What I go in this issue was very different from what I was expecting in this issue. Is there a problem with that? Well, no, I like it when stories are unpredictable. It adds to the fun. But, having said that, what happens in the pages of this issue, while certainly important to the story, probably should have found their home in a different issue. Basically, issue #3 left off with me thinking that this issue would be an action packed strike on Police Headquarters. That’s certainly in here, but it shares page space with origin stories for each of the main characters (excluding Virtue, maybe in a later issue?); Katharsis, Tremor, Burden, and Mouse.
And it’s not that the origins are bad or unneeded. In fact, Gail Simone does a great job with each if them, and they provide great insight into who these characters are and what motivates them. More than anything, I think that the purpose of the origins was to show how different these characters really are from one another, and all of that is pretty cool, and it’s executed well. My problem is that this is really the wrong place for these origins.
They’re well integrated within the pages of this comic, but I feel like more time should have been spent with the riot. We get a few shots of the riot outside the police HQ, and some moments on the inside, both with the cops and the Movement. But really, I would have appreciated seeing the rioters, and getting to know some of them as opposed to the main cast.
That may seem odd, but I felt like the riot was underused, and therefore underwhelming. It’s clear that the main focus of this issue is the origin stories (which are also the best part, oddly enough), it’s just that they feel so out of place. Each of them are interesting, cataloging the early lives of the characters. Burden’s is slightly unneeded (we know a lot of what happens in his origin through his dialogue in previous issues), but it’s still pretty cool. Of them all though, my favorite is Katharsis’. Finding out that she was, at one point, a cop is extremely ironic, considering the situation she’s been put in. Mouse’s is well written, and interesting enough, but I honestly liked the mystery his character had. Tremor’s is good as well, though a lot of it is unveiling her as a spy for Amanda Waller of all people.
Again though, these great stories are in the wrong place. The Movement is a powerful social commentary, and the origin stories certainly contribute to that (showing money doesn’t equal good people, unveiling the unfairness of the justice system, and looking into both the corporate sponsored manipulation and what religion can do to people), but the main focus of this issue should have been taking down the corrupt cops and their boss.
Score: 8.0, Great
Despite the origin stories feeling out of place, they’re well written and enjoyable, as are the scenes in the present day. The riot is underdone though, and that certainly detracts from the issue as a whole. Stunning art from Freddie Williams definitely helps the issue greatly, and Gail Simone keeps the societal overtones strong in the latest issue of The Movement.