Title: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. (2018-) #5
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards, Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “The Cult of the Bat has taken things too far. Mother Panic is enlisted by the Gotham City Sirens to help end the mad reign of Jason Todd, last of the Robins. But as the heroes past and present clash, are they all just playing into the hands of the evil Collective?”
Violet Paige knew things would be difficult for her when she traveled to this dimension and assumed the Mother Panic identity. After meeting up with the DC anti-heroes, Harley Quinn and Catwoman, Mother Panic must decide if she will join their ranks or continue on her quest with Fennec Fox. Mother Panic has a long road ahead of her, especially now that she has a new enemy in the Cult of the Bat.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #5 is Jody Houser’s ability to craft a story. In this issue, Houser finally brings together the main characters, revealing how each, Mother Panic, the anti-heroes, the Collective, and the Cult of the Bat, fit into the larger narrative of the series. As for the storyline itself, Houser uses this issue to piece together character relationship, focusing on establishing the good and the bad and each side’s motives.
Edwards and Moustafa have a consistent style within this series, the images are detailed and gritty. And the character are visually well-developed. Their final panel is a work of art in and of itself, full of emotion and intrigue as the reader is left with a huge cliffhanger for Mother Panic.
The Bottom Line:
Mother Panic #5 is consistent; Houser brings the main characters together, establishing the “good” guys and the “bad” guys and creates battle lines for future issues.