G2FACTOR: AW YEAH! SUPERMAN FAM ADVS #1 & SMALLVILLE S11 #6
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.
G2FACTOR: CATWOMAN 7 & TINY TITANS 50
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.
G2FACTOR: JL6 & JL DOOM + DCnU NEWS
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.
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