I love the use of repeated panels in comics.

Dave Sim was the first I saw do so, with Cerebus — specifically in High Society (above and lovingly homaged from Thoughts of a Workshy Fop), along with his countless other panel experiments.

Bill Watterson used the same effect in Calvin & Hobbes to make a point about the size (or lack thereof) of comic strips in 1987.

In the late ’90s, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon did a variation on the them with Preacher to varying degrees of comedic effect. And scene.

More recently, Brian Michael Bendis employed similar techniques on his various Avengers runs.

And I would be remiss if I did not mention Robert Kirkman poking fun at the practice in Invincible.

Page Eight Notes:

  • “Demon blood everywhere,” is a tip of the hat to the greatest Robot Chicken skit of all time.
  • “PACKING PEANUTS float sequentially and serenely…” There is a method to my madness. Calgary just bought the the Holy Blunderbuss of Antioch, right? And was in the process of unpacking the thing when Demon arrived. So when he fired it, it was stilled packed tight with residual packing peanuts. Pretty cool, right?
  • “Headless body of DEMON sits up…” Another tip of the hat, this time to the original Halloween. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it (shame on you!), but this clip is priceless, incorporating actual audience reaction from 1979.