Of course side shots get repetitious. But only if every panel is a side shot. Just like any other shot will be repetitious if it's the only shot used. These two panels aren't the whole comic, though, or even the whole page.
However, you do still have a point. Since they both occur on the same page, I'll probably end up trying a couple other angles on the first one, to see what works the best - my initial thought was the sideview would help show the forward movement better, but it's just a first stab. At this stage, I mainly wanted to confirm for myself that what I had in mind would work on paper - which I believe it does.
The second one really can't be anything but a sideview. Any other angle, and all the problems Steven pointed out actually do become problems.
Yeah, it's a little flat. It's also basically a thumbnail, and will certainly need a more careful re-doing. I was just trying to prove the elements I called for can be all be shown using that angle. I didn't want to spend much time on it, because everything is in flux right now and I'm not even sure that panel will get used.In this second panel you just don't get the feeling of it. It's flat. To show her lack of effort, perhaps pin him with but one finger. That would come across more dramatic.
As for pinning him with one finger... yeah, that might not be a bad idea. It's a little silly, but silly is cool. I'll keep it in mind, if I use the shot.