On the heels of Thursday's wave of cancellations, DC Comics has announced two new politically themed series from creators Gail Simone and Freddie Williams II, and Art Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara.
Debuting in May, the companion titles The Movement and The Green Team bring into the DC Universe the economic issues that propelled the Occupy movement and dominated much of the 2012 presidential election. In short, they're a look at the 1 percent and the 99 percent -- the haves and the have nots -- in a world populated by superheroes.
"The Movement is an idea I've had for some time," Simone tells The Huffington Post. "It's a book about power -- who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse. As we increasingly move to an age where information is currency, you get these situations where a single viral video can cost a previously unassailable corporation billions, or can upset the power balance of entire governments. And because the sources of that information are so dispersed and nameless, it's nearly impossible to shut it all down. [...] The previous generations of superheroes were not created to address this, it’s a legitimately new frontier, both for the real world and for storytellers. "
The Green Team, by Baltazar, Franco and Guara, meanwhile, takes a more lighthearted look at what someone with virtually unlimited wealth might have access to in the DC Universe.
"DC knew we were the right team for the job," Franco tells Big Shiny Robot. "They knew our sense of humor would be an important element of the book but they also knew we could bring the story that would make this something people would want to read. Intrigue, young love, money and even these superpowers beings that inhabit the world."
Baltazar adds, "This gives us the chance of making older, obsolete characters relevant … and awesome in the new DC universe. We also had certain pop culture and social media references and questions that we wanted to bring up."
THE MOVEMENT #1Written by GAIL SIMONEArt by FREDDIE WILLIAMS IICover by AMANDA CONNER1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANGOn sale MAY 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.We are faceless. We are limitless. We see all. And we do not forgive.Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT?When those who are sworn to protect us abuse their power, when toxic government calls down super-human lackeys to force order upon the populace…finally, there is a force, a citizen’s army, to push order BACK. Let those who abuse the system know this as well: We have our OWN super humans now. They are not afraid of your badges or Leagues. And they will not be SILENCED.We are your neighbors. We are your co-workers. And we are your children.
THE GREEN TEAM #1Written by ART BALTAZAR and FRANCOArt by IG GUARACover by AMANDA CONNER1:25 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANGOn sale MAY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
This issue will ship with two covers.INVENTORS! EXPLORERS! ADVENTURERS! Do you need money to finance an important project? Then you should set up a meeting with THE GREEN TEAM!• Nature of world-changing idea:• Amount requested:• Does your project have the potential to:Fracture space-time?Replace the combustion engine?Attract extraterrestrial attention?Prove/disprove existence of deities?Piss off The Justice League?Render the human body obsolete?If any of the above are checked, please fill out liability release form GT2013-05. Send any 82 drawings, plans, models, or photos with request.