Friday, April 30, 2010

The Dissector #160.

DISCLAIMER (angry creators, please read)


"We are all family here... all children of God. No need to fight. Remember what it says in Psalm 27... or is that Matthew 32? Wait, now I remember... it's Smith & Wesson 639!" Lt. Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #4.

Welcome to the column for comics released on 04/21; a little later than usual, but still in time... I try to keep a Friday date for the column. Before anything, I'd like to just showcase my son's new blog (and first one, since he's five), Bedtime Comics With My Dad, where we'll read comics together and he'll review them. Leave him a comment, he'll be glad to answer.

On matters pertaining to this column, JohnnyDoe cracked the DT!, noticing that the cot in Captain Boomerang's prison cell was gigantic, and I can add that it even grows between panels. Ezequiel pointed out that it's a TARDIS cell. The Dissector's Picks Of The Week are these: Best Book Of The Week was Supergirl #52, good art, and great writing, solving a continuity conundrum, and preserving one of comics greatest love stories. Worst Book Of The Week was Avengers Vs. Atlas #4; as much as I enjoy Jeff Parker's Atlas stuff, this mini was convoluted and too long for its own good. The art by Gabriel Hardman was good, and I enjoyed the backup Gorilla Man story by Jason Aaron and Giancarlo Caracuzzo, but it doesn't save the book.

The Rundown: A-Team: Shotgun Wedding (Spanish language mistakes), The Amazing Spider-Man (weird English in the recap), Batman: Streets Of Gotham (Batman's belt and chest emblems are wrong), Brave And The Bold (the terrorist Wonder Woman captures changes eye colors between pages), Green Lantern V4 (Hal's badge), Spider-Man: Origin Of The Hunter (Anna Kravinoff's eyes are the wrong color), X-Men Forever V2 (accented letter, cedille, "micro-molecular level", Beast has yellow, featureless glowing eyes, X-Men Legacy (wrong German).

TITLE: American Vampire (DC/Vertigo).

ISSUE: 02.

CULPRIT: Rafael Albuquerque (penciller) and Dave McCaig (colorist).

DISSECTION: Dissect This!

DISSECT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars. Pretty good book, so far... enjoying the old west back up by Stephen King himself... but there was some wrong use of German, and letterer Steve Wands made an "ñ" smaller than he should have.

TITLE: Hercules: Fall Of An Avenger (Marvel).

ISSUE: 02 of 02.

CULPRIT: Paul Tobin (writer) and Reilly Brown (penciller).

DISSECTION: Some medieval and renaissance conceptions of the Minotaur depicted in an inverted way than the more common depiction; body of a bull, with a man's torso, not unlike a "bull-centaur". If you were to use that version, and make a female minotaur, you'd give her the lower body of a cow... not the lower body of a horse... because that's a centaur.

DISSECT-O-METER: 9 Bazzars. Also, Namor and Banner have their eyes colored incorrectly, and Phobos' hairdo is incorrect.

TITLE: Justice League Of America V2 (DC).

ISSUE: 44.

CULPRIT: James Robinson (writer).

DISSECTION: The JLA satellite's hull is breached, and Donna Troy gets sucked out into space, clutching her throat as if she can't breathe, until "Starman" (the blue guy) comes to her rescue. Uhm... while I know she can't actually survive in space on her own, she's tough enough to resist WHILE SHE FLIES BACK INSIDE UNDER HER OWN POWER!!!

DISSECT-O-METER: 9 Bazzars. Batman's emblems are wrong, and some of the German dialogue is incorrect as well. Oh, and Power Girl's sleeve is missing on the cover, and why does the "J" in James Robinson in the credits have a dot? Upper case "J"s don't have dots.

TITLE: Siege: Spider-Man (Marvel).

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Brian Reed (writer).

DISSECTION: WTF? Are we really supposed to believe that it's possible for Ms. Marvel to separate Mac Gargan from his symbiote just by PULLING HIM OUT BY FORCE?!?!?!? The symbiote is not a suit, it's BONDED with its HOST (not wearer)... this is one of the lamest storytelling devices I've seen. It was perfectly possible to have her use her powers to generate intense heat, which is one of the weaknesses of these creatures.

DISSECT-O-METER: 10 Bazzars.
This week's average was 6.8 Bazzars in thirty dissections; pretty high, but we had some outrageous stuff. This week's Cover is another Iron Man variant, this time by Mike del Mundo for The Amazing Spider:

Tony Stark's Metropolis! Now, Moments Of The Week, first up, Power Girl gets nasty:

Will Cousin Clark be happy? Then, great romances never die:

Thank you, Sterling Gates. Now, who said you feel no pain when music hits you?

Ouch. Now at Ultimate Marvel, don't let your ex-girlfriends and your current one team up:

Charlie Brown! And for our ending, more Marvel, one of my favorite characters:

SELF WILL KICK YOUR ASS!!! That's it for now, until next time, I'll be on the outlook for more dissections, because (almost) nothing escapes...



Dragon Comics said...

He should hold the gun with the other hand

MaGnUs said...

Nope, that's not it.

Donald313 said...

Oh my god, please don´t tell me that the gun he was holding didn´t exist in 1885. If so, then it was a special gun from the planet Draculon where all vampires hail from. Perfectly logical.

MaGnUs said...

The gun looks good enough. It's something more subtle.

Sidney said...

Hey. I don't know if you're going to cover the Blackest Night Director's Cut, but the character design section in the back had a couple of mistakes in the information.

The Adam Cray Atom was nearly completely wrong. Although he was a member of the Suicide Squad, he was not a "hero turned villain". In fact, he was probably the most moral member at the time, and was a thief at worst. Second, he was not killed by Extant or was the father of Damage and Atom Smasher, that was the Golden Age Al Pratt Atom. Also, Pratt wasn't Atom Smasher's father, which is a whole other mistake.

The original Manticore did not die "under mysterious circumstances surrounding the planet Salvation", he died from being shot in the face by Deadshot in the Middle-Eastern country of Qurac. The Manticore who died on Salvation was at least the fourth to be called that.

Anyways, I hope this helps.

JohnnyDoe said...

The DT! isn't that the stairs in the background doesn't have a railing is it?

MaGnUs said...

Nope, keep trying!

MaGnUs said...

Oh, Sidney, I'll take not of those and credit you when I finally read that mag and include it in my column. I am planning on doing so, but I didn't include it in last week's column because it wasn't actually a new book... seems I was wrong, it had juicy stuff!

Donald313 said...

It is a little known fact that back in 1885 the color blue didn´t exist in America.
Honestly, I´d go with the missing railing, that was good.

MaGnUs said...

Hehe... keep trying, look very closely at every inch of the picture...

Waka said...

I don't really find the mistake on that image. Maybe i'd have to read the comic to know more about the context of the comic.

Pretty good column, congratulations. I started my own some days ago, if you want to check it, feel free to do it.

MaGnUs said...

Thanks man, I've just stopped by your blog... and no, usually, you don't need context in order to crack the DT!, if you do, I give it to you.

Didn't think this one would be so hard to solve.

Waka said...

Could it be the hand of the guy with glasses? It appears to be mixing with the leg of the girl, and the colours are bad.

If that not the problem, maybe it is the legs of the woman, they don't appear from under the skirt, they just are floating from nowhere.

MaGnUs said...

DING! DING! DING! You got, man. It's the guy's hand, it's showing behind the girl's foot, like her foot was transparent. That's why it's an artist/colorist dissection.

Albuquerque shouldn't have drawn his hand behind the foot, and McCaig should have colored the foot over the hand, not the other way around.

And the girls' legs are just fine; her skirt is falling in between them.