Gail Simone and Freddie Williams’ new series The Movement is finally here. While not much had been revealed about the series leading up to now, but with the professional pedigree and the promise of a plot decidedly different from that of conventional super hero stories, I found it hard to resist this series and what it could mean and do for the DC Universe as a whole. Before I babble on any further, let me start by discussing what I liked most about this issue.
1. The bizarre powers that were demonstrated within the issue. A character has the ability to control rats, one as the ability to sense emotional residue (or something, not entirely sure how she does what she does), while another is apparently a demon.
2. It is set in Coral City, which giving where Simone lives, could be based on my former stomping grounds in the Northwest. DC is at its best when they can create an environment for their characters to play in. This looks to be yet another example of why fictional cities are good for comics.
3. Much like the hype, this comic has social activism, hacking groups, 99 Percent initiative, and all sorts of other things that make this comic feel truly modern.
4. It’s all of point 3 set in a super hero universe, this is a story that has never been done or told before in comics, with the leading lady of comics telling the story.
Rating before reading: 7
Rating after reading: 9
I’m hooked. This issue is solid and fun. It gives readers a good introduction to the plot and the slice of the universe Simone is working in, while also introducing us to fascinating characters with unusual powers. Simone is known for her mastery of characterization and emotion, and has a professional pedigree that would suggest that this comic could very well be one of her newest masterpieces. While too early to tell, this series has immense potential with her at the helm.
Now it’s time to talk about Freddie Williams II. I will be the first to say that I’ve been critical of his art in the past and that I was worried about his pairing with Simone. My fears have been pushed aside though. Mister Williams has done a great job bringing these oddball characters to life, making them not only look unique, but also strangely human. One of my biggest complaints about super heroes is their body image. All the characters in this book feel like normal people, even a character like Katharsis (introduced in Gail Simone’s other hit series, Batgirl) who is insanely powerful looks surprisingly human with Williams at the pen. I was blown away with the visual detail he provided and how some characters would literally break into another panel.
While this comic is still quite mysterious, it is that mystery that makes this comic so much more intriguing. The introduction to the plot, the characters, and the environment around them was nearly pitch perfect in execution. I am so happy to have such a diverse book to add to my roster of weekly pulls and eagerly anticipate the second issue of the series.
Until the next time,