Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Dissector #179.

DISCLAIMER (angry creators, please read)


"If that's how far Elijah is willing to go to make sure his "product" isn't tampered with... then Bliss must be one helluva high. (pause) I wonder what it tastes like?" Arsenal, who you don't take to a drug bust, Titans V2 #27.

Here I am, late again, with the column for books released on 09/22. Last week's DT! was cracked by Ensign Darryn, who correctly noticed that Hal Jordan and John Stewart are the Green Lanterns assigned to Space Sector 2814, while Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner, while being from that sector and having been assigned there formerly, are now part of the Corps' Honor Guard.

The Dissector's Picks Of The Week are the following: Best Book Of The Week was Legion Of Super-Heroes V6 #5... while Yildiray Cinar apparently had some time issues and part of the art of the issue was by Francis Portela (and you can tell when it's not Cinar's), the writing by Levitz was solid enough to make me overlook any flaws in the art... while this is not an incredible issue, it was the best I read this week, overall. Worst Book Of The Week was Justice League Of America V2 #49... pointless fill-in issue, not extremely bad, but not worthy of a JLA book.

The Rundown: Avengers Academy (inconsistent credit lettering, Osborn's eyes), The Avengers V4 (inconsistent credit and next issue lettering, Tony Stark's eyes should be blue), Ghost Projekt (weird grammar in translated text), Green Lantern Corps V2 (John's badge is wrong), Justice League: Generation Lost ("Checkmates'" no, "Checkmate's", Power Girl's power listing is short, Batman's emblems and gloves are wrong, Alfred's eyes are wrong), Legion Of Super-Heroes V6 (Ultra Boy's power listing is incomplete, Shrinking Violet's eyes should be blue, not brown), Secret Avengers (Nick Fury's eye and John Steele's hair are colored incorrectly), Superman/Batman (Robin and Batman have incorrect costumes, all accented letters are too small), Titans V2 (Arsenal's eyes are colored incorrectly), Uncanny X-Men (Namor and Dazzler have blank eyes for some reason).

TITLE: Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis (Marvel).

ISSUE: 03 of 05.

CULPRIT: Kaare Andrews (penciller).

DISSECTION: Wolverine. Is. Short. Say it with me: Wolverine. Is. Short. Unless you're Leech, Artie, Franklin Richards, or Puck, as a general rule, Wolverine is shorter than everyone. Not taller than Emma Frost. Not taller than Armor. Not taller than random African soldiers.

DISSECT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars. Also, the Jaspers from the other dimension, which Storm calls "a boy"... looks like a man in his thirties... Boy?

TITLE: Fantastic Four V1 (Marvel).

ISSUE: 583.

CULPRIT: Jonathan Hickman (writer) or Rus Wooton (lettering).

DISSECTION: Artie is still mute, he can't speak and comment on how the Thing looks funny. I'm leaning towards this being an error on Wooton's part, since Leech seems to be better positioned and facing more towards Ben than Artie is.


TITLE: Star Trek: Burden Of Knowledge (IDW).

ISSUE: 04 of 04.

CULPRIT: Federica Manfredi (penciller).

DISSECTION: I understand how drawing the detail on each Starfleet badge might be a bother for an artist (although compared to all the stuff Manfredi draws, and how well she does it, a simple symbol can't be that hard)... but if you're going to leave badges blank on characters who're not that "close to camera", do it for all. Don't have some characters with badges, and others at the same distance without them, and so on.

DISSECT-O-METER: 6 Bazzars, several instances.

TITLE: Supergirl V5 (DC).

ISSUE: 14.

CULPRIT: Joe Kelly (penciller).

DISSECTION: An old one, from 2007, because I couldn't find a better DT!


TITLE: Supergirl V5 (DC).

ISSUE: 56.

CULPRIT: Sterling Gates (writer).

DISSECTION: And the fun doesn't stop with Supergirl! (Nah, this is actually a pretty readable book.) Gates, for some reason, has Supergirl refer to some alien entity's "messengers" that devour matter to feed the entity as "supplicants". Is it too hard to look up a word in the dictionary?


TITLE: The Dissector (Studio Robota).

ISSUE: 169.

CULPRIT: MaGnUs (writer).

DISSECTION: Looking back to check something for this column or the previous one, I found out that I wrote "KFB" instead of "KGB".


TITLE: The Dissector (Studio Robota).

ISSUE: 178.

CULPRIT: MaGnUs (writer).

DISSECTION: Commander Donald313 noticed that I confused the plural of the German word "Würfel" with "Würfels", although it's the same, "Würfel". I got confused with the genitive of the word, apparently.

DISSECT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars. Badge for you, Don.
Average of 6.2 Bazzars in fifty-five dissections, regular. Here's this week's Cover Of The Week, by Cliff Chiang:

Simple, but pretty. Now, Moments Of The Week. First up, why was Earth-Man so chummy with the Legion?

He was getting some smurfette ass!!! Yeah! Next, you don't mess with Thor:

Not even if you're Galactus. And last, who's the new hero in St. Canard? GizmoDuck?

No, GosmoDuck! That's it for now, until next time, I'll be on the outlook for more dissections, because (almost) nothing escapes...



Donald313 said...

I´m not really sure what you want with the DT. I even have that issue somewhere in my collection (at the moment about 160 km away from me), but isn´t Joe Kelly a writer? Is it something with the red wavelength UVB lights that doesn´t chime? Or is there something wrong with the costume by the penciller who was Ian Churchill.

MaGnUs said...

D'OH! Kelly is the writer, that was my mistake. It's a writing mistake, and you're warm, but not on target.

Donald313 said...

Okay, according to what I think I find at wikipedia, UVB is a harmless not-carcinogenic light (unlike UVA). So it shouldn´t be usable as weapon. But who knows what the dastardly diamond dust can provoke in the otherwise peaceful UVB light.

I didn´t find anything about this "red wavelength". Didn´t know that you measured wavelenghts in colors. Might be that.

By the way, I found out that there are two kinds of UVB lamps, broadband and narrowband. Narrowband give a spectrum of only 311-313 nanometers. Hooray, 313 nanometers. Gotta love it.

MaGnUs said...

See, you've learned stuff! Aren't comics (and the columns that dissect them) swell?

David said...

Had to read it through a couple times before it jumped out at me, but I think I found it now:

The visible spectrum goes from violet to red. Ultraviolet is the non-visible light past violet, and infrared is the non-visible light on the other side of red. (And of course there are more kinds if you go further out.)

Ultraviolet isn't a way of projecting light the way I think he's implying here. It's a set of wavelengths just like each of the colors is. So it simply doesn't make any sense to refer to "red wavelength UVB lights." It'd be like referring to "red wavelength blue light." It's a very basic contradiction about the wavelength of the light; it can have one wavelength or the other, but not both.

MaGnUs said...

David, you're getting badge for that, I hadn't really noticed that detail... but that's not still what I was aiming for. That's science, I was going more for fiction. :)