It's May, and that means it’s time to think about our mothers and all the ways we love and appreciate them. For many of us, our moms are the very first superheroes and we spend our whole lives trying to live up to their example.
So what do you get for the superheroic mom in your life? Perhaps you want to share stories about the fictional moms you love from the pages of some truly great comics. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to super moms, then we have got a few suggestions in our Mother’s Day pull list below.
Don’t see your favorite comic book in the mix? Leave your suggestions for further reading in the comments!
There is perhaps no comic book in history that is more focused on family and motherhood than Saga, the award-winning series by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. The very first issue opens as Alana is giving birth to her daughter while hiding from the authorities, and the series documents the family’s struggles with acceptance in a world where their races harbor a deep hatred for one another.
What’s a bigger challenge than being a contract killer? How about being a suburban mother? While that might not necessarily be the core argument of this series from Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, it’s also not not part of the story. That story, by the way, is about an assassin and a soccer mom who wake up one day to discover they are in each other’s bodies. It’s a culture shock for both of them, to be sure.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a superhero while very very pregnant? Wonder no more! This 2016 series starring Jessica Drew’s version of Spider-Woman had Drew’s pregnancy as a core component. The series considers the difficulty in fighting crime while also protecting an unborn child, and presents Drew’s evolving ideas of motherhood.
This most recent run of Mister Miracle has been fun and beautiful and a fascinating take on a decades-old character. While you might not expect a Mother’s Day list of comics to include one that is not technically about a female character, the thing that makes Mister Miracle unique is its focus on the marriage between protagonist Scott Free and his wife, Big Barda. One of the best parts of the arc has to do with Barda’s pregnancy.
Superman Lois & Clark
Mallrats may have made a joke about the dangers of Lois Lane carrying Superman’s child, but in DC’s Rebirth, fans finally got to see what a Super Family looks like. This particular story follows the version of Superman and Lois from the pre-Flashpoint timeline, as they perform their heroics in secret and focus on raising their son Jonathan. Like his dad, though, Jonathan has powers and Lois and Clark have to navigate a very different kind of parenting.
This New York Times Bestseller topped that list for a very good reason. The standalone book is all about the challenges of dealing with illness and mortality at a young age. Aimed at young readers, it is also a perfect book for parents to share with their children as it also deals with questions of cultural heritage and mother-daughter relationships across generations.
Yes, okay, Power Pack might, technically, be a weird addition to this list. The series has always gone to some dark and strange places, but while the parents of the four super-powered children at the center of this story might get weird and nihilistic about raising said super children, they are still a family and they deal with those challenges together.