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DC Comics cancels ‘The Movement’

movement9Less than three weeks after the final issue of DC Comics’ The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires arrived in stores, Gail Simone has announced the cancellation of its companion series The Movement with May’s Issue 12.

Unfortunately, this book just never found a big enough audience,” the writer posted Sunday on her blog. “The people who loved it, loved it hard, but that number was too small. I am bummed about it, we wanted to do a book that didn’t read or look like anything else out there, and I think we accomplished that. I take the responsibility, I think it took a little while for people to really adopt the characters, which was a conscious choice but also a risky one in this very cautious market where people have to be extra careful of which books they choose.”

Launched in May 2013, The Movement and The Green Team were a look at the 1 percent and the 99 percent, the haves and have-nots, in the DC Universe: While The Green Team, by Art Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara, centered on teens who used their wealth to purchase power — and super powers — Simone and Freddie E. Williams II’s The Movement focused on another group of teens who used their abilities to fight corruption in Corral City.

“Whenever a book is cancelled, people often get mad at the publisher — it’s understandable, but in this case, we received nothing but support from DC,” Simone wrote. “They knew it was a dicey prospect, a book not set in Gotham or Metropolis with no known heroes, and an unusual core theme. They knew it was a bit risky commercially and they did it anyway, and they let us run out to twelve issues to finish it properly, when almost any other publisher would have cut it earlier on.”

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I want to say it’s a shame this happened, but I dropped it from my pull box after issue 6, so it’s partially my fault. It was really different, and I enjoyed that. Was hoping to see where it went in trades.

It is so great when a creator deals with a series end in a professional and practical way. And kudos to DC for taking a chance on the series. A shame that it did not find its audience.

I’ve been waiting all month to hear about new launches from dc to fill in the spots for all the cancellations but all we got is another cancellation. Disappointing one too, Movement’s a good book.

IMO a big problem was Freddie Williams’ art. While improved from his tenure on JSA All Stars, it was still too messy and unstructured to be reader friendly. Gail’s story was OK I guess, tread a lot of water and had a lot of angsty moments, but the art often got in the way of storytelling.

I’m sure he’s a nice guy and a good professional but I will leave his next book on the shelf.

A lot of people buy the first few issues of a book, and then stop, and then wait for the trade. But it’s sales of floppies that keep a series going, not trades. If a lot of folks like the books but refuse to buy the single issues, then a book will be canceled because it won’t be profitable to publish.

If you want alternate or indie or risky books to succeed, support them and add those issues to your pull list.

With a title named “The Movement”; it always reminded me of a bowel movement

The Bowel Movement got flushed!

“Launched in May 2013, The Movement and The Green Team were a look at the 1 percent and the 99 percent, the haves and have-nots, in the DC Universe: While The Green Team, by Art Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara, centered on teens who used their wealth to purchase power — and super powers — Simone and Freddie E. Williams II’s The Movement focused on another group of teens who used their abilities to fight corruption in Corral City.”

….and thats the contradictory problem right there: wealth is connotated with a negative and poverty with a positive. those with money “buy power” and those in the movement (99%) fight corruption.

True Jesus would agree but he didnt condemn you cause you were wealthy: Its what you did with your wealth that either condemned you or not.

….hence DC’s ongoing identity crisis….

DC Comic Books are a commodity (not a necessity) purchased by those of us who have disposable funds.

Most of us fit in between the 1 and 99 percent. Very few of us are in the bottom of the 99% or at the top of the 1% though i wager we are doing quite well if we all pay for cable & online service in addition to a bevy of comic books & other literature whether in digital or paper format.

How can the majority of people be in the 99% and be considered the “have nots” when its we the 99% who buy books from the 1% mega-corporation known as Warner Communications??? How can Warners cater to the 99% when its corporation is part of the 1%?

….until Warners/DC understand the truth about reality more weak products that no one can fully relate to will be made.

…..also for that matter many of DCs & Marvels heroes are part of the 1% or work for 1% corporations/businesses. so again we have this identity crisis with DC & to lesser degree Marvel.

How can you raise 3 to 4 generations of readers based on heroes tied to the 1% and then expect to create products showing 2 groups that represent unrelatable fictional realities.

if we in the 99% “dont have” life’s essentials or what the 1% have then how come many of us buy 5 to 25 books amonth? or better yet, is life so bad for us if we cant buy what we did 15 years ago due to higher book prices?

arent the 1% setting the higher book prices? so why feed the 1% monster corporation who works to take from the 99% “have-nots”?

