We are faceless. We are limitless. We see all. And we do not forgive.note From left to right: Katharsis, Burden, Vengeance Moth, Virtue, Tremor, and Mouse
The Movement is an ongoing series from DC Comics which started in May 2013 as part of the New 52, with scripts by Gail Simone and art by Freddie E Williams II.Set in Coral City, The Movement centers around a group of superpowered teens who take matters of justice into their own hands after the corrupt local police department is exposed. But how will the rest of the world react to these teens? And with so much power at their disposal, can they really be trusted to work towards a greater good?There are a couple of cops in Coral City who are trying to genuinely do good, but it's an uphill battle for them.Because of low sales, the series was cancelled at issue 12. Gail Simone has said that DC Comics has shown nothing but support for the book and knew it was a risky book to sell.Not to be confused with the Animorphs fan fiction of the same name
The Movement contains examples of:
Adorkable: In her brief appearance so far, Vengeance Moth has shades of this. Fruit snack?
Asexual: Tremor, which is also a carryover from her time in Secret Six.
Astral Projection: Holly, AKA Virtue, can read people's emotions and ride their emotions to their point of origin.
The Atoner: Tremor's backstory reveals she has Survivors Guilt from being the only survivor in a drunk driving car crash. She wants to make up for it by joining the Movement and quits being a mole for Amanda Waller.
Crossover: In issue 9, Batgirl comes to Coral City to track down a superhuman vigilante who killed two muggers. She ends up meeting the Movement, who think the vigilante shouldn't be taken in. It doesn't help that Katharsis, a former lackey of Batgirl's archenemy, is part of the Movement.
Demonic Possession: Christopher, AKA Burden. It's ambiguous whether or not he's genuinely possessed or simply has metahuman powers. Burden thinks the former, but the rest of the team thinks the latter.
Two crooked cops are recorded by the Movement sexually harassing a girl. This motivates the Movement into taking down the police department.
Inverted with the police captain, who seems to be one of the few cops who genuinely wants to protect the city. This still doesn't keep the Movement & their supporters from acting holier-than-thou towards him.
Played with in the case of Katharsis, who was seen as this by her fellow officers after what she did to an accused rapist, but sees her own actions as justified.
Dishing Out Dirt: Roshanna, AKA Tremor, can cause earthquakes by touching the ground.
The Dreaded: Rainmaker, AKA Sarah. Her weathers powers make her a powerhouse and the Movement only stops her by threatening to harm her one of followers.
Even Evil Has Standards: Even Jack Cannon does not condone the Corena Killer's actions; though he wants to get rid of the poor, he doesn't want to slaughter them all.
Eye Scream: A serial killer called the Cornea Killer is on the loose. The killer murders homeless people and cuts out their eyes as an M.O.
Genius Cripple: Discussed when one of the captured cops asks Vengeance Moth if she's the one who set up the headquarters to be off the power grid with an internet connection, which she denies. Also possibly a Mythology Gag to Gail's earlier work on Birds of Prey, which featured the wheelchair-bound super hacker Oracle and the fact that people made comparisons when Vengeance Moth was first introduced.
Vengeance Moth: I get this a lot. Because everyone in a wheelchair is automatically Stephen Hawking, right?
Grey and Gray Morality: The Movement seeks to help the downtrodden, but engages in some questionable methods and counts a brutal Knight Templar among their numbers. The police run the gamut from honest cops doing the best they can in the situation to corrupt sleazebags.
Pointed out by the unrepentant cop of the two captured by the team as detailed below.
In issue 9, Batgirl comes to Coral City to arrest a vigilante that murdered in Gotham. She seeks out the Movement for help and while they understand each other, Batgirl wanting to turn in the murdering vigilante causes them to butt heads.
He Cleans Up Nicely: In issue #9, Virtue forces the filth-loving Mouse to take a bath and wear nice clothes. Who knew that the Prince of Rats could look good in a suit?
Heel-Face Turn: Kulap Vilaysack, AKA Katharsis, previously appeared as a villain in a Batgirl storyarc. Though she herself hasn't really changed; it's just that her new team won't let her get away with the things she did while working for Knightfall.
In the Hood: Burden wears a hood as part of his outfit when he joins the Movement.
Irony: The Movement imprison two Dirty Cops in a factory that was previously used to lock up innocent workers. One of the cops points this out and Virtue can't think of a comeback other than "shut up".
Kid Hero: The Movement's leader, Virtue is only 16.
Knights of Cerebus: When the police fail to stop the Movement, Jack Cannon calls in a group of sadistic metahumans called the Graveyard Faction. Their first act? Beating Mouse within an inch of his life.
La Résistance: The Movement, against the Coral City Police Department. Having superpowered teens and the disenfranchised also helps their cause.
Magic Feather: In issue 6, Virtue and Vengeance Moth perform an exorcism on Burden to cure his demonic possession. In actuality, Virtue just located and removed his fear of possession. To fight the Graveyard Faction, Ven tells Burden that they faked the exorcism and he transforms into his most monstrous form yet to fight the villains.
Gail Simone had worked on the Gen13 reboot following Wildstorm's "Worldstorm" reboot. She's since reintroduced Rainmaker specifically to the DCU while Fairchild and Grunge both appeared in Superboy.
A character named Ms. Smythe in #5 is mentioned to have a deceased husband. This may be a nod to the Mr. Smythe from Secret Six, who attempted to run a prison to house Artemis and her Amazon sisters before he was killed by Deadshot.
Neutral No Longer: Rainmaker in issue 4, who decides to help the Movement after initially reluctance.
No OSHA Compliance: The factory where the Movement hides out was horrific even by Gilded Age standards.
Origin Story: Issue 4 tells the backstories of Mouse, Katharsis, Tremor, and Burden.
Retcon: The details of Katharsis' backstory are changed from "castrated an accused child molester later found innocent" to "scarred, but didn't castrate, a rapist and murderer who got away with it." Word of God suggests that Unreliable Narrator may be at work and later in the series we'll get another perspective on the incident.
Ripped from the Headlines: The early advertising declared "We Are The 99%!" In fact, the Movement seems closer to Anonymous than Occupy, but still topical.
The Cornea Killer: He leaves a puddle around his victims to frame Rainmaker.
Wham Episode: Issue 6 has Burden having his demon finally exorcised (though not really), Tremor and Katharsis making amends after their fight, and them finding Mouse beaten up and left hanging by a lamppost by the Graveyard Faction.
What the Hell, Hero?: Tremor gives the team, especially Virtue, a wake up call in priorities when she points out that they have been focusing almost entirely on building up their own reputation via two corrupt police officers while a serial killer is still at large in the city, all while exploiting Burden's demonic side when he clearly needs help and is only getting worse from all this.
Your Cheating Heart: Virtue's powers allow her to see that the Captain's wife is cheating on him with Officer Yee and she tells him about it. He confronts Yee about this the next time he sees him by punching him in the face.
Your Mind Makes It Real: May be the case with Burden. Virtue believes he has a metahuman power or mental illness that causes him to shift into demon mode, which was reinforced by his mother's belief that he was possessed or demonic.