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Panic on The Streets of Gotham

Violet Paige seeks vengeance on her privileged peers

There’s a new vigilante in Gotham City and she has a whole different vibe than anyone in the Bat Family.

In the opening pages of Mother Panic #1, Gotham socialite Violet Paige returns home from an undisclosed medical incident that lead to extensive surgery. It’s a very familiar story of a child of privilege returning to Gotham to fight for justice. But Violet is no Bruce Wayne.

This story feels modern. Violet is the talk of the tabloids and entertainment reporters. Writer Jody Houser taps into our cultural obsession with the rich and poorly behaved. Immediately, it’s obvious that Violet has a problem with alcohol and her attitude is less than polite. This doesn’t feel like your classic masked vigilante story.

A New Spin on Gotham

Mother Panic is the newest title from DC’s most recent imprint Young Animal. It’s also the first of the Young Animal books to focus on a new character. So far, the Young Animal titles have taken place in their own weird and dark world outside the DC universe.

Mother Panic jumps us into the very familiar world of Gotham City, but manages to put its own spin on it. The intriguing and engrossing first issue, pulls readers into the world of the story, but leaves plenty of mystery. There is a sense of Violet, her vigilante persona of Mother Panic, and a little bit of the threat facing Gotham. However, plenty is still left up in the air to fill up future issues. Much more light remains to be shined on this shadowy corner of Gotham City.


Mother Panic #1, DC Comics, November 9, 2016, Ages 12+, Written by Jody Houser, Art by Tommy Lee Edwards, $3.99

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Written by John Campbell

John has been in love with comics since he was first given an issue of "Swamp Thing" at way too young an age. He can be heard every week on the podcast "Panel on Panels" discussing all things comics and comics related. He is also a filmmaker and actor who can be seen performing in shows around the Portland area.