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DC Comics is immortalizing the ’99 percent’ that took a stand against ‘the man’ in fall 2011.

The comic book company will feature ‘Occupy Wall Street’-esque characters as superheroes of sorts in a comic book about fighting against the powers that be.

Writer Gail Simone named the comic book ‘The Movement,’ a partner publication to “The Green Team,” about rich kids who use their money and share their wealth instead of keeping it to themselves, according to Wired.

“Meet the 99%,” reads ‘The Movement’ tagline on DC Comics. “They were the super-powered disenfranchised — now they’re the voice of the people!”

Simone was inspired by the information age, where power doesn’t necessarily come from money, she told the nerd news site Big Shiny Robot.

“It’s a book about power – who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse.” she said, before adding later. “And because the sources of that information are so dispersed and nameless, it’s nearly impossible to
shut it all down.”

The Movement’ is breaking into a whole new area of comic books, according to Simone.

“The previous generations of superheroes were not created to address this, it’s a legitimately new frontier, both for the real world and for storytellers,” Simone said, “It’s an adventure story, but it really isn’t about mad scientists and jewel heists, it’s more about the injustices that can affect real people’s lives, just tarted up in costumes and superpowers.”

As serious as the new comic book seems, Simone said humor, especially dark humor, will be sprinkled throughout. After all, it is a comic book.

DC Comics will release digital versions of “The Movement” on May 1 and “The Green Team” on May 22.

No news if the ‘Occupy’ protesters’ signature chant, “All day, all week, occupy Wall Street,” will be featured in the strip.