The Movement #12

The final issue. I’m heart broken. This was a consistently good series with unique characters and nods to the rest of DC Comics, Gail Simone’s other titles and Coral City’s sister city Gotham. 

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Freddie Williams II has always provided art that well suits the feel of this title, but it’s above and beyond when we’re treated to a 2 page spread of Virtue’s ultimate dream for “The Movement”: Virtue and crew are fighting side by side with Justice League bigwigs. Mouse vs. Cheetah, Katharsis sword fighting against Deadpool, Virtue throwing down against Sinestro. It’s gorgeous and really showcases all that Channel M’s hacktivists could have accomplished. I’m so bummed. Virtue thought they could be big like the JLA, but with a twist, they could show people that empathy was as important as strength, that anyone could be a hero, “But then I remembered that I live here. In the ‘tweens. And they were never going to ask us to join a club that lives on mount Olympus.” 

24 hours ago (after a “we’ve come so far” montage where Burden cracks a joke and Mouse finds a new woman to like) Mr. Cannon infiltrates the sweatshop. He tells them that his son is the Cornea Killer. And that he needs to be stopped. The Movement confronts them and offers him an easy way. Come quietly and he’ll go to the police… if not, “the ‘tweens gets some of its blood back.” The Cornea Killer does not comply. In a twist, Cannon has Whitt on back up to take out The Movement. 

The Cornea Killer sacrifices himself in front of Whitt’s bullet to save his father. But it’s too soon, Vengeance Moth takes out Whitt before anyone dies. We get Holly’s whole backstory as told to Captain Meers and it all ends on a note of hope instead of death or disbanding. 

Gail Simone did a wonderful job wrapping everything up, I hope to see Virtue make a comeback somewhere in Gotham. I enjoyed the DIY nature of the heroes in this book, they’re a resourceful bunch, I’m sure they’ll pop back up somewhere. I hope. I’m really sad to see this one go. It’s one of the only DC series that I read and the only I actually consistently enjoy. I think this could have gotten a better start is it wasn’t billed with the Green Team. That one didn’t appeal to me and I think there was a huge misconception that you had to read BOTH; so people missed out. 

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. 

The Movement #6

(Why is this one so LATE?! …I’m so sorry!)

Our hacktivists, The Movement, left off last issue with Katharsis ready to give the cops they had hostage/on trial a beat down when they tried to escape (after knocking Vengeance Moth out of her wheelchair). Tremor caused an earthquake that knocked Katharsis off balance, (and somehow Ven.. who was floating) and the cops got away.

So Katharsis is facing down Tremor. Tremor says she close the tunnels and open new ones and the cops will never get back there. Katharsis, who sees her as a traitor (and she’s right, Tremor has been the mole, the snitch, if you will). The “ViewTube” Channel is broadcasting the soon to be brawl, with one, freyafourA commenting: “this just shows that two women can’t get along lol!” Because women have to be representing their gender all the damn time.

Vengeance Moth… ummm… is not glowing and floating as we’d seen her last, she’s on the floor, having been pushed from her wheelchair. Tremor and Katharsis start brawling, which scares the hell out of everyone, since they are underground, Katharsis is a bruiser wielding a sword and Tremor is literally a walking earthquake. So the humans flee.

Virtue and Ven calm the situation down and they prepare to perform an exorcism on Burden (who isn’t really possessed but has mental health problems and superprowers). 

Mouse, meanwhile, is fighting the Graveyard Faction and Cornea Killer. The Graveyard Faction was hired by the Wealthy inhabitants of Coral City when they got fed up with the Movement. The Cornea Killer is trying to wipe out poverty one homeless person at a time… by killing them… and taking their eyes.

The Graveyard Faction must be the strangest assemblance of villains… Anguish, Arson (who barfs fire), Monster baby, the Cornea Killer (who makes a single raincloud over his victims), and Pallas… 

But not this Pallas:

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Hmmm..

Anyway, the villain Pallas is a man. He looks big and durable… maybe he could be part Themysciran… wait, how does that work?

Anyway, Virtue gets an idea to take the fear from Burden so that he feels cured. She also baptizes him with vitamin water (with mango essence!). Katharsis and Tremor talk it out over sundaes and no one knows that Mouse is in danger until it’s too late.

Roshanna and Kulap walk out of Calvin’s and see Mouse strung up. 

Everything is going wrong, with the world watching, how will the Movement get back on track?

Calendar Man is still reporting for Channel 52 underground since the Crime Syndicate’s take over. So we get our little media update on Bane, the Penguin, et al.

The Movement #5

After panicking and flailing my arms because I could decide what to read first:

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I settled on the Movement #5-

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Channel M/the Movement still has officers Pena and Whitt hostage. They have Katharsis back and they are planning a trial for the two cops.

Captain Meers meets up with Virtue to make a deal. (That cops can patrol the ‘tweens but can be monitored by the Movement. A civilian board of claims for complaints against police. He needs the cops back. He warns her that professional hitmen are coming to stop the Movement.

They meet at a diner called Calvins and dunk donuts in their milkshakes. Virtue doesn’t wear her mask. “Oh no, you might see the skin around my eyes!” (I know, right?)

At the trial in the abandoned warehouse: The officers are being charged with sexual harassment of a minor. Speaking for the defense is Tremor, who we just found out had been the mole in the last issue. Her conscience got the better of her and she truly aligned herself with the Movement. Or that was the idea, anyway.

Whitt refuses to participate. Pena pleads guilty. (Whitt’s still missing a ton of teeth, BTW).

Captain Meers is trying to track down Virtue, guessing at clues about where she might work.

Tremor, defending the officers brings up how Whitt saved an infant from a fire, risking his life. Katharsis angrily points out that it’s no excuse for scaring 16 year olds and attempting to assault them (true again. When charges of rape/abuse/harassment come out- especially when perpetrators are men in authority leads back to “but he’s such a nice guy” “oh I can’t believe he’d do that” Well, he did. and if you do that, you are a bad person. It’s nice to think it’s only evil men…). The victim herself steps up to say how scared and threatened she was and that Pena’s apology means nothing. (And frankly, it doesn’t. they both abused their authority). Whitt says that they don’t know what it’s like for cops, to be in the line of fire, to be helping people but to be disrespected and called “pigs.” (Oh, boo hoo). The officers try to bust out as the Cornea Killer shows up to claim another victim nearby.

Tremor quits?! & Mouse attacks the Cornea Killer until the stalker is backed up by the THE GRAVEYARD FACTION.

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(possibly) Unintentional unanswered question:

Our girl Vengeance Moth was about to get her violence on. Katharsis, who can’t resist a fight… or knocking more teeth out of Whitt’s head… jumps in. Tremor sets of a quake. Katharsis (touching the ground) was hurt and Tremor orders the men out. But Ven was in the air… sooo… why did she let them go?

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The last pages are Calendarman underground reporting for Channel 52, and of course: the big story is Superwoman unmasking Nightwing as Richard Grayson! LOOK YOU CAN SEE THE SKIN AROUND HIS EYES! OMG haha, love it.

This series continues to be great. The Movement is fighting against society’s everyday evils and a very weird killer and now they’re about to face some Super Villains on top of in-fighting as each member tries to figure out what justice really means to them.