Title: Mother Panic Gotham A.D. #3 (2018-)
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
Publication Date: May 23, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Arkham Institute has been branded a place of healing, but the horror that lurks behind its walls makes the old asylum look like a tea party. Will Violet Paige be able to rescue her mother from the Collective’s clutches, or will a certain artiste spoil her chances? And what has happened to Dr. Quinzel?!”
Following the events in issue #2, Mother Panic breaks into Arkham Institute, formerly Arkham Asylum, to find her mother. Inside the institute, Mother Panic discovers Dr. Quinzel locked up in a basement cell. After freeing the doctor, Mother Panic finds her mother and makes her escape. Once free from Arkham Institute, the comic shifts to the Joker who has been taken to an abandoned building. He comes face-to-face with a younger, newer version of himself. The two have a ‘this town isn’t big enough for the two of us show down’ style show down, before The Joker gives his final curtain call.
In this issue, Houser plays into family dynamic, in both the Paige family and the network of villains. Rebecca Paige, Mother Panic’s mother, is seen at the center of the happenings in this issue. Gala wants to use her for her psychic powers, her son is trying to keep her safe, and Mother Panic saves her. What ever is happening within in Gotham, the Paige family is at the core. Houser also has a strong narrative style, which is allows for multiple stories to play out in a single issue. Moustafa’s artwork pairs well with the storyline, dark and gritty, much like the storyline.
What works well in this issue is the premise of old Gotham battling new Gotham. Old Gotham, represented through characters like the Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy, work cooperatively with Mother Panic to defeat Gala, new Gotham. Though it’s still early in the series, Houser and Moustafa have already created a complex and interesting storyline.
The Bottom Line:
Mother Panic Gotham A.D. #3 is not to be missed. Intertwining storylines, new villains, and a cliffhanger you don’t see coming all make this issue a must read.