This is the second and final volume of the cult New 52 comic penned by Gail Simone and drawn by Freddie Williams II. The first book introduced us to the titular Movement, an team of superpowered individuals in their late teens and early twenties made up of Virtue, who can ride peoples emotions and use the power she takes offensively and acts as the defacto leader of the group; Tremor who can cause localised earthquakes, Mouse who can speak to and control rats, Katharsis (who was introduced in Simone's Batgirl run) who doesn't have powers but can fly using home made wings and has superior hand-to-hand combat skills, Vengeance Moth who can form a glowing green moth shape around her and use it as a shield and fly when doing so, and Burden whose powers manifest as a demonic style possession. They are part of a wider social movement in a fictional US city called Coral City, made up of the general underclass who don't feel the police and ruling class are serving their best interests. In the first volume, after two Coral City cops are caught sexually harrassing a minor on video, they are kidnapped and put on trial by The Movement, they escape through tunnels created by Tremor who thinks the whole thing has got a bit out of control. Also causing problems is the mysterious "Cornea Killer" who targets the homeless and is the son of crooked mayor of the city and leader of the city council, Mr. Cannon. He in turn has called in his own team of metahumans called The Graveyard Shift to deal with The Movement and they attack Movement member Mouse on his own, leaving him strung up from a lampost where Tremor and Katharsis find him after they have talked out their differences in a nearby diner. And it's directly on from that, where Book Two starts.
Mr. Cannon is speaking with his son Terry, the Cornea Killer. Terry says he didn't harm anyone today much to Mr. Cannon's relief. He tells his father he wanted to though, "I like it daddy, I really, really like it". He goes on to say he killed his mother because she caught him "doing something naughty".
|Katharsis and Tremor rescue Mouse.|
The Graveyard Shift follow the "breadcrumbs" of energy Virtue left behind to track back to Movement HQ. It was why they left Mouse alive, to lure her out. In the HQ Burden confesses he is having "sexytime feelings" as Vengeance Moth puts it. He asks if they can do an exorcism to get rid of those as well.
|Vengeance Moth and Burden in The Movement HQ.|
Katharsis arrives at the hospital with Mouse while The Graveyard Shift arrive at Movement HQ. Vengeance Moth is there to meet them while Burden looks on. She activates her energy form and blasts them, but one of them "Monster Baby" says she's blind already and punches Vengeance Moth.
|Vengeance Moth activates her power.|
Vengeance Moth is putting up a fight but is outnumbered. Burden runs up to help her and is knocked back for his trouble. Vengeance Moth say they need his help, the exorcism was a fake, they need his power, "you are our only hope for those people" she says. So he transforms into his demon self and begins fighting.
|Burden goes full demon.|
Virtue, still at the hospital, is on the phone to Rainmaker (an independant female metahuman), saying she'll have to cancel their date. Rainmaker says she got dressed up, even wore a skirt. Virtue says she'd "like to see this miracle garment" next time.
At Movement HQ, Burden is beginning to tire, Vengeance Moth sneaks up on the leader "Anguish" and belts her with one of her crutches. Captain Meers is called to come to where Whitt and Yee are fighting. Whitt has won, but more police are standing up to him, including Pena his partner who says he, "requested a new partner this morning".
|Even wheelchair bound, Moth can beat you down.|
At the hospital, Virtue gets Vengeance Moth's call as she, Katharsis and Tremor watch over Mouse. He mumbles something so Tremor gets closer to hear and he kisses her, "I kissed you and you're a girl. We're in love now" he says. Virtue runs in saying it's time to get back to HQ the others are in trouble.
The Graveyard Shift decide to cut their losses and leave before the roof caves in. Anguish looms over Vengeance Moth saying she wants a "souvenier". Katharsis appears and punches her away from Vengeance Moth.
|Virtue is scary when she is mad.|
Virtue: "Leave Coral City, that's the good news. The bad news is is you ever come back I will bury your soul so deep you'll think hell is a mile higher".
The Graveyard Shift take the hint and leave. Back with the cops, Captain Meers is finally able to fire Whitt for punching Yee. Yee baited Whitt deliberately much to Whitt's anger. He then tells Meers he looked into Virtue and has found out she died six years ago.
Mouse seems to have some kind of enhanced healing ability as he is able to join the rest of them on a roof looking out over the city.
Virtue: "Maybe someday everyone looks up and sees something beautiful".
And this chapter closes on an image of Batgirl in front of the "Welcome to Coral City" sign. She is in town on the trail of a wannabe superhero who killed some people. His name is Reese, or "Horizon". She finds and confronts him and he fires some energy at her and escapes.
At Movement HQ, Katharsis, Virtue and Burden are in the bathroom trying to make Mouse presentable to Tremor. Virtue asks the cowering Burden if he can help?
Burden: "Me? That boy is buck nekkid. I can see his.. I can see his teats. I shouldn't even be in here!"
They get Mouse under the shower and when he admits he doesn't know how to use shampoo, Virtue gets in with him to give him "the full treatment."
|On a lighter note, Mouse hates bathtime.|
Batgirl: "Well this spiralled out of control fast. What in the world is for real going on here?"
She goes looking for Reese, meanwhile Mouse is all dolled up in a suit and even wearing shows. He goes up to Tremor and reads his declaration of love and offers her a box of chocolates.
|Courtship, Mouse style.|
Batgirl tells her she is looking for a criminal called Reese Cahill. Virtue says they don't go giving people up to the cops. Batgirl tries to threaten her with blackmail if she doesn't play along. Virtue thinks, "my first real superhero and she's kind of a bitch to be honest".
|Batgirl vs. Katharsis round two.|
Pastor Mike: "Church or no church. This is a terrible way to solve problems".
