Review: The Movement #1
Now that DC is done with the “wave release” format (finally), we have books starting to come out when they are good and ready. The first of these is The Movement, which shows DC is ready to take chances on books again.
Gail Simone uses the Occupy Wall Street movement as inspiration for the Movement in Coral City. She sets the atmosphere well, giving Coral City a Gotham feel, but not on as big of a scale. The characterization that Simone gives the police force is intricate and demoralizing. Even the cops that seem on the good side are terrible deep down. It helps set itself apart from cities in the DC universe like Gotham, where there are usually a few cops trying their hardest to get the city back from the criminals. The set up for the heroes is done quite well, giving each their own scene to display their powers. In most team books, these scenes would be shoehorned into the plot, just incase someone doesn’t know the hero. But Simone is dealing with new heroes, which gives her the time and space to introduce them as she pleases. The team is balanced, with no one over powering the entire team.
DC is finally taking a chance a books again, and I couldn’t be happier. Gone are the days when they’d take a chance on a book like Gotham Central, where the main stars aren’t A-list characters or teams. The DC universe is filled with people who are as strong as gods, but the small heroes are just as interesting as the gods. When a bigger hero eventually makes a cameo in The Movement, they will be looked upon as the bigger than life person they are. That’s a rare thing in comic these days, where heroes are always relatable in some shape or form. It’s a great perspective that is interesting to read. One little thing that stuck out like a sore thump was the scene between Virtue and the Captain. Virtue tells the Captain that his wife is cheating on him. Considering these kids popped out of nowhere, why would he believe something like that? The Captain might have had suspicions before, and Virtue is playing off of these, but that wasn’t conveyed at any point in The Movement #1. Not a big deal, but it left me a little confused.
Freddie Williams II artwork is perfect for The Movement. It’s gritty and down to Earth. The costumes aren’t spandex, instead focusing on what the character needs for using their powers. The fight scene between a cop and the winged hero incorporates some amazing panel flow. It brings the reader into the fight perfectly. The masks used seemed to be inspired by the V for Vendetta masks Anonymous wears. I almost like this look better. It’s creepier, and makes others see themselves in the mask. Williams also handles inks, giving these heroes plenty of darkness to work from. Chris Sotomayor’s colors are muted compared to most comics by the big two publishers. The costumes have the superhero look to them, but they come across as home made.
The Movement is off to a great start, and fans that love books like Gotham Central should buy this series.
The Movement #1 gets 4/5.