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G2FACTOR: SS11 #10, ACTION #11 PLUS DC & SDCC NEWS

Sorry about the technical difficulties last week.  This week G2Factor will discuss Smallville Season 11 digital #10, Action #11, Action Annual #1 news, SDCC news and … all things Superman.

If you haven’t gotten it already, this is the icon to look for when purchasing and downloading Smallville Season 11 #10.

Another exciting chapter of GUARDIAN by Bryan Q. Miller with interior pencils by Pere Perez and digital cover art by Cat Staggs!  A special HELLO to Bryan & Cat who are at SDCC 2012 this weekend.

Be with G2Factor on Sunday,July 15th at 5pmEDT/4pm.  We’ve got 2 weeks of things to say!!!  Live chatroom and live streaming available.  Downloads after the show on iTunes and talkshoe.

While reading Action #11 by Grant Morrison, besides realizing he’s populating this book with tons of Silver Age characters; Lois’ niece, Susie, may have some concepts of a character in the pre-Flashpoint/new52, known as the protector of the DCU.  No, not Pandora. That’s new 52 crap.   Kismet.  She appeared not only in the Death of Superman story but also in the Dominus/King of the World story arc (both with Dan Jurgens contributing).   She appeared as a young girl much like Susie.  Here are some panels from Superman v2 #138.

Remember in the new 52 Superman book written by Jurgens, we know Clark is experiencing alternate realities.  In Superman v2 #183, Kismet disguised as a young girl tells Superman (who is married to Lois) that he is existing on four separate planes.  And we know that Morrison enjoys writing on different time lines.  Why not boost that with alternate realities?  Especially if the Superman book is being micromanaged and Jurgens is not able to tell the story he wanted to tell before being taken off the book at #12 (September, 2012).

A good idea should not die because of editorial.  “One life spread across different places in time and space, all occurring simultaneously.”  Notice that Kismet is green and has a universe of stars, planets, galaxies throughout her body.  Now look at Susie in Action #11.

Susie is wearing green and has the universe in her eyes.  Coincidence?  Lois wishes she could stop thinking about her friend Clark who has ‘died.’   Precocious Susie reminds her auntie her name is not Suze.  “Don’t worry, Aunt Lois.  You’ll be okay.  You won’t be sad for long.”  In this issue, we know Clark has taken on another identity.  Fireman Johnny Clark.  As Superman, he actually screams Lois’ name when she is injured.   An iconic moment for all Superman fans.

New readers cannot appreciate what are in the panels of Action #11 if they have no history of what came before.  The history gives the story depth and connectivity.  In a DC panel at SDCC, a fan stated she missed the history, Geoff Johns admitted, “I actually kind of agree, since we don’t have that timeline laid out now, that’s something we’re all moving towards and trying to build the depth.”  Morrison is not known for his depth.  You’ll get characters and concepts thrown in and MAYBE he’ll tie them in at the end of the story arc — whenever that may be.

October Solicits came out week before last.  Action Annual #1 was announced.  Sholly Fisch will be doing the main story for that issue.  BUT in a very controversial move, Max Landis, son of director John Landis, will be doing another story in the book.   Hollywood Kid Landis wrote the movie, Chronicle and on the day of its release, he uploaded a YouTube video about the Death of Superman.  Fifteen minutes of disparaging Superman especially and the entire DC Universe cast of characters.  We will definitely be discussing this matter on Sunday!   It’s not the first time DC has hired people to work on the new 52 Action who publicly have denigrated the character of Superman.  Rags Morales, anyone?

Should be a lively show!  That and all the SDCC news and rumors, too.   Might have to take some vitamins.

G2 FACTOR: SUPERMAN #5 & DCnU

SUNDAY, January 29th at 5pm ET/4pm CT, G2Factor will talk about this penultimate issue of George Perez’s story arc.  Great cliffhanger at the end to make us excited for Superman #6.  Hopefully some things will be resolved.