Then Mouse rides in on his wave of rats who surround Batgirl. Virtue says they can sort things out over doughnuts and milkshakes so they go to their local diner to talk it out.
Meanwhile captain Meers is digging into Virtue's history and finds out he shot her father who was robbing a bank at the time. At the diner, Batgirl says Reese tried to stop a mugging but was attacked himself and killed two of his assailants and put the other two in hospital badly burned.
|Ice cream and donuts are way better than fighting.|
Then Katharsis cold cocks her from behind and knocks her out. Their plan is to take her back to HQ and photo her unmasked for leverage against her. The chapter ends with Reese killing two cops saying, "I am a hero can't you see that? I'm a hero."
They bring the unconcious Batgirl down to their HQ and lay her out. Tremor thinks what they are doing is a bit skeevy. Virtue says the photos will just be for them. Katharsis goes out to look for Reese herself. They point a camera at Batgirl and start to peel off her mask.
|Hey! Not cool Movement, not cool at all.|
Batgirl starts to help the others up and says they triggered a traumatic memory for her. One of The Movement's eyes on the street says she's seen Reese. The location is transmitted to Katharsis who locates him. He tells her to leave him alone, she replies "you're sort of bringing a ruckus" They fight while Katharsis compliments him on his good looks.
|Katharsis finds Reese.|
Batgirl apologises to Virtue for practically breaking her nose. She looks around the HQ and is told they feeld, clothe, house and protect those society has failed. Batgirl thinks she may have misjudged them. Virtue says she has Katharsis dealing with the problem of Reese, "I trust her good judgement". Cut to Katharis and Reese kissing in the air.
With things a bit quieter Tremor tries to have a word with Mouse over his infatuation with her. She says she is flattered but:
Tremor: "Mouse, I'm asexual".
Mouse doesn't understand, ("A sexual what?") and nor does Burden much to Vengeance Moth's amusement.
|Superheroing doesn't always result in sexy times, alas.|
The others are waiting on the bridge too. Katharsis defends Reese, but Virtue tells him he's killed two Coral City cops earlier. Angered she turns and says to him:
Katharsis: "Dammit. Did you we just.. just do that when you still had cop blood on your hands?"
|Deciding Reese's fate.|
Virtue: "We don't always get a choice Batgirl. We don't always get to choose."
Some days later The Tall Man arrives in Coral City saying he is looking for the devil, "An' I've come to take him home". Rainmaker and Virtue have managed to have a date, and have a passionate snog at the end of it.
|Well sometimes superheroing DOES get you sexytimes!|
Katharsis tries to stop him and Jacob beats her almost unconcious. Burden hugs her and thanks her and goes without a fight with Jacob before he can hurt anymore people. Later the rest of the group convene and Virtue tries to follow Jacob's emotional trail but is overwhelmed by the rage and hatred it is made up of, "he is made of hate. Made of it".
|Burden's brother Jacob is a dick.|
Burden is dragged to a cross and tied to it. He says he admits killing his father but can't recall doing it. Jacob tells the story of their childhood, but his self aggrandising words are at odds with the images showing the truth.
We see him flying as a child. He says he was "born of angels and given to a Godly woman". We then see him telling his parents that the newly born baby is "the devil's own leavings". He says he prayed and prayed for Burden until his knees bled, while we see that actually he tried to drown a young Burden to bring his devil power out.
|Burden's unhappy childhood.|
He opens his wings and is about to brand Burden with a hot iron, Katharsis appears and punches him, saying "he's not your brother anymore. He's our brother." While they fight, Virtue tells the crowd Jacob is lying. Burden then changes into his demon self and takes Jacob on.
Jacob: "I have the face of an angel and a heart of filth. While you are my opposite brother. They will always choose me".
|Demons are cooler than angels anyway.|
Burden and the others leave, but before he goes, Burden turns as says to the crowd, "also? I like other boys." And they head home.
|Burden triumphant with his new family.|
She says that they live in the 'Tweens, they'll never join the club that lives on Mount Olympus. He tells her she's a kid and the world isn't her responsibility. She tells him when she was younger she manifested her power and her mum made a "terrible decision" and had her declared dead and sent away to live with an aunt with her father none the wiser.
Mr. Cannon meanwhile is contemplating his wife's grave and asks her to forgive him for his weakness. He then asks an assisstant if she has found the cop, she says yes and "he's agreed to you terms."
Down in Movement HQ, Virtue fixes Mouse up with a woman who works in a pet shop and loves rats. She has even bought him cheese. Mouse tells Tremor he is with Margaret now, much to Tremor's relief. Katharsis says Virtue is amazing at this sort of thing. Burden wonders if their is the perfect guy out there for him as well.
|Mr. Cannon needs help.|
Virtue carries on telling the story of what happened next. He wonders why they agreed to work with Mr. cannon, she says she could detect his feelings as a father, it's the nature of her power that she finds "something to hold on to in even the worst of people". She says the reason she was sent away and declared dead was because she lashed out at her father when he grounded her for seeing a girl she liked and hospitalised him.
Anyway, they agreed to help Mr. Cannon catch the Cornea Killer, and go to the graveyard where he says he'll be. But Terry fights back, wounding Mouse with a knife to the chest. Then ex-police officer Whitt fires on them from the bushes.
|The death of the Cornea Killer via corrupt ex-cop.|
Virtue tells Captain Meers that she hated him for a long time because of him shooting her father, but now she knows he is a good man. He says he doesn't see much of his own daughter nowadays, so perhaps he could look in on her from time to time. They hug.
He tells her to be careful, "they'll never change enough fit in with the Justice people". Virtue responds:
Virtue: "Oh I know. That was never the plan. But sooner or later captain, they're going to have to change to fit in with us".
|And they all lived happily ever after...|