@coondawg68 Why do you assume it’s about Occupy?Hint: it isn’t.
— GailSimone (@GailSimone) February 12, 2013
Well that was quite entertaining. Since the announcement of The Movement by Gail Simone and Freddie Williams last week, it has been attacked from the right as pandering to left wing activists, and to a lesser extent from the left as co-opting the Occupy movement for the needs of a multi-global business. Here are a few of our favourites;
The super-powered disenfranchised? Wow, that sounds fun! Just imagine the heroes that DC can come up with!
Pigpen: After 25 years without a bath, he can incapacitate his enemies just by lifting one of his arms.
The Mooch: After spending an entire lifetime living off of other people, he’s developed superhuman mooching powers. No bank can resist him when he asks for money, policemen who try to apprehend him let him “borrow” their guns, and he’s unjailable because no prison guard can avoid giving him his keys.
FemiNazi: Her ceaselessly moaning about the patriarchy and how worthless the male gender causes every male in the room to flee her presence.
Black Bloc: After spending decades playing military-themed video games, Black Bloc has become a warrior against oppression — if by oppression, you mean Starbucks windows, graffiti-free walls, and policemen with their backs turned.
Trust Fund Kid: The leader of the Occupy team has no super powers, but he does have his rich father’s charge card and a knack for quoting Michael Moore.
Ah, yes. Just what America needs to pull itself together: More class warfare!Gee, I just can’t wait for Batman (aka Multi-Billionaire Bruce Wayne) to kick their whiny little butts when they start pitching tents on his lawn and defecating all over the Batmobile!
But just for a little balance, some hate from the other side
Does corporate, privatised dicktective comics attempting to co-opt OWS infuriate anyone else here? If so let’s actually Occupy these profiteers. Anyone want to get in on a WG?
It’s true, I hate it when people co-opt stuff.
But what is less likely to get publicity is a new series of graphic novels called March from Top Shelf Comix planned for later this year, the story of the civil right movement by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, an activist in his youth, with artist Nate Powell.
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.