V. reviews The Movement #1

The Movement #1I was so excited to read Gail Simone’s latest addition to the DC line-up, The Movement. I heard her say that it’s probably the most diversity in a DC comic … like ever. And not just racial diversity; The Movement will tout diverse perspectives, lifestyles, politics and beliefs. Hera knows the heteronormative world of mainstream comics needs some variation in perspective. I certainly have a strong desire for it in comics (and elsewhere).

The Movement #1 was not as strong of a first issue as I had hoped, but then I wonder if my expectations were unrealistically high. Were they high because I think Gail is a wonderful storyteller or because I want this book to beget more books like it thus prematurely placing it on a pedestal?  Or maybe … it just wasn’t a great first issue. Either way, you can read my full review here.

Have you read it? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my review?

8 thoughts on “V. reviews The Movement #1

  1. i agree it was not a great issue but not horrible or disappointing. with me first issues are rarely strong especially with new characters. its one thing to jump into an issue already knowing everyone’s past victories and origin but when you dont have that the questions of who and why they are can be distracting from the story. let me give you a for instance: uncanny x-men weak first issue great following issues. young avengers fantastic first issue weak following issues. with the movement i hope it will be like uncanny: a so-so first issue but an overall great series. when the movement and the green team were announced wasnt particularly interested in either but as time went on and images and more info for the series were introduced i figured i’d give the movement a try. as a person of color and a minority i CRAVE for diversity. women, asians, latins, indians, etc, bring them on! and this book has that: the team leader Virtue is a strong young black woman and i love her design with natural hair. also there is my asian sistah Karthasis who has me intriqued and Mouse is kind of hot.

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    • You make an excellent point about established characters versus new characters. We bring with us our emotional baggage (good, bad or otherwise) when we read established characters and that adds to the reading experience.

      With the new … we only have what is on the page in front of us.

      I will say, of what little I saw – I liked.

      I think I will become quite fond of Katharsis. She’s a brawler! And I LOVED Tremor’s cool confidence.

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  2. I think first issues are very, very hard to do well. And I think that’s what is happening here, as has happened with so many other first issues and pilot episodes before it. Even the first few issues of Saga had me less than hooked, and look how far that series has come in 12 issues.

    The problem here is almost certainly the high expectations not only of Gail as a writer, but of the diversity in all avenues that we were promised. It takes awhile to get to all of those things. I’m confident that this comic will come around, perhaps more slowly than we’d like, and become exactly what we hoped it would be. Which is to say, fantastic.

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  3. I’ve been really excited to read this comic since I heard about it,because of the concept, but also because I love Simone’s writing. I agree with the different things folks have said here. I do think first issues are tough for the writer, especially with new characters. Here, it’s a team book, but it’s a different kind of team book because not only do the heroes from the team need to be introduced, but the whole concept of the community taking part in it and the situation of what they are fighting against needs to be outlined too. It also seems that Simone wants us to feel some ambiguity towards the heroes too. Are they completely in the right? So all this is being done in about 20 pages. I think the best we can hope for is a plot that sucks us in and hope the characterization comes later. I’m willing to stick around for a while and see what happens!

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  4. O boy. So this is my first time commenting on anything, ever. So, internets, try not to bury me far beneath the earth.
    As a writer, I love Gail Simone. Mainstream comics have needed a woman who can write three dimensional women for a long time. This brings me to my next point, which I should preface with this: a comics pro/historian I am not. In fact, when I was in junior high (well over a decade ago) I was almost violently opposed to anything with superheroes, focusing on authors like Lynda Barry, Chris Ware, and David B. Since then, admittedly, I’ve calmed down, and found DC’s New 52 a good entry point to get back into “mainstream” comics.
    Alright, here goes: is anyone else bothered by Simone’s use of violence as a device to move a plot? I’m generally bothered by a lack of three-dimensional, flawed women in comics, as well as a lack of examples of healthy masculinity for men to look up to in comics. There are a lot of things I like about The Movement: the women are all fully clothed, they seem–for the most part–to be empowered, they have flaws, and there is an internal debate about what, in general, the group’s over-all goal and mission is. But while I read The Movement, I was reminded of the early issues of Batgirl, in which the plot was mostly driven by Mirror-Murderer (I’m sorry, I thought the villain was totally stupid, and at the moment I’m a bit unwilling to dig through my boxes to find his “villain-title”), and the overly violent depictions of his crimes. Now, I should stress that I am not against the depiction of violence in story telling. But I am against glorified and unnecessary depictions of violence in narrative (the movie “Drive” is a wonderful example of un-glorified violence). I don’t know… Are there others out there who feel this way or am I just singing to the wind?

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    • Shoot. Okay, a little more and then I’ll stop:
      I was bothered by the use of sexual assault at the beginning of the first issue. This is a rather annoying plot device/trope that can be found throughout comics (and particularly video games) in general, i.e. a traumatizing event in a woman’s life is used as nothing more than a shallow plot device to illicit a shallow emotional reaction from the reader/viewer.

      Alright. That’s it. I’m out.

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