Mother Panic #4

Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Shawn Crystal Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: March 8, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 10
7.4Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

Mother Panic isn't the only one hunting for revenge in the streets of Gotham City. The terrifying Pretty is after the next name on Violet Paige's hit list. But is he a friend or foe-and how is he connected to the mysterious Gather House that made Violet who she is?

  • 9.5
    That's Entertainment - Ash Jun 27, 2018

    Whatever vigilante shenanigans Mother Panic has planned, I am all in. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 8, 2017

    Jody Houser, Crystal, and Beaulieu add new layers of kindness and darkness to Violet Paige in Mother Panic #4, and the issue functions as a great study of how people interact and behave in different contexts with a side dish of gadgets and punching because this is Gotham City after all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 11, 2017

    Mother Panic continues to deliver the goods on the fringe side of Gotham for me that I crave, playing in the familiar but working its own angle and carving out its own territory. Houser kicks off the new arc nicely here – and I like that it's at issue four and not issue seven – while building the larger narrative of Violet herself. This book also makes out very well with the addition of Shawn Crystal on the art duties as there's a really neat sense of design about it with the architecture but also in how Violet is presented – both in her socialite side that captures her laziness and boredom about it as well as the more angular look of Mother Panic. When you can get a costume like that and bring in a sense of warmth and humanity about it when she holds Pretty, you're doing some great stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Mar 8, 2017

    If you like Mother Panic already, I do recommend this issue (if you havent read Mother Panic, though, seriously, what have you been doing with your life?). It veers away from the original tone of the comic, yes, but I still think this is a solid issue and Im looking forward to Broken Things Part 2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Mark McKechnie Jun 29, 2018

    Overall this was a really good book. As it is aimed at mature readers it does have a darker tone and explores darker themes than a typical DC book. It is well paced, and the art does set a good tone and support the story well. Its also accessible. I had no trouble following and keeping up with the story, even though this issue is the fourth book in the current arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Mar 14, 2017

    If you're not reading this series, you really should look deep within yourself and ask why? Houser exhibits some very complex, well-developed writing skills that make everything about this issue shine.Mother Panic is a slow-burn, full of angst and intrigue. With four issues on the stands, it's clear this is a series that demands attention. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 8, 2017

    Mother Panic is excellent at capturing the damaged nature of the vigilante hero. In a way it's more realistic than Batman though its visuals are much more colorful. This issue's new artist does a great job, though it's uneven in its style. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Corps - Shaun Mar 8, 2017

    Being part 1 obviously a lot of information still, hasn't been revealed in this particular story. This feel like it is leaning more towards the roots of Violet Page, what molded her to become the furious badass that shit has become. If you enjoy the darker side of Gotham, you will enjoy Mother Panic. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 9, 2017

    Mother Panic remains the most traditional of the four Young Animal books, though still only in a very relative sense. Yes, it's a bt more approachable for superhero fans, but writer Jody Houser finds success in plumbing the depths of Violet's complicated psyche and exploring how her childhood trauma fuels the Batman-hating vigilante she is today. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mike Mazzacane Mar 13, 2017

    Mother Panic continues to slowly grow and reveal itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Chris Mar 8, 2017

    As we enter a new story arc we are given plenty of breadcrumbs to follow and the backstory of our protagonist continues to fill in.  The  art is uneven and a tad confusing, however the story is becoming more and more engaging. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Mar 9, 2017

    I am enjoying Mother Panic much more than my rating might suggest. I am utterly fascinated by the character of Violet Page and already am looking forward to the next issue. The reason that I am still not rating this book higher has more to do with the clumsy change in story and art from the previous issues. I didn't realize the last story had concluded and expected the hunt for Gala to continue. Because of this I felt like I was starting over this issue and was pretty confused during my first read through. I am glad that I stuck with it and reread the story a few times to figure out what was happening. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Tracy Sayers Mar 16, 2017

    This is a fantastic read moving on the a secondary story called Gotham radio. The artwork is stunning. Not the usual dark Gotham style. It leaves you wanting more, wanting to find out what happened at Garther House. Does revenge really clear up the past and why is her mum so into plants Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Chad Rice Mar 8, 2017

    In this issue, Mother Panic has a major art team shift. Do I like it? Nay, I do not. This issue starts the beginning of a brand-new arc and what feels like a whole different comic. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Mar 10, 2017

    As quickly as Mother Panic built suspense and intrigue for me, it completely destroys it within the same amount of time. This issue is bad. I don't know what the cause is for the distinct and sudden changes, but it feels as though nobody is on the same page, and everyone is now half-assing their work. I'm not looking forward to the next chapter, because I'm afraid this title is going to sink even lower. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a prime example of "Broken Things." Read Full Review

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