REVIEW – The Movement #1
Gail Simone is at once challenging, provocative and blisteringly funny in her writing. One moment she’s introducing new transgendered characters to the mainstream DCU, and the next she’s announcing on the electric-type Twitter that her next project will feature an all-quokka cast.
As well as her triumphant (and briefly interrupted) run on Batgirl, Gail has introduced a new Superhero…perhaps “team” isn’t the right term. The title describes it best; The Movement. Too easily waved off as a play on the Occupy folks, The Movement is also equal parts urban watchdog group, police oversight committee and street gang, with a bit of Anonymous and Teen Titans thrown in.
It’s set in new fictional DC town Coral City, a town high in crime and police corruption. As a pair of dirty cops offer to let a pair of young people go if the female offers them a free show, they are quickly surrounded by members of The Movement, clad in masks (which had BETTER be getting handed out at cons this summer, thank you very much) and cell phones, recording and disseminating the cops’ indecent proposal.
The part of town known as “The Tweens” is under the protection of The Movement, which seems to have both powered and non-powered members. Incursions by the police, even the precinct’s honest captain, are not welcome, and are met with force. The Movement has the might to
There’s the hint of a theme first touched on by Mark Waid in his last (and sadly underappreciated) take on Legion of Superheroes, in which the Legion was more of a youth movement than simply a superhero team. As here, they represent the idea that since they are not being watched over by anyone, they will watch over themselves. The Movement has organization and the power to make sure their part of town is not threatened from without, and protected from those within.
Freddie Williams’ art has a very loose line, , far better suited for a more character-oriented book like this. The panel layout is very interesting, often a large splash image hiding under numerous smaller panels – the storytelling is dense, and fast-paced. It’s a unique look, very well used in this very unique book.
This is far from standard DC fare, and Gail fills it with very interesting characters, about whom you immediately want to know more. I expect the tale of how these people got their powers, and how they found each other, will all entertain and interest readers for some time. Being a unusual title, I’m hoping it finds an audience, maybe even one outside of the normal clientele of comic shops.