Review: The Movement #7
There is a fantastic scene at the beginning of this book where a serial killer is having a nice, cosy little chat about what he does with his politician father. He argues that he’s just doing what he wants, exactly like his Dad does, and if the little people are suffering, well tough luck really isn’t it? That’s how things are. The rich and powerful do what they want, and the rest of the people just have to put up with it.
That story is at the heart of what Gail Simone is doing in the Movement. She is creating a world where the rich make the laws, and hire the people who enforce them. A world where they are above these laws and even when they are caught breaking them, these laws no longer apply.
What I really like about this book though is that there are shades of grey within this narrative. There are people working within the corrupt system that are fully aware of what is happening, and they don’t like it. The Police chief is passing classified documents to the resistance groups. The good cops within the Police department are getting fed up of their thug colleagues, and even at the top of the pyramid, the corrupt politician is getting increasingly uncomfortable with letting his insanely psychopathic son get away with his murderous rampages.
What you need for a Police state to fully destroy a society is to have everybody working within that system to just think about their careers and do exactly what they are told. This is not happening in the Movement, and it’s this light in the darkness that make it an optimistic and hopeful book, rather than a black and white, good versus evil depressingly bleak affair.
In issue #7 poor old Mouse is in a bit of a bad state after being beaten up and left for dead by some corporate thugs known as the ‘Graveyard Faction.’ And as his friends rush to his aid, our team of good guy superheroes have left their flank wide open for an attack by not only the mercenary group, but the thuggish element of the Police department who want nothing more than to ‘crack a few skulls.’
What I particularly enjoyed about this issue though was the deeper look at a character called Vengeance Moth. VG is a young teenaged girl who is suffering from Muscular Dystrophy and is therefore confined to a wheelchair. We see events enfolding from her point of view and from her first person narrative perspective. She is written as a very sweet, yet fiercely determined fighter who will do anything to help and protect her friends. We also get to see her superhero powers and leadership skills and for a character that I hadn’t even noticed before she really is quite fascinating to me. A person who uses her perceived weakness as strength and capitalises on the assumptions and arrogance of others. I found her to be a character with depth, and I’d very much like to see her feature more prominently in this book as it further progresses.
The best thing about the artwork in this book is probably the way that the bad-guys are portrayed. Freddie Williams II pencils them as vacant eyed, drooling, angry, overly muscled, steroid fuelled thugs who enjoy abusing the weak, and just love wearing the uniform of the oppressor. This is how bad guys should be drawn, all meat and anger with barely a flicker of intelligence amongst them.
As is usual with anything written by Gail Simone this is all tied together with a tremendous sense of humour, a light, natural funniness that permeates throughout and brings a sense of levity and fun to even the most serious of panels. This month’s issue concludes with a fist pumping moment that makes you jump out of you seat screaming, ‘Yes, get in there.’ That’s how a book should end, and I love it.
So that’s the Movement for another month. Lots of action, fascinating character development, some light in the Police state darkness and a great ending that is making me count down the days to the next issue. What else could you ask for from a monthly DC comic book? This is great stuff. Exciting, relevant, insightful and fun. Get a copy, get a copy now.