Best Art - Black Lighting Year One #1
Blue Beetle is no more, but artist Cully Hammer lives on, bringing another less-than-popular minority superhero to life with kinetic energy and gorgeous urban backdrops. This is just one particularly beautiful panel from a good old fashioned foot chase scene, no superpowers, no lasers, just men in motion and trash cans getting knocked over. Good stuff.
Most Courteous Death - Detective Comics #852
I know my Panels have been kind of a Hush lovefest for the last several months, but dammit, I just can't get over how Dini made him into such a great villain so quickly! In this issue we hear more of his inner voice, and his "gentleman psychopath" persona is nicely displayed in this quartet of panels where Hush ponders how best to get rid of a ladyfriend. He goes with poison, so as to spare both his victim and the boat's upholstery any unnecessary bloodshed.
Burn of the Week - Mercy Sparx #2The part I really like here is the act of tossing someone out the window and saying, "Later, Whore!" It's just really hard to come back from something like that.
Downer of the Week - Black Lightning Year One #1
This is like the forth season of The Wire on crack. Jefferson Pierce is trying to be an awesome principal in the ghetto of Metropolis, and as soon as he starts to get through to one of his thuggish students, the other kids essentially crucify the poor kid to the school's trophy case. Where did they even get those big wooden stakes?! This is all in issue one, by the way. Jeesh.