DC Comics to Launch New Titles with OWS, One Percent Themes

February 15th, 2013

The internet generation loves to protest. Using the world wide web to organize, people across the globe have been hitting the streets in recent years to speak their minds on the issues of the day. In the United States, the Tea Party, the Ron Paul revolution, and Occupy Wall Street gave voices to disenfranchised citizens across the political spectrum.

Now, DC Comics appears ready to pay tribute to this phenomenon with the launch of two new titles. The Huffington Post is reporting that, in May, the comic giant will publish The Movement, a series inspired by Occupy Wall Street, and The Green Team, a comic about trillionaire superheroes.

Taking the Pulse of The Movement

DC comic writer Gail Simone is charged with the task of writing The Movement. She discussed her thought process in the above-linked Huffington Post interview, “The Movement is an idea I’ve had for some time. 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.”

It will be interesting to see whether The Movement focuses on topics related to government corruption or class warfare. Occupy Wall Street has been instrumental in holding government to account with regard to matters of civil liberties or foreign policy. However, it sometimes descends into a baseless demonization of anyone who has accrued significant wealth.

The Rich Get Their Due in The Green Team

The Green Team features trillionaire superheroes and will be written by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani. Said Baltazar of the series, “The real question is: can money buy you anything in the DC universe? Would it make you powerful? Can it make you a hero? Can money make you…Super?”

Franco also attempted to sum up the series, “If you had unlimited wealth, could you use that to make the lives of people better? Would you help your fellow man? Would you buy powers? You need to read this and find out.”

Based on the nature of both titles, it seems like DC Comics is focusing more on the anti-authoritarian nature of Occupy Wall Street than its tendency to descend into class warfare. While The Green Team does seem a bit tongue-in-cheek by nature, the potential exists for a crossover in which The Movement joins forces with these trillionaire benefactors to fight a common enemy. With all the division lately, it’s refreshing to see DC Comics providing superhero role models for the kids of wealthy parents, as well as those who support Occupy Wall Street.

Keep an eye out for these interesting new titles, which will hit shelves in May of this year. Let’s hope The Green Team and The Movement can put aside their different backgrounds and forge an alliance.

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About the Author: Barry Donegan

Barry Donegan is a singer for the experimental mathcore band Look What I Did, a writer, a self-described "veteran lifer in the counterculture", a political activist/consultant, and a believer in the non-aggression principle.