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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See ya there!
CATWOMAN #6 & FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
SUNDAY FEB 19TH at 5 PM ET/4 PM CT, G2Factor will discuss the last issue of Catwoman’s initial story arc for the new 52. Batman does make an appearance. Also, we continue our journey for the truth about Funeral For A Friend, the aftermath of the Death of Superman. Heartfelt and riveting.
G2Factor is excited for the new issues of Superman (monthly), Smallville Season 11 (weekly beginning in April), Superman Family Adventures (monthly beginning in May) and Superman Beyond as well as Action. 5 books with Superman!!!
This week the results of DC Comics new 52 survey completed by Nielsen were released. No where in any of the discussions was the fact that AT LEAST 1 in 5 readers are FEMALE. The number of female readers is probably even higher according to some local comic shops. Unfortunately there were only 167 surveys completed by readers in comic shops. A billion dollar industry that is virtually dependent on local comic shops for distribution of print is only able to squeeze 167 surveys from its readers? With a single new 52 #1 issue selling upwards to 200,000, this is unacceptable data for any analysis.
600 surveys were completed by those readers who purchased digital downloads of the new 52 #1s. Still not a reasonable sample set to derive any notions. But DC did just that, these two surveys skewed 93% male to 7% female. Those stats proved their assumptions they were hitting their target audience of young males 14 to 30.
The third venue for surveys was online. Approximately 5,000 were completed. Not the best sample size, but not infinitesimal either. This online survey of DC comics readers who bought a new 52 #1 skewed 77% male to 23% female. Again, no where in any of the interviews for this survey was it ever mentioned that more than 7% of women were DC comic readers.
In reality, DC seems to be ignoring the more solid data. Are the boys at DC hiding their heads in the proverbial sand so they don’t have to deal with their female fanbase? They certainly aren’t embracing it.
Apparently President Diane Nelson of DC Entertainment told her chain of command they needed to measure what was happening with the reboot and all the other projects this billion dollar company has in the works. It looks as if the guys at DC Comics didn’t take their boss lady seriously with the poor execution of this survey and then ignoring one of the few viable statistics it did yield.
Join us on Sunday for some rowdy discussion on Catwoman, Funeral For A Friend and the events of the week. Live streaming and live chat room available. Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe.
SUNDAY! February 12th at 5pm ET/4pm CT, G2Factor will be covering the Death of Superman, 1992 – 1993.
Clark Kent and Lois Lane were engaged in 1990. A couple of years later, the comic writers were planning a wedding. These plans were POSTPONED due to the future airing of the Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman television series beginning on September 12, 1993. It was decided that the couple would marry when it could be done both in the comics and on the television show (which would mean waiting a few more years). What to do? A year’s worth of plans had to be scrapped. Jerry Ordway had the answer, “Let’s just kill ‘im.” Something he said at the beginning of every annual planning session. This time the writers were so frustrated by the postponement, they agreed. Let’s just kill Superman.
At that time, Superman had four books a month. The Death of Superman spans nearly eleven weeks of comics.
In the future, G2Factor will also be covering the subsequent events of Superman’s death. Funeral for a Friend (A World Without Superman) with 9 issues will follow.
The Superman titles were put on a hiatus for three months before the Return of Superman (or Reign of the Supermen) involving 28 issues which will end this epic moment in comic history.
A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
With the ending of Smallville, the ten year television series, fans wanted more, but careened into the DC reboot of their hero. However, on February 9th, 2012, Smallville fans were happy to learn former story editor and writer for the show, Bryan Q. Miller (writer of Batgirl, Stephanie Brown comics pre-new 52) would be penning a Smallville Season 11 WEEKLY comic book series picking up 6 months after the Finale. So tell your mother and your brother, your sister and your cousins, your daddy and your besties to download this electronic comic when it becomes available in April. A print version of the four previous weeks will be available in May, just one year after the final episode of Smallville aired. It will also include an ‘episode’ guide. The season premiere ‘episode’ of the comics will run 12 issues long and will have a one word title, just like the show.
G2Factor will cover each weekly issue as well as our favorite Superman stories, be they new 52 or not.
So join us as we discuss the Death of Superman on Sunday on talkshoe. Live streaming and chat room available. Downloads on iTunes and talkshoe.
Hope to see you there!
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 & MAYBE CATWOMAN ALSO
TONITE! DECEMBER 23rd at 6pm ET, G2Factor discusses Justice League #4 and maybe Catwoman #4, too. Aquaman appears, Cyborg’s origins move forward and Wonder Woman (introduced in #3) doesn’t say much at all. Superman is only six months older in Justice League than he is in Action Comics — so don’t expect much personal growth.
Kal-El got mentioned a couple of times in Supergirl #4 but we didn’t get to see his presence.
Now that we’ve been reading the comics for a while, we’d like to know what your favorite Superman stories are. Have you been hitting the back bins since the new 52? If you want stories with heart, that’s the place to go.
Superman #4 comes out on 12/28. Perez has put some heart into it despite the circumstances. Previews don’t show Lois but Superman and the frozen reporter are in the police station.
So join us on this special holiday night in the live chatroom and/or listen on live streaming. Downloads are available on talkshoe and iTunes.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
LES FEMMES 3
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.
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G2FACTOR: FLASHPOINT 5 TO DCnU JUSTICE LEAGUE 1
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 wherestaff 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.
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.