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G2FACTOR: New 52 #17s, JLA #1, & SS11 #35


Sunday, February 24th at 5pmET/4pmCT G2Factor will be discussing a myriad of comic books besides our digital-first, Smallville Season 11 #35.  This week Action #17 was late (probably due to Morrison getting an additional issue), Supergirl #17 gave us a fight between the Maiden of Might and Wonder Woman as well as a Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen appearance.  (Now why can’t we get that in Action and Superman?).  Justice League #17 (fish out of water story).  Also interesting developments in Wonder Woman #17 (Orion apparently went to the Guy Gardner School of Romance) and a #1 issue of Justice League of America (Go Steve Trevor!!!).

Plenty to talk about including how we basically are feeling regarding Superman storylines and the comic book industry generally.

Hope you’ll join us.  Live chat and streaming during the show.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.




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!!!


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.



Sunday, October 28th at 5pmET/4pmCT G2Factor will discuss SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #21 by Bryan Q. Miller and Superman #13 by Scott Lobdell.  Two very different Clark Kents and Supermen.

Smallville Season 11 should prove exciting as we’ll see what happens to a Kryptonite compromised Superman and how he survives with the help of Batman and the love of his life, Lois Lane.

Superman #13 gave us the first Clark Kent/Superman in Metropolis story by Scott Lobdell.  He plotted Superman Annual #1.  Is there a difference between the two Clarks in these two books, too?

Grant Morrison will be putting 5 years of story in Action #15 through #17.  Morrison stated there would be a death of Superman story involved in his last arc.

While watching Andy Diggle interviews during NYCC, found out this information:

“I very much want to balance the extremely epic, massive-scale action heroics with the human side of Kal-El and Clark Kent too. I would like to see him explored a little bit more. And I would like to see his relationship with Lois Lane explored a little bit more in the New 52.”

 “I think that he feels a bit like a fish out of water, and I think Diana feels the same way, so to a degree, they feel like kindred spirits, which is not quite the same as his relationship with Lois.”

Black suit in Superman #0 appears in Action #18 and the H’El on Earth storyline between the superbooks spins into another crossover involving Action also.

This last clue is interesting as we saw this symbol in Superman #7:

It’s also significant that Helspont had an arc in the Superman book and told Clark in the Superman Annual #1, he knew Jor-El.  In Superman #0 we see Kal-El on Krypton (dressed in black) narrating the story of his parents and the discovery they were expecting him.  We saw the black suit again in Action #18 on Tony Daniel’s cover.   A Daemonite horn also appeared in Superman #0 as it did in Superman #1.  Helspont could be creating an alternate reality for Superman to exist in.

Could Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, and Action be going from H’El to Helspont?  Will this possible crossover lead to the bigger crossover in the Justice League, Justice League of America and possibly Justice League Dark known as the Trinity War?

Here’s the reason why we ask that question:

This appeared in the Justice League 6 backstory:

And more recently in the backstory of Justice League #13 the intro to Justice League of America:

So join us on Sunday as we talk about Superman in SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 and Superman #13.  Live chatroom and streaming available during show.  Downloads on  iTunes  and talkshoe.

Kimmie and Chris will be giving us their impressions of what is going on, as usual.

Tasha will have a new blog article on OSCK this week.

And be sure to check out Holli’s Op-eds on baudyhallee.


Cat Stagg’s SS11 cover

SUNDAY, October 21st, 5pmET/4pmCT, G2Factor will sing the praises of Smallville Season 11 #20.  Our only regret, the cliffhanger showed up too soon.  Are you buying this digital-first comic book?  If not, why not?  It’s loads of fun, action, emotion and suspense.  It’s got the GD Batman!!!  And a badass Lois.  As well as THE BEST SUPERMAN IN THE DCU.

Other topics for this week:  Justice League #13 including the JLA preview backup story, the Superman #13 preview pages that were in Supergirl #13, new behind the scenes of the tenth season of Smallville’s ICARUS (thanks to Chris & A), and other Superman news.

While reading Wonder Woman #13 (Path of War), a new character appears in the Antarctic calling himself “First Born”.  Is there a connection to the Edgar Rice Burrough’s Barsoom (John Carter/Mars) series?   The Greek god, Ares, was named Mars in Rome.  Ares is the God of War and was prominent in Wonder Woman #0.  Superman is not mentioned in this series (which is fine with us) despite the bullship in Justice League affecting the Superman series (which is not so fine with us).

Tasha posted an article on Multipleverses’ Superman Fans for Lois Lane blog about Action #9.

Holli has Superman related op-ed pieces on her blog, Baudyhallee Blog of the Moment, found here.

Everyone will enjoy Kimmie’s and Chris’ reactions to the latest Smallville Season 11 installment.

Hope you’re joining us weekly as we explore the many worlds of Superman.  Live streaming and chat room available during the show.  Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe after the show.


This Sunday, February 26th at 5 pm ET/4pm CT, G2Factor will discuss George Perez’s last issue of his new 52 Superman story arc.  We feel he gave us a good foundation of characterization and relationships despite editorial edicts.  We were looking forward to this issue and it did not disappoint.

George Perez wrote the script and pencilled the cover.  Nicola Scott’s interior pencilling was stellar as usual.  The new team to do the Superman book, Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens, are credited with doing dialogue/story/layouts.  Jesus Merino did the finishes.

The story really came together in this issue.  Loved the story of the nanobytes and their origins.  This all ties in with what Morrison is doing in Action . . . only explained more clearly.  And strength is shown not only in battle, but also in spirit and hope.  A wise Superman figures it all out as his Lois connects with him in his darkest moment.

As we said in our last talk, we are looking forward to the Smallville Season 11 comic to be released on Friday, April 13 as digital downloads through Comixology.   (Dates may change.)  We will get you a step-by-step process on how to get your Smallville fix (written by former show story editor, Bryan Q. Miller) as soon as DC Comics and/or Comixology decide to put this digital download book on their websites so you can ‘pull’ or subscribe.   This is not same day download as print.  This is initial downloading of issues ON A FRIDAY  and then having 4 issues compiled in print form on May 2nd which is a Wednesday, the usual day for comics.   The print issue will contain 48 pages (4 weeks of digital story with 12 pages each).  However that would mean the final 12 pages of story would be released in print on Wednesday before the Friday digital is released?  This information is tentative as DC seems to be still trying to figure out the logistics.

Also more Superman in the comics to look forward to in May with Superman Family Adventures from the Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco.  Pick up a sneak preview on Free Comic Book Day.

Superman seems to be the go-to-guy for these new shorter digital comics.  Superman Beyond by J.T. Krul also debuts in April and Superman’s ‘issues’ will be compiled in the monthly Batman Beyond Unlimited series as print.

If these initial digital download comics do well, maybe the Superman book will actually be presented as a combo pack (digital and print) each month like Justice League, Batman and Action.  It would save Superman fans some money.

Give us a listen on live streaming or talk in the live chat on talkshoe.  Downloads are available on iTunes and talkshoe.

Hope to see you there!

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