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G2FACTOR: SMALLVILLE S11 #24, SFA #7 & SUPERMAN #14

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SUNDAY, December 2nd at 5pmET/4pmCT, G2Factor will be discussing three versions of Superman.  Bryan Q. Miller’s Smallville Season 11 digital #24, Superman Family Adventures #7 by Baltazar and Franco, and the new 52 Superman #14 by Scott Lobdell.

Lots of stuff going on this week within the panels and behind the scenes.  The new 52 still remains a war zone on all fronts which is getting tiresome.  The fauxmance bullship is destructive not only to icons but to fanbases as well.

A beacon of hope on the very first page of Superman #14 though.  Which we will hold on tightly to through these dark and dreary embattled months ahead.

Thank God! for Smallville Season 11 and Superman Family Adventures, the only two books about Superman, G2Factor recommends being on your pull lists.  Support these books as they are a joy to read.

Live chatroom and streaming during show.  Downloads available on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.

Hope to see you there!

G2FACTOR: 3 nu52 & SS11 #23

Sunday, November 25th 5pmET/4pmCT G2Factor will discuss Red Hood & the Outlaws #14, Justice League #14, Supergirl #14 and Smallville Season 11 #23.  Superman appearances in every single one of them.

There was a price discrepancy on the dccomics app on Friday for Smallville Season 11 #23.  Comixology attributed it to a clerical error.  Check your receipts to see what you were charged.  Smallville Season 11 is still 99 cents.  If you were charged something else, contact Comixology (not dccomics) and they’ll put it right.  They are fantastic to work with.

It doesn’t look as if Clark and Lois fans are going to get a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, or Happy Valentine’s Day from the new 52.  Too busy pushing the fauxmance at us.  And the 75th anniversary for Clark/Lois/Superman is fast approaching.  Yea, we’re worried.  It’s currently standard operating procedure to kick Clark/Superman and Lois fans in the teeth in the new 52.

If you were one of the people who read a lot of the #1s last September (2011) then you might want to review Justice League Dark #1.  Xanadu is scanning the future and there are panels involving Cyborg, Superman and Wonder Woman in a battle with Enchantress.  This appears to be still in our reading future (possibly as a precursor to the Trinity War).  It does show the bullship was planned from the beginning.

I think it’s time to get out the puke buckets again.  BTW they still make those steel washtubs, you can get them at Home Depot in case buckets aren’t big enough.

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 will continue to be our savior.  And SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, our joy.

A glimmer of hope in Supergirl 14 (see above convo) that is to be continued in Superman #14.  But then we go into crossover hell with H’El and after that Helspont (confirmed in RH&TO).

Some good Clois tweets from writers who are writing future Superman books.  We’ll inform you of those.

Batman has been terrific in SMALLVILLE SEASON 11’s DETECTIVE and proved he’s the GD Batman in Justice League #14.  Do you think he’d appreciate a hug from us?

Join us on Sunday for our perspectives and opinions.  Live chat and streaming during the show.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.

Only 3 weeks before we get the trailer for Man of Steel film.  That would be where Superman and Lois Lane share a kiss.  CAN’T WAIT!!!

G2FACTOR: SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #22

Sunday, November 18th at 5pmET/4pmCT, G2Factor will discuss the 22nd digital of Smallville Season 11.  The final chapters of DETECTIVE will soon arrive.  You can enjoy the print compilation the first Wednesday in December.  The #6 (October) print issue increased in sales orders numbers over September.  Bryan Q. Miller‘s exciting story is really heating up.

We can hardly wait to read these new pages.  Fire up your comic apps on Friday, November 16th for the anticipation of downloading this fantastic book.

The Little Comic That Could Is Doing It!!!

And now for something completely different . . .

G2Factor is offering to be your first line of defense with what DC Comics is doing with Superman in the new 52.

DC seems to be determined to keep new 52 Superman edgy and alien without relating to humans, particularly Lois Lane.  Clark has strong feelings for Lois but thinks she is unattainable and his love seems unrequited.  This from a guy who supposedly had a five year relationship with Ms. Lane before the start of Superman #1.  Now after the kiss in JL12, Wonder Woman is smitten and will consult with Eros about her feelings for the Man of Steel.  Another kiss cover will be displayed in February.

Superman of the new 52 doesn’t seem to have any responsibility where his feelings are concerned.  Is this a good depiction of the Man of Steel?

