The Movement #1 (DC)


Rating: 5/5 – A Team Worth Following

The Movement is a book about a team of crimefighters who don’t have Bruce Wayne’s bank account, a fancy satellite, or tons of technology at their disposal. Their enemies (at least in this first issue) aren’t super-villains with doomsday weapons…but the corrupt police department that patrols Coral City’s streets.

Those of you bemoaning the end of Gail Simone’s Secret Six, take heart. I think you’ll find a spiritual successor in these pages. Those of you wailing and gnashing your teeth about DC ruining stories and beloved franchises and wishing they’d try something new, take heart. With just one issue, this is a team I want to know more about. Those of you griping about substandard artwork in your DC books, take heart. Freddie Williams II has your back.

The Movement covers a group of young super-powered people who aren’t concerned with saving their world, or even their city. They cover the ‘Tweens of Coral City (10th St. to 20th St.) and protect its citizens from not only the criminals who prey on them, but from the police department who turns a blind eye to such activity or – worse – is involved in some of it.

A year or so ago we saw the Occupy Movement stage mass sit-ins across the nation to send a message to our government and our corporate leaders. Rest assured, this Movement appears to be willing to do a lot more than sit to get its message across. I enjoy stories about anti-heroes, and this book looks like it’s going to deliver the goods. It’s also refreshing to see DC take a chance on some completely new heroes. Hopefully readers will be willing to take that same chance. It’s a book with a lot of potential, and totally worth your time to read.

Reviewed by: Al Sparrow – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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