M.O.M.: MOTHER OF MADNESS #1
Writers: Emilia Clarke, Isobel Richardson, and Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Leila Leiz
Colours: Triona Farrell
Letters: Haley Rose-Lyon
Cowl: Jo Ratcliffe
Writer: Picture Comics
In M.O.M.: Mom of Insanity #1 (of three), Maya is a single mom with superpowers – however these powers include a catch: they’re inextricably tied to her feelings. Can these skills (and by extension, the feelings hooked up to them) show to be a blessing moderately than a curse?
Partially, this challenge is an origin story – however don’t groan too loudly, M.O.M. will hear you. The comedian is aware of that you simply’ve sat via 1,000,000 origin tales earlier than, and it has no downside calling you out for it.
In actual fact, M.O.M. is general a really meta textual content, with Maya straight addressing the reader from the very first panels. What’s additionally clear from the very first panels is that this comedian is coming from a spot that has seen sufficient shit, thanks very a lot (and talking of shit, it’s value mentioning that Maya has no downside cursing all through the comedian, a clearly intentional and infrequently hilarious concession).
The result’s a tone that doesn’t have time for subtlety, partly as a result of M.O.M. is nicely conscious that subtlety has already been executed to loss of life, and, nicely, go searching: it hasn’t actually confirmed efficient, has it?
However whereas M.O.M. could also be none too refined, it’s additionally persistently humorous and entertaining from the primary web page to the final.
What of the movie star tie-in angle of M.O.M.: Mom of Insanity? It’s extra than simply Clarke’s likeness being adopted for the protagonist right here. M.O.M. is aware of that you simply’re already conscious of Clarke because of her starring function in Sport of Thrones, by which we had been all made to observe the Khaleesi get executed soiled as soon as she was deemed “too loopy” by her male counterparts.
M.O.M. addresses lots of the points raised by the climax of Sport of Thrones: what if a lady had supernatural ranges of energy, and what if that energy was inextricable from her feelings? Nonetheless, not like Sport of Thrones, which answered these questions by murdering its finest character, M.O.M. provides Maya an avenue to put declare to her energy, no matter the truth that it might be inextricable from her feelings.
M.O.M. isn’t shy about the truth that its linked to Clarke’s historical past on Sport of Thrones – it’s proper there on the duvet of the comedian: Mom of Insanity is a play on one of many Khaleesi’s many titles.
However that’s a sensible metafictional choice, provided that any reader will instantly, inevitably join Clarke’s identify with Sport of Thrones. By laying declare to the inevitable comparability, M.O.M. is ready to use the affiliation to its (and by extension the reader’s) benefit.
Mom of Insanity
M.O.M.: Mom of Insanity is a really sturdy opening challenge: the protagonist will appeal you earlier than the conclusion of the primary scene, and also you’ll be bought on the premise by the conclusion of the comedian.
Now, there’s a great deal of potential for the second challenge, which has the chance to construct one thing actually particular on this very sturdy basis.
M.O.M.: Mom of Insanity #1 is on the market now at your native comedian store.