30 review for M.O.M: Mother of Madness #1

  1. 4 out of 5

    CF Dracarys

    The fact that Emilia Clarke wrote a feminist comic book that addresses so many issues in today's world is enough to make me short circuit. 100/10. The fact that Emilia Clarke wrote a feminist comic book that addresses so many issues in today's world is enough to make me short circuit. 100/10.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Samhain

    Cool concept, but poorly executed so far. The dialogues especially are clumsy at best, quite forced most of the time. Still, this is the first issue and it's from a brand new writer, so I'm gonna give this story a chance to improve along the way. Cool concept, but poorly executed so far. The dialogues especially are clumsy at best, quite forced most of the time. Still, this is the first issue and it's from a brand new writer, so I'm gonna give this story a chance to improve along the way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Library Next Door

    This book has excellent writing by Emilia Clarke and Marguerite Bennet, with amazing artwork by Leila Leiz that is sure to delight everyone. And is definitely not what you would expect with more realistic story settings and character portrayals. It's something everyone needed in a while to have a more positive view of women and it's a great commentary on how media and entertainment affect our lives now. It's something I didn't predict to be so real and true to its nature, and with both superhero This book has excellent writing by Emilia Clarke and Marguerite Bennet, with amazing artwork by Leila Leiz that is sure to delight everyone. And is definitely not what you would expect with more realistic story settings and character portrayals. It's something everyone needed in a while to have a more positive view of women and it's a great commentary on how media and entertainment affect our lives now. It's something I didn't predict to be so real and true to its nature, and with both superhero elements and a dystopian world not too far off, I easily rate this among my favorite reads of the year. I can't wait for the next issue!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark Sameh

    I can see hidden potential coming out of this.. 🤞

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emilia

    HELLO??? I LOVED THIS!!! THE ART AND THE HUMOR AND MAYA HERSELF AND SHE IS RIGHT WE /WERE/ PUT IN THIS WORLD TO HELP EACH OTHER. MAN I LOVE EMILIA SO MUCH!!!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was NOT written for me at all, and that is okay. This is Emilia Clarke’s first comic, and it is a feminist one following a hero who gets her powers from her menstrual cycle and the different emotions caused by it. If that sounds up your alley, it probably is. If it doesn’t, well... There is some good here though. The art and coloring are beautiful, with Leila Leiz doing a fantasic job. I alao enjoy Emilia Clarke as an actress, and you can tell this was a very personal project that meant This book was NOT written for me at all, and that is okay. This is Emilia Clarke’s first comic, and it is a feminist one following a hero who gets her powers from her menstrual cycle and the different emotions caused by it. If that sounds up your alley, it probably is. If it doesn’t, well... There is some good here though. The art and coloring are beautiful, with Leila Leiz doing a fantasic job. I alao enjoy Emilia Clarke as an actress, and you can tell this was a very personal project that meant alot to her. I think my main problem with this is it wants to talk about the issues women face, but it does it in such a hyper relatable way that it really is only relatable for certain woman that were raised under very certain conditions. I gave this to my POC friend to get a better sense of if women I personally know were enjoying what was being said here, and man she got absolutely nothing out of it. But if you did enjoy it, good for you, it’s great you found a book that spoke to you. But as of right now, this book is just doing way too much, as it wants to have it’s cake and eat it too. It wants to talk about these fucked up things, but does it in such a cartoonish way none of it feels real. Real predators don’t oogle at paintings of naked women during work parties, real rapists don’t make #MeToo and lawsuit jokes during a work speech, all of this feels like a cartoon version of how one white woman sees the world. Some of it can feel super real, like a scene of Maya being gossiped about after she has an accident in her dress, but it’s ruined when someone saying vile, sexist shit like “Women’s purpose is to have kids, raise a family and take care of others” is played off to be exactly as bad as someone saying “She ruined that dress” when one is CLEARLY way more sexist and fucked up than the other. The fact I can remember most of the insults thrown at Maya and Boone during this issue, but I still don’t know the full extent of Maya’s powers, like how they work when she’s not menstrating or if they even do (it’s still not really clear after a re-read) or even her motivations for this specific story, isn’t good like at all. It can just be a bit much at times, and I hope this can really come back together for the last two issues, as I really wanted to love this, but man I just couldn’t. I will give her props though, as on the last page, a list of numbers and websites for victims of awful stuff like hate crimes, sexual assault, and human trafficking is left instead of some ad for a book. It feels like she actually cares about these issues and wants to do something to fix it, even if the book can seriously falter when addressing those issues in a way that feels real. I guess that’s another problem, as this books wants to talk about everything, but it’s done none of it well or with any grace. The lovely channel of Casually Comics did a fantastic video breaking down why I didn’t exactly enjoy this, that I highly recommend you check out as well : https://youtu.be/OMO-Hs3RxcM

