DC Launching Two Politically Charged Comics In May

This is either going to be horrendous or okay, and my bet's on the former.

I’ll start this off by saying that I’m okay with Gail Simone as a person and with some of her work; her previous work, before DC’s New 52 reboot, spoke for her. Her comics were fun. Her current Batgirl run is far from my cup of tea though. The definitive Barbara-Gordon-as-Batgirl story, “Batgirl: Year One” by Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon, was tremendously better (though that may be the fault of current DC editorial and not Simone’s). Gail Simone herself is also notorious for being a Tumblr Social Justice Warrior. Not that I have any problem with that, but as a straight, white male I’m probably going to find issue with those who invalidate my opinion because I’m a straight, white male.

That’s why I had to do a double-take at this announcement. This seems about a year too late to be relevant, and it has large potential to be groan-worthy. There are interviews by Bryan Young of BigShinyRobot.com did interviews with both teams: The Green Team does sound like it could be fun in a Silver Age style (Art Baltazar and Franco have done fun books usually), but The Movement would probably pass my privilege-checking quota for the day.

The ad sums them up better than any paragraph. The Green Team is going to be new, non-super-powered individuals in the DC universe. The Movement is going to deal try to deal with more modern, democratic problems of how far should freedom of speech go, what to do with the corrupt that abuse their powers, and how to deal with injustices. Both deserve a shot, but I’m not expecting subtlety from either of them.


One thought on “DC Launching Two Politically Charged Comics In May”

  1. The 2 New 52 series starting in May won’t last too much, in my opinion.
    First of all, it looks like there won’t be any superhero in both of them: you can’t make a DC comic book without a superhero, it’s like trying to make spaghettis without the tomato sauce. What you can make is a Vertigo comic book without superheroes – in fact, when I read the description of those 2 series, I instantly thought “DC should have put them in the Vertigo section, in the New 52 line they are a fish out of water.”
    Secondly, both of them seem to be strictly related to the current tragic political-economic situation, and this is a wrong idea, in my opinion. A comic book is supposed to entertain you, to make you stop thinking about your problems: those series, on the contrary, seem to be entirely built on the problems most people have, so probably even in the Vertigo line they wouldn’t have had much success.
    Of course the one written by miss Simone has more chances to last, because there’s a big name writing it, but I think that, when the concept is not appealing, no matter how good the writer is, the comic book won’t work. Yes, it will make huge numbers for the first months, as usual when an A – list writer is involved, but in the long run people will start thinking “I don’t care who’s writing it, it’s not my cup of tea!” and leave the title.
    Anyway, the New 52 still is a wonderful line. DC is publishing some very remarkable series, and even outside of the New 52 line there are a lot of titles being pure awesomeness each month, like Batman: Arkham Unhinged.


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