Title: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. (2018-) #4
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
Publication Date: June 27, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “After six months of learning the ins and outs of her new status quo, Violet Paige decides it’s time to go public: Gotham City’s favorite bad-girl celebutante is back! But not everyone is pleased to learn of the socialite’s sudden resurfacing, least of all her estranged brother, who thought he had her on ice for good. Meanwhile, the Cult of the Bat begins to make moves, and it’s no laughing matter.”
Violet Page is back and in headlines once again, but not everyone is happy to the heiress return from the grave. Her brother needs her to be a fake, the Collective wants her dead, and the Cult of the Bat wants Mother Panic out of the picture. Of course Violet knows the secret of her return, but she is keeping that information close to the vest. As the Cult of the Bat moves out of the shadows, Lord Robin shows his deranged self and Mother Panic must step in to save the day. All this spells trouble for Mother Panic as this new enemy rises from Gotham’s underbelly.
Mother Panic knew her return to Gotham would be difficult, painful even, with the Collective running things now, but she has yet to image her latest enemy. Houser shows her master skills as a storyteller as she weaves new plot developments into the story, complicating the plot in unexpected ways. Just as the reader thinks they know what is coming next, Houser throws another twist. The result is a constantly evolving story, that moves with the actions of the characters. As for the storyline itself, topnotch writing. The introduction of the Cult of the Bat adds a unique layer to the story, and provides endless opportunity to conflict moving forward.
Moustafa’s art is constant throughout. His visualization of Gotham A.D. remains gritty, yet detailed, with tranquil scenes clean lines and neutral colors. These contrasting images remain a staple of the Mother Panic storyline, one which I hope continues throughout the series.
The Bottom Line:
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. continues to impress. At issue four, Houser builds in more suspense with new, complicating storylines. As the plot thickens, Mother Panic remains determined as ever, the key to saving Gotham.