…wonder what Batman would say to all of this ? Stark? Ollie Queen? Alan Scott? where would the Avengers or the JLA be without the 1%?

…sorry to now be so snarky, and no i did not read these series, but its as if DC runs around like a slip & fall lawyer who chases after ambulances that have newspaper headlines glued to them. The moment they read the newspaper headline they decide to make a book out of it.

its called pandering and it doesnt make for interesting stories.

maybe if DC approached this like the Runaways they would have gotten some mileage out of it.

if DC would understand history they would realize for any revolution or successful societal-changing movement to function, it needs all levels of society supporting it.

even the communists know that. what was castro & guevara? a lawyer & a doctor. the 1%. in the end guevara lost his fortune, family & his life.

many founders of the american revolution were part of the 1%. some lost their lives or families of their fortunes over it.

the reason most of us connect with the members of the 1% shown in comics its we admire the sacrifice that those 1 percenters make to be the heroes for the rest of us.

it again goes back to the contradictory nature of DC deciding to play a hand in the “us vs them” mentality that so many in the media are trying to promote.

we all get along alot better than most media corporations give us credit for.

really.

Dark Rabbit…

And here I thought it was just the White Rabbit who was late for the Tea Party…

Good!! Makes room for more Batman titles

man,did you see how bad the art was.no wonder it’s canceled!

Because Gail was writing it, I tried the first issue, and I really did NOT like it. Art was all muddy and hard to make out. But that could be forgiven by a great story. Instead I got a group of horrible, unlikable people on BOTH sides, and I just honestly did not want to spend time with them. I rarely drop a book after trying a single issue, but the Movement made me do just that. :( And I LIKE Gail.

Silver Aged

What do you mean?

You’ve got to buy a new series for at least like 2 years before you can confidently trade wait

Dropped you a long time ago—I hoped you might be like Simone’s Secret Six, you weren’t.

As somebody mentioned already, if readers don’t buy the monthlies and wait til trades to pick a up title, odds are an under-the-radar book won’t make it long enough to get collected. I don’t see why more people don’t understand this. I’ve seen so many people say, upon the announcement of a new book, “I’ll wait til the reviews and pick up the trades.” Why should a company keep churning out a low-selling book and collect it in trades? Would it kill people to try a book for 4-6 months and support the industry?

I loved the art — was thrilled Freddie Williams was finally on a book whose story I wanted to read. He’s got a great scratchy Trevor Von Eeden kind of style; it might not be to everyone’s taste, but it really speaks to me. A distinctive look for a distinctive book. I’m sorry the book didn’t catch on, especially since it keeps getting better.

it was garbage, from a garbage publisher

Brian from Canada

February 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Waiting for trades and crossovers hurt the chances for The Movement. In the end, it was a decent series with some strong moments and some weak ones — but I appreciate Devin Greyson’s thanking DC for keeping with it for the full year instead of jumping ship and cancelling it when it goes down in sales. We got three arcs from it and some characters that have decent value for developing in the future.

Hopefully, DC will continue to take such chances on non-Gotham/non-Metropolis series. They may not all be gangbusters, but at least they break up the monotony of the heroes’ playgrounds.

I didn’t buy this series for financial reasons, but it did actually seem pretty interesting. If I had a little more money, I would have loved to check it out. Shame to see it go.

I’m happy it got a year, after the disaster of a pre-launch campaign DC gave it.
It was always a little bit of a jumble, but I hope the characters get to pop up in other books sometimes.
And not just as canon fodder.

Trade wait for big named titles, not the new stuff folks.

DC kind of signed the death warrant for both these books when they decided to tie both books to the Occupy movement, which itself was super-divisive. I imagine Occupy’s critics were instantly put off buying the Movement….even though it had nothing to do with Occupy.

Of course, having a Marvel of DC book with all new characters and no recognizable names get past issue 12 is also extremely unlikely, unfortunately.

Did this really surprise anyone?

Trade-waiting didn’t kill The Movement or Green Team. There wasn’t enough interest in the concepts, period, to sustain the books for the long haul. Issue #8 only shipped 6600 copies in January. Unless you think there were about 10-15k additional readers waiting for the trade, which is ridiculous, this book was doomed by bigger issues.

