DC Goes Political, Makes Superheroes Out of 1% & 99%

About three months ago, Newsarama suggested The Green Team [Click the link and check out number 7] was ripe for revival after the announcement that Vibe was getting his own series.


Apparently, someone at DC Comics was listening.

Announced overnight at Huffington Post, DC is getting political in May 2013 with The Green Team, a group of teenaged rich kids who seek to finance all your superpowered dreams, and The Movement, an Occupy Wall Street inspired book about the meek rising up to hold the powerful accountable. The new series announcements are the first after announcing six more cancellations in the New 52.

Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, previously having worked on the outskirts of the DCU with all-ages titles Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures, are writing the revival of the obscure Green Team, with art by Ig Guara. The characters, created by Joe Simon and Jerry Grandenetti, only had one solo adventure before fading into obscurity, and while this is a very different take, Art and Franco did confirm that this is a revival of the basic characters and concepts, albeit with their own signature twist.

"DC knew we were the right team for the job. 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," Franco said in a first interview about the series.

Art added, "I looked at the original designs and concepts of these characters and was looking forward to giving them a major update. 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The book centers around a group of Teen Trillionaires (now updated from the out-of-date Millionaires, because who isn't a Millionaire these days?) and tackles the questions "Can money make you happy?" according to Franco and "Can money make you... Super?" according to Art. It marks the first New 52 work for Art & Franco, who are also currently running a Kickstarter campaign to launch a creator-owned all-ages series after the recent SFA cancellation.

On the other side of things is the 99% in The Movement by Gail Simone and artist Freddie Williams III. The book is currently hidden behind a mysterious first solicitation and an interview that doesn't really tell anything about the characters or concept, other than that it will take inspiration from things like the Occupy Wall Street movement and "hacktivist" groups like Anonymous. Setting those against the backdrop of a world full of superpowered beings, Simone hopes to approach "a legitimately new frontier, both for the real world and for storytellers." She also indicated that the power held by such groups may not always be a good thing, if the group behind a movement isn't everything they seem.

The solicitation text for both May-shipping first issues follows. More to come here on Newsarama.





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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.


Written by GAIL SIMONE



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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.

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