"Am I the only one..." This is one that Byrne loathes. I recall a list of phrases Byrne was sick and tired of hearing ant that one was at the top of his list. It was a new years resolution he put out to the board. Don't quote me on that one but I know he hates that particular one.
This little bit of nitpickery is ironic since it comes so soon after Byrne's recent "Picking your battles" thread. You'd think that someone who is so particular about language and phrasing would just stay away from message boards, but I guess the call of the podium is just too strong. Perhaps when he first started out on message boards, he expected everyone to speak just like he does.
This reminds me of one the earliest problems I had with Byrne's work and that was his scripting. His dialogue never seemed natural to me. It always seemed stilted and overly formal. Some of this I chalked up to the expository needs of comic book dialogue, but a lot of it just sounded very far off from how real people speak naturally and it kept getting worse. Then I met the man and I realized "My God! That's how he really talks!"