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M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #3 Gets Covers by Jo Ratcliffe, Emi Lenox, and Caitlin Yarsky

Image Comics has revealed a trio of highly collectible covers for the forthcoming M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #3 by multiple Emmy award nominated actress Emilia Clarke, GLAAD Media Award nominated Marguerite Bennett, and Leila Leiz. This #3 issue will conclude the miniseries with variant covers showcasing artwork by Jo Ratcliffe, Emi Lenox, and Caitlin Yarsky.

In M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #3, Maya’s son was kidnapped by the treacherous traffickers, and now it’s up to her and her misfit mob of BFFs—if she can escape her enemies and her past! Who’s gonna clean up this mess?!

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #3 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 27:

  • Cover A Ratcliffe – Diamond Code JUL210070
  • Cover B Lenox – Diamond Code JUL219432
  • Cover C Yarsky – Diamond Code JUL219433
  • Cover D 1:25 virgin copy incentive by Jo Ratcliffe – Diamond Code JUL219434
  • Cover E 1:50 virgin copy incentive by Emi Lenox – Diamond Code JUL219435
  • Cover F 1:100 virgin copy incentive by Leila Leiz – Diamond Code JUL219436

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness Gets Variants by Jen Bartel, Mirka Andolfo, and Leila Leiz

Image Comics is pleased to announce a line of highly collectible, rare covers for the forthcoming M.O.M.: Mother of Madness by multiple Emmy award-nominated actress Emilia Clarke, GLAAD Media Award-nominated Marguerite Bennett, and Leila Leiz on shelves this July.

These exciting variants will feature art from Jo Ratcliffe, Jen Bartel, Leila Leiz, and Mirka Andolfo as well as a unique cover summarizing the series’ concept drawn by Leiz and a blank sketch cover. 

In M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, the mayhem begins with Maya, under-the-weather scientist by day, over-the-top superhero by night, and badass single mom 24/7. Deadpool action collides with Fleabag comedy when Maya activates her freakish superpowers to take on a secret sect of human traffickers.

Each installment of the series will be an extra-length issue filled to the brim with comedy and chaos.

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1 will be available on sale Wednesday, July 21:

  • Cover A Jo Ratcliffe – Diamond Code MAY210009
  • Cover B Jen Bartel – Diamond Code MAR218051
  • Cover C Leila Leiz – Diamond Code MAY218003
  • Cover D Blank cover – Diamond Code MAY218004
  • Cover E 1:10 copy incentive “story panel” – Diamond Code MAY218005
  • Cover F 1:25 copy incentive Ratcliffe virgin – Diamond Code MAY218006
  • Cover G 1:50 copy incentive Bartel virgin – Diamond Code MAY218007
  • Cover H 1:100 copy incentive Mirka Andolfo – Diamond Code MAY218008
  • Cover I 1:500 copy incentive Ratcliffe Signed Edition – Diamond Code MAY218009
  • Cover ZA Galaxycon convention exclusive 

Emilia Clark, Marguerite Bennet, and Leila Leiz Launch M.O.M.: Mothers of Madness in July

Multiple Emmy award-nominated actress Emilia Clarke will debut her first comic book series — the forthcoming M.O.M.: Mother of Madness—at Image Comics this July. This new, three-issue superhero series will be co-written by the GLAAD Media Award-nominated Marguerite Bennett with art by Leila Leiz.

In M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, the mayhem begins with Maya, under-the-weather scientist by day, over-the-top superhero by night, and badass single mom 24/7.

Deadpool action collides with Fleabag comedy when Maya activates her freakish superpowers to take on a secret sect of human traffickers. Each installment of the series will be an extra-length issue filled to the brim with comedy and chaos.

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1 will showcase a cover A by Jo Ratcliffe, a renowned artist whose work has been featured by a number of globally recognized brands and magazines including the likes of Vogue UK and Juxtapoz

The Cover B for this first issue will be provided by Eisner award-winning Jen Bartel, whose clients have included such global brands as Netflix, MONDO, Adidas, LucasFilms, and more.

