Welcome one and all to our monthly installment of Panels of Purpose. POP is our way of celebrating the best comic book art and content of the month. These panels may be visually stunning, contain content that moves us, or is simply something we had to share. As you scroll down you’ll read our comments that range from reflective to comedic. Panels this month include books from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, IDW, and Dark Horse Comics. Enjoy!
Writer: Nnedi Okorafor | Artist: Alberto Alburquerque
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Dave: At least we know how he keeps his hair so stylish.
Dog: The dream of the ’90s is alive in Hydro-Man.
JJ: A Waterbender! I know I’ve seen this episode of Avatar before.
Dave: I wonder how much Oprah Thori watches.
Dog: Hel sounds a lot like a college bar after homecoming.
JJ: Frankly Hel sounds awesome.
Dave: So Rey is getting on the right path after stealing Luke’s books, but can we just talk about that Porg who somehow knows how to read?
David H: Funny! I was thinking the same thing. That damn Porg probably understands every word in the book and is probably shaking his head that 3PO has it all wrong.
JJ: The key to unlocking the secrets of the Jedi Order from millenia past is C-3PO. Wait a minute what?!
Dave: Human or robot, that’s going to wreak havoc on her nails.
Eric: Slicing your friends’ faces off is a very effective strategy for finding out if they are, in fact, robots.
Alyssa: Minus 20 points for stealing from Harry Potter. #Snapeisstilladick.
Jason: Not the reaction to, “Do I have something on my face?” you are looking for.
David H: Yeah, you can get mad at me if you want. But I still can’t see Kristen Wiig playing Cheetah.
JJ: I soooo hope Kristen Wiig pulls a Heath Ledger a’la The Dark Knight and proves all your jabronis wrong. Mainly you Hildy.
Brian: This is how Westworld could solve all of its problems.
Dave: Everything is infinite, even this page.
Eric: Wow. What can I even say about this? Geometric layouts like this are so difficult to perfect yet so pleasing to look at.
Alyssa: This is incredibly cool, especially that you can follow the story across the cubes.
Dave: So I guess Venom is tied even more into the cosmic universe than we ever expected?
Eric: This is much, much scarier than Cthulhu.
David H: I’m not a Venom fan but I might have to give this a look.
Brian: Is that Space Bat-Venom?
Dave: He’s not the god of hammers, guys.
Alyssa: I’m going to try to work “By the blood-drenched fangs of the father” into more every day conversations.
Jason:What are the odds ol’ Jugghead there finds that hammer that gave him all those extra eyes back in “Fear itself?” What are the odds that I’m the only one who remembers that?
Brian: He chose…poorly.
Writer: Kieron Gillen | Artist: Salvador Larroca
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Dave: Somebody just attacked a Star Destroyer with a sun.
Brian: Does that make it a “Star Destroyer Star?”
JJ: The Rebel Alliance finally found an answer for countering the Death Star. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Galactic Slingshot.
Dave: Those middle panels are creepy as hell.
Alyssa: Love the color work here. Your eye is drawn exactly where the action is.
Dave: Someone tell Asrar he can reuse this for a cover.
Jason: While you’re at it, tell Nightcrawler 1994 called and said the Goatee stopped being cool in 93.
Brian: He’s German. American beard rules don’t count.
Dave: Interesting use of dark space to make that fairy really brighten things.
Alyssa: I always love when artists play with color. The panel layout really suits this page.
JJ: This is a fantastic. The colors are gorgeous with nice detail and the use of negative space is superb.
Dave: If Gotham needs anything it’s more blimps!
Dog: Never underestimate the helium lobby.
Brian: “How are things in Gotham?”
“It’s on fire currently.”
“Still better than Metropolis.”
JJ: Batman took a wrong turn at Gotham and ended up crossing the fifth circle of Hell to the scenic city of Dis.
Dave: You might roll your eyes at this one, but it’s too cute not to love.
Jason: Why hasn’t RDJ punched any dragons in the MCU?
Brian: When did Tony start watching Voltron on Netflix? Does he get that beamed to his helmet for when things are slow?
Dave: Sometimes I wonder if Doctor Strange is just tripping.
Eric: This page legitimately looks like it’s crinkled in the middle. Jesus.
Alyssa: All I can think of is Weird Al. You’re welcome.
Jason: You guys have a much cleaner mind than I do…
David H: This ^^^^^^^^^
JJ: Jason’s a pervert. Also, space vagina!
Dave: The 60s were wild man, wild!
Dave: Escher would be proud.
Alyssa: I relate to the “..huff..” throughout this page.
Dave: The use of the white space is wicked.
Eric: This image conveys a ton of physical space with almost no lines whatsoever. Wow.
Alyssa: I love the line work here too. It has a pen and ink quality to it, just gorgeous.
Dave: You gotta love Bendis’ ability to make casual conversation between bitter rivals.
Dog: Wait, are we sure this is Bendis? This conversation doesn’t take place at breakfast and the participants don’t repeat each other.
Brian: Awwww, son, you done messed up now.
Dave: His sticky feet and legs don’t get enough credit.
Alyssa: Zdarsky always writes in great physical comedy moments for his scripts. I love how he gives his artists places to play.
Dog: Could’ve used Batman and Robin climbing a rope.
Dave: The lighting on Superman is instantly iconic and gives off a sense of wonderment only a godlike figure could imbue. Great stuff.
JJ: Holy s--t can you say epic? Superman looks like a legit god. I don’t know who he’s fighting, but it doesn’t matter. This page inspires the sense of awe that’s unique to the man of steel. Practically gave me goosebumps.
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