Hello y’all, I’m back! The book tour was such good fun, with stops in Hattiesburg, MS, Cardiff (Wales), Manchester, London, and Birmingham (England) — I’ll write a proper post about it all once I get my hands on some photos from the events.
I’ve been reading, of course — for example the graphic novel, The Movement: Class Warfare.
An interesting group of young heroes takes on a corrupt local police department. I wanted to read this especially because of the diversity of the group: several of the super-powered members of the Movement are refugees or immigrants, one superhero uses a wheel chair when not using her super powers (Vengeance Moth), and one seems to be trans-species (Mouse), and not in a cute way.
Then, there’s the silver masks — what’s up with the silver masks everyone seems to put on to collectively put their foot down? I’m not talking just the superheroes, everyone in the ‘Tweens’ (the part of the city where the Movement have taken over to protect the population). The visual effect is very creepy and, actually, quite cool.
The writers of this story didn’t make it easy on themselves or the reader — sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s ‘good’ here, because nobody’s just plain good or plain bad. I’d like to read volume 2 as well to see where this goes, and because the characters have grown on me. They are complex and believable, as far as one can tell from a first volume.
This has also been marketed as ‘DC turns Occupy Wall Street into a Comic’ but while there are obvious parallels, like people with money running the whole city while others suffer discrimination and need because of their poverty, I don’t seem to recall a bunch of mutants taking over IRL.
If anyone’s writing a graphic novel (or knows about one that already exists) that’s more about the actual Occupy Wall Street movement, let me know — I’d love to read that! In the meantime, this book / series really focuses more on the (admittedly very interesting) backgrounds and personalities of the mutants who lead The Movement, rather than economic injustice.
When I first heard about the series, I figured it would be for a YA audience, but this is gritty stuff and at times graphically violent, so maybe take a look at it before handing it to your kid. In any case, I enjoyed reading this. Recommended.