Monday, October 01, 2007

The Nitpicker #40.

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

"I'm fat, black, cranky, and menopausal! You do not want to mess with me!" Amanda Waller, Suicide Squad V3 #1.

I know, I failed you; I promised a double column for last week. I've been swamped with work, and even my house got flooded, so you'll excuse me. I will catch up eventually, and you might even have, time permitting, three columns this week. This is the first one, you might get the second one in a couple of days, and then for thursday/friday you might get the one that would make me all caught up. We'll see, hope you can understand if I can't deliver.

Look at that quote up there? Isn't that vintage Amanda Waller? Changing subjects, What are the Nitpicker's Picks of the Week (released on 9/12, you ask? Well, the best book was Booster Gold V2 #2; again with nice storytelling, and good, clean art. The story, by Geoff Johns & Jeff Katz, is entertaining and fast-paced (none of that decompression ballyhoo you get elsewhere); with Booster Gold playing up to Sinestro's vanity; and having a buddy moment with a pre-jerk Guy Gardner after having (unbeknownst to Guy) saved his life... only to actually ruin it for a few years by having a heart to heart with him. Read the book, you'll know what I mean. The art has great layouts by Booster creator Dan Jurgens, and very correct finishes by Norm Rapmund. The coloring is too bright for my taste, but Hi-Fi does it without goofs.

As for the worst book? Well, this week the worst book is a story I kind of actually enjoyed reading... I'm talking about Batman Confidential #9, what seems to be the origin of the Joker. I don't have any actual problems with the story, nor with the art (although the latter is not my cup of tea). My problem with it? The guy who will be Joker gets his face cut up by a batarang... in the shape of a smile... He ends up with a scar in that shape... just like Heath Ledger will have as the Joker in the next Batman movie. Now, I don't really have a problem with the Joker being changed so for the movie (I don't like it, but it's better than barefoot Joker in The Batman), but I just don't like bowing like this to movie continuity.

It's a futile attempt to get readers from the movie going audience, or to at least welcome them to a familiar setting, so they won't feel so alienated if they decide to open a comic... but really, how many non-readers will the movie really attract to comics? And those who do come, they are probably smart enough to realize the difference between movie and comic continuities...

Last column's spot the nit was again guessed by Dominik B. at ICS.net's forums (which I urge you to visit and join), and it was the fact that Vixen's eyes had been colored green, when they're brown, and had even been colored correctly in previous pages. With that, let's get started with the nits, shall we?
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"I'M A PHILOSOPHER, WE'RE DIFFERENT, WE CAN WEAR OUR PANTS AS COATS!"

TITLE: Action Philosophers.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Fred Van Lente (writer) and/or Ryan Dunlavey (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Oh noes! Last issue!!! This is an excellent series, and I highly recommend going out there and picking up any of the trades or single issues you can find (the third and final trade comes out in November). Luckily, they will be back some time, and they are starting a new series, Comic Book Comics, portraying the history of the comic book medium. I mean, look at this two page spread, 6 Degrees Of Separation Of Francis Bacon, and tell me if they're not geniuses!

But where's the nit? Well, on page 29, while telling of Baruch Spinoza's life, panel one shows how an assassin tries to stab him, piercing his coat. Then on the next panel, they tell how Spinoza kept the coat as a reminder of that day, but the image shows what looks like a pair of pants, inside a glass display case.

NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars.
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"GREEN GLOW OF HEALTH."

TITLE: Black Adam: The Dark Age.

ISSUE: 02 of 06.

CULPRIT: Nathan Eyring (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: Isis eyes are colored green, when they are actually brown.

NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars, it could be a side effect of the Lazarus Pit.
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"GREEN GLOW OF FASHION MAKEOVERS."

TITLE: Countdown Presents The Search For Ray Palmer: Wildstorm / Countdown.

ISSUE: One-shot / 33.

CULPRIT: Angel Unzueta (penciller) and Allen Passalaqua (colorist) / Carlos Magno (penciller), Tom Chu (colors), and Talent Caldwell & JD Smith (cover artists).

