This week is full of youth & noir as one of the recommended series comes to a gone-too-soon end, another series gets its start, and the last one digs in to a great new arc.
The Movement - #12 (of 12)
Gail Simone's youthful "social justice league" came to a close with today's twelfth issue. The Movement
was conceived with elements of current events including – but not limited to – the Anonymous collective, Occupy Wall Street and the increasing number of police brutality incidents. That being said, these are only the background spices that flavor this full-bodied story. So much more is going on at the surface of the narrative, and even more right below it.
The way the titular team behaves toward each other is one of my favorite aspects of this title. There is a lot of respect being doled out between team members throughout the pages. And not overtly so, either. It's subtle, and it's charming. From the beginning, Simone sat out to create a "diverse" team; and by "diverse" I mean realistically representational of a group of like-minded individuals.
I've said it before, but the art in this book is really just top notch. Freddie Williams II has really captured the grit and the nuance of the story with each panel he's drawn. He's definitely an artist to keep an eye on, and if you think so too, bookmark his site
. You can find a whole slew of his other work there.
If you can, I highly suggest you seek out all 12 issues. I'm hopeful they'll be collected and released as a trade paperback, or even better, a trade hardback.
The Woods #1
As one great original story winds down, so does another one begin: James Tynion IV (Batman, Talon, Red Hood & The Outlaws) just debuted his new creator-owned series today. Judging by the first issue, I think you're in for a real treat if you decide to hop on board and ride it out. It's a high school-set story that has some serious supernatural elements. And when I say it's set in a high school, I mean it's set in a high school that has been mysteriously transported to seemingly another planet – a la Doctor Who's "Smith & Jones" episode where the hospital gets transported to the moon – and the result is a building and its occupants completely cut off from running water, food supplies et al. It's almost reminiscent of one of those classic young adult adventure movies from the 80's, but I have a feeling that the story going forward is going to be geared toward an adult readership. Expect to see elements of societal breakdown, mystery and good old fashioned adventure.
Detective Comics #31
I said this last time, with issue #30, but I'm so glad that the new creative team of Manapaul & Buccellato have brought back the stylized noir feel to this book. Back when Detective Comics was headlined by Batwoman and helmed by Rucka & Williams III, the book had style, and substance, and style. The pre-New 52 trade "Elegy" from their run is a master class in story and presentation.
Buccellato is really crafting some great panels to coincide with the second part of Manapaul's "Icarus" arc. The standalone Batman book has been doing that Zero Year story for what feels like Three-Zero-Years (eh, eh, see what I did there?) so it's nice to see Bruce doing something interesting in the now.