SUNDAY, August 5th at 5pmEDT/4pmCDT G2Factor will review Grant Morrison’s 12th issue of Action Comics and also discuss Bryan Q. Miller’s Smallville episode, HEX from Season 8.
For new comic book readers, be not troubled. We had to research half the stuff in Action Comics #12. In case you want a better understanding of what is/maybe going on, here’s some info:
Captain Comet (Adam Blake) is a fictional DC Comics superhero created by DC Comics Editor Julius Schwartz, writer John Broome, and artist Carmine Infantino. He is among the first mutant metahuman superheroes (meaning he was born with his powers), predating X-Men by 12 years. He is one of the few DC Comics characters not to have had their earlier history significantly changed by various DC Comics major continuity changing events over the years such as ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ and ‘Zero Hour’. We’re not so sure about the New 52 — but then who is?
Captain Comet is supposedly the pinnacle of human evolution. His mutant mental functions not only give him genius level I.Q. but endow him with a photographic memory, telepathy, enabling him to read or control people’s minds (including alien races) and communicate his thoughts mentally. He has telekinetic abilities and his brain also contains evolved sensory centers enabling him to clairvoyantly ‘see’ events outside of his range of sight.
The Cometeer was the world’s first single-person space-rocket. It was developed by Professor Emery Zackro in 1951 and possessed a special driving coil, which provided a thrust speed of 200,000 horsepower. Captain Comet piloted the Cometeer on many of his various space adventures.
Ferlin Nyxly was the curator of the Metropolis Museum in the Silver Age. Created by Dennis O’Neill during the Sand Superman saga. Nyxly plays the Devil’s Harp and becomes Pan. Superman deals with magic in this story arc.
Zrfff is a strange world in the Fifth Dimension, home of the creatures known on Earth as “imps” and “genies”. The inhabitants of the Fifth Dimension are so advanced that they are almost omnipotent and can perform virtually any magic feat in our Third Dimension. Mister Mxyzptlk is from Zrfff. Brpxz is the King of Zrfff. Both of these characters were introduced in Superman v1 (1945) in #30 and #33.
The Oort may reference the hypothetical Oort Cloud. The giant cometary sphere surrounding the solar system is named after Jan Oort who postulated its existence in 1950. Comets arrive in the solar system from all directions, often from as far away as 100,000 AU. The smallest comic book publisher is also called Oort Cloud. A reference to indies?
An AU, or Astronomical Unit, is the distance from earth to the sun. Pluto, for comparison, is 39 AU from the sun. Also an AU in comic book terms is an alternate universe. Clark’s ‘dream’ may have been one of those in Action #12.
Don’t think that you’re alone, Dear Reader. Here’s some words regarding Morrison’s style and storytelling history:
–Morrison slaps together elaborate sagas that span volumes, centuries, and dimensions, ganglial constructs that weave themselves around grand themes like time, language, identity, and heroism.
– critical distance too often simply amplifies the spiralling, vertiginous feelings of idea-rich complexity that Morrison is everywhere at pains to induce, and ignores the hollowness that resounds at the work’s core.
So join us on Sunday as we vivisect this issue and celebrate Smallville’s HEX episode. Live chatroom and streaming available. Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe.