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Sketch by Smallville Season 11 digital cover artist, Cat Staggs


Sunday, June 17th at 5pmEDT/4pmCDT, G2Factor will be talking SUPERMAN!  From our trip to Metropolis, IL for the Superman Celebration TO Superman vs Elite DVD TO Smallville Season 11 digital #7 TO exclusives while chatting with George Perez as he sketched our requests TO the latest in DCnU news.

We’re very excited about this show and the information we have.


Superman vs the Elite DVD released June 12, Tuesday. (Got your Action 775 digital yet? Only 99 cents)

Smallville Season 11 digital #7 June 15th, this Friday.

Smallville Season 11 digital #8 June 22nd, Friday

Superman #10 June 27th, Wednesday

Superman Family Adventures #2, Wednesday

Smallville Season 11 digital #9 June 29th, Friday

Smallville Season 11 print #3 July 4th, Wednesday

For those of you interested in finding out what happened after Superman & the Elite met in Action 775 (basis for Superman vs the Elite DVD), Comixology (any digital comic app) has the ENDING BATTLE on sale. Each of the 8 issues are 99 cents.  (cheaper than a trade paperback)  Sale ends Thursday, June 14th in the US at 11pm local time.  We highly recommend this story!

For the list of comics ENDING BATTLE entails (in reading order):

Superman v2 186

Adventures of Superman 608

Superman The Man of Steel 130

Action Comics v1 795

Superman v2 187

Adventures of Superman 609

Superman The Man of Steel 131

Action Comics v1 796

Join us for a rousing conversation about Superman, what happened, what might have been and what may happen.

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



SUNDAY!  June 3rd at 5pmEDT/4pmCDT, G2Factor will talk about the premiere print issue of Superman Family Adventures AND the digital-first Smallville Season 11 #6.

Superman Family Adventures is for EVERYONE (including grownups or forever-kids).  Like Smallville Season 11, this comic written by Art Baltazar with art by Franco brings back the joy of reading comics.  This former Tiny Titans team gives you a good time.  Buy this book!  It’s for you, the munchkins in your life, and even for your pets.  Lex Luthor, the greatest criminal mind of our time, is present and he’s intimidating the citizenry of Metropolis.  Sounds like a job for . . . . .SUPERMAN!

Action packed Smallville Season 11 digital #6 will give you the thrills of Clark Kent being Superman while unveiling more of the newly conscious Lex Luthor’s evil master plans for Hank Henshaw, Superman, and the world.   If you haven’t gotten this digital download yet, you’re truly missing out.  Bryan Q. Miller is catapulting us through this story making us scream for more!  Pere Perez’s art captures the action, facial expressions and vivid emotions Smallville fans are used to on their television screens.  Readers have said they wished this chapter was done in live action — it’s just that good!

Wednesday, June 6th, get Chapters 4-6 of GUARDIAN of Smallville Season 11 (#2) in print.  It’s important the print version of this book is successful as these numbers are an important measure in the comics world.  At $3.99, you get at least 36 pages of story (more than any other monthly comic) and the continuation of the Smallville television series episode guide.  More bang for your buck.

We’re very excited about these books.  Join us on Sunday on live chat or streaming or download the show on iTunes or talkshoe.

For those of you who have no experience in trawling through boxes of back issues at comic shops, Action #775, What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way? is now available in digital on your comics apps or comixology.com website.  Written by Joe Kelly, it’s the basis for June 12’s animated DVD Superman vs. the Elite.  A one-shot comic, you’ll enjoy how relevant this story is NOW as it was then.  Superman is a true blue hero in a world of anti-heroes.


Print and Digital covers in SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #1 print

G2FACTOR is very excited!  On Wednesday, May 2nd,  Smallville Season 11 #3 topped the digital comics charts as best selling comic (revenue and downloads).  THIS IS A BIG DEAL!  No comic has rocked the digital comics world like this series.  Also, May 2nd is the day that Smallville Season 11 #1 print hits the comic shops (local or web).  We’re hoping Smallville and/or Superman fans show their love for this series in the print competition.

The digital series also had issue 2 as #7th and issue #1 in #34th.  It appears that Smallville Season 11 is clearing the way for other Superman digital stories.  Superman #8 (a print first) grabbed the 10th spot and Superman Beyond #2 took the 29th spot.  That’s 5 Superman books in the top 34 best selling digital comics for this week.  (SS11 #3 hasn’t been out a week yet)


Buy Smallville Season 11 #1 print on Wednesday, May 2nd.  This is a monthly book, but you don’t want them to sell out before you get yours.  If you have it on your pull list, buy another to mint the print.

