Marvel Comics has created an expansive, incredible universe filled with some of the most iconic characters and beloved stories. There are countless pages of comics for fans to enjoy but every now and then, a single panel stands out in our memories. Whether it’s the incredible artwork, a major reveal or moment in a story or even just a really funny line from one of Marvel’s more comical characters, some comic panels just deserve to be recognized.
With that in mind, I want to take a look at some of my favorite comic panels. Each week, I will select one panel from a new Marvel comic as a “New Favorite” and one panel from an older comic as a “Classic Favorite” and provide some context as to why those two panels are so great. Sometimes I might get a little loose with what I consider a “panel,” because comics tend to play by their own rules. But at the end of the day, we’ll have two glimpses of two great Marvel comics, one old and one new.
So without further ado, here are my picks for this week’s top Marvel Comics panels:
Classic Favorite: “Avengers vs. X-Men #2” (2012)
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: John Romita Jr.
One of the most exciting crossover events in the last 10 years, “Avengers vs. X-Men” saw the two iconic super teams clash in a big way. In fact, this particular issue was released nine years ago, almost to the day. Long enough to be a classic and recent enough to be a favorite amongst newer comic readers.
This panel encapsulates the overall story arc more than any other. The Avengers and X-Men come to blows for the first time on this beach after a disagreement regarding the arrival of the Phoenix. It’s a powerful moment that rivals “Civil War.”
Cyclops leads his team of mutants against Cap and his Avengers ans to make things seem even bigger, Wolverine is on the side of the latter. The longtime X-Men member actually sides with the Avengers on this one and he’s got a score to settle with cyke. On top of all of that, there’s some really great art from Romita Jr. here.
New Favorite: “Guardians of the Galaxy #13”
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Juan Frigeri
This week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy #13” was a strong issue that set up a very exciting future for the team, including an awesome reveal on the final page. This is an excellent lineup of characters featured on this team and it looks like it’s about to get even better.
With the story understandably taking place on another planet, it was a pretty big surprise to see a character like Doctor Doom show up in the final panel. The Guardians do not consist of many characters who often cross paths with Doom, so there are some interesting new dynamics on the horizon for this comic.
But really, this most impactful thing about this panel is Doom himself. There are few characters who can command such attention like Doom and the panels leading up to this one support that. There’s no doubt he’s one of the most notorious villains in the Marvel Universe and he certainly knows how to make an entrance.
You can check out “Guardians of the Galaxy #13” now.
Be sure to check back next week for more of my favorite Marvel Comics panels.
Mack is the Editorial Director for Marvel and ESPN content and he has covered comic cons, theme park events, video game showcases and other fun events. He is a fan of theme parks, sports, movies, Marvel Comics and is a self-proclaimed “nerd.”