Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Nitpicker #26.

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[[WARNING! THIS COLUMN MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS!]]

So, here we are with the new and (hopefully) weekly Nitpicker! I know I promised that I'd post on Friday or Monday; but I write this thing on my free time at work, and since I didn't work on Friday, and Sunday was quite busy, it ended up being today, just in time for new comics! As I said last week, I'm going to start posting weekly, with fewer nits, to have a more active schedule.

Each week I'll have at least 10 nits, and if I can't find that many in that week's comics, I'll use my vast backlog reserve to get to that amount. This week, for example, we have more, just with this week's comics we got up to 17 nits (thanks to Superman/Batman and Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell that contributed with ten of them).

While not a nit, this is not totally off-topic, so I thought I'd mention it. Am I the only one who finds funny that MAD Magazine rewards readers whose letters are published in the magazine with a set of notebooks featuring "The Art Of Vintage Marvel"; when MAD is published by DC Comics? Whatever, let's get on with this week's nits!
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"IT'S AN ANCIENT WAKANDAN STORING METHOD."

TITLE: Fantastic Four V1.

ISSUE: 546.

CULPRIT: Paul Pelletier (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Page 14, panels 2 and 3... are we supposed to believe that the Black Panther, the king of Wakanda, one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth, stores a machine created by Dr. Doom to siphon the Power Cosmic off the Silver Surfer, in a wooden crate held together with screws, with the words "Plan G" painted on one side? Come on!!!


NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars, this is preposterous.
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"WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE DAMN PLANET?"

TITLE: Star Wars: Legacy.

ISSUE: 12.

CULPRIT: John Ostrander (script), maybe also Jan Duursema (co-plotter), and/or Michael Heisler (letterer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 4, they mention the planet Zonoma Sekot, when it's Zonama Sekot.

NIT-O-METER: 2 Bazzar, it's a typo, but you should check your references.
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"DON'TFORGETTHESPACES"

TITLE: (Supergirl And The) Legion Of Superheroes V5.

ISSUE: 30.

CULPRIT: Mark Waid (writer) and/or Jared K. Fletcher (letterer).

NIT-TO-PICK: First of all, you'd notice that I've changed the notation on this book. We all know that Supergirl is, eventually, going back to the 21st Century (actually, she's already there/then... time travel makes my head hurt!), so the "Supergirl And The" part of the book's name is going to be dropped at some point. As it is, the book is V1 of "Supergirl And...", but when it loses the "Supergirl...", it'll go back to being "Legion...", actually, V5 of the book. I have, erroneously, been referring to this book as V4, when it's actually V5... I was not counting a "Legion Of Superheroes" book that ran for four issues back 1973, reprinting Adventure Comic stories; I didn't know it had existed.

As for the actual nit here, on page 4, panel 3, Dream Boy says "You wereabout to ask."; obviously a space is missing there. Speaking of Dream Boy... boyohoboy, is that a sissy name or what? I guess it is, a sissy name, for a sissy powered guy, with a sissy perm... I guess that since Element Lad now wears a manly haircut, albeit with a soul patch, they needed somebody to be the George Perez-y 80s permed sissy).


For those of you who are now wanting to see the level of sissines that Dream Boy takes things to, behold (and compare to retro Element Lad)!


Oh, yeah, and see here new, manly, soulpatched V5 Element Lad:


Note: I don't have any kind of problem with gay people (which Element Lad was/is, sort of); I'm just making fun of their costumes and hair. Speaking of gays and comics, please check out Blockade Boy (by its namesake) and The Absorbascon (by Scipio), both ran by gay comic fans, an incidentally, very, very funny. Actually, come to think about it, since Blockade Boy is a character, I'm not sure if the actual blogger is gay.

NIT-O-METER: 1 Bazzar, not a big thing at all.
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"SOME BUILDING WITH FOREIGN PEOPLE, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?"

TITLE: Countdown.

ISSUE: 49.

CULPRIT: Mike Marts (editor).

NIT-TO-PICK: Speaking of Countdown, we've seen that Jimmy Olsen has elastic powers, so he might not be the Jimmy of New Earth. Anyway, this nit is not really in the comic, but in Mike Mart's weekly Q&A at Newsarama, about this particular comic, so I'll stretch my modus operandi slightly.

In this issue, Mary Marvel visits Gotham, where she wanders (actually runs, while being chased by some lowlifes) into an abandoned building, which apparently used to house some sort of diplomatic mission from Kahndaq. It can't be the Embassy of Kahndaq, formerly of Themyscira, since that building is located in New York City, because nations can have many consulates in important cities of a particular country, but only one Embassy in that country, generally in the capital city.

Yet in the aforementioned Newsarama piece, Marts said "It’s the abandoned Kahndaq embassy. Abandoned and left vacant after the events of 52 and World War III." Well, this is almost as bad as having an Embassy for your country located in a city on your own country.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars, it could be higher, but it wasn't actually in the book itself.
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"NIT-PICKING OR NITPICKING?"

