Exclusive Preview: The Past Rears Its Head In Mother Panic #11

In the past, we’ve talked at length about the great stuff DC’s been doing with their new Young Animal imprint. Basically, Gerard Way and company have taken characters and concepts readers are familiar with in outrageous new directions, creating a line of books that feel altogether different from what we’d normally get via DC proper, or even Vertigo.

To be honest, if I were to personally recommend any title from this initiative, it’d have to be that of Mother Panic. I say that because not only have I found it to be the most enjoyable, but also because it’s incredibly easy to pick up and inviting to the average reader.

Odds are that you’ve read a Batman comic or two at some point in your life, therefore there’s a fair chance you’ll feel right at home here. In a way, Gotham City is a universe unto itself, populated by rich and complex heroes and villains. What Jody Houser has done is showing us corners of it that we didn’t even know existed, all the while making for a mature reading experience.

In issue #11, expect Violet Paige’s history with Gather House to continue to haunt her present. Sure, her old friend seems grateful for freeing her, so to speak, but I often think twice before trusting anyone who isn’t the title character. After all, Gotham is one strange beast.

For more information, be sure to check out the official synopsis below:

An unexpected face from the past throws Mother Panic’s mission into turmoil. But things from Gather House are never what they seem, especially friendships. Meanwhile, a plan is set in motion at the Pike Hotel to figure out exactly what’s going on in Rebecca’s head. Also features the next exciting chapter of “Gotham Radio” by critically acclaimed team of Jim Krueger and Phil Hester!

Mother Panic #11 arrives in comic shops next Wednesday, September 27.


Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Shawn Crystal
Backup Writer: Jim Krueger
Backup Artist: Phil Hester
Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards
Variant Cover: Jay Shaw