Written by Jody Houser
Interiors and Variant Cover by Ibrahim Moustafa
Interior colors by Jordan Boyd (pgs 1-10, 13-20) and Marissa Louise (pgs 11, 12, 21, 22)
Lettered by John Workman
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
Edited by Molly Mahan
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle
Mother Panic created by Gerard Way, Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards
Young Animal curated by Gerard Way
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This issue is a great start point for readers new to Mother Panic as it starts where “Milk Wars” left off. We had seen where Mother Panic had been left back in Gotham in the finale of “Milk Wars” but no further info was given, but here we are told we’re starting at a different bat time and a different bat channel. A new reader will put the past together with Violet as she pieces together that she’s in the wrong year and wrong Gotham.
There’s so much going on in this first issue that it’s just absolutely impressive. As the Tommy Lee Edwards cover suggests, we see a familiar Batman foe while Violet comes to grips with some hard truths that she must face. The beauty of this issue really is the work that is done on it. Mother Panic has always been an extremely dynamic character with a lot of things going on, but this book takes it one step further unveiling even more about her and posing even more questions that compel you to keep reading and leaving you wanting more. I accredit this to the incredible writing styles of Jody Houser. In a single sentence she can make you have approx 92 thoughts. Her writing is just absolutely brilliant and so versatile and witty that you have to ask if she meant to do it and then wonder if she’s really that brilliant to have intentionally meant to do it….and then wonder what else you may have not caught onto yet that she’s hidden in the story. Just absolutely amazing.
In addition to the flawless writing on this issue. I also have to mention the art. I have loved all the art that has been done on these books, but I have remained partial to the art from Tommy Lee Edwards. Now I don’t know if that’s because I loved his attention to detail, or that his version of Violet was given a much more average build and less “itty bitty waist with a round thing in your face” or simply he was the first artist on board so I connected with Violet through his art, but needless to say I was skeptical when yet a new artistic face was announced- Ibrahim Moustafa.
After seeing Ibrahim’s work in this issue I have to say I’m thrilled to see he also is a master of detail and seems to lean towards giving Violet a more average build. I think his art will be a perfect fit going forward and I’m happy to welcome him on board.
One more worry I had about this issue was colors. We also welcomed new colorists and a new Gotham with this issue. I was afraid color schemes would be drastically changed, but I found the dark tones still remained while also receiving some brighter aspects. It felt like it belonged and was dark enough to satisfy my black little soul, while bright enough to speak to my own inner white witch. Great job all the way around by all.
Bottom line? Hardcore fans of Mother Panic (like myself) will find all the elements (even her love of swearing) that they love, while feeling her inner torture as she must rebuild from the ultimate rock bottom. New readers will be able to jump right in with a brand new story that does a fantastic job at filling in the past so it’s easy to catch up, follow along and fall in love. Now, go pick it the fuck up and get reading! 😉
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