Mother Panic

Mother Panic

Vol. 1, A Work in Progress

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As part of the new DC’s Young Animal imprint, a bold new take on the world of the Batman comes from writer Jody Houser, artists Tommy Lee Edwards and Shawn Crystal and DC’s Young Animal mastermind Gerard Way—MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: A WORK IN PROGRESS.

The shadow of the Bat falls over all of Gotham City, from its dark alleys to its glittering high-rises. But a new vigilante has just stepped away from that shadow, and she has her own brand of violent retribution to deal out to the city’s corrupt elites.
 
Meet Violet Paige, a rich young celebutante with a bad attitude and a worse reputation. No one would ever suspect that this tabloid-fodder wild child has a secret hidden beneath her spoiled heiress exterior—a secret that has driven her to become the terrifying force of vengeance against her privileged peers known as Mother Panic!
 
But even as Violet launches her all-out assault on the rich and twisted, her shaky allies threaten to betray her, and every one of Gotham’s guardians—from Batwoman to the Dark Knight himself—is hot on her trail. Will Mother Panic continue to strike terror into her enemies’ hearts? Or will her violent quest for justice reach an equally violent end?
 
Collects MOTHER PANIC VOL. 1: A WORK IN PROGRESS #1-6.

Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, 2017
ISBN: 9781401271114
Branch Call Number: Fiction Batman
Characteristics: 1 vol. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm

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OtteryStCatchpole
Mar 30, 2018

This book is the mirror image of Batman.

It shows us the seedy world of the upper class. Where Batman deals with the failings of the poor and the destitute, the mad and the homicidal in the underworld of Gotham, Mother Panic deals with the rich, the inspired and the artistic, the mad men and women of the 1%. The main character, much like Batman, owes her vigilante career to a tragic past, though here again the inversion. She too has lost her parents in different ways and she too suffers from a tragic beginning but where Batman wants to save others from ever suffering the same fate as he, Violet Paige is only after revenge. In the course of her search for vengeance should she come across unspeakable evil she'll take it down too, but not out of any sense of moral authority just as a matter of consequence or convenience.

A truly interesting and new take on Gotham, I would argue this is as interesting if not more so than the regular Batman books. I personally consider it a distant cousin of that family of books, and wish their world's would mingle more often. More from the side of Violet's world though than the more clean and structured Batman books of the regular DC line. This book is worth a read if you love the Batman books or not.

The artwork is brilliant, especially Tommy Lee Edwards who sadly is only around for the covers and the first story arc. I highly recommend this book, it left me wanting for more, of Violet's world, of the rich side of Gotham and to learn more about the mysteries of her violent, and tragic past.

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Keogh
Oct 01, 2017

A very different and mature take on Gotham City. A society woman with a damaged, self destructive streak becomes a vigilante despite the presence of the Batman and his associates. She's playing by her own rules and keeping everyone at arm's length while pursuing her own ends in this new series. The art's not quite to my taste, but the characterization is very well done.

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