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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.


G2FACTOR: SUPERMAN 11, SS11 #12, & SFA #3

Sunday, July 29th at 5pmEDT/4pmCDT, G2Factor will discuss Superman #11 (Dan Jurgens penultimate issue), Smallville Season 11 #12 (Bryan Q. Miller’s final chapter of the premiere episode, GUARDIAN) and Superman Family Adventures #3 by Art Baltazar & Franco.

Plus we’ll be talking about the latest interviews with Grant Morrison, Dan Didio and Jim Lee.  What we think that means for Superman fans as well as for the Man of Steel in the comics (and possibly in the film).

Join us in the live chatroom or on live streaming.  After the show, downloads are available on talkshoe and on iTunes.

Hope to see you there!


Join us Sunday, July 22nd as we discuss Smallville Season 11 #11, Justice League #11 and The Dark Knight Rises with its MAN OF STEEL teaser.

Hope to see you there.  Live chatroom and streaming.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe.


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.


SUNDAY, APRIL 15th at 5 pm EDT/4pm CDT, G2FACTOR is sooo excited and happy to be discussing SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 DIGITAL-FIRST’s premiere story titled GUARDIAN.  Bryan Q. Miller (writer and story editor on Smallville tv series) will be scripting this very anticipated series.  Pere Perez, who worked with Bryan on the Stephanie Brown Batgirl comic, will be doing the interior pencils for the book.  Cat Staggs will be the artist for the digital covers and will be doing some of the print covers.  She’s definitely captured Tom Welling’s likeness for this first installment.

THIS IS A WEEKLY COMIC, digitally.  Then several digital issues will be compiled into a MONTHLY print book.  Bryan has stated that  12 weeks of digitals would comprise an ‘episode’ or story arc.  With that in mind, we’ll call this first digital issue, Smallville Season 11 1.01.

BE SURE TO PURCHASE AND DOWNLOAD YOUR DIGITAL BOOK ON FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH.  Available through your DC Comic app or Comixology app on your devices or by going to the DC Comic website or Comixology website.

IMPORTANT!  If you’re interested in the print books (and we recommend getting both versions if possible), please inform your local comic book shop because they are NOW ordering their books for May and Smallville Season 11 first print book is due out May 2nd.  Start a pull list that way the shop can set aside the issues you want — and you might get a discount, too.  Check their policy for pull list benefits.

We cannot stress enough how important it is that this book be successful.  For Superman fans who are disappointed with the new 52 version, give Smallville Season 11 a try.  Bryan will have a lot more freedom with the storytelling since the product is not dependent on actors’ contracts, network sensibilities, and sponsor influence.  Smallville Season 11 may be the Superman you’ve been looking for.  Who would have thought, right?

SMALLVILLE FANS:  BE SURE TO TALK SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 COMIC TO EVERYONE.  You never know when you’ll bump into a closet Smallville fan who has lost their fix.

Can you tell we’re excited about this book?  We’re so happy there are people who LOVE Superman working on the series.

NOW FOR SOME GRIMMER NEWS: (Yea, the new 52)

Also on the roster for Sunday, we will mention Action #8, the end of the premiere story arc by Morrison and Morales.  Oh, yea and three other artists just in this issue.  (Yes, I’m shaking my head.)   We’ve seen Morrison apologists blaming Rags Morales’ incapacity to keep up with the work for Morrison’s non linear storytelling.  Minion are like that, yes they are.

We’ll be discussing whether or not we’ll continue this book or not.  Next issue will not be the new 52 Earth’s Superman, but one of Morrison’s multiversity Supermen.   And there was dissatisfaction with this book with every issue so it’s a valid debate.  Future synopses give us pause with a dead Clark Kent and Superman getting a new secret identity.  We concede this could very well be comparable to the CW’s odious OD’s, but if we have learned anything — if it’s the new 52, it’s only going to get worse.  No Clark Kent in the comics was done for three years in the World of New Krypton and Grounded series, not to mention the Lex Luthor/Lois-is-a-cyborg Action series.  So that’s boring and makes us believe that DC either doesn’t understand Superman (and the importance of his dual identity) or DC Comics is systematically diminishing Superman’s role within the universe — no matter what it is called.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the property that gave us a blue jeans, work boots, t-shirt wearing Superman for 10 years (so who needs Morrison’s “I never watched it, but I know what Smallville is about” version?) was the saving grace for the character and its present universe/industry?  So go out and buy SMALLVILLE SEASON 11.  Whatcha waiting for?  Morrison to write a comprehensible story flow or translate his Kryptonese for us?  Or Morales to draw a pretty Clark Kent/Superman?  Save yourself the frustration.


Every week we will be reviewing the latest Smallville Season 11 digitally released the Friday before.  YAY!

Superman comic by Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens to be released April 25th.  It appears Helspont has possessed Superman.  No mention of other characters in the PR synopsis.  Hopefully Superman can get Helspont to shut-the-fukk-up in this issue. Oy!

May 2nd is when Smallville Season 11 print version arrives.  So put it on your pull list now so it’ll be there for you then.

May 5th (Saturday) is Free Comic Book Day.  Pandora story will be featured in Justice League.  Also some Superman Family Adventures mentioned for this special book.

May 30th is Superman Family Adventures first issue release. Put that on your pull list, too!

June 7th Erica Durance’s (Smallville Lois Lane) Saving Hope will premiere on NBC.

June 7-10 is the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL.  So far we know George Perez will be there.  He wrote the premiere story arc for new 52 Superman.  The TPB of that will not be available until November. (Boo, DC, another fail.)  We’re excited about meeting him.

June 12th  Superman vs the Elite will be released on DVD.  Based on Joe Kelly’s Action #775, “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?”  Can’t wait!

So come listen on live streaming or live chat room on talkshoe.  Downloads available on iTunes and talkshoe.

Hope to see you there!


SUNDAY, April 1st, at 5 pm EDT/4pm CDT G2Factor will discuss Superman #7 by Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens.  And that’s no April Fool’s joke.  Wildstorm’s Helspont makes his debut with the new 52 Superman.  The Daemonite Lord is a talker.  He out-talks Lex Luthor, and that’s saying something.  But first he sent a biotech thrall to fight Superman in Metropolis.  Rock ’em, Sock ’em.

Meanwhile back at the Daily Planet, we finally see Clark Kent sitting at his desk.  Lois and Jimmy have some favors to ask. Perry White wants Clark to push Superman to the forefront.  Unfortunately, there is no Pizzy in this issue.  😦  No Clois.  No Pizzy.  BUT Superman and Lois were in a panel together — but didn’t talk to each other.  No touching either.

Kindle Fire owners got a real knock to the head and wallet this week.  The pre-loaded Comixology app no longer includes ANY DC Comics for purchase.  Amazon, Kindle Fire apps, and Comixology all have responded to users inquiries.  DC Comics has not.  Was it only just six months ago when Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher was touting the Kindle Fire in an exclusive deal?  Guess that went south like Action Comics or OMAC sales.  Meanwhile, real people who buy DC Comics digitally have gotten a raw deal.  Oh well, they’re probably not 14 to 34 year old males anyway.  So they don’t matter, right?  Unfortunately for DC Comics, Kindle Fire users can get all the Marvel and independent comics they want on the pre-loaded Comixology app.  Another great business move from the DC Boys Club?

Just two weeks or less until the debut digital-first issue of Smallville Season 11 comic release.  Apple and Android users have an app for that.  Kindle Fire and Window users can use Comixology.com website to purchase the digitals.  Mark April 13th, a Friday, on your calendars!

May 2nd, a Wednesday, is when Smallville Season 11 gets compiled into a print book.  Be sure to get it at your local comic book or online store.   May 5th, the first Saturday, is Free Comic Book Day — check out Superman Family Adventures by Al & Franco.

In June, there’s the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL. We’ll keep you informed of who we’ll be seeing there.  Also on June 12th, the release of Superman vs. the Elite.  This animated film is based on Action 775 by Joe Kelly.  “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?”  

So join us on live streaming or live chat.  Downloads available on iTunes or talkshoe.



SUNDAY, March 25th at 5 pm EDT/4pm CDT, G2Factor will discuss Catwoman 7 and the final issue of Tiny Titans #50 on talkshoe.  Yes, we do it all from sexy Selina Kyle to the charming kids within the pages of Tiny Titans.   We highly recommend Tiny Titans to anyone of any age.  This book even gives you a guide as to who the players are, that’s more than you get in Action.  This Eisner Award winning series is also available in trade paperbacks and chapter books.

In May, the Tiny Titans’ creative team will be producing Superman Family Adventures.  People of all ages are looking forward to its debut.   It just may be one of the few examples of a positive view of Superman and his cast of characters in this very dark and hopeless new 52 continuity.

In DCnU news, Wonder Woman fans were rocked with the new origination story presented in issue #7.  The Amazons (who will be dead in Robinson’s Earth 2 series) are no longer a benevolent, independent, empowered female tribe.  The new 52 continues its onslaught of putting female and female influence in a bad light (that’s putting it nicely) within their 14-to-34-year-old male target audience books.

New 52 Amazons maintain their female tribe by boarding ships, having sex with male pirates and killing the sperm donors.  But their treachery and selfishness doesn’t stop there.  Nine months later, the female children are kept and the male children are traded with Haephestus for the  weapons of mass destruction he and the Amazon ‘failures’ (males) construct.  It is Haephestus (male god of technology and craftsmen) who informs Wonder Woman of this centuries long aberration.  It is through his perspective (male) that we see the demonization of the Amazons.

Wonder Woman is rated TEEN.  As a parent, would you want your 14-to-18-year-old sons exposed to this concept of females/women/girls?  Would you want your daughter/sister/mother to read this?  The lack of nobility in the new 52 continues. (Majesty should never be solely conveyed in the collar of a costume.)

Interviews with Bryan Q. Miller, writer of Smallville Season 11, this week.  Remember this premiere digital-first issue will be available on Friday, April 13th, not the usual Wednesday for comic fans, but the usual Friday for Smallville fans.  And if you’re interested in the print compilation (4 issues), May 2nd is the date to mark on your calendar.   Keep in mind, if you purchase a digital issue on your device app, you can read it on the web on Comixology.com.  For those without smartphones, ipods or other such devices, you can register and ‘download’ on Comixology.com to read your digital issues.  If you have a device app but also want to access on the web, it might be a good idea to keep your login name and password the same on the device app account and Comixology account for ease of use.

May 5th (a Saturday) is Free Comic Book Day.  But if you want that Smallville Season 11 print, you better go on that Wednesday before they’re sold out.   Oh, what the heck, go both days!

A special thank you to Marv Wolfman (author of Crisis on Infinite Earths), who brought DCU Online Legends to a satisfactory end.  Lois lives!  (as well as millions of others) Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see her alive in Superman’s arms (or at all) in the final issue, #26.   Good series despite Lois getting fridged.  Still wondering if the writers’ retreat in 2009 said, “Make Lex the star!”   After Cornell’s run in Action and this series, it makes you wonder.

June 12th, Joe Kelly’s Superman vs the Elite will be released.  Based on Action v1 #775’s “What’s so Funny about Truth, Justice, and the American Way?”, this is a quintessential Superman story.  Experience why Superman doesn’t work as an anti-hero especially when the new 52 is shoving anti-heroism upon their icons.   All Superman fans will enjoy this truly noble Man of Steel story.

Should be a lively discussion with all the comics and DCnU news.  Join us on Sunday.  Downloads available on iTunes and talkshoe.  Live chat and streaming on talkshoe.


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