M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1 by Ratcliffe (Diamond Code MAY210009) and M.O.M.: Mother of Madness #1 by Bartel (Diamond Code MAR218051) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 21.

M.O.M. Mother of Madness #1

Emilia Clarke in Negotiations to Join Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion

Variety is reporting that Emilia Clarke is in negotiations to join Marvel StudiosSecret Invasion. This would be her first step into the Marvel Universe but she was already part of the Disney family since she starred in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Clarke would be joining Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Olivia Colman. Secret Invasion is one of the numerous television shows announced by Marvel Studios that will air on Disney+. Jackson will return as Nick Fury and Mendelsohn will return as the Skrull Talos. Ben-Adir will play the villain.

In the Secret Invasion comic series, it turned out numerous heroes were actually Skrulls in disguise as they attempted to take over Earth. The television series will follow a group of Skrulls who have infiltrated Earth and lived there for years.

Secret Invasion

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

We’ve all heard the rumors and know the reality that Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest entry into the yearly Star Wars movie release schedule, was a full on production disaster. Directors were replaced. Rumors of actors unable to do the basics and in need of coaches. A script that was a mess. With all of that you’d expect what has wound up on screen to be an utter disaster. But, that’s the farthest thing from reality. Solo: A Star Wars Story is actually pretty fun.

Is it high art? No. Is it as good as the original trilogy? No. But, it’s a solid popcorn film that has enough new and enough winks and nods to make Star Wars fans and non-fans happy.

If you go into the film expecting what has come before, you’l be disappointed. Solo: A Star Wars Story is a departure from what has been released in many ways. While it is the second stand-alone film, Rogue One being the first, it’s also the first real stand alone film. Rogue One was a prequel to the original trilogy tying directly into it with its final scene and delivering a pretty key story to the adventure. Solo is something different. While the film obviously ties into everything that has happened, it also isn’t a vital tie-in. It’s a film set in the Star Wars universe as opposed to a film that’s a must watch fleshing out the story of the original trilogy.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is interesting in so many ways because of all of this. The film is the right direction for the franchise and while it stumbles at times, it’s entertaining. The story follows Solo as he joins the criminal underworld and we see key moments of his career. There’s his meeting of Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian but there’s also a lot that’s new. There’s also some interesting fleshing out of the Star Wars universe with hints and direct tie-ins that should make long time fans happy.

Solo is a gangster/crime/heist film set in the Star Wars universe. At its heart there’s little that’s new. A job is screwed up and the crew must make up for it with a bigger heist. That plot has been seen before. But, it hasn’t been seen in a Star Wars film. The heist plot has been seen in the animated spin-offs though and this film feels like it has more in common with Star Wars: Rebels, the latest animated television series, than anything else.

The film hits the right notes and at times things feel like a checklist when it comes to that. We get Chewie, Lando, and the Kessel run. None of it is surprising and it’s all fan service. But, it’s a fun ride with some great visuals and a presentation that feels unique.

The cast is all over in their ability. Alden Ehrenreich steps into the role Harrison Ford made as Han Solo and at times he channels Ford and at other times he’s about as far away in delivery as one can get. It’s not bad but it’s also not a star-making turn. Joonas Suotamo repeats as Chewbacca and the character feels appropriately younger and more physical. Woody Harrelson as Becket is the gang leader and he brings his curled smile that he delivers in so many roles. Emilia Clarke is the love interest who is good but something is missing that we get at the end of the film. Where her character goes is what we should have seen more of. Donald Glover steals the show as Lando Calrissian. He channels Billy Dee Williams at times sounding exactly like Williams. Glover’s performance emphasizes how off Ehrenreich’s Solo is at times. Glover is so good it makes every else look far behind (other than Suotamo). Thandie Newton‘s Val is underused and Paul Bettany‘s creepy Dryden Vos is a sleezy mob boss and great on screen. The film’s break out star is Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s L3-37, the film’s robot compadre. L3-37’s belief in robot rights and being convinced of Lando’s crush is the thing of entertainment and delivers something special to a film which would be so much less without.

As I mentioned, the film visually is great and the characters and sets look fantastic. This is a grittier film in many ways showing the coldness of space and the Empire’s machine. This is a Star Wars universe I want to see more of. We can have stories set in the world that isn’t just an extension of the original trilogy’s story. We need spin-offs that can stand on their own.

