Emilia Clarke is having a big week! Yesterday, news dropped that the Game of Thrones star is in talks to join Marvel‘s Secret Invasion; today Entertainment Weekly dropped an exclusive preview of her upcoming comic book.
M.O.M.: Mother of Madness was born out of a joke, Clarke says; she told Entertainment Weekly “We’re always calling mothers superheroes in, and I’m like, what if they were? What if they legitimately were superheroes?” She goes on to describe the story as a blend of Deadpool-like humor and feminist sensibilities featuring some extreme genre-bending.
M.O.M.’s protagonist Maya is a single mother in the near future who’s led a hard life. In discovering her powers, she’s able to accept herself and everything that makes her unique. When she discovers her powers, she uses them to take on a secret sect of human traffickers. Clarke doesn’t give much insight into Maya’s abilities, but she does tease at their source, stating “She can do a lot of stuff at certain times in her month.”
Of her inspiration for the comic, Clarke said:
“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 wanted to throw a new character into the mix, and see if people related to her in a way that was impactful to them.”
Emilia Clarke’s cowriter on the project is Marguerite Bennett, who has written for Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, and A-Force, among other best-settling series. It will feature art by Leila Leiz and Isobel Richardson, and covers from Jo Ratcliffe.
M.O.M.’s first issue comes out on July 21st. Stay tuned for more information on the comic as it comes out!
This article was originally posted on 4/21/21