Comic Book Review: Mother Panic #1

Just when you thought Gotham couldn't get any more grim, Young Animals imprint Head Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy, Doom Patrol) and Tommy Lee Edwards' Mother Panic comes to town lugging around all her emotional baggage and proving things can get bleaker... a LOT bleaker. Jody Houser (Justice League of America) doesn't hold back when it comes to fighting the scum and filth of the city. She looks great doing it in a rather unique white costume that clashes with the dark of the night and leaves her enemies thinking she's part of the Batman Family. Artist Tommy Lee Edwards paints an extremely bleak portrait of murder and mayhem splashed over with gore and unhinged waves of brutality.

Meet Violet Paige, a celebutante with a bad attitude and a temper to match. No one suspects her of having anything lying beneath the surface of her outrageous exploits in Mother Panic #1. But Violet isn’t just another bored heiress in the upper echelons of Gotham City’s elite. Motivated by her traumatic youth, Violet seeks to exact vengeance on her privileged peers as the terrifying new vigilante known only as Mother Panic.

Mother Panic #1 is suggested for mature readers. It contains violence and gore, profanity, alcohol, drugs and smoking, adult situations, and frightening and intense scenes. Let's just say this is definitely not your typical PG-13 superhero comic book.

Issue #1 of Mother Panic includes a backup story entitled "Gotham Radio." It's written by Jim Krueger (Justice) and drawn by Phil Hester (The Flash Season Zero). The story is as disturbing and grim as Mother Panic and ends with a literal bang. I'm not entirely sure where they're heading with the tale, but it left me intrigued.

Mother Panic #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

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