NIT-TO-PICK: Kyle Rayner's costume is drawn and colored slightly between the cover of Countdown #33, its interior pages, and the pages of Countdown Presents... even between pages of that same book.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"JOIN THE 99% OF COMIC CHARACTERS..."

TITLE: Countdown Presents The Search For Ray Palmer:

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Allen Passalaqua (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 21, Jenny Quantum's eyes are colored blue, when she's supposed to have Asian features (barely recognizable from Unzueta's lines).

NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars, I don't actually have a reference to quote.
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"WHAT SHE LACKS IN HEELS..."

TITLE: Countdown.

ISSUE: 33.

CULPRIT: Carlos Magno (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 11, Mary Marvel's boots lack heels. Truth be told, though, she does have nice breasts and we get a nice upskirt view...

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"COUNTDNOW."

TITLE: Countdown.

ISSUE: 33.

CULPRIT: Adam Beechen (writer) and/or Jared K. Fletcher (letterer).

NIT-TO-PICK: Page 15, Jimmy says "beofre" instead of "before".

NIT-O-METER: 1 Bazzars.
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"I USED A LAZARUS PIT."

TITLE: Countdown.

ISSUE: 33.

CULPRIT: Tom Chu (colors).

NIT-TO-PICK: Donna Troy's eyes are colored green on page 19.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"MY CELL PHONE IS LOW ON BATTERY, I'LL JUST CARRY AROUND A PHONE WITH A VERY LONG CORD."

TITLE: Green Lantern V4.

ISSUE: 23.

CULPRIT: Geoff Johns (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: Hal complains that his ring's almost out of power, which is a good excuse for him to wear a bunch of yellow rings... but Green Lantern's have been shown to carry (including Hal) their power battery stored inside their rings. Hell, there's a panel I have in my head right now where John Stewart, the late Katma Tui, and Dalor of Timron, GL of Sector 2813 recharge their rings in the middle of space, producing their batteries from nowhere.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, ignoring previously established things for a plot device, when a couple of panels showing Hal actually losing his battery to the enemies could have been easily added. Man, an eight... that felt good!!!! BWA-HA-HA!
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"WE MADE THE ILUMINATTI POLISH IT... WITH TOOTHBRUSHES!"

TITLE: Heroes For Hire V2.

ISSUE: 13.

CULPRIT: Clay Mann (penciller) and/or Brand Anderson (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 9, Hulk's ship looks too smooth and light-colored, like it's made of metal, instead of stone.

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
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"MY PARENTS HAD A WEIRD SENSE OF HUMOR."

TITLE: Heroes For Hire V2.

ISSUE: 13.

CULPRIT: Fred Van Lente (writer, backup story).

NIT-TO-PICK: The male S.H.I,E.L.D. agent is called by his partner "Noriko". which is a female name.

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
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"MARVEL? SHIPPING LATE? NAAAAAH!"

TITLE: All World War Hulk Books.

ISSUE: N/A.

CULPRIT: Mark Paniccia (World War Hulk event editor), other editors.

NIT-TO-PICK: Oh surprise, Marvel has fallen behind schedule with WWH, and the checklist running on each book that's part of the event is seriously outdated.

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
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"KANSAS FARM GLAMOUR."

TITLE: JLA Classified.

ISSUE: 42.

CULPRIT: I.L.L.

NIT-TO-PICK: Jonathan Kent is shown on page one, finding baby Kal-El (though it looks like a doll) in the rocket, but his hair is colored blonde, not brown, as it should be.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"NOPE, NO BOMBS ON HIM. HE'S A-OK!"

TITLE: JLA Classified.

ISSUE: 42.

CULPRIT: Justin Gray (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: Superman says that he used his x-ray vision to determine if J'onn Jonzz was a threat. Uhm... how does that go?

NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars.
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"RUNAWAY GROOM."

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Ed Benes (cover penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Why is Green Arrow not on the cover? It kind of looks like Dinah is marrying Wonder Woman... hmm... I wouldn't mind seeing that wedding night! I know Benes is good at drawing hot chicks, but there's only one male (Superman) on the cover!!!

NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars.
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"WE JUST HIRED ONE OF THE STRIPPERS TO POSE AS HER, WHO'S GONNA KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?"

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Ed Benes (cover penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Starfire is in costume and using her powers on the cover, when she currently doesn't have any powers, and is taking some time away from the super hero scene.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars.
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"OLLIE, DON'T GIVE THE RINGS TO HAL, HE'LL LOSE THEM!"

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Mike McKone (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Hal Jordan is not wearing his GL ring on page four (panel one), then he is on the next page (panel four), only for it to disappear by the next panel!

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"IT'S MY VENTRILOQUY ARROW."

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Rob Leigh (letterer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 9, Red Arrow's word balloon on panel one is pointing at Ollie.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"SPOT THIS ONE, OH YEAH, SPOT IT."

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Mike McKone (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Look at this panel and tell me what you see:

Clue, this is not the only panel it happens in, and you can't even see the entirety of the fuck up in this sole image. In fact, it's not the first time it happens, but I just noticed it now. Come, you've got all the clues, go ahead and spot it!

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"I JUST ASSUMED IT."

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Dwayne McDuffie (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman are attacked by Dr. Light and Cheetah, who make no mention of being working with anyone else, yet on page 37 Kendra knows that they're working with Luthor and the Joker.

NIT-O-METER: 3 Bazzars, it could be an assumption on her part.
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"I STOLE IT FROM LION-O."

TITLE: Justice League Of America Wedding Special.

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Mike McKone (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: On the last page, Hawkman is wearing a belt with his emblem, almost larger than the one on his chest... problem is, he's never worn such a belt, just regular buckled belts. Even if it's his dress uniform or something like that, come on Carter, there is such thing as over-accessorizing!

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
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"FALSE MEMORIES."

TITLE: Justice Society Of America V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Geoff Johns (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: The book opens with a narration by Power Girl, who states that after arriving on "this" Earth (meaning Post COIE Earth, now New Earth) she thought her cousin (Kal-L, Earth-2 Superman) was dead. Now, up to Infinite Crisis, and this was a big point of her miniseries and Infinite Crisis itself, she didn't remember her true origin.

NIT-O-METER: 5 Bazzars. Yes, it could be how she remembers it now, on New Earth, but nothing has been said explicitly about it.
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"CHEST PAINS."

TITLE: Justice Society Of America V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Dale Eaglesham (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Once again, Jay Garrick's chest emblem is drawn in correctly (see previous weeks).

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, it'll keep rising.
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"I FORGOT TO DYE IT THIS WEEK."

TITLE: Justice Society Of America V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Jeromy Cox & Hi-Fi (colorists).

NIT-TO-PICK: Jay Garrick's hair is colored completely white, when only his temples are white/grey.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"I TOOK SOMEBODY ELSE'S SHOES!"

TITLE: Justice Society Of America V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Jeromy Cox & Hi-Fi (colorists).

NIT-TO-PICK: Man, have these guys ever SEEN Jay Garrick before? His boots are colored yellow (and not Flash-yellow, but eye-hurting yellow) instead of red.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"IT'S A HORRIBLE COSTUME, ANYWAY."

TITLE: Justice Society Of America V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Jeromy Cox & Hi-Fi (colorists).

NIT-TO-PICK: This one was spotted by Miss Kitty Fantastico (who by the way, earns yet another HNSC badge), who I quote: "On page 5 (not counting the cover) Cyclone's costume is coloured red on the drape around her chest, green on the lower dress, and green on the sleeveless top beneath it. In earlier issues it's been red top, green dress and drape; regardless of whether this is meant to be a different version of her costume, on page 13 the colours have reversed: green drape, red dress and top, and on the following page her stockings, which should be alternating red and pale blue/white stripes, look like pale blue/green stripes painted onto her bare legs.

I'd point the finger at Hi-Fi (whatever that is), as on all previous issues Cox is credited alone as colourist, and regardless of Dale Eaglesham's tendency to forget that Cyclone wears a top under her dress, the colours have always been consistent (in fact, I recall in one issue, where she was in the background so it didn't stand out, the top was colored in spite of their being no outline for it, thus preventing a nit).
"

I love the stockings on Cyclone's costume, but the rest of it is horrible... like you said, a gym top and a drape.... ugh.... I'll ask Blockade Boy to do Rescue Her.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"THE RETURN OF THE FURRY OF WILDCAT!"

