Random panels 3!

As I read comics, I’ll come across a few panels that leave me delighted.  Unfortunately, they’re either in issues I’m writing about but unrelated to my focus or not enough content to warrant an entire article. I don’t want them to go to waste, so I’m unloading my random panels for today’s article.  I hope you enjoy.  If you’re curious, here are the first and second editions.

Avengers Academy plays football against Wolverine’s X-Men school
Avengers Academy #38, written by Christos Gage and drawn by Tom Grummett

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It goes exactly as you think.  Maturity and sportsmanship don’t usually apply to those who wear spandex for a living.

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I really enjoy Avenger Academy.  The same angst and teenage drama of the younger X-Men, but with that whole underlining optimism you get when the majority of the world doesn’t hate your kind.  Plus, it gives readers important love advice:

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Quicksilver sums up high school
Avengers Academy #39, written by Gage and drawn by Grummett

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Of course Scarlet Witch watches Downton Abbey.  And even more impressively, in a world with alien attacks, fanatical disasters, and a never-ending excitement of good versus evil — a show about inane Victorian drama would still be on television.  Who says Quicksilver doesn’t deserve to be a hero? Comforting young girls and forcing himself to watch boring TV.

Hercules being Hercules
Avengers Academy #29, written by Gage and drawn by Grummett

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If you had to ask me my top five favorite Marvel superheroes, Hercules would absolutely make the list.

Don’t ask Spider-Man to stop joking
Avengers: The Initiate #3, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Stefano Caselli

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Slott might be my favorite Spider-Man writer ever.  I’m serious.  You can call Slott many things, but my god, does this man love Spider-Man.  Plus, haven’t you been reading Superior Spider-Man?  It’s so good!

Gambit makes an entrance
Daken: Dark Wolverine #8, written by Daniel Way & Marjorie Lui and drawn by Marco Checchetto

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That mobster shaking Daken’s hand?  Pretty sure his pants are soaked.  Plus, in the next scene he makes Daken’s face explode.  Gambit’s seen a resurgence lately, starring the past few years in X-Men Legacy and X-23, both of which rocked.

Just how strong is the Hulk?
World War Hulk #5, written by Greg Pak and drawn by John Romita, Jr.

At the end of the Marvel event, Hulk has reached the angriest he may have ever been.  Like literal world-breaking power.

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One stomp almost destroys the eastern half of the United States.  By the way, catch that moment of self-loathing?  Poor guy.  Puts a little spin on the despairing monster genre — very Frankenstein-esque (literary reference!).  By the way, are there any truly happy superheroes?

Penance vs. Moonstone

Thunderbolts #121, written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Mike Deodato

One of my prouder series of articles, I’ve covered Speedball’s transformation into Penance and back again in a previous set of articles, which I’ll shameless promote here, here, and here.  In a fight scene I so desperately wanted to include, Penance’s teammate ambushes and tries to kill him. She really underestimates her opponent.

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This actually sparks the exact moment his energy ball power has made an appearance in over two years.  Also, Moonstone deserved everything she had coming, I promise.  She’s a mean lady.

This was fun, right?  Once I gathered up another batch, we’ll do more of these.  And I hope you enjoy Avenger Academy, because Wednesday’s article brings us smack into that fiasco.

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