Mother of Madness #1
Written by Emilia Clarke and Marguerite Bennett
Art by Leila Leiz
Colors by Triona Farrell
Letters by Haley Rose-Lyon
The Rundown: Maya must reconcile her complicated life as she finds herself becoming a reluctant hero.
Maya Kuyper has a unique and complicated life. As a working, single mother she has a lot to deal with both at home and at the office, but things are more complicated because of the strange and unusual powers she developed that are tied to her emotional state.
Maya’s emotions can cause her to become anything from invisible to super strong and she will need the full range of those emotions when a situation near where her son is finds Maya dealing with a killer and a dangerous conspiracy that she’s become the target of.
The Story: Clarke and Bennett have crafted and intriguing and entertaining first issue. Having the story be told with the main character’s narration throughout is interesting as well and adds a layer of personality to the story. I love the concept of this story and how it has elements of drama and humor mixed throughout. Maya is a rich and dynamic character who cannot be plugged into normal comic book character boxes and that makes the issue more engaging as the reader takes in both her personality and point of view. I am invested in this story and character and am interested is seeing where this story goes next.
The Art: Leila Leiz delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. There is a richness to the visuals that are eye catching and the visual style is fantastic.