Despite the fact that the 75th anniversary is fast approaching, it appears as though Lois Lane will not be celebrating along with Clark/Superman.  If you find this a despicable fate, then allow us to do the dirty work for you.

Matt Idelson said he wanted fans to pine for Clark and Lois so intensely that DC will hear us loud and clear and allow the characters to be together.   The only way to make that voice known is contacting DC Comics with your respectful views and most importantly . . . DON’T BUY THE BOOKS.   This is where G2Factor comes in.  We will monitor the books for you.  You can PINE WITHOUT PAYING.  We’ll let you know if DC is finally getting a clue about the absence of Lois in Superman’s romantic life holding him back from being the hero generations have loved for 75 years.

Save your money.  Don’t have Superman, Action, Justice League on your pull lists.  G2Factor will check all books Superman and/or Lois are in and let you know how things are going.  You can listen to the shows as we do the research.  You can decide to buy or not buy at that time.  Don’t put hope in the dangling carrot.

In the meantime, we’ll continue reviewing and enjoying Smallville Season 11 and Superman Family Adventures.  These are the true Superman!!!  Smallville Season 11’s Superman is very much the Man of Steel.  He has restraint and is emotionally balanced.  He follows his heart.  He’s exciting to read.  And he’s younger than the new 52 Superman.

Join us Sunday with live chat room and live streaming during show.  Downloads after the show on iTunes and talkshoe.

G2FACTOR: ACTION #14

Sunday, November 11, at 5:00pmET/4pmCT, G2Factor will discuss Action #14.  Grant Morrison goes Doctor Who and then things get biblical.  That actually sounds better than it was.  Sholly Fisch’s backup story features real life astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.  This was promoted by DC Comics this week.  Krypton’s sun has been found in fiction and real life.

Hank Kanalz released digital sales information this week regarding Justice League #12, the quickest to reach 10,000 downloads.  Since Smallville Season 11 eventually beat Justice League 12, does that mean it reached 40,000 downloads since it has a 99 cent price point and JL is $3.99?   (Did we have to see that ripped off Clois kiss cover again?)  You remember Smallville Season 11, it’s the one with Clark and Lois together working the triangle for two.

Last week DC Blog told us the 5.2 reasons why it was good to be a Superman fan.  1 reason was Supergirl.  Another was the fauxmance complete with shoving the cover at us once again.  That thing is giving us bulimia.  The real hyperbolic moment was when the blog said DC has more than 9,000 stories to tell about the bullship.     So let’s do the math, kiddies:

If they published a power couple story EVERY DAY including Sunday, it would take 24.65 years to get those all told.  OR if you had their story in every new 52 book each month, it would take 8 years.   Uh, yea.  Good luck with that.  People, especially those with many other distractions, have better things to do.

Between that bit of news and Hank’s interviewer adding “rather than Lois Lane” when it came to Superman’s partner, fans of the Superman mythos are getting sucker punched right and left.  DC Comics doesn’t seem to care since they don’t garner any control over the perceptions.  More bad news/publicity for people who have continued to wait for the REAL Superman story.  This new and edgy stuff is putting people off.  No one knows who the new Superman is . . . including him!  (according to Matt Idelson).

The US elections should be a lesson on demographics for DC Comics.  Women are 51% and non-whites are 28% of the population.  Women buy 51% of the movie tickets in the US.  Now let me dispel some notion the boy’s club at DC seems to allow to trickle down to their local comic book shops.  Just because a female likes superhero comics doesn’t mean they want to buy female heroes.   In other words, shoving Wonder Woman into Superman’s story and usurping Lois Lane’s 75 year place in that mythos could be perceived as an intrusion of the worst kind.  It’s a cat fight.  Women don’t like those.  It’s a misconception that it sells with the majority of the population (which would be female).

I’m not a fan of Wonder Woman, and that may be partly due to the fact that DC Comics in Post Crisis on Infinite Earths, had Diana’s deepest secret desire to be married to Clark and have his baby despite the fact that he was married to Lois Lane.  Then in Justice League they hooked her up with Batman.  Basically DC passed her around the Justice League.  Now in the new 52, there are a lot more bachelors, Diana is still the only female.  So if the previous mindset hasn’t changed, she could be with Superman, Batman, Flash (since he’s not married to Iris), Baz, Hal, Cyborg, but not Aquaman (who’s married to Mera – and Mera would kick her ass).