Consider purchasing Superman Beyond #3 available also on May 2nd.  It’s another digital first.

Buy Smallville Season 11 #4 digital first on Friday, May 18th.

Saturday, May 5th, is Free Comic Book Day.  Superman Family Adventures will have 5 preview pages in the DC free offer.  Support this book also.

Sunday, May 6th, join us on G2Factor for all the great Superman stories, events and news this week.  5pm EDT/4pm CDT.  Live chat and streaming.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe.

Go spread the Superman love!


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.



Sunday, March 4th at 5pm ET/ 4pm CT, G2Factor will discuss Justice League #6 and the newly released Justice League Doom.

This is the final issue of this premiere new 52 story arc of the Justice League dealing with its initial formation.  The new 52 has some new players on the team and will probably get a few more in the months to come.  Heavy hitter villain Darkseid called these heroes together.

Justice League Doom is loosely based on Mark Waid’s JLA Tower of Babble story arc.  Batman has contingency plans for combating all the League members and Vandal Savage has stolen them.  Written by Dwayne McDuffie, who died in February, 2011.

One of our future shows will be what we saw on the Special Features of the Justice League Doom DVD.  In a week or so, Superman Vs. the Elite will premiere at WonderCon in Anaheim, CA.  This story is one of Superman’s best.  Just ask Tasha.  She has sung its praises FOREVER.  Joe Kelly’s 2001 Action Comics #775, What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?”  Still as relevant now as it was then, this powerhouse story shows the true core of Superman.  I’ve actually watched the sneak peek more than I did JL Doom.  Mike Carlin, former DC Comics Editor, is now Creative Director of Animation for DC Entertainment.  He spoke about the anti-heroes who rose up in the late 80s and 90s with their dark tales of ambiguous moral codes.  The Elite was a take off of Wildstorm’s (Jim Lee’s) Authority who got the job done by whatever means possible.  Superman and his methods are tested when confronted by the Elite.  It’s a story of “You don’t want to see Superman not being Superman.”  The new 52 could learn something from that.

More DCnU news this week.  Earth 2 by James Robinson has refrigerated Lois Lane once again (4th time in 7 months) so Superman may be at a breaking point to kill.  Wonder Woman is the sole Amazon left on the planet, all her family have been wiped out.  She’s pretty pissed off, too.  Batman, who is always pissed off anyway and wasn’t changed much in the new 52, is angry about his daughter (Helena Wayne).  Does this mean his wife (Selina Kyle) got refrigerated, too?  What was Carlin saying about anti-heroes?  If this is the new 52’s ‘new take’, then they’re dreaming.  With 98% of new 52-buying-survey-takers being returning readers or loyal readers, this is not going down as new at all.  This is the same crap we got before, only Frank Miller did it better.  They can try and retro the history all they like, but people know this tactic and it stinks.

Attention DC:  Despite your spin doctoring on the survey statistics, more than 20% of the new 52-buying-survey-takers were FEMALE.  So you’d better start pondering what this does to your image when you kill off entire tribes of women or the First Lady of Action Comics, Lois Lane, repeatedly.  More than one-fifth of your fanbase may say, “enough is enough!”  And with only 2% of survey takers being new readers — those leaving and disgusted readers are going to be hard to replace.  Why don’t you drop the misogyny and the “girls are icky & don’t read comic books” crap and do some real character driven stories with layers and delve into their psyches because of who and what they are.  Show us how that conflicts with their world in general.  Quit stripping away entire casts of characters to make the Trinity vengeful fighting thugs with no social interaction of any kind.

This rant ain’t over!

Superman is a character of hope.  He inspires us to aspire.  To be better.  And our hope is in Bryan Q. Miller’s digital first comic, Smallville Season 11.  To be released  April 13th, A FRIDAY!    This is a weekly digital comic and if you’re not familiar with those, go to:  OSCK and check out the article on how to obtain the digitals as well as the printed compilation books.  G2Factor is totally supporting this book and hope all other Smallville fans will come join the party.

Live chat room and streaming.  Downloads available on iTunes and talkshoe.

See ya there!

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