What is up with the bugs?  Bugs in Action Comics in Superman’s past and now bugs in his present.  Apparently there will be even more bugs in his future when Giffen and Jurgens take over writing and drawing the Superman comic.

G2Factor would like to encourage listeners to find a local comic shop (if you haven’t already) and buy back issues of Superman’s story.  Find out when your LCS has sales on their back issues.  You may find you can get some great comics for pennies on the dollar.  Why would you want to buy old comic books?  Because you just might find the Superman/Clark Kent you’ve always loved.

Live chatroom and live streaming available.  Downloads available on iTunes and talkshoe.

Superman also appeared in Justice League #5 this week.  We’ll talk a bit about that, too.  As well as . . . DCnU news!!!  Most of it bad with a glimmer of hope (with some fanwanking, maybe).  The more we hear about editorial, the worse it gets.  Does DC stand for Disinformation Central?

Talk should be lively.

Enjoy!

G2FACTOR: ACTION #5

This is the variant cover — and no, you don’t see this scene in the issue.  Wish we had.

SATURDAY!!! January 7th at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT G2Factor will discuss Grant Morrison’s Action Comic #5.  This non-linear issue gives us several timelines to contend with.  Most precious and dear is the House of El during the destruction of Krypton.  Many familiar elements are present and with Andy Kubert’s pencils, reading it was smooth.   Jonathan Kent especially reminded us of Smallville’s handsome John Schneider Pa Kent.

Sholly Fisch gave us a back story about Jonathan and Martha Kent.  This is where we see the hope and faith that is so important to a Superman story.

And why is present day Superman going back in time?

Join us on Saturday as we try to figure it all out.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.

G2FACTOR: SMALLVILLE SEASON 4 PART 2 & DCAU NEWS

The REAL star of Season 4, SHELBY!

SATURDAY, December 17th at 6pm ET/5pm CT, G2Factor will talk more about their favorite episodes of Smallville Season 4.

PARIAH  RECRUIT  KRYPTO  LUCY

Season 4 brought many mythos characters into the Smallville realm.  LOIS LANE, GENERAL LANE, BART ALLEN aka Impulse/The Flash, a really bad version of Mister MXYZPTLK, a character named after comic writer GEOFF JOHNS, Shelby the dog as KRYPTO, LUCY LANE, and a glimpse of the formulation of the FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.  Truly Season 4 was one of the best of the series.

Some news about the SUPERMAN comic when they switch writers in March, 2012.  Dan Jurgens, creator of Doomsday and Booster Gold, was one of the creators when the Clark and Lois relationship heated up and they got married after 58 years of ‘dating’.  Keith Giffen, creator of Ambush Bug (don’t ask), also is very familiar with the 90s version of the Man of Steel.

Join us in our live chatroom, listen to the live streaming or download on talkshoe or iTunes.  Possible aftershow.

G2 FACTOR: LES FEMMES 3

Diana, Kara & Selina No. 3s

SUNDAY!!!  New time!!!

G2Factor will mix it up a bit this weekend.  Sunday at 5 pm ET/4pm CT on talkshoe.

The Man of Steel appears in Justice League 3 and Supergirl 3.

Catwoman proves she’s not gonna take it anymore.  Batman appears in this issue.

Some preview pages of Superman 3 (release date 11/23) to talk about with some theories regarding Action Comics to kick about or beat with a Gotham Bats.

Live chat and streaming available as well as downloads from iTunes and talkshoe.

Enjoy!

