Emilia Clarke Discusses Her New Comic Book Series

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ actress Emilia Clarke is working on a new project apart from filming in the form of a comic book.

Clarke has partnered with Image Comics to produce ‘M.O.M.: Mother Of Madness,’ a three-part series co-written by ‘DC Comics: Bombshells’ writer Marguerite Bennett and featuring artwork from ‘Hoarde’ illustrator Leila Leiz, contributor Isobel Richardson, with London-based artist Jo Ratcliffe doing the cover art, seen below.

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The ‘Game of Thrones’ actress told Entertainment Weekly that the idea started as a joke before evolving into a Deadpool-esque blend of silliness, tongue-in-cheek humor, and feminist sensibility. The plot follows single mother Maya who discovers she possesses freakish superpowers, and uses them to fight “a secret cabal of human traffickers.”

“We’re always calling mothers superheroes, and I’m like, what if they were? What if they legitimately were superheroes,” Clarke said. “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.”

While Clarke did not elaborate on her powers, she reveals Maya has “many, many things that she can do that are pretty cool,” and added, “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.”

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“It’s been a very beautiful female experience in the creation of it, and a phenomenally creatively fulfilling process,” Clarke continued. “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.”

The first issue will premier on July 21st. Here is a look at some of the pages.


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