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steph Carr (LiteraryHypeWoman)

    Welp. The environment this lead character is in is highly relatable. I was going to say there was a lot of exposition at the beginning, but then the book called the reader out, saying if we will watch 22 marvel movies, we can read 5 pages of backstory and they are right. Definitely interested in seeing where this goes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ❦ Anna Francesca

    Looking at goodreads it appears I’m the second to rate this! Really liked this first issue, from the vibrant colours, interesting graphics and story that had me smirking and relating to a story that’s essentially about a woman with superpowers, that’s the power of it. I think the letter from Emilia in the back helped me to understand all the choices when it came to plot and speech. Plus if you’re a little confused about how her powers work, there’s something to help at the end too. I will say I Looking at goodreads it appears I’m the second to rate this! Really liked this first issue, from the vibrant colours, interesting graphics and story that had me smirking and relating to a story that’s essentially about a woman with superpowers, that’s the power of it. I think the letter from Emilia in the back helped me to understand all the choices when it came to plot and speech. Plus if you’re a little confused about how her powers work, there’s something to help at the end too. I will say I don’t think I ever read an issue, mostly volumes of a few combined, but it was great to read it this way for what I’m sure will be a successful series. On a personal note, I appreciate how particular Emilia was with choosing who worked on this. Much respect there!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Ramirez

    The plot of this comic is very interesting. It comes across like a feminist superhero satire in the vein of something like "Bitch Planet" or "Maneaters", the art is also pretty good. I just feel like, for the first issue, there is way too much going on. The origin story for this character is established well enough, this first issue is just way too busy and after a while, I couldn't figure out what was going on. This is a miniseries so, hopefully, it will improve. The plot of this comic is very interesting. It comes across like a feminist superhero satire in the vein of something like "Bitch Planet" or "Maneaters", the art is also pretty good. I just feel like, for the first issue, there is way too much going on. The origin story for this character is established well enough, this first issue is just way too busy and after a while, I couldn't figure out what was going on. This is a miniseries so, hopefully, it will improve.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yara

    Fantastic Loved every bit of it. A fresh, funny, and yeah sometimes emotional take on what it’s like to be a woman. The good, the bad, and the ugly is made into something new and empowering.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This has potential. Whether it reaches it within its short run is to be seen. Full review to follow closer to release date

