Somehow lost in all the hoopla over DC’s New 52 pretty much imploding all over the place yesterday, was the announcement of two new books that aren’t what you expected.
DC Comics has been on the cutting edge of trying bold, new things for that last few years and this announcement is no exception. With these two brand new titles, DC Comics is taking the themes and issues that came to the surface with the Occupy Wall Street movement and are bringing both sides of the coin into the world of superheroes.
Since that seems to match the sensibility of the readers here, what better place to announce these new books and reveal this new artwork than the Huffington Post?
THE GREEN TEAM by Art Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara and THE MOVEMENT by Gail Simone and Freddie Williams II are suspiciously relevant-sounding books, both out in May. Of THE MOVEMENT, Simone writes:
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.
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. It’s an adventure story, but it really isn’t about mad scientists and jewel heists, it’s more about the injustices that can affect real people’s lives, just tarted up in costumes and superpowers.
THE GREEN TEAM is about superheroes who buy their powers, and it is set in the world of the New 52, according to this article.
DC has been warning that 2013 would be the year of “new” things, and since they’ve canceled a bunch of old things, this is a very good thing.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.