Mother Panic #5

Mother Panic #5

Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Shawn Crystal Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: March 22, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 5
7.1Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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While hunting a new target, Mother Panic may have found her first ally in the strange and enigmatic Pretty. But nothing involving Gather House is ever what it appears to be. Can Pretty really be trusted? And what exactly is going on in Violet Paige's basement?

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 22, 2017

    Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu put Violet Paige's ultraviolent crusade in psychologically scarring context inMother Panic#5, which will make you want to give Mother Panica hug before she pushes you off her and tells you to “Fuck off” before disappearing into Gotham's dark night. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 25, 2017

    I'm still loving Mother Panic a whole lot and in ways I didn't think I would when I first tried sampling the series. This installment gives the characters time to breathe and exist without having to deal with world ending or city ending issues. That lets us get into their minds more, or at least Violet's, and that sets the tone and mood of the book as a whole. Especially when it comes to dealing with her mother! The more we become immersed in this world the more I'm both intrigued and frightened by it, both because of the story but also through the wonderful interpretation that Shawn Crystal brings us. Very good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Mar 22, 2017

    I really liked this issue. I've liked all of the issue, though, so maybe I have a bit of bias. I just think Jody Houser is doing a phenomenal job with this character. The only complaint I really have is that I don't like the art FOR THIS SERIES. I think Shawn Crystal is incredibly talented and his art is beautiful. But Tommy Lee Edwards had this grit to it, his style felt perfect. It's also the style the series started with and had for its first 3 issues, so maybe I just need to get used to Shawn Crystal's. For now though, it just doesn't feel quite right for this character. We'll have to wait and see. I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Mar 23, 2017

    I have enjoyed this and all the previous issues of this book but have held back on giving a high rating so I could see how things progressed. At this point the book has sustained five issues of strong plot and character development with two different, successful artistic approaches along with two different story lines. I am ready to crank things up a little as the team has earned some trust. I recommend that mature readers pick up this title, as I would be reading it even if I weren't reviewing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 22, 2017

    Memories flood in which help articulate where the protagonist is and the visual look settles down and is beginning to feel right with the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 23, 2017

    Crystal is able to craft some psychological harrowing montages in this issue, but in general the series could really do with a return to visual form. At least writer Jody Houser continues to paint a compelling portrait of her damaged protagonist, one who is developing into far more than just another vigilante on the Gotham scene. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Mar 27, 2017

    "Mother Panic" and Violet Paige continue to figure themselves out and point towards something better, maybe even "heroic". Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Arpad Okay Mar 27, 2017

    That said, look at Paige as a reflection of Bruce Wayne's isolation, not just as a socialite for show. Paige is just as driven to construct a family, and to use everyone outside of it as a tool. Like her grey and blue counterpart, the white queen has a goal at odds with her morals: vengeance. And like Bruce, despite her drive, Violet defers to what's right. Her struggle and complexity, her story, it's all a refreshingly sophisticated re-imagining of the black knight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Chris Mar 22, 2017

    A bit of a mixed bag.  There are plenty of things to like here... even quite like; however several complaints from the earlier issues still remain.  This second story arc is a marked improvement on the opener, and I am hopeful this will continue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Tim Montoya Mar 23, 2017

    A lot happens here, with some good and some bad. Again we are left with a lot of unanswered questions. Hopefully, they will all be brought into the light in future releases. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Shaun Mar 23, 2017

    A lot happens here, with some good and some bad. Again we are left with a lot of unanswered questions. Hopefully, they will all be brought into the light in future releases. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Levi Remington Mar 22, 2017

    Mother Panic is a worthwhile, angst-fueled adventure with great art and a fun protagonist. Violet is a vigilante unlike any other in Gotham, even if her damaged persona and haunted past ring one too many bells. Her personality is juvenile and that's the point; these are growing pains for Violet. It's a risky move to introduce readers to a character in this stage of her life, but I like it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Mar 24, 2017

    Mother Panic had promise. Had being the key word. Now, the book is just a mess. The narrative is inconsistent, unfocused, and quite frankly, not worth your money. I'll be surprised if the title publishes more than twelve issues. I might actually look into trade waiting my reviews going forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Mar 27, 2017

    This one is destined for the quarter bins if it continues this trajectory, as this is a huge waste of artistic talent. I'm giving my final score based mainly on my love of the artwork. Read Full Review

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