Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Panel Discussion - Scans From Salvation Run #4, New Avengers #38, Fantastic Four #554 and More

Every week we at Geekanerd rip panels from our comics and put them on display here, recognizing the best, worst, and weirdest moments of the week. Click the pics for high res goodness, and beware some major SPOILERS.

Best Death Scene - Salvation Run #4
Salvation Run seems to be a good way for DC to get rid of a bunch of their C-List villains, but anyone who read and loved (and to read is to love) Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol knows that Monsieur Mallah and the Brain are no mere C-Listers, but are in fact one of the best couples in comicdom. As painful as it was to see Gorilla Grodd bludgeon Malla to death with with the brain's glass encasement, this Oscar-Caliber death scene is a fine way to bid adieu to the star-crossed pair. Even if the Brain does look like a bunch of thumbs in that second to last panel.

Writer Self Commentary - New Avengers #38
What's a writer to do when he has to fill a panel with boring exposition? Why, throw a bone to us readers by having a snarky character (Hawkeye in this instance) calling the writer on it.
PS - Spidey is wearing the ole' red and blue in this ish... Which means it's up to date with "Brand New Day." Why does no one realize they've forgotten Spidey's secret identity?

Now That's Comedy II - Simon Dark #5
PD fans will remember that Simon Dark was the recipient of this award about a month ago. Writer/Artist team Steve Niles and Scott Hampton have an incredible knack for this sort of dark, deadpan slapstick. Please note that the dude getting ripped asunder is some sort of evil magic zombie/ghoul, so don't feel too bad for him.

The Guilt Trip That Keeps on Giving - Fantastic Four #554
I guess if your best friend turns you into a hideous beast you are entitled to a few occasional favors...

Burn of the Week - Tiny Titans #1
Kids can be so cruel. And on-point.

Coolest Framing Device - Gotham Underground #5
We at Gnerd have mostly enjoyed this title for it's EC Comics style gorytelling, though this week Jim Calafiore really takes it up a notch. Throughout this plot-gap filling issue, panels are shaped like puzzle pieces and are used to highlight visual clues, or in this case, blot out the identity of whoever is moonlighting as the Spoiler. In this next page featuring the Joker, note that the puzzle pieces don't fit, but are instead laid on top of each other. Get it, cause he's crazy. Great touch.

Art Worth Praising - Bryan Hitch's in Fantastic Four #554
Bryan Hitch takes the Fantastic Four and turns them into what they were always meant to be... A family. A father, a mother, a brother and a best friend. These are not super sexy idealized eighteen year olds, these are people. Observe:
A father.
A mother. Be amazed with Hitch's ability to illustrate a sexy maturity!
Realistic human proportions. Never have you seen She-Hulk so realistically rendered in the company of other females. Look at how comparatively large she is, and how she slouches from her mass. And then the rendering of Sue's reaction to Ben calling Reed's ex-girlfriend hot? That's some goddamn great personality work. Bravo, Bryan Hitch.

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