Feb 13 2009

Hits and Misses from Marvel

Published by at 4:27 am under Comic Books

These are some of the best and worst Marvel panels I’ve noticed over the past week.

You don’t have to look too closely to catch a glaring lettering problem here.  However, if you were to look closely, you might notice another.  They used Impact for the airport signs.  Eww…

Heh heh.

The headline here is printed over Parker’s thumb.  These displacement problems seem to be a recurring problem for Marvel Digital.

This was pretty funny, and it’s the closest I’ve seen Marvel come to acknowledging that there are major problems with trying to compare mutants to Jews (or any other real-life persecuted group).  For one thing, in real life you’d have to be crazy to think that “Judaism/homosexuality/etc. are generally dangerous to the public.”  Within the Marvel Universe, I think you’d have to be crazy to think that mutations aren’t. (At least, the 90%+ of mutations that are useless outside of combat).        

This comedy feels much more natural than Spiderman’s quips in combat.   The angle also feels fresh.

Marvel Knights Spiderman capitalizes every letter of dialogue but uses standard capitalization on internal monologue.  It looks kind of weird.

I love the writing here.  I would have recommended that the artist redo the black board in the first panel, though, because it looks a lot like the panel frames.  Also, the painting looks pretty awful in the first panel.

First, this is quite a lot of text and much of it could probably be removed.  Second, I think the doctor wants a chemical that can decrease healing time…

I like the phrase “the artist’s interpretation” on the left screen, which is a neat way to do a Lizard cameo without actually having to decide what Lizard looks like.  That said, Kraven’s hold looks extremely awkward and alligators/crocodiles are not  that green in real life.

Orson Scott Card (a huge figure in science fiction and an accomplished writing instructor) did a lackluster job writing Ultimate Iron-Man but he had some bright moments.

This one isn’t too bad, but it annoyed me because it looks lazy and out of place in a realistically rendered comic.  The US flag is very simplified here: the bottom stripe should be red, there should be six stripes below the blue field and six stars in the bottom row.

This panel concludes a scene where the waiter from hell strikes again.  Great comedic followup.

Did you know that DC Comics is a subsidiary of Time-Warner?  Groan.

Heh.  This was well-done, even though I don’t think that Aunt May would actually know what JJ Jameson looks like.  Oh well.

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  1. Correcteron 12 Jan 2014 at 11:38 am

    The one with the flag… you noticed all that but you didn’t see that the stars were red?

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