Review: The Movement #2
Last month I gave The Movement #1 a stellar review. It’s the kind of book that DC needs more of. But could it get better? Why yes it did. Gail Simone and Freddie Williams II found a way to make this book even better.
The Movement #2 is all about fleshing out these rag tag group of heroes. Fans of Simone’s Secret Six will notice a tonal similarity. Some are morally ambiguous, but you love them none the less. And there are odd moments of humor that make you crack up laughing harder than you expected. Every character is given a panel or two to shine, even Vengeance Moth, who looks remarkably similar to Oracle. Simone quickly causes ripples in the group, but they feel genuine. As if the reader is watching a group that has been around for a while. The twist at the end is a good one, and should make the coming months even more interesting. Last month, I compared this book to Gotham Central, and that comparison is even more appropriate this month. There are filthy cops, and the super powered people are the freaks. And the reader feels for these freaks. It’s only been two months and I can’t wait for the next issue.
If this book didn’t have the DC label on the front cover, I wouldn’t know that this book takes place in that universe. Simone keeps this book away from the god like heroes of the DC universe, and it’s for the best. DC’s pantheon of heroes borderline God-like at times, and giving the universe a team of down to Earth heroes is just what it needed. While some were hoping Suicide Squad was going to be a Secret Six type book, The Movement seems to be taking that spot. For the time being, it’s the best book that DC is putting out right now.
Freddie Williams II’s pencils are gritty and dark. Coral City is a dirty city that is without hope. While there are heroes with spandex, they feel out of place amongst the ordinary people. It creates a great contrast in the story and shows how the heroes won’t 100% be able to fit in with the down and out citizens of Coral City. The action is kinetic, and quite bloody. Williams uses body language masterfully. Tremor’s look of “oh dear god” when Mouse is saddened by the loss of his favorite mouse was priceless. It spoke wonders about the team relationship. She’s clearly seen him do something like this before and can’t believe she let herself believe something was wrong again. Chris Sotomayor’s colors never leave the ground. The spandex are quite brighter than everything else, further distancing the heroes from their fellow citizens.
The Movement is one of, if not the best book DC is putting out right now. Don’t wait, go out and but it.
The Movement #2 gets 4.5/5.