Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Dissector #181.

DISCLAIMER (angry creators, please read)


"Why must M'sieu Charcuter consistently deny mon plan jetpack magnifique?" Frenchie, The Boys #47.

On time! On time! Here is the column for books released on the week of 10/06. Last week's DT! was cracked, after much deliberation, by Commander JohnnyDoe, who gets a badge. The guy tells Rogue he'll use gravity to kill her, augmenting the mass of her heart. But gravity doesn't increase your mass, it increases your weight, which is a product of your mass times gravity. Science fail!

The Dissector's Picks Of The Week are as follow: Best Book Of The Week was Superman: The Last Family of Krypton #3, last issue of the mini. Good resolution to a fun book. Worst Book Of The Week was Greek Street #16... subpar finish to what was, a readable book before.

The Rundown: Freedom Fighters V2 ("is" instead of "are"), JSA All-Stars (Power Girl is called Kara Zor-El instead of Zor-L), Spider-Man: Back in Quack (accented letters, and Bev's eyes change color between pages), Stargate: Daniel Jackson (Vala's hair has red highlights when the character has jet black hair), Taskmaster V2 (a story in Mexico... full of crappy Spanish and smaller accented letters), Ultimate Thor (accented letters), Uncanny X-Force ("devloped", smaller "ñ"), Unknown Soldier V4 (wrong German sentence), Young Allies (inconsistent credit lettering, Firestar's eyes are blue, then green).

TITLE: Doom Patrol V5 (DC).

ISSUE: 15.

CULPRIT: Keith Giffen (writer) and/or Matthew Clark (penciller).

DISSECTION: David, one of the members of my faithful Honorary Dissector Scout Corps, noticed this one. Niles Caulder, with stolen Kryptonian powers, is said to be flying West from Manhattan, possibly towards Bialya, yet the monitor displays an arrow that points East from New York. Geography fail!

DISSECT-O-METER: 8 Bazzars. Also, Rita Farr's eyes are colored incorrectly as usual... oh, and David gets a badge and makes Lieutenant! He also reported the JSA All-Stars dissection; which Matt Sturges himself admitted to on his Twitter.

TITLE: Fantastic Four In... Ataque Del M.O.D.O.K.! (Marvel).

ISSUE: One-shot.

CULPRIT: Tom Beland (writer).

DISSECTION: Dissect me this one:

DISSECT-O-METER: 9 Bazzars. There are surprisingly very few Spanish language writing mistakes (just two)... but FORTY-THREE smaller accented letters or Ñs. FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!! In one issue, Dave Lanphear just jumped well ahead of his fellow letterers in dissections count...


ISSUE: 21.

CULPRIT: Claude St. Aubin (penciller).

DISSECTION: No, Lobo doesn't have pointed ears.


TITLE: Red Hood: The Lost Days (DC).

ISSUE: 05 of 06.

CULPRIT: Brian Reber (colorist).

DISSECTION: Jason Todd is trying to find a girl in a car that's, unwittingly, carrying a bomb. Over the phone, he asks her what kind of car she's in, and she says the car is red. But the colorist made the car gray or black...


TITLE: Superman: The Last Family Of Krypton (DC).

ISSUE: 03 of 03.

CULPRIT: Renato Arlem (penciller).

DISSECTION: What's up with elven ears this week? Abin Sur gets them, when Ungarans do not have any visible feature that differentiates them from humans except their red skin (well, and males might be all bald, but I'm not sure about that).

DISSECT-O-METER: 7 Bazzars. Lobo might have hair covering his ears, but Abin is a red cueball!
A whopping eighty-two dissections this week, thanks to Dave Lanphear and his forty-three ones; with an average of 6.8 Bazzars; slightly higher than the usual, but still within normal limits. Cover Of The Week is this fun piece by Skottie Young:

I think Skottie's better suited to humorous stuff like this. First Moment Of The Week comes from R.E.B.E.L.S.:

A high intellect makes you a great spin doctor... Next, a good rousing speech from the most unlikely source:

Hercules! Herc 2.0, now with more godhead punch! And last, a romantic moment:

So that's why he chose a pornstar name! That's it for now, until next time, I'll be on the outlook for more dissections, because (almost) nothing escapes...



JohnnyDoe said...

DT! guess: Reed says "It’s something I’m helping some friends with out in Palo Alto.".

I'm not sure, but I don't think he means that he "helps them out in Palo Alto" but that he "helps out".

First I thought it was the word "Digitized" but that one is correct :-)

MaGnUs said...

No, the phrasing is correct, it's something else.

JohnnyDoe said...

OK, second guess. If Reed is talking about the digitization of audio (and not the "voice-to-command-analyzer") that technology originates from Germany (mp3 anyway) not Palo Alto.

MaGnUs said...

Closer, but still not that. MP3 is not the first audio digitazion format; and might not even be the best one in the Marvel universe. Keep thinking.

Donald313 said...

What is "the audio of your voice"? Even though I can´t go into any more details (seeing as I don´t know what the correct technical term might be. Sound? Modulation? Audio-something?) I´m pretty sure (make that "I really hope so") that audio on its own is not the correct term.
Audio ergo sum.

MaGnUs said...

Nope, not that. It's not a tech thing. Not precisely.

David said...

Hmm---I doubt this is what you're hoping for, but it seems strange to me that they're going directly from "albums" to digital files. I might just be giving "album" too narrow an interpretation, but I associate it with "records." (And earlier on the page she asks about her turntable, so that seems to be what the writer means, too.) Seems pretty anachronistic to be developing an MP3-like filetype at a time when young Sue has a turntable.

It's kind of before my time, so I might be embarrassing myself by guessing this...but I'd have thought that personal computers were not really practical at that point yet, making digital files useless, if not downright gibberish.

MaGnUs said...

Warmer than before, but still not burning... Is an anachronism, yes, and related with the technology and the characters, but I'm looking for a finer interpretation.

Donald313 said...

Okay, I give it another shot.
There are always problems with the flow of time and technology. I didn´t read this story so I´m not sure when exactly this is supposed to have happened, but if you consider that the technology for MP3 and other files was developed in Germany at the Fraunhofer Institut in the early 80s (1982?), this doesn´t really fit. Susan is in her teens in this scene, that would make her about 45 today. The timeframe is just too big.

MaGnUs said...

Bingo, Don. Good enough, at least; the problem is with the sliding timescale. The Fantastic Four got their powers at most 15 years ago; so if you make this 20 years ago, having Sue be 19 then and 39 now (a big stretch, because she shouldn't be 39, in Marvel's terms), sound files being something so outlandish would be stupid.

There were other soundfiles in 1990; not mp3s exactly yet, at least not yet public; but the tech has existed for a long time... plus, they're wearing bell bottoms... both of them... I mean, you could have just worded the scene differently to achieve the same result, without fucking up continuity, know what I mean?