Comic Review: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 (DC Comics)

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2, from DC’s Young Animal imprint, continues Mother Panic’s search for, well, her mother. She’s in a panic. Seriously. To follow her missing mother’s trail, Mother […]

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2, from DC’s Young Animal imprint, continues Mother Panic’s search for, well, her mother. She’s in a panic. Seriously.

To follow her missing mother’s trail, Mother Panic needs to enter Robinson Park, the carefully preserved environmental marvel situated at the centre of Gotham. That is not as easy as it sounds, but it’s a necessary step toward breaking into Arkham Asylum. WIll Catwoman help her? And what has Poison Ivy done to Robinson Park to make it so… wild??

This is another step (entitled “Different Bat Channel Part 2”) in the continuing saga of Mother Panic. My only concern is that it is not as inviting to first-time readers as it could be. As a reviewer who drops in and out of continuing series’ like a yo-yo, I need any help I can get to determine my bearings. I love it when there is a summary paragraph at the beginning of a comic, just like they do in TV shows: what happened so far. And who are all these people? Need answers!

The writing is good (Jody Houser) and Ibrahim Moustafa’s interior art (colouring by Jordan Boyd) is really moody and strong. The characters are well fleshed out, the good, bad and the ugly. Note: there is a LOT of swearing in this issue: it’s rated Mature for a reason, despite it being a “Young Animal” comic!!

The three page back up story by Jody Houser (art by Paulina Ganucheau)involves Batman and the Joker. Gruesome, bloody and full of corpses. Pretty strong stuff, great if you can “hack it”.

DC Mother Panic Gotham AD #2, $3.99 for 26 pages of content. Mature Readers

Alan Spinney

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