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Reads Comics

    A strong but uneven debut, but one I'm excited to keep reading. The book centers on Maya Kuyper, a 29-year old single mother coming to terms with, among other things, a unique set of powers she possesses tied to her emotions; different emotions temporarily bestow her with different powers, such as fear leading to enhanced hearing, anger to super strength, and a whole gamut of others from the standard to the weird (like going to stretch goop when she's happy). Tied up in this narrative are issues A strong but uneven debut, but one I'm excited to keep reading. The book centers on Maya Kuyper, a 29-year old single mother coming to terms with, among other things, a unique set of powers she possesses tied to her emotions; different emotions temporarily bestow her with different powers, such as fear leading to enhanced hearing, anger to super strength, and a whole gamut of others from the standard to the weird (like going to stretch goop when she's happy). Tied up in this narrative are issues of trauma, self image, body acceptance, feminism, and a number of other topics that I think are fairly successfully all tied together, particularly for this just being a first issue. The first page strikes you with activity, a jumble of a party, our heroine bespeckled in a pair of radiant rainbow glasses that immediately make her pop off the page, and her direct gaze and dialogue with the audience immediately grabbing your attention. From there, we get interpolations of her tragic backstory, how she got her powers, and her current life as a chemical engineer and mother dealing with misogyny in the workplace and motherhood at home. I really liked the amount of characterization and setup packed into this issue; it set up the broad strokes, painted in a lot of the important details, and left plenty of canvas for the next two issues. The voice and cadence of the dialogue was great, mixed in with some fittingly weird anecdotes and observations to really cement the first person stream of narrative you're getting. The only significant complaint that I had with the issue was that occasionally the panels didn't always flow together well. More than once I'd flip a page, continue reading, and flip back and forth a couple times to make sure that I hadn't missed a page. Similarly, while I thought the art was by and large great, it doesn't render actual movement very well, though that's limited to a very brief fight scene. Lastly, the issue is a killer value, coming with a bunch of cover design and art sketches, a letter from Emila Clarke on how she came to write this, and even a back cover packed with resources to support those dealing with sexual abuse, sexual trafficking, racism, mental health issues or thoughts of suicide, and various civil rights issues. It really cements that this book aims to get into the messy rat's nest of modern life, and that while it means to cut to the bone, it's also there to support you if it touches a nerve. So yeah, promising start, looking forward to seeing where it goes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    3,75/5 Honestly I was really excited to read this, because I’ve been following Emília for years and I love her career and she seems like a genuine and really interesting person. Usually I don’t stan celebrities but miss clarke is the exception, and when she announced that she was coming out with a book about a female superhéroe I was like: I’m here for it!. I think it’s a really creative idea and I was really excited to read this volume. In Clarke’s world, we are following Maya, a single mom and 3,75/5 Honestly I was really excited to read this, because I’ve been following Emília for years and I love her career and she seems like a genuine and really interesting person. Usually I don’t stan celebrities but miss clarke is the exception, and when she announced that she was coming out with a book about a female superhéroe I was like: I’m here for it!. I think it’s a really creative idea and I was really excited to read this volume. In Clarke’s world, we are following Maya, a single mom and a chemical engineer and sex worker (she basically sells pics of her foot and stuff). Maya was adopted by two scientist when she was a baby because her mom abandoned her. Maya grew up with them and they were a family, however, like many families there were struggles. Her dad was a mad scientist and her mother got ill and passed away. Her dad was trying to find a cure and he needed mayas help, but in the end they couldn’t do it and a few days later he died. Maya was left alone at the house, with the chemical lab before she got adopted by one of her dads cousin. Now she works at this company and they are trying to create a vegan meat but Maya has other stuff to deal with. She has powers and they are really complex because they are tied with her emotions and her hormones. Maya is tired of not knowing what to do with her body and the powers. One night, while listening to the police station she finds a call from a girl name Tiffany. Her son is at the house in front of this woman, so Maya hurries there and fights against the guy, but in the end, Tiffany died and she discovers someone is going after women all around the city and she needs to train to find out what it’s happening. Honestly, the concept is really cool and the art is amazing. I have to say that as non English speaker I struggle quite a bit with how this book is written. It’s really coloquial with some slang and expressions here and there so at times I was really lost , because I had no idea what they were saying and I got frustrated not gonna lie. However, Emília created a compelling story, with an interesting main character and it was a really short, quick read and I can not wait to read the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Very good art, love the benday dot coloring. The story was strong, if a bit confusing. The satire was great, very uncomfortable to read. My only qualm was with all the pop culture/political references, from Undertale to #MeToo. They were used as if they were as relevant and contemporary to the characters as they are for the readers, which wouldn't be true in 2049 when the book supposedly takes place. These things could be referenced if they seemed "retro" or timeless even, and, crucially, if the Very good art, love the benday dot coloring. The story was strong, if a bit confusing. The satire was great, very uncomfortable to read. My only qualm was with all the pop culture/political references, from Undertale to #MeToo. They were used as if they were as relevant and contemporary to the characters as they are for the readers, which wouldn't be true in 2049 when the book supposedly takes place. These things could be referenced if they seemed "retro" or timeless even, and, crucially, if there were more "references" to fictional things from their time as well. In the end though, that's just a nitpick, and it probably doesn't bother other people as much as it does me. Yes, the book seems similar in many ways to Maneaters, and I'm excited to read more of it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sivaraman

    A feminist story that tries to tackle serious issues like abuse and sexism but with a twist on the superhero genre. The idea of the protagonist, Maya, wielding different powers based on her mood is an interesting take both visually and metaphorically. Great ideas smashed together provide no room for the story to breathe. There's a lot of exposition, and that derails the pace of the story. A 3 issue series that could live or die on the central conflict, and this issue set up the stage for it, alb A feminist story that tries to tackle serious issues like abuse and sexism but with a twist on the superhero genre. The idea of the protagonist, Maya, wielding different powers based on her mood is an interesting take both visually and metaphorically. Great ideas smashed together provide no room for the story to breathe. There's a lot of exposition, and that derails the pace of the story. A 3 issue series that could live or die on the central conflict, and this issue set up the stage for it, albeit imperfectly. Read this issue for Emilia Clarke; going to read the next two for Maya.

