The Movement #8

In the last issue of this story arc we begin with Erik Yee standing up to fellow officer, Whitt who is proposing that they go and exert some influence on the Channel M kids. Vengeance Moth is scraping herself off the floor and Burden has gone full out hideous demon and is brawling with the Graveyard Faction. 

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Virtue, Tremor and Katharsis are still at the hospital looking after Mouse. All unaware of the trouble at the warehouse since the Graveyard Faction is using a jammer. Virtue misses her date with Rainmaker. 

Pena and female officer Fricks stand with Yee against Whitt. When the Captain arrives he fires Whitt. Soon after the injured Yee reveals that his checking up on Virtue has lead to some interesting results: She’s dead.

Mouse comes around… and lays a kiss on Tremor. And now thinks that they are in love and are going to get married and live in the sewer and she’ll be his rodent princess…. yikes.

Meanwhile Vengeance Moth, concerned that the fight between Pallas and Burden is going to cause the building to cave in, knocks out leader of Graveyard Faction and disables the jammer she calls Virtue. But now Anguish is pissed off and Ven is exhausted and helpless. Luckily Katharsis lands a blow on the leader of the Graveyard faction while Tremor makes sure the building holds. Virtue shows off the extent of her power when she uses the fear the Vengeance is feeling to paralyze the previously mega tough Anguish.

With the Graveyard Faction banished from Coral City, The Movement’s next challenge will be: …Batgirl?! 

Some major reveals. Ven gets down on some action. Burden embraces his dark side. Yee and Meers mend fences. Whitt’s off the force but of course, this doesn’t mean he won’t rear his ugly head some time in the future, if anything he is more likely to go villain and blame The Movement rather than his own aggressive actions.. And what’s up with Virtue? A great way to round out the Graveyard Faction’s story arc… Can’t WAIT to see what’s next!

The Movement #7

Tremor and Katharsis put their trouble behind them as they tend to Mouse. 

The Graveyard Faction follows Virtue who, while making haste to come to Mouse’s aid, leads the villains right to the warehouse.

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Vengeance Moth, left in charge, vows not to let the Faction in. We also get a little more backstory. She has muscular dystrophy and is a recovering addict, while she has super powers she gets tired really easily. But we get a taste of how powerful she is. 

Whitt and Pena, the butthead cops who harassed young Kristen and landed themselves on trial and imprisoned by the Movement are free and they try to rally fellow officers- without the Captain’s knowledge. Officer Yee (the one who was sleeping with the Cap’s wife) stands up to Whitt, saying that he owes the Captain this. 

The Captain comes to meet Virtue at the hospital where she is with a comatose and critical Mouse. He gives her a file: everything he has on the Graveyard Faction. Mercenaries hired by the shadow government. Captain Meers is an honest cop, somehow, and doesn’t like this anymore than Virtue, but he knows that as a man of the law with his force deep inside the government’s pockets… he is powerless.

After Ven flies, blinds and rains fire on the Faction she is shot down with a raygun. The newly exorcised Christopher AKA Burden tries to save his new crush, Ven. But without “his curse”, he is helpless against them. 

So Vengeance Moth does something she doesn’t want to. Because what she wants is to help people. But what she needs to do is save everyone. She tells christopher that the exorcism was fake and that he needs to let the devil back inside of him.

And then he turns into a big charcoal demon with a Venom tongue and tentacles coming out of his abdomen/genital region. IT’S NUTS  

Up next is a showdown which will end the Graveyard Faction, with any luck. I hope Katharsis makes it back in time to kick in some more teeth. I just love seeing how busted up Whitt is, that would be a good look for the Cornea Killer or Anguish. OOOooh, or you know what? I hope Rainmaker comes back to help!

I liked getting more backstory on Vengeance Moth and seeing her use her skills. She’s sweet and savvy. It’s interesting to read Gail Simone writing another character in a wheelchair (Batgirl Barbara Gordon is currently written by Simone, who wrote Babs as Oracle back in Barbara’s Birds of Prey days). There was some blowback with making Batgirl able-bodied again -thanks to the help of an electrical chip implanted in her spine. But Batgirl has the luxury of privilege, something Ven does not. Vengeance also snarked at Whitt for assuming that she rigged up the tech at the warehouse, saying that not every person in a wheelchair is Stephen Hawking, interesting dig by Simone since Oracle was a hacker, ruling countries and vanquishing bad guys from behind a computer screen. But that’s one of the great things about this series. The Movement is using everything they have got to get out from under an oppressive system. Out from under corrupt cops, weird mercs and the crushing weight of class warfare.