G2FACTOR: FLASHPOINT 5 TO DCnU JUSTICE LEAGUE 1

Barry gives us DC's version of One More Day

What’s really going on in the DC Universe?  From comic history and wikipedia:

In 2007, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada felt dissolving the Peter Parker and Mary Jane marriage and returning Spider-Man to his roots was necessary to preserve the longevity of the character for the next 20 or 30 years. Quesada said he and other previous editors-in-chief had long been seeking an opportunity to begin a new methodology in which to tell Spider-Man stories, but had not found a reasonable way to do so. Quesada said, “It’s very easy to un-marry a character, or fix something like that: you just do a huge universal retcon, and say a few events in history didn’t happen. But that’s really not the way we do it here at Marvel.” But that ended up being exactly what they did.  (emphasis mine)

In Spidey’s case, this is how the scenario went:

After his Aunt has been shot, Spider-Man seeks help to save her life. He encounters the demon Mephisto, who offers to save her life if Spider-Man gives him his marriage. Spider-Man and his wife Mary Jane Watson agree, and this part of their history is erased so that, effectively, they have never been married.

In the DC version (Flashpoint series), it is the Flash’s mother who has murdered by the Reverse Flash and Barry doesn’t want her dead.  So he runs back through time to change events.  He thinks it is Thawne who has changed the world, but it is his own actions.  He tries to reset things to where they were before, but unfortunately he resets history.

This week in a NY Times interview, Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Comics had this to say regarding the DC retcon:

DC, which is owned by Time Warner, has long lagged behind its rival Marvel Comics, the Disney-owned publisher of Spider-Man and Captain America, in market share if not audience enthusiasm. Its latest company-wide overhaul has been almost a year in the making, devised in October at an editorial retreat where staff members were trying to create a love triangle for Superman,who wed Lois Lane in 1966.

Once the team decided it did not have to be bound by this marital detail, “we started talking about a lot of crazy, what-if situations, and out of that openness came the idea of renumbering the entire line,” said Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Comics and an illustrator of the new Justice League series. (emphasis mine)

Superman fans greatest fears came true this week when DC pulled a Spidey, not just with Superman’s marriage but with all it’s other married characters except . . . Animal Man.

Marvel did it first, but does DC Comics think they’ll do it better?  These and other questions will arise as we discuss the chaperoning in of the new DCnU.

Three of these Superheroes are not in this issue & Cyborg is not a hero yet.

Justice League #1 begins to show us the development of this group of superheroes.  In this new world, people have xenophobia and it’s not just the ordinary joes.  Written by Geoff Johns with art by Jim Lee.  Apparently we’ll be getting hero intros at the end of each issue.  So no real surprises here.

Man of Steel, the movie, has been releasing photos of Cavill in the super suit.  We’ll be discussing our reactions.

Join us on Saturday, September 3rd at 6pm ET at G2Factor.  Live streaming & chatroom.  Aftershow.  Downloads on talkshoe & iTunes.

Hope you’ll join us.

G2FACTOR & SUPERMAN REBOOT

Superman Reboot: Nightmare or Bobby Ewing Dream?

Yes, Clark, your Post Crisis marriage was just a dream and maybe not even that.

On July 23rd at 6pm ET, G2Factor will have a special call in show for callers to express their concerns regarding the DC Relaunch/Superman Reboot.

With Comic Con going strong, lots of misinformation and attitude as well as scraps of information are being disseminated.   DC seems to be shooting themselves in the foot as this opportunity to reach out to fans seems to go wasted.

If you are a Smallville fan and were just getting into comics or wanted to start reading comics, there are a lot of changes which will make the Superman story unrecognizable to you.  Let DC know how they may be losing you as a prospective new reader.

If you are not able to call in but want DC to know your thoughts on this drastic change to the DCU, we have a few other ways to contact them.

We’d like to advise you to BE RESPECTFUL, CLEAR & CONCISE even if you feel DC has not been to you or your favorite characters.

Here are the peeps:

Diane Nelson, President

Dan Didio, Co-Publisher

Jim Lee, Co-Publisher

Matt Idelson, Senior Editor

The main DC offices are here:

DC Comics

1700 Broadway, 7th floor

New York, NY 10019-5905

Phone: 212-636-5400

Fax: 212-636-5481

You can also reach DC through DC Letters email.  Here is that webpage:  DC Letters Page

Make your voice heard and QUICKLY!

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