The film isn’t perfect, far from it, but it is fun and entertaining. There’s some great sequences and it’s possible my lowered expectations due to the on-set drama may have had me expecting very little. While it may nit be as good as the original trilogy it’s definitely better than the prequels and well worth the price of admission. And, the film has me wanting to see what’s next.

Overall Rating: 7.0

Emilia Clarke Doesn’t Owe Us Her Body

game-of-thrones-emilia-clarkeThere are two overly long sequences of Dothraki threatening to sexually assault Daenerys in the season six premiere of Game of Thrones. We could’ve gotten to the narrative point of her being told she must join the Dosh Khaleen without brown men threatening to rape a white woman over and over.

But there’s something far more upsetting happening, something that impacts an actual real-life human, actress Emilia Clarke.

Serious fans of the show know that a few seasons ago Clarke made it known that she would not do any more nude scenes. There’s nothing inherently wrong with doing nude scenes, but obviously the actress doesn’t feel comfortable doing them and her wishes should be respected.

So the lengthy sequence where Khaal Moro threatens to rip her clothes off is metatextual. It’s toying with the viewers’ knowledge that Clarke doesn’t want to be seen naked. It taunts us, and her saying, “we know she doesn’t consent but let’s see if we can force her anyway, because the collective and assumed straight male gaze has the power.

We are asked to root against the actresses’ wishes. Even though she is not stripped in this scene her autonomy is insulted.

That’s sexist as hell. Emilia Clarke deserves better.

Contrast this with the artistically and plot significant nudity of Melisandre in this episode. Actress Carice Van Houten has said in interviews she has no problem being nude on screen. The reveal of Melisandre’s body in this episode is significant and clearly not a source of discomfort for the actress.

That makes all the difference.

There is nothing inherently wrong in wanting to see somebody naked. It’s one of the most common human desires. But there is something wrong in wanting to see somebody naked who does not want to be seen naked.

When Clarke played Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast In Tiffany’s she had to deal with theater goers trying to take her picture during a bath scene. It was a significant enough problem that the theater had to increase security. The bathtub scene on Broadway was even set up to avoid showing her fully nude. After being perved on by theater goers no wonder Clarke doesn’t want to deal with this shit.

Let’s hope the rest of Season 6 respects it’s actors.

Movie Review: Terminator Genisys

Have you ever experienced a deja vu? Or have you ever been spoiled by a movie trailer?  Well, if you haven’t, this movie will give you the opportunity to do so. The movie follows Kyle Reece (Jai Courtney) going back from 2029 to 1984 in order to save Sarah O’Connor. However, it turns out she already knows about the terminators and, at the age of nine, has been saved by chwarzenegger’s Pops and the convoluted plot starts tangling Now, you had seen the trailer a couple of times, like me, you know how things play out and it turned out I was almost right. The reveals are not as unexpected as the makers might have hoped it to be. Even so, I actually enjoyed watching the film. Yes, I rolled my eyes a lot of times due to the silliness of the film. The enormous amount of exposition is cringe-worthy; it’s unbearable at times.  What do I mean with deja vu?  Well,  most of the actions scenes, which although being quite a few, felt generic and done before. The overreliance of CGI does not help either. Speaking of which, it was impressive at moments, but those moments are few and far between. However, some of the slow-motion scenes were quite good. Despite its weaknesses, the reboot has some tricks up its sleeve. For instance, there are a lot of comedic moments and jokes that indeed land. The whole theater busted out laughing an impressive number of times. Another strong aspect at the movie is the acting. Everyone does their job extremely well. I was impressed the most by Jay Courtni; he exceeded my expectations. There is no need to talk about Emilia Clarke or Arnold — they are as stellar as you can expect them to be. As any film, Terminator: Genisys has its flaws, but it’s one of those good popcorn-flicks where you can turn off your brain for two hours and simply enjoy the ride. Watching it in 4DX, IMAX or PLF(Premium Large Format) will only enhance the experience.

Rating: 7 out of 10 stars.