  16. 4 out of 5

    hannah lashbrook

    the artwork is so fucking cool and the story concept is excellent. a very intriguing dialogue on the power of emotions and womanhood while discussing the way women are made to feel inferior. i’ve never read a comic before so i can’t really comment on structure but it was easy to follow for me. “every woman has that voice in her head… the voice that says you’re too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, too ugly, too pretty, too messy, too neat, too needy, too cold — the voice that says you’re both the artwork is so fucking cool and the story concept is excellent. a very intriguing dialogue on the power of emotions and womanhood while discussing the way women are made to feel inferior. i’ve never read a comic before so i can’t really comment on structure but it was easy to follow for me. “every woman has that voice in her head… the voice that says you’re too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, too ugly, too pretty, too messy, too neat, too needy, too cold — the voice that says you’re both too much and never, ever enough. you know what, voice? i heard you. now — fuck off.”

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    I AM going to go ahead and give this five stars, which I normally do not, just because of the premise of this AND the execution of it. (Realistically I’d say it is 4 1/2, but why not?) This is a new look at the superhero genre, a single mom putting up with young women put up with with powers that CHANGE much like (as Emilia explains in the post reader note) the way hormones change how one feels. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would and look forward to the next issue.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane(lisse)

    so funny so good. a (comic)book entirely produced by women... exactly what we need. you can feel emilia's soul all over the place as you read this comic (im a fan so 💖). and maya, y’all she is funny, intelligent and very aware of her surroundings. i love her. give a woman a voice and you will discover that you are not alone in this world. thanks for this one. so funny so good. a (comic)book entirely produced by women... exactly what we need. you can feel emilia's soul all over the place as you read this comic (im a fan so 💖). and maya, y’all she is funny, intelligent and very aware of her surroundings. i love her. give a woman a voice and you will discover that you are not alone in this world. thanks for this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    4.5 - My first real delve in to comics and I really enjoyed this. I mean a single mom with powers surrounding her emotions. Dealing with real issues facing the planet in the future and a super toxic masculine environment. I enjoyed this (of course I wanted a little more, but there is other issues coming out!)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I picked this up from the comic shop, based on the interesting cover and a quick flick. I enjoyed this, the artwork is great, the story has intrigued me and I shall be getting the next one to see what happens. The representation of a woman's world at times in a very male industry really struck a chord with me. I picked this up from the comic shop, based on the interesting cover and a quick flick. I enjoyed this, the artwork is great, the story has intrigued me and I shall be getting the next one to see what happens. The representation of a woman's world at times in a very male industry really struck a chord with me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emilio Amaro

    Baffling. One moment there’s a regurgitation of a superficial political agenda, suddenly there’s something even more mind numbing than that…an invisible woman farting and a character saying to themselves “is that Mexican?” This was $5.99. I thought DC were the biggest robbers in the industry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I love this premise. Dialogue is a little stilted at points and tries a bit hard to be cynical, but it's set in a world where it's hard not to be cynical, so I do get it. Definitely up for a volume 2. I love this premise. Dialogue is a little stilted at points and tries a bit hard to be cynical, but it's set in a world where it's hard not to be cynical, so I do get it. Definitely up for a volume 2.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eileen E Walborn

    OMG!! I am too old to read a comic book on Kindle!! Never even made it to the 2nd page. It sounded interesting when I got the ad. Oh well, some you win, some you lose. C'est la vie!! OMG!! I am too old to read a comic book on Kindle!! Never even made it to the 2nd page. It sounded interesting when I got the ad. Oh well, some you win, some you lose. C'est la vie!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    I was very much looking forward to this & I can outright say I enjoyed M.O.M. it’s modern and fresh and cheeky. A bit of 4th wall breaking AND self aware. Definitely different from the norm & that’s a huge plus. Highly recommend & can’t wait for the last two installments to bring it all together.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Merry

    Good first part of a series. The pacing feels a bit weird/too hasty at times but other than that I enjoyed it. The art is good and the dialogue is realistic (mostly). It tackles a lot of real life issues and is different from your average super hero origin story. I'm curious to see more of Maya! Good first part of a series. The pacing feels a bit weird/too hasty at times but other than that I enjoyed it. The art is good and the dialogue is realistic (mostly). It tackles a lot of real life issues and is different from your average super hero origin story. I'm curious to see more of Maya!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    Excited to see where this goes in the next two issues. The illustrations are stunning!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    2.5 stars Mixed feelings but I liked that it was very pro-feminism.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly P

    LOVED this!! Can not wait for the 2nd and 3rd!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    This was interesting. I liked the art and feminist message. The writing could've been stronger though and I was occasionally lost as to what was happening. This was interesting. I liked the art and feminist message. The writing could've been stronger though and I was occasionally lost as to what was happening.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirstie Groom

    Great character concept! Funny and relatable. Loved it!

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