The website for the New York Times has an article about Captain America #1 written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Included in the article are pages from the comic. It makes me wonder what Marvel Comics editors do, other than drink milkshakes and take selfies.
How did this artwork ever get past the editor?
Nuke, an enemy of Captain America is shooting protestors at the National Mall. Nuke has a giant American flag plastered on his face. In the second image, he has nothing on his face. His face is flag-free. We see yellow muzzle flash erupting from the barrel of his gun. For some weird reason, we see white muzzle flash erupting from the wounds of his victims. Why? That’s not how gunshots work.
Shooting people at close range with what appears to be a high-powered .223 round (see the top image) would create a giant exit wound opposite of where they were shot. For example, if they were shot in the chest, it would create a tiny hole in their chest and a giant bloody exit wound in their back. If they were shot in the back, it would create a tiny hole in their back and a giant gory exit wound in their chest. When a .223 round enters the body, the bullet is traveling at a high rate of speed and will tumble after entering the body, causing extreme damage and carnage. At close range, the effect is much more pronounced.
In the third image, we see the muzzle flash emitting from the victim’s wounds is now yellow. One of the victims even has the yellow flash coming out of her backpack.
I blame Alanna Smith
The artist is Leinil Francis Yu. Wikipedia says he describes his style as “Dynamic Pseudo-Realism.” Gunshot wounds emitting muzzle flash isn’t very realistic, pseudo or otherwise.
I don’t even blame Yu, I blame his editor. The editor should have made sure his terrible artwork was corrected before it was sent to the colorist and then the printer. The associate editor is Alanna Smith. If that name sounds familiar, she was a member of the infamous Marvel milkshake crew.
Alanna Smith is also the same person who, before the 2016 Presidental election, threatened Donald Trump supporters. This is her tweet:
I’m not a Donald Trump supporter. I don’t like him. I didn’t vote for him in 2016 and I will not vote for him in 2020. That said, I would never try to stop someone from voting how they wanted to vote. That’s just rude and unAmerican. People should be free to vote for who they want to vote for without fear of their name being added to a secret blacklist. That’s not being a good American. It’s being a dick.
I don’t blame Tom Brevoort
The editor is Tom Brevoort. That probably means associate editor Alanna Smith had to do all the heavy lifting. I’m not sure Tom Brevoort does any of the editing work on the books he is the editor for. I’m almost certain editor more of a ceremonial title. Tom Brevoort strikes me as the type of guy who spends all day gazing into his own belly button trying to figure out how not to get fired. He doesn’t strike me as the type of guy who burns calories doing his due diligence making sure Marvel Comics books don’t have mistakes. The man wears a fedora. What else do you need to know?
This is just sloppy work. Marvel Comics has a lot of nerve charging $4.99 for this comic.