Two corrupt police officers attempt to shake down a teen couple in a dark alley just because they can. They are interrupted when their actions are video taped and confronted by those associated with the hacker group known as Channel M. Police Captain Meers, however, can’t discipline the officers like he should because of the further corruption placed within the city government. Meanwhile, a serial killer continues to strike in the neighborhood district known as the ‘Tweens. It is here that Captain Meers will finally meet the true faces behind Channel M. They are the Movement and they have their own brand of justice to dish out.
With the way the issue is structured, The Movement should not work. The pacing is lightning fast and quite chaotic that it should not be looked upon as a good book. But I think Gail Simone is on to something here. As an opening issue, it slaps readers in the face with just how different it is from everything else in DC Comics. It’s a gutsy thing to do and it creates interest by providing just enough little things to make it all intriguing and fascinating. If nothing else, Simone does a very good job establishing the injustice taking place within Coral City and why some of its super powered citizens have taken it upon themselves to fight the system. It will be very interesting to see how the series develops with each new issue.
Some readers might look down on the illustrations by Freddie Williams II as being too cartoony for a concept seemingly based in realism. I actually think the design style Williams goes with fits just right for the story. It’s like the approach John Romita Jr. takes with Kick-Ass by creating something that should not work and yet it does because it hits the little things right. Sure there are a couple problems with anatomy. But what really makes the art work is that the facial expressions are spot on and body movements and positions are developed in such a way that it does what it needs to enhance the story. This is one of the few books where I don’t mind the additional ink lines as much, as it adds to the dirtiness of the city, and the coloring by Chris Sotomayor provides the right amount of depth and definition.
This is a good start for The Movement. Gail Simone scripts an issue where everything is so unique and interesting that it fills me with excitement. The artwork by Freddie Williams II, though not perfect, nonetheless works to add a different kind of appeal to the book that makes it stand out from all the others in DC Comics. I would recommend readers to give it a try and see how interested they are to seeing something that could be potentially radical for a change in DC Comics.
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