Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Attention, the previous post was edited, there's two new nits (from Black Panther #25), which I had filed in another computer and I completely forgot about them when I wrote it. Check them out.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Nitpicker #20.


Well, I'm back. I've been chastised by friends and readers that I don't update this blog more oftenly. A particular friend, writer and local media celebrity Nacho Alcuri, told me that I should only do two or three nits at a time, more like a blog entry than a column, which is what I'm used to.

But I can't, I need to do columns, it's my style. So, anyway, Civil War is over, so let's have the Civil War-related nits that I still had in my backburner. I was going to include a handful of 52 nits I also have in my files (you wouldn't believe how much stuff I have to write about); but I decided to save them until 52 is finished, and I can do a special 52 issue.

I'm going to try and post a new column next week; with nits from other March issues; and then after that, try to post a column at least every week or two, with nits I find on the latest books released. Well, enough chatter, here goes the last volley of Civil War nits.

TITLE: Civil War: Front Line.

ISSUE: 07 of 11.

CULPRIT: Paul Jenkins (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 30, part of the "Sleeeper Cell" story, one of the cops examining the scene says about the Atlanteans "You're not serious. These are those Atlantis guys? I thought they were supposed to be a myth."

First of all, with all the stuff that you see in the Marvel Universe (mutants, gods, planet devourers, super soldiers, aliens, etc, etc), how can you doubt the existence of an underwater race?

Secondly, Atlantis, with or without Namor as their leader, has attacked the surface world over and over again, with news coverage almost every time. Even Dorma (I think it was her) was on live TV pleading for Namor in an old Daredevil issue. Not to mention Namor in the news every now and then, and he's part of history with his participation in the WWII Invaders. How can somebody, much less a police detective, think they were just a myth?

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, floppy writing.

TITLE: Civil War: Front Line.

ISSUE: 07 of 11.

CULPRIT: Eduardo Barreto (penciller) , Tom Brevoort (editor), Molly Lazer & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), and Sotocolor's A. Crossley (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: Also in the Sleeper Cell story, on all pages showing the Atlanteans, they are mostly dark-haired (with dreadlock style doos), and one or two are bald; they're all wearing pants with high-tech look (strange, but what the hell), and one of them is even wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

However, by the next segment, where the battle between the Atlanteans and the Green Goblin is compared to the Somme Offensive in WWI, my good compatriot and acquaintance Eduardo Barreto (who I must say does a superb job of drawing the WWI scenes) draws the Atlanteans in completely different clothes (barbarian-style), wearing scale-speedos, bracers and armored shoulder padds, and with long flowing hair, which Crossley colors blond!

Not happy with that, Barreto also draws Wonder Man with a long-sleeved costume (as opossed to the short-sleeved one he wears on Sleeper Cell); actually, it's not just the sleeves, it's a different costume design. He also draws the Green Goblin with a cape, and riding a very different glider.

Now this is what I call a cluster-fu... nit.... The blame here is not particularly on the artist and colorist (the former most likely having not read any of Civil War, I know he's not much of a superhero comic fan), but more properly on the editor and his assistants. If you're having an artist draw something which is based upon another story, can't you at least send him some scans of the other artist's pages for reference?

You'll notice that I've mentioned the editor and assistant editors as culprits here, and if you look at the rules I've set for myself since the begining (you can see them in the blog's first post, or in the post before the last one, where I reposted my first column), I think editors are always to blame in this case; but I don't bother mentioning them. But this time, this was too big, they needed to be pointed at with "shame on you" faces.

NIT-O-METER: I know I'm being anal, this is not a story-affecting nit, but it is too big a screw-up. 10 Bazzars.

TITLE: Civil War: X-Men.

ISSUE: 04 of 04.

CULPRIT: David Hine (writer), and/or Yanick Paquette (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 20, when Cyclops cannot stop firing his optic beam (he's being controlled, y'see), Leech is the only one who can stop him... by touch. Leech does not need to touch somebody to nullify their powers, his mutant ability works by proximity.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars, please research a character's powers. Of course, you can retcon this and say that, when it's too much power to absorb, he needs to touch his target for his power to work, but... bleh...

