympics.

B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #6

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie | Artist: Mike Mignola
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Dave: Mignola hasn’t lost a step. Nice connection here.

Lisa: A study of an ophthalmologists nightmare.

DC Nation #0

Writer: Tom King | Artist: Clay Mann
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Is this an eyelids PSA?

Jason: Unfortunately for this poor guy, Bruce and Selina opted to send eVites instead.

Maestros #6

Writer and artist: Steve Skroce
Publisher: Image Comics

JJ: I believe “WOW” is the word you’re looking for. Steve Skroce is a gift to the world of comics. This is the best two-page spread on the shelves right now.

Dog: That’s a lot of color for a monstrous hell-battle.

Deathbed #4

Writer: Joshua Williamson | Artist: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Vertigo Comics

Dave: Hugh Hefner’s pool area has seen better days.

Dog: Alien botany is sexy.

Lisa: Welcome to the Victoria Secret Games! The contestant that can fashion a tree bra first, wins!

Dead Hand #4

Writer: Kyle Higgins | Artist: Stephen Moony
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: Movies ain’t got nothing on comic book montages.

JJ The catholic church went and pissed someone off. Well that’s weird!

Lisa: Papa don’t preach or I might blow your head off.

Exiles #3

Writer: Saladin Ahmed | Artist: Javier Rodriguez
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dave: When your plane casts a shadow on the bad guys plane you know you should probably pull out.

Dog: Captain Peggy Carter? What’s next, a “Contest of Champions” comic?!?!

Teether #1

Writer and artist: David Hutchison
Publisher: Antarctic Press

Dave: Hickeys are different in 2018.

JJ “How to get me to read your comic” by David Hutchison.

Jason: This perfectly illustrates why it’s important to teach the youth about consent.

Lisa: Gingivitis is real people.

Justice League No Justice #1

Writer: Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV | Artist: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: When the Green Lantern Corps are running this small it’s time to call somebody bigger to the job. Galactus?

JJ Don’t worry everyone, Dave will be properly chastised for referencing a Marvel character. But seriously this shot’s incredible. Subsequently it’s also the best panel of the entire issue.

Dog: Mount Rushmore, two years from now.

Red Sonja #15

Writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham | Artist: Carlos Gomez
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Dave: I think her chainmail is magnetized. Only explanation!

Jason: Chainmail is really only effective against slicing weapons. Stabbing weapons and projectiles will pop right through it. It’s almost as if her armor serves no real purpose.

Lisa: Ridiculous.

Brian: Did Frank Cho draw this?

Medieval Spawn and Witchblade #1

Writer: Brian Holguin, Brian Haberlin | Artist: Brian Haberlin
Publisher: Image Comics

Dave: Why is it Spawn makes the most sense in a medieval world?

JJ Why is that horses mouth so big? Sure Spawn looks cool an all, but the horse looks way more intimidating.

Brian: Medieval Spawn is fighting the Uruk Hai? I missed something in Medieval History class.

Lisa: Avon calling.

Batman White Knight #8

Writer and artist: Sean Murphy
Publisher: DC Comics

Dave: Commissioner Gordon: And that’s our time. Remember my therapy rates are $500 an hour.

Brian: Man, my money was on this guy from accounting. Brad. Brad from Accounting. “He’s the Batman,” I’d say. Well, crap. I lost the office pool.


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