TITLE: Justice Society Of America V3.

ISSUE: 09.

CULPRIT: Dale Eaglesham (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Wildcat I's mask is drawn with gigantic fangs, almost as if he was a sabretooth tiger... in fact, his mask DOESN'T even have fangs at all. First Alex Sanchez at JSA: Classified makes him a furry, now he's Sabretoothman?

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"INITIALIZING THE INITIATIVE."

TITLE: Moon Knight V5.

ISSUE: 12.

CULPRIT: Axel Alonso (editor) & Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor).

NIT-TO-PICK: The recap page states that the events in this issue take place before Civil War #6 & 7, yet the cover to this issue and the previous one have a "THE INITIATIVE" banner. WRONG!

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars.
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"SHE CAN... UHM... FEEL THE VIBRATION CAUSED BY SPEECH IN THE AIR AROUND HER..."

TITLE: New Avengers.

ISSUE: 34.

CULPRIT: Leinil Yu (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: The Guvnor Paul C made us realize that it's impossible for Maya Lopez (who's deaf) to read the lips of someone who's behind her. A badge for the Guvnor.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"RANDOM STAR TREK PAINTING, ANYONE?"

TITLE: Star Trek: Year Four.

ISSUE: 02 of 06.

CULPRIT: Joe Corroney (cover artist).

NIT-TO-PICK: The cover (the one I got of three variants) features Chekov, who's not a member of the Enterprise's crew during this fourth year, with Arex as his replacement (even seen inside the book)... in fact, this cover consists of Chekov, Sulu and Scotty, with only the latter having an actual role inside the book.

This issue was actually better, both art and story wise, than the first one, though the art is still too simple for my taste.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, would have been lower if it didn't have Chekov.
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"WE JUST WORK IN ANY DIVISION WE FEEL LIKE IT."

TITLE: Star Trek: Year Four.

ISSUE: 02 of 06.

CULPRIT: Steve Conley (penciller/inker).

NIT-TO-PICK: Page four clearly show's McCoy's department insignia, but nothing on Spock's Enterprise badge; nor on Kirk's.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, again people lack division markings all over the issue.
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"FACELESS CREWMEMBERS."

TITLE: Star Trek: Year Four.

ISSUE: 02 of 06.

CULPRIT: Steve Conley (penciller/inker).

NIT-TO-PICK: Conley again decides to forgo drawing faces on people's heads.

NIT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars. No less, sorry.
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"ONE-SHOT."

TITLE: Suicide Squad V3.

ISSUE: 01 of 08.

CULPRIT: John Ostrander.

NIT-TO-PICK: Well, I'm very happy about this book, read my review of this first issue here. However, Ostrander makes his first mistake, saying that Squad members were freed after just one mission. It was never specified how many missions you had to perform, but it was always implied that you worked your way to freedom (for example, Captain Boomerang had done well enough that he was allowed to live "off-campus" from Belle Reve, but still wearing a tracking device).

NIT-O-METER: 5 Bazzars.
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"I CHANGED CLOTHES BEHIND THE NUCLEAR BOMB."

TITLE: Suicide Squad V3.

ISSUE: 01 of 08.

CULPRIT: Javi Pina (penciller)

NIT-TO-PICK: Rick Flag is shown in a flashback, where he destroys Jotunheim (the Jihad's headquarters), but he's not wearing the same clothes than in the original sequence back in Suicide Squad V1 #25.

NIT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars, he's wearing completely different clothes.
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"MAGENTA TIGER."

TITLE: Suicide Squad V3.

ISSUE: 01 of 08.

CULPRIT: Jason Wright (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: Bronze Tiger's orange-brown uniform is the same shade as Deadshot's red costume.

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
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"I USED TO MOONLIGHT AS CAPTAIN KIRK'S YEOMAN."

TITLE: Suicide Squad V3.

ISSUE: 01 of 08.