TITLE: New Avengers.

ISSUE: 24.

CULPRIT: Brian Michael Bendis (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 22, panel 4, Iron Man says "You think I wouldn't love to just sit alone in a room with a bottle of Johnny Walker Black and forget all of this?" He's one of the richest men on the world, and he thinks about drinking JW Black Label?!?!?!?!? WTF??!??! He should be drinking BLUE label, which is the blend that's aged the most (and also the most expensive, nacht). In fact, he'd drink here. Follow the link and tell me if you don't agree with me that Iron Man would drink that kind of Johnny Walker.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars. Bendis, you're a cheapass.

TITLE: Civil War: Front Line.

ISSUE: 08 of 11.

CULPRIT: Paul Jenkins (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 28, first panel, here we go again. Two mounted cops comment on the Atlantis situation saying " everything comes to a halt just because some no-name country sends spies through our borders (...)". Again, Atlantis has tried to invade the surface world (always starting by New York) almost on a yearly basis.

NIT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars. Paul, please, read up on Marvel history. Just because you created that retcon-monster of the Sentry doesn't mean you get to ignore Marvel's rich history. What's next, somebody being surprised next time Galactus shows up for lunch?
TITLE: Black Panther V4.

ISSUE: 25.

CULPRIT: Marcus To (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 9, panel 3, the Wakandan embassy employees are using an operating system which, besides looking suspiciously like Windows or Mac, says, in plain English "FILES DELETED".

Now, why would one of the Marvel Universe's Earth world leaders in technology, who vehemently eschew western technology in favor of their own, use an OS in English? It's not impossible, but it's very unlikely.

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
TITLE: Black Panther V4.

ISSUE: 25.

CULPRIT: Reginald Hudlin (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: Page 22 has the Invisible Woman and Storm root for Hercules in his fight against Clor, in a completely uncharacteristic and schoolgirl-like behaviour, ending with a "Wow, what a finish!" cheer from Storm.

Not only this is awfuly bad characterization for these two heroines, it's also something inmensely stupid to do while there's a gigantic superhero battle raging on in the middle of New York City.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, come on Reggie, you can do better!

TITLE: Civil War: The Confession.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Dave Stewart (colorist, sequences from Illuminati one-shot).

NIT-TO-PICK: Part of this issue reprints panels from The New Avengers: Illuminati one-shot that preceeded Civil War, and they've not corrected the errors that I found there. The first is the fact that on page 10, panel 4, Dr. Strange is wearing blue gloves, instead of his trademark leopard print ones.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, at least this time they didn't make his gloves come and go, they just made a mistake on the colors.

TITLE: Civil War: The Confession.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Alex Maleev (penciler) and/or Dave Stewart (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: On the same panel, Dr. Strange is missing his mustache, not to mention the gray hair on his temples.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, it was 7 last time, but this is a repeat offense.

TITLE: Punisher War Journal V2.

ISSUE: 05.

CULPRIT: Matt Fraction (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On Civil War #6, The Punisher is with the rest of Cap's faction, when Diamondback brings in supervillains Goldbug and The Plunderer (who want to offer their help to the anti-Registration side), and Frank shoots the villains and kills them.

However, in this issue of Punisher War Journal, Captain America is meeting the two villains along with Luke Cage and Patriot, and Frank eavesdrop on the conversation from behind the door, enters the room and shoots Goldbug and Plunderer.

NIT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars, please guys, coordinate these things.
Well, the final wave of Civil War nits came up with an average of 7.8; much higher than last time's 5.7; in fact, the highest since... fricking ever! The highest average was 6.4 back on column #2!!!

Let me go over the numbers again.... yes, 7.8.... dayamn!!! It was an 8.3 before I added in two nits that had escaped my sight (they were actually filed in another computer), but still, 7.8 is high.

Catch you later, hopefully next week.