Written by Gail Simone
Art by Freddie Williams II
Published by DC Comics
After the jaw-dropping reveal that Batgirl would be joining the panels of The Movement in issue #8, I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the next issue. Well folks, the day is finally upon us and I must say it didn’t disappoint! Babs has come to Coral City with the sole purpose of stopping Reese, a.k.a. Horizon who’s taken it upon himself to become a vigilante; a vigilante capable of leveling an entire city if he can’t control his powers!
This issue has taught me two very important things about this series and about the DCU in general:
- Gotham is no longer considered the bleakest corner of the DCU. Listening to Barbara’s monologue about how dirty and corrupt Coral City is was a major indication of how bad that place has really gotten.
- Gail Simone is still very much committed to this book doing well! The writing has always been top-notch, but with a Batgirl crossover there is a ton of potential to hook the fans of her work on that series into reading The Movement! (Hopefully!)
As I said before, Gail Simone’s writing continues to be absolutely top-notch in this series. I love her work on Batgirl, but when she’s writing these lesser known characters and has the creative freedom to pretty much do as she pleases her talent really shines. The action is a lot of fun, and she even gave us the infamous inner-monologue during a fight sequence that the Bat-family is known for. The best moments of the book are when Gail’s unique sense of humor makes its way into the panels during dialogue between the characters. The conversation between Babs and The Movement was really charming and gave us a glimpse into how alike Barbara and Virtue truly are. I expect the next issue to be absolutely amazing!
Freddie Williams II continues to be stellar in the art department, though I don’t think this was his best issue. Don’t get me wrong, the art is still absolutely fantastic, but some of the line work was as on point as I’ve come to expect from him. With that being said, it’s still some of my favorite art in comics. Chris Sotomayor on the colors delivered some of the most vibrant, beautiful panels of the series in this issue. I would read the hell out of a Virtue series done with this art team just so I could see their work every time she uses her powers.
This is a series that deserves to be mentioned with the rest of the top series in comics but rarely ever gets its shine. In each and every issue there continues to be something for all fans of comics. There’s great action, raw human emotion, and a great sense of humor in almost every page of the book; usually you only get one of those things out of a series. That’s how special The Movement really is. Normally I give it a 5 out of 5, but due to the little hold ups I have about the art, I have to give The Movement #9 a…
4.5 out of 5 nerds