So disappointed to hear this. It was the only DC book I was buying. I do agree that the art wasn’t great but I put most of the blame on the ugly inking style. As much as I wish DC and Marvel and EVERYBODY would take more risks on new ideas, I totally understand why the big two just focus on the established name brands. So many comic book fans would rather read the same stories they’ve already read. We can disparage the companies all we want and we’re often right to do so, but we are the ones who keep them afloat. We vote with our dollars.

@Brian from Canada: Gail Simone wrote this book not Devin Grayson. I dont think Devin Grayson writes comics anymore.

the occupy movement is so 2010… wake up DC!

The Green Team made no sense. There are already books about the DC universe’s 1%, like Bruce Wayne and Karen Starr, for example. As for The Movement, anyone who follows Gail’s FB page knows it absolutely was tied to the Occupy movement. Anything that topical is bound to fail, because you’re putting off a chunk of the market just with the premise. The subject matter is not the problem, but the manner in which they went about it was misguided.

Hmm, that’s weird. I would have thought political correctness, class warfare and gender politics would have been a better sell.

Have to admit I have no idea what “The Movement” is. I didn’t even knew this was published.

This was marketed as the 99% vs the 1% stuff and I didn’t want to read a comic book that reminded me l’m in the 99%. The two series never crossed over and both cancelled. Doesn’t sound like DC throught these two through.

I got in the Movement because of Gail (the art isn’t very good) and although I liked the idea of “the people fighting corruption more proactively” I sorely hated Virtue’s smug actitude towards genuine good people who tried to gave her a good advice, completely especial case on Batgirl. If the Bat-Family was united, they would given those smug kids a lesson to not mess with the Pros.

“Very few of us are in the bottom of the 99% or at the top of the 1%”

By, definition, EVERYONE is in either the 99% or the 1%. And I can assure you, absolutely no one commenting on this post is part of the 1%.

Can’t wait for comic book publishers to leave monthly floppies behind and adopt a trade-exclusive model. Then we’ll really know if an idea had legs, and was simply the victim of publishers’ inability to catch up with the times. Like how long it took the music industry to stubbornly hang on to the CD model.

I never even heard of this book until now, but I no longer buy floppies at all. I switched to trades only years ago and never looked back — nor have I regretted the decision. Anyone who finally takes the plunge will wonder why they waited so long to take it.

Don’t care if people think this is killing the industry. What’s killing the industry, is the industry. They’re going to try forcing us to double-dip until the numbers give them a reason to stop trying.

Hopefully that day comes sooner rather than later, for the sake of some of these ideas being wasted by being born before the industry has caught up to the rest of the world.

I’m so sorry to see this book go, and yes, I’ve been buying it and will continue until issue 12. Gail did a great job of world-building in Coral (not “Corral”) City. And while I admit some didn’t like Freddie’s art, I grew to love his style. It was a great book, and I sincerely hope the characters stick around and that other characters visit Coral City in their own books.

Thanks, Gail & Freddie. The Movement “moved” me. No joke.

You know, I constantly hear people complain about those who “wait for the trade”. I don’t WANT more single issue comics, I want trades. Why should I buy something I don’t want in the hopes of getting what I do want? Because that doesn’t always happen. And, if parts of the industry aren’t willing to give me what I’m willing to pay for, I will go elsewhere. There are plenty of things that do get collected, I’ll spend my money there. Sorry to see this go, but I am simply not going to buy what I don’t want to support what other people want, rather than spending my money on what I want. This is entertainment, nothing more.

Mike T. – Devin does write comics. She’s part of a “Red Sonja” project. And she’s branching out into radio drama with a “Domino Lady” three-parter for our company. So, yeah, she’s still active.

Ultimately the reason this book failed is was it was incredibly poor. I really liked the concept, of underground kids struggling to protect their neighbourhood but the execution was so sloppy. I found almost all of The Movement to be incredibly annoying, and pretty much the only sympathetic characters in the book were Burden and the one good cop.

The initial marketing push of staking The Green Team and The Movement up against each other was really obnoxious. The Green Team was a fantastic action-adventure romp with a bunch of kids with the desire and the resources to do good, but not much clue about how to do it. It was an optimistic book with characters you could root for, whereas The Movement was an extremely pessimistic, almost nihilistic book filled with terrible characters.

@AudioComics: Awesome! Glad to hear that. I loved her in the 90s.Big fan of her.

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