Title: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. (2018-) #6
Writer: Jody Houser
Pencils/Ink: Tommy Lee Edwards, Ibrahim Moustafa
Colors: Jordan Boyd, Tommy Lee Edwards
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
Publication Date: August 22, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Mother Panic must face all her demons—spiritual and biological—in this issue as she learns the true fate of the Violet of this world. Sibling rivalries, archnemeses and more square off against Mother Panic in this, the ultimate issue of GOTHAM A.D.!”
Mother Panic is about to face the emotional challenge of her lifetime…possibly of all her lifetimes. In her quest to save Gotham, she discovers herself from this reality, biologically preserved, but not quite living. Now, Mother Panic must decide who is friend or foe, who to trust, and what to do with herself. Mother Panic has big decisions ahead, but it looks like she’ll no longer face them alone.
I rarely find a comic with such poetic narration, yet, there it is in Jody Houser’s script for Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. (2018-) #6. Filled with moments of intensity and personal struggle, Houser crafts Mother Panic with poetic metaphors. Lines like, “She arms herself with blades to cut away the lies. Fire to burn the dragons down,” really stay with the reader. Each word is fraught with emotion, emphasizing Mother Panic’s struggle to defeat the Collective and save Gotham. Houser has really outdone herself with the scripting of this issue, highlighting her own narrative talents, while elevating Mother Panic’s story. The parallels Houser draws to the Batman story are strong, and the addition of the new members to the team feels like a resurrected Justice League.
Tommy Lee Edwards and Ibrahim Moustafa continue to craft a slightly gritty Gotham, complementing Houser’s depiction of the post-hero city. The art reinforces the tension within the issue, both in the fight scenes and Mother Panic’s own emotional struggles.
The Bottom Line:
Jody Houser outdoes herself this issue of Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. (2018-) #6. The scripting reaches a new level of intensity, with moments of extreme anguish, emphasized by the poetic-like words. Tommy Lee Edwards and Ibrahim Moustafa’s art continues to dazzle, as Gotham A.D. remains gritty and dark.