Emilia Clarke is having a good week! It was recently announced that she will join the cast of the Disney+ Marvel series Secret Invasion (giving her a geek trifecta of fandoms – Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe). And today, it was revealed that the Mother of Dragons is penning a new comic series, M.O.M.: Mother of Madness.
Co-written by GLAAD Media Award nominated Marguerite Bennett (Josie and the Pussycats, Angela) with art by Leila Leiz (Horde), the three-issue superhero series M.O.M.: Mother of Madness will launch this July from Image Comics.
“About three years ago, I was in a car with a bunch of friends and was like, ‘Hey, guys, wouldn’t it be really funny if…’,” Clarke told Entertainment Weekly, which had the exclusive scoop on the reveal. “And then I woke up the next day and was like, ‘That would be funny. That would be f—ing cool. Why not?'”
Each installment of M.O.M.: Mother of Madness with be an extra-length issue, described by Clarke as “Deadpool action collides with Fleabag comedy”, following scientist-by-day, superhero-by-night single mother Maya. Maya discovers her superpowers and then uses them to take on a crew of human traffickers, as one does.
“We’re always calling mothers superheroes, and I’m like, what if they were? What if they legitimately were superheroes?” said Clarke in her EW interview. “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.”
The M.O.M.: Mother of Madness debut issue will feature two covers. Cover A is by renowned artist Jo Ratcliffe, whose work has been featured in globally recognized brands and magazines such as Vogue UK and Juxtapoz. Cover B is by Eisner-award winning Jen Bartel, known for her work with Marvel Comics as well as co-created Image’s Blackbird.
M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1 will be available Wednesday, July 21 for purchase at comic book shops, as well as available digitally on any number of platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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