TITLE: The Irredeemable Ant-Man.

ISSUE: 08.

CULPRIT: Aubrey Sitterson (editor, who, oddly, has no assistant editors); or whoever puts together the layout of the letters page.

NIT-TO-PICK: On the letters page, on the bottom, readers are encouraged to send letters to "The Irredeemable Antman (...)"; but the book's name is "The Irredeemable Ant-Man". I'll have to check if it's the same on the previous seven issues.

NIT-O-METER: 1 Bazzar, sometimes I nitpick for the sake of Nitpicking.
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"DO OR DO NOT, TRYING IS DISHONORABLE!"

TITLE: Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell.

ISSUE: 02 of 04.

CULPRIT: Scott and David Tipton (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: This book is a good read, much better than the TNG one IDW is putting out at the moment (The Space Between, was it?); but it's got some conceptual errors.

First of all, on page 4, panels 3 and 4, it says, about Klingon culture, "For a warrior, no credit is given for mere effort. And one who tries valiantly and fails... is still no less a failure." Hmm... and here I thought I'd seen tons of episodes where Klingons claim that there is honor in dying in battle, even if you lose the battle, as long as you fought valiantly and honorably.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"SAY, WHY IS THE FLOOR OF THIS O.R. PAINTED RED?"

TITLE: Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell.

ISSUE: 02 of 04.

CULPRIT: Scott and David Tipton (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: And on with this book's misconceptions about Klingons; the scene showing the Klingon's operation to appear human on page 7; it is accepted that Klingons, due to their warrior culture, have underdeveloped medical science and technology (compared to the Federation); but this is way too much.

The Klingon "doctors" operate dressed in armor (with no gloves or surgical mask), in an obviously non-sterile environment (complete with bloodstains in the instrument cart), no anesthetics, and with surgical instruments that look like power tools. Yes, we know that they're tough motherfuckers; however, they're not stupid, and even if their medical science is not as advanced as the Federation's, they wouldn't operate under those conditions if they want their patient to survive.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, it's really stupid. The artist (David Messina) gets a pass because the description of the procedure comes from the script.
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"I'M A KLINGON DOCTOR, WHAT THE HELL DO I KNOW ABOUT KLINGON ANATOMY?"

TITLE: Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell.

ISSUE: 02 of 04.

CULPRIT: Scott and David Tipton (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 8, panel four, one of the doctor talks about how the now cosmetically human looking Klingon won't pass a medical scan, due to the vast difference between human and Klingon anatomy. He mentions a "more substantial rib cage, significantly larger heart, and three lungs."

Gee, of course humans don't have all that, but in Star Trek, they must also have, as the Klingons, two livers, an eight-chambered heart (which does not necessarily mean bigger), 23 ribs (more ribs, not just "more substantial ribs"), two stomachs and a double-lined neural pia mater (brain membrane).

Just for reference, the Klingon call their redundant organ systems brak'lul.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars; I'm not a Klingon expert, but when I read that, I knew that it didn't sound right.
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"WE DID THE FEET FIRST."

TITLE: Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell.

ISSUE: 02 of 04.

CULPRIT: Scott and David Tipton (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: Back to page 7, on the fifth panel (or the main one); the patient's feet look human, they don't have the characteristic ridges Klingon feet present (as seen in the The Next Generation's episode "Ethics" and Enterprise's "Broken Bow").

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"METAL MEN? OH, RIGHT, THOSE METAL MEN!"

TITLE: Superman/Batman.

ISSUE: 35.

CULPRIT: Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: What hell's going on here? Last issue, neither Batman nor Superman know who Will MaG... sorry, Magnus and his Metal Men are; but now, on page 3, they do? What gives? I tell you, this book keeps getting worse and worse.

NIT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars. How is Verheiden capable of excellent Galactica episodes, and of this crap at the same time, is beyond me.
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"SWEATING ROBOTS?"

TITLE: Superman/Batman.

ISSUE: 35.

CULPRIT: Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 11, Superman tries to use his super senses to see if Metallo is lying; and says that Metallo's Kryptonite heart "doesn't jump" when he says a supposed lie, or that he's not perspiring or breathing abnormally.

Little problem there... Metallo doesn't have any organic parts other than his brain, and if he's got any kind of simulation of body functions, they're just that, simulations. And the Kryptonite heart wouldn't jump, because it's not really a heart, it's just a lump of radioactive rock that powers the robotic body Metallo's brain wears as a prosthetic.

NIT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars, I'm handing 'em out as if they're candy, but they deserve it.
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"YEAH, I NEEDED HER BEFORE GOLD 'CAUSE SHE'S GOOD WITH BLOW.... ERR... ACCOUNTING!"

TITLE: Superman/Batman.

ISSUE: 35.

CULPRIT: Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 12. panel 3, Will Magnus explains that Gold is not finished yet because of the high price of his material. However, Platinum (or Platinia, as they call her now) is fully built, and platinum is more expensive than gold, usually twice the cost of gold.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars, a little research doesn't hurt.
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"I GOT A NEW DOG, IT'S A POMERANIAN."

TITLE: Superman/Batman.

ISSUE: 35.

CULPRIT: Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim (writers) and/or Adam Schlagman (assistant editor) & Eddie Berganza (editor).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 17, Superman says that he doesn't meet with Batman in his fortress because Batman "hates the dog"; but Krypto has been missing for over a year, as revealed in Superman #662 (which also states that Superman hasn't had much time search for him; yet he jokes about him. Insensitive bastard.)

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars.
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"ME SUPERMAN. ME NEED ENGLISH TRANSLATION."

TITLE: Superman/Batman.

ISSUE: 35.

CULPRIT: Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 18, Batman says about Metallo "The cybernetic implants have an on-board CPU which has been compromised by malignant code."; and Superman asks "What's the English translation?"

Come on, do you really mean that Superman, who, as Clark Kent, is an award winning journalist, regardless of his super powers, and also, has some extent of super intelligence, or at least, quicker thought processes than regular people.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"OH, AND I SUPPOSE YOU BUILT BROTHER EYE FROM OLD NINTENDO CONSOLES?"

TITLE: Superman/Batman.

ISSUE: 35.

CULPRIT: Mark Verheiden & Marc Guggenheim (writers).

NIT-TO-PICK: And things keep getting better and better... if by "better" we understand "so ridiculous not even a Mort Weisinger edited Superman book would try to pull it off".

Still on page 18, Batman describes to Superman how Metallo's human brain communicates with his cybernetic body: a Bluetooth protocol. Of course, that's what I was missing from my cybernetic theories... the only thing you need to interface a human brain with a robotic body is an off the shelf wireless communication protocol!

NIT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars, please. Perhaps Batman is dumbing it down for his not too bright friend Superman, who needs an English translation?
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"DEJA VU WITH DIANA!"

TITLE: Wonder Woman V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Jodi Picoult (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: In this issue, Diana meets with her mother, Hippolyta, but hadn't she already done that, under completely different circumstances, as shown in Amazons Attack #1 and Wonder Woman V3 #8?

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"RESURRECTION IS ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE IN COMIC BOOKS!"

TITLE: Wonder Woman V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Jodi Picoult (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page five, panel 3, Superman says, about the possibility of Hippolyta being alive "(...) is impossible. I saw her die.".... Right Supes, because you, Hal Jordan, and Oliver Queen, just to mention a few, have never returned from death. Right, and since you haven't, it's obvious that it shouldn't be possible either for the queen of a magical island of almost immortal warriors to come back from among the dead?

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars.
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There, we got a 6.3 Bazzars average, which is good, it's more than one point higher than last week. Again, thanks to Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell and Superman/Batman for making my job so easy. Next week... well, next week I'm sure we'll have some stuff to rant about.... for example, Star Trek: TNG: The Space Between is coming out, so I'm sure I'll be able to have some fun with that...

And ooh.... lookie here.... nothing to do with nits, or at least I haven't found any in that book, but the thing is, The Boys #7 is finally coming out, with the book having found a new home at Dynamite Entertainment. Good news there. Well, that's all for this week, until next, keep in mind that nothing escapes...

THE NITPICKER!

7 comments:

Dragon Comics said...

Well, i didn't read it but i think it's safe to say: Superman/Batman # 35 es una enorme pila de bosta!

Sorry for the spanish lapsus...
Roy

MaGnUs said...

Yes, really, it's a bad issue, of a book that's been horrible for the past year or more.

MaGnUs said...

I'm such a dolt.... in my haste to post this column last night, I forgot to write up the title for each nit, as I always do... ah well... at least I can go back and fix my mistakes without retconning.

Jordan said...

Hi all,
Really interesting this topic.
I never thought Superman/Batman could have gotten so ridiculous.
And the Custom thing.. there are a lot of customs that are funny, really, not just the superheros, but some bad guys have some funny outfits also. As an example the one used by one of the bad guys from Batman's Prodigal Son, the one that already fought with Azrael and got on his chest a Bat tatoo :). That one is also funny.
Not to mention the bad guys from Superman 2 (movie).

MaGnUs said...

I love the Phantom Zone Kryptonians' costumes!!

Thanks for the comments man.

Justin Garrett Blum said...

Maybe T'Challa's "Plan G" box was stored in that same warehouse where the CIA stashed the lost ark of the covenant. Who would think to look there?

MaGnUs said...

Oh, so it's actually a clever bit of misdirection? I see.