The actress, Emilia Clarke announced that she will be writing, along with Marguerite Bennett, a miniseries called MOM: Mother of Madness. Issue #1 will go on sale on July 21st. Clarke’s comic will have the art done by Leila Leiz. Additionally, Isobel Richardson is a contributor and the covers are done by Jo Ratcliffe.
What’s The Story?
The comic will be about a single mother, Maya, who discovers she has strange powers and uses them to battle human traffickers. This character will be an incredible superhero being a single mom with all the work that comes with that and finding the time to fight bad guys. Clarke compares her work to Deadpool for having “a lot of silliness” and tongue-in-cheek humor, combined with a very current feminist sensibility “explored in an extreme genre-bending atmosphere.”
Clarke tells Entertainment Weekly:
“We’re always calling mothers superheroes, and I’m like, what if they were? What if they legitimately were superheroes? Maya has had a very hard life, and she finds herself in a place where everything that makes her unique, she hates and is ashamed about. It’s only in the discovery of her powers that she finds her true acceptance of who she is. There’s many, many things that she can do that are pretty cool. She can do a lot of stuff at certain moments in her month. She can do all of these wicked things, but they all come from the fact that she is a woman who has a menstrual cycle. I thought it would be cool to have all the things that women don’t like about themselves, flip that, and make those the things that make her superhuman.”
The origin of Emilia Clarke’s comic is from her history in the comic book world and feeling shut out because of her gender. She talked about her brother’s love of comics, but he didn’t want his “loser little sister” to go in with him and that she didn’t find the shops to be very welcoming.
“It’s been a very beautiful female experience in the creation of it, and a phenomenally creatively fulfilling process, but the biggest reason why I wanted to make this comic is because I wanted young girls to look at a woman that was fallible. Obviously, you’re seeing that a lot in the industry; you’ve got all of these incredibly empowering female shows. But I just felt like I hadn’t seen it in this genre.
I think back to my younger self and I think, if I was allowed in that comic book store, and I got to see a version that I felt like I could relate to on some level, I would have been absolutely in. It’s a very personal experience that everyone has with comics. These are characters that people are passionate about, and care about deeply, and relate to. I wanted to throw a new character into the mix, and see if people related to her in a way that was impactful to them.”
I’d have never thought of this idea, but I’m definitely interested in giving it a read. Maybe I didn’t grow up reading comics, but loved watching the Spiderman and X-Men cartoons with my family then started reading comics as an adult. I loved reading Rat Queens so I’m interested in more women-led comics and I don’t have a problem with male-led comics. I just love a little variety.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly