Written by: Gail Simone
Artist: Freddie Williams II
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Published by: DC Comics
“From the heart, it’s a start, a work of art to revolutionize, make a change, nothin’s strange. People, people, we are the same. No, we’re not the same because we don’t know the game..”
Fight the Power
Some call our great cities giant melting pots. What would happen if you turned up the heat on that pot? Answer: it boils over and in comes The Movement to clean up the mess. In issue #4 things have gone from bad to worse. A line was drawn in issue #3 between the corrupt police force and our rag tag group of heroes and a battle is imminent. Shots have been fired, and in this issue we get our first glimpse of the war.
Gail Simone’s The Movement quickly established itself as one of the best titles of the New 52. It seemed self-contained, and in its own little universe leaving Simone to tell the story she wanted to tell. In issue #4, the book takes its first step towards entering DCU continuity with the introduction of Amanda Waller into the story, all while giving us THE ONLY thing the series had been missing until this point: origin stories for our heroes. Done in flashback sequence form we get a back-story all without slowing down the action.
It’s no secret that DC has been using a ‘stock’ type of art for their books. Most of them look very similar, if not identical. Freddie Williams has definitely drawn The Movement to fit that mold, but with his own spin on it. The drawings are so clean that you could frame them up and run this as a Saturday morning cartoon. There’s a ton of color, and they make the palette a shade or two lighter for the flashback scenes, which I love!
With what seemed like a self-contained book with little to no affect on the DCU, by introducing Amanda Waller into the mix I’m intrigued about what the bigger plan is for The Movement. Gail Simone has done a superb job on Batgirl and that momentum has carried over and gained speed with The Movement. Pick it up and see for yourselves!
4.5 out of 5 nerds