CULPRIT: Javi Pina (penciller)

NIT-TO-PICK: Page 22, panel 2, Nightshade doesn't have a face.

NIT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars, you at least can see some features.
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"I'M WEARING MAKE-UP."

TITLE: Suicide Squad V3.

ISSUE: 01 of 08.

CULPRIT: Jason Wright (colorist).

NIT-TO-PICK: Nightshade's skin is colored Caucasian during the whole issue, when all the action happens after her absorbing the Succubus' power, so it should be chalk white. Also, her hair is too short, but being that it is (or was, don't know now in Shadowpact) made of "living shadows", she probably could manipulate it's length.

NIT-O-METER: 5 Bazzars, she could be wearing make-up..
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"LOW-FLYING AIRSPACE."

TITLE: Thor V3.

ISSUE: J. Michael Straczynski (writer).

CULPRIT: 03.

NIT-TO-PICK: On page twenty, a completely-peed-in-his-iron-undies Tony Stark says that Thor's Asgard (a fortress floating over an Oklahoma field) could be treated as an embassy, for the purposes of it not being actual U.S. territory. That sounds good, but then he goes and adds "Especially since it's technically eight feet above U.S. territory." Uhm, Tony, it'd still be U.S. airspace...

NIT-O-METER: 4 Bazzars.
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"EVERY MORNING WHEN I GET UP I TRASH THE PLACE AND KILL THREE STUDENTS WHO SLEEP ABOVE MY ROOM."

TITLE: Ultimate X-Men.

ISSUE: 86.

CULPRIT: Yanick Paquette (penciller) and/or Robert Kirkman (writer).

NIT-TO-PICK: On page 10, Scott "Cyclops" Summers is shown sleeping without the goggles he uses in regular X-Men comics to sleep with, then fumbling for his glasses on the nightstand... come on, even if it's never been established in Ultimate continuity that he sleeps with goggles, why would he trust himself not to open his eyes when he wakes up?

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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"KIRK GIVES OUT THESE JOBS LIKE THEY'RE ANDORIAN CANDY!"

TITLE: Ultimate X-Men.

ISSUE: 86.

CULPRIT: Yanick Paquette (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Dazzler and Psylocke have no faces on page 21, panel 2; and Angel and the Fenris twins barely have one.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars. He can draw a gazillion hairs in Wolverine's arms, but not faces on other characters?
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"BLIND RAGE."

TITLE: Ultimate X-Men.

ISSUE: 86.

CULPRIT: Yanick Paquette (penciller).

NIT-TO-PICK: Wolverine has no pupils or irises in the aforementioned page, panel three.

NIT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars.
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Well, this week we got an average of 5.7 Bazzars, and I must say that I've found a middle ground between my exaggerated ratings, and the milder ones. Let's see how that works out. Now, for the WTF?/DAYAMN! moment, this time it's a DAYAMN! moment, and it obviously is:

Black Adam bungee jumping using the innards of a Yeti he's just gutted! Hardcore!

That's it for now, until next week, I'll be on the outlook for more nits, because (almost) nothing escapes...

THE NITPICKER!

5 comments:

Ryan Dunlavey said...

RE: The "Pair of pants" in ACTION PHILOSOPHERS #9's Spinoza story. Spinoza framed a PIECE of the jacket and hung it on his wall, not the whole thing. I was trying to draw just the pieced lapel and attached right sleeve (as was described in Fred's script). Sorry the drawing wasn't clearer.
Ryan D

Miss Kitty Fantastico said...

My first thought on the Spot The Nit panel is that it's Dr. Light's... tiara, or whatever he calls that thing on his head. I've only been reading most comics a bit over a year now, so these visual consistency ones tend to baffle me, but the other images of him I dug up (JLA#13, mainly) shows a point on the bottom of the silver band across his forehead. Cheetah's spots seem to be missing too, I'd have thought the ones on her bicep and shoulder would be visible from that angle, unless she's just being drawn 'detail light' in that panel to help make Dr. Light the focal point.

