Aping The Trends (Or Is It Time For The Inferior Five Again?)


Last week, DC announced the revamp / relaunch / re-imagination for the New Age of the Green Team; four unbelievably rich teenagers with a mission to make the world a better place. Meanwhile, taking the themes of the Occupy Movement, with the (now not so very fresh and new) narrative of the 99% and the 1%, this is contrasted by a so far mysterious solicitation called The Movement by Louise Simonson.

While an elusive interview established The Movement’s basis in currently political themes, (because up until now, comics have never ever really been anti-establishment, have they?); not only Occupy, but also the Hacktivist movements of Anonymous and such; the Green Team sounds more like it will be a fun romp that is more in style with their initial Seventies appearance in the short-lived 1st-Issue Special. It is after all, penned by the creative team that has brought us such literary heights as Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures.

Okay, I’m being cruel. This could actually be a lot of fun, especially if the Green Team does manage to play off some of the themes that The Movement promises to address. And it cannot be any more heart-rending than the four characters last appearance back in the “Second Crisis” of Grant Morrison’s Animal Man. So the poor blighters have finally escaped out of comic-book Limbo.

So, is it Merryman’s turn yet? Can we see another Phil Foglio’s Angel and the Ape series, complete with the Inferior Five?

(If you have never had the pleasure, seek out the Angel and the Ape four-issue mini from the late Eighties. Now there’s a comic that managed to tread the fine line between continuity and not taking itself too seriously!)

I wonder how long it will be before many of DC’s detractors start crying screaming (in ALL CAPS) about the liberal bias of comics, and how politics has no place in comics, just like they did when DC released their Decisions mini?

Excuse me? Comics have ALWAYS included politics. Casting aside such masterpieces as V For Vendetta or Judge Dredd, what about a solo super-hero is not about the power of individualism? What is it about the Avengers, the X-Men, the Justice League or the Legion Of Super-Heroes that is not about the power of the community?

I mean! The X-Men. There was nothing political about them back in the Sixties, was there? (Desperately in need of a sarcasm font here. An emoticon? Anything? A smiley just does not cut it.)

As far as I am concerned, it’s not that there is too much politics in comics. It’s that frequently, writers do not take the bull by the horns and delve as deep as they could.

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