Monday, January 4, 2016

The Movement Issue #1 by Gail Simone and Freddie E. Williams II

Title: The Movement
Author: Gail Simone
Artist: Freddie E. Williams II
Series: The Movement #1
Source: Bought


We are faceless. We are limitless. We see all. And we do not forgive.

Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT?

When those who are sworn to protect us abuse their power, when toxic government calls down super-human lackeys to force order upon the populace...finally, there is a force, a citizen’s army, to push order BACK.

Let those who abuse the system know this as well: We have our OWN super humans now. They are not afraid of your badges or Leagues. And they will not be SILENCED.

We are your neighbors. We are your co-workers. And we are your children.


I had such high expectations going into this comic. I had heard from Lucy, on ThingsLucyReads, that it was amazing. And it, unlike so many other comics (especially from DC), had diverse characters. That alone had me at my local bookstore picking up the first trade. I don't regret that decision...even though I promptly made an order for the second volume that same day...

I read comics a little differently than the mainstream way on BookTube. Most pick up the trade and just read the entire thing in one sitting. I don't do that. I tend to read comics in original form, that being single issues at a time, with some time in between issues. This is how I read all things. Series included, even when the entire series (like it is with this one in particular) is out. Usually, it doesn't effect the outcome of my reading experience, it just is how I read series. But in this case, it might have worked against me.

I had all these ideas of what would be in this series, that after reading the first issue I was super underwhelmed. I felt as if we weren't given a proper introduction into the series as a whole. And this is certainly a 'me problem.' Because I know that if I hadn't gone into this series with the expectations of getting something different in terms of actual representation of diverse characters, I would have enjoyed it so much more. 

And then again, maybe not. I just felt as if something was missing in this first issue. Mainly, explanations. We get a kind of introduction, and I can see a sort of direction, generally. But it wasn't strong enough for me to just fall in love. I am glad I have the next one in the series, as I own the trade, but had I been reading this as it came out, I'm not sure if I would have picked up the next one....

This is a story of a group of superheroes that fight against injustices, especially from those in power. I like this premise, and am certainly intrigued to continue and find out more. We get a sort of first look into the group and what they fight against. I feel as if this has potential, but on it's own the first issue was just meh. 

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