Review: Mother Panic #12

by Matthew Lloyd
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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Shawn Crystal

Colors: Jean-Francois Beaulieu



With the true face of an old friend revealed, Violet Paige must fight her way free or risk Mother Panic becoming a part of Gala’s grisly art exhibit. Back at home a disturbing revelation about Rebecca’s mental state comes to light. Includes the finale of “Gotham Radio” by the acclaimed team of Jim Krueger and Phil Hester!



The continuing exploration of Violet’s past is always a positive in this title.  It was quite surprising as things went in a different direction.  The revelation about Violet’s mother sets up another mystery and forges a connection between the two that should bring them closer together.


I found aspects of this issue confusing.  What did Gala know about Violet, and how?  Through Jane?  What exactly happened to Jane under Gala?  What exactly is her mother’s power?  What did she mean by “when she was made?”  Usually, when a story brings up more questions it can be exciting and engaging.  In this case, there were not enough questions answered.  Perhaps, it will all come together quickly, but there was a bit of head scratching by the end of the issue that overshadowed the positives in the issue.


A strange end to this arc.  It raises more questions than it answers and not in a good way.  While there is certainly a set up for a new angle, there’s a lot of unresolved issues that may muddle what comes next.


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