I'm not sure I agree with the stoneship nit on Heroes for Hire - yes, it's light and smooth, but it's being seen from quite a distance, so the texture of the hull would tend to get lost. Looking at the ship in World War Hulk and Incredible Hulk issues, it's shown much the same, both texture and colour, given similar lighting and distance. What with the interior in HfH looking sufficiently stony, I'd be inclined to give the artists the benefit of the doubt on this one.

I wouldn't call Starfire an 8 Bazzar nit on the JLA Wedding cover - non-literal covers are pretty common these days, and this is pretty obviously one such, so having Kory there (in a crowd shot too) doesn't really constitute a solid statement that she'll be inside, powered and costumed. I mean, Superman doesn't jump out of a cake either. Granted there's no real reason Kory had to be there, as opposed to some other DC lady who'd have been more logical given her current status, but I'd call that a 3-4 Bazzar nit at most.

As for what Hawkgirl told the League, I think that was meant to be what Firestorm told her and Diana - remember he was about to tell them the *bad* news, just as we cut away to Batman. That'd mean Hawkgirl knew about Cheetah, Luthor, Joker et al working together - Cheets and Dr. Light then showing up together pretty much comfirms he's in on the team-up too, so Hawkgirl wasn't really assuming anything when she named all of them.

A 1 Bazzar nit for you, by the way: "Once again, Jay Garrick's chest emblem is drawn in correctly" - that'd be 'incorrectly'. I know, just a typo - I wouldn't mention it, except that it's kinda funny how it ends up meaning the opposite to what you meant ;)

And I'll say it again, *Cyclone's costume is great*.

One more nit for you, from this week's Countdown to Adventure #2: on the first page of the Forerunner story, Monarch narrates that "...with fifty-two universes come variations of historical timelines so that one place of horror is potentially offset by a place of beauty. In this case the latter..." Granted I don't know a whole lot about Monarch's character, but seeing as he's referring to a worldwide Nazi empire, I kind of think he meant 'former' rather than 'latter'.

Oh, I almost forgot, one more - and this one's actually from the week you're covering: Marvel Comics Presents #1, which had its ups and downs as anthologies are wont to do, but overall was a very entertaining debut. That said, Dave Wilkins, artist on Vanguard, scores a nit (3 Bazzars, maybe?) for re-using the same image of Stacy on pages 4 and 7 (not counting the cover, remember) - either he's tracing over model photos, or he just cut and pasted the art from one panel to the other. Granted it *could* just be that she's striking the same pose in both panels - and in the second we're seeing her reflected in the glass, so it makes sense that the image is flipped - but what are the odds that every strand of hair would be in exactly the same place? I've done a fair amount of tracing in my time - it's the only way I can 'draw' anything - and it's easy as anything to change a couple of minor details to avoid it being so obvious.

The Guvnor Paul C said...

Cool, I got a mention and a badge, many thanks.

There seems to be a terrible virus wiping people's faces doing the rounds eh.

I'll have to give Spot The Nit a miss as I don't read DC.

"On page 11, Mary Marvel’s boots lack heels. Truth be told, though, she does have nice breasts and we get a nice upskirt view…"
I think this more than makes up for her lack of heels. Ha ha.

Is WWH that much behind schedule, granted I'm not picking it up but I thought it was ticking over grandly.

Finally, in the Retro Nitpicker from last week, you were really harsh on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Was he really that bad earlier in his career and is that still your opinion of him? Personally I loved his run on Sensational Spider-Man, I rarely found anything that I did not like and for me he was one of the most consistent, good writers over the past year.

Shad said...

"Starfire is in costume and using her powers on the cover, when she currently doesn't have any powers, and is taking some time away from the super hero scene."

I disagree with that nit. The lead story in Countdown to Adventure takes place right after 52, and thus a bit in the past (maybe 2 or 3 months ago?). We don't know what Starfire's current status is (after the Countdown to Adventure story wraps up). Maybe this cover was a hint (probably not), but I wouldn't say it is wrong -- we don't know.

MaGnUs said...

Ryan Dunlavey said "RE: The "Pair of pants" in ACTION PHILOSOPHERS #9's Spinoza story. Spinoza framed a PIECE of the jacket and hung it on his wall, not the whole thing. I was trying to draw just the pieced lapel and attached right sleeve (as was described in Fred's script). Sorry the drawing wasn't clearer."