With the introduction of Steve Trevor, I thought Diana would be spared that, but apparently not.  Not only does she have her own book that doesn’t involve the bullship or Steve Trevor (but will include Orion), but she now is Superman’s “love interest” and confidant — roles belonging to Lois Lane.  But this makes the new 52 Superman, “new and edgy”, because they got rid of the marital detail — and apparently Clark’s heart as well.

Superman is an alien and can’t relate to humanity despite the fact he was raised by the Kents, humans, who gave him a good moral compass.  He’s also a man who isn’t brave enough to follow his heart.  And even though he morally can’t report on Superman’s exploits (himself), he has to keep secrets from his friends.   Why he’s known Lois Lane for five years and never made a move towards his heart’s desire is a mystery?  And may never be answered, especially with the fauxmance going on.  Lois Lane is a non-entity.  She is toxic in the eyes of DC Comics management, none of which have had one good thing to say about her since the launch of the new 52 (or the announcement of the reboot).  Then why have Lois in the Superman books at all?  Because it’s the dangling carrot — ‘it’s the anyone-but-Lois-show’ all over again.  DC thinks fans haven’t experienced this before — we have — and we’re sick of it.

Idelson said they wanted fans to pine for the Super Couple of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, the true power couple, so the writers would start scripting those stories.   He also said if they keep Clark and Lois apart there are more stories to tell and they wouldn’t repeat what they did in the past.  Clark and Lois haven’t truly been together as a couple since 2008.  Kal-El lived on another planet for a year and didn’t think of his wife — he wasn’t relating to humans then.  Clark Kent and Lois Lane weren’t in Superman or Action for a year or more.  We got a cyborg Lois in Action for a year, but no Superman or Clark.  So how much longer do fans have to wait for what they want?  Do we have to beg?  If so, to whom or where do we have to prostrate ourselves?  Give us a name and an address (email or otherwise).  Cause this is getting ridiculous.

Fans should show there distaste for this new and edgy tease of a Superman story by not buying Action, Superman, Justice League, etc.  It’s just not worth it, watching your heroes (which includes Lois) looking like emotional cowards or douches.  Superman is supposed to inspire hope, not douchery.  Lois inspires him, but since she’s been pushed to the background especially in his heart — we may never see the Man of Steel manifest in the new 52.  Life is short.  Don’t make us wait.  Give us hope!

Join us Sunday for a lively discussion.  Live chat room and streaming during show.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.

G2FACTOR: SFA 6, ACTION ANNUAL 1, & S:E1 v2

Sunday, November 4th at 5pmET/4pmCT, G2Factor will discuss Superman Family Adventures #6, Action Annual #1, and Superman: Earth One v2 plus some commentary on DC Comics promotional treatment of Lois Lane on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Superman mythos.

Chris has tweeted with Scott Snyder and Andy Diggle, new writers for Superman stories.  She’ll be reporting on those convos.

In case, DC Comics has forgotten the importance of Lois Lane in the narrative of the Superman mythos, we’ll submit these visual aides to assist them with remembering their history:

  From Action #1, 1938, the book that started it all.  This is what fans will be celebrating this Spring, hopefully.

Lois Lane has to defend herself from a notorious mobster, since her date, Clark Kent, has refused to be chivalrous (because he has another identity).  In this panel, we can see Lois’ fearless Chutzpah against evil and injustice.  The dual identity is evident.  Clark Kent has to warn her from harm, but Superman admires her spirit and assertiveness.

From the new 52, Action #0, before he even meets Lois Lane, Clark Kent is enamored of the spirit and fearlessness in her journalism.   She is the one person he would love to meet in the big city of Metropolis.  We later learn that Lois Lane has loved Clark Kent’s blog before he came looking for work at the Daily Star.  He will soon introduce the city to the superhero that Lois Lane will name, Superman.

Chris suggested we post some positive nuggets for folks in regards to new 52 Superman:

“… without Lois in his life, that human representation is something he had to grow towards, and that the absence of Lois in his romantic life held him back.  — Matt Idelson, Ask Matt, Supermanhomepage, August, 2012.

Hope to see you on Sunday.  Live chat room and streaming during the show.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.

DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 PRINT ISSUE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH

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