Aaahhh... now that I read this, I took another look at the page, and the piece of white fabric was the coat's cuff. Still, the nit stands, because Fred says in the caption that Spinoza kept "the coat", and not a piece of it; plus, the tear of the knife in the displayed piece of coat does not match where he's being stabbed in the previous panel.

Thanks anyway for stopping by, and let me congratulate you and Fred again on the great comic that's AP.

Shad and MKF make a good point about Starfire on the cover, but if Starfire is powered and around (Countdown to Adventure being in the past), why wasn't she seen in Bart's funeral, or in the wake the Titans held? Perhaps my rating should be lower, I grant you that, but I still say she shouldn't be there.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "My first thought on the Spot The Nit panel is that it's Dr. Light's... tiara, or whatever he calls that thing on his head. I've only been reading most comics a bit over a year now, so these visual consistency ones tend to baffle me, but the other images of him I dug up (JLA#13, mainly) shows a point on the bottom of the silver band across his forehead."

I didn't notice that, but I wouldn't go as far as considering that a nit, he could have different costumes

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "Cheetah's spots seem to be missing too, I'd have thought the ones on her bicep and shoulder would be visible from that angle, unless she's just being drawn 'detail light' in that panel to help make Dr. Light the focal point."

DING! DING! DING! Exactly, it's the spots, in fact, as you'll see two columns from now, they even draw him with spots in one page, and without them in the previous one.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "I'm not sure I agree with the stoneship nit on Heroes for Hire "

Duly noted.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "As for what Hawkgirl told the League, I think that was meant to be what Firestorm told her and Diana - remember he was about to tell them the *bad* news, just as we cut away to Batman."

Ditto.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "A 1 Bazzar nit for you, by the way: "Once again, Jay Garrick's chest emblem is drawn in correctly" - that'd be 'incorrectly'. I know, just a typo - I wouldn't mention it, except that it's kinda funny how it ends up meaning the opposite to what you meant ;)"

Heh, yeah, I see what you mean.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "And I'll say it again, *Cyclone's costume is great*."

We'll agree to disagree.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "One more nit for you, from this week's Countdown to Adventure #2: on the first page of the Forerunner story, Monarch narrates that "...with fifty-two universes come variations of historical timelines so that one place of horror is potentially offset by a place of beauty. In this case the latter..." Granted I don't know a whole lot about Monarch's character, but seeing as he's referring to a worldwide Nazi empire, I kind of think he meant 'former' rather than 'latter'."

I'll check that out.

Miss Kitty Fantastico said "Oh, I almost forgot, one more - and this one's actually from the week you're covering: Marvel Comics Presents #1, which had its ups and downs as anthologies are wont to do, but overall was a very entertaining debut. That said, Dave Wilkins, artist on Vanguard, scores a nit (3 Bazzars, maybe?) for re-using the same image of Stacy on pages 4 and 7 (not counting the cover, remember) - either he's tracing over model photos, or he just cut and pasted the art from one panel to the other."

I didn't notice that, but it wouldn't be a nit, to me, just crappy art. I have to draw the line somewhere; lack of faces is sloppy and wrong, copy pasting is just sloppy.

The Guvnor Paul C said ""On page 11, Mary Marvel’s boots lack heels. Truth be told, though, she does have nice breasts and we get a nice upskirt view…"
I think this more than makes up for her lack of heels. Ha ha.
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Hehehe :P

The Guvnor Paul C said "Is WWH that much behind schedule, granted I'm not picking it up but I thought it was ticking over grandly."

Nah, it's not that horribly out of schedule, at least not the important books, just some tie-in issues... but still.

The Guvnor Paul C said "Finally, in the Retro Nitpicker from last week, you were really harsh on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Was he really that bad earlier in his career and is that still your opinion of him? Personally I loved his run on Sensational Spider-Man, I rarely found anything that I did not like and for me he was one of the most consistent, good writers over the past year."

Well, his Nightcrawler was horrible, but his Spider-Man was readable, I must admit.