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Happy Mother's Day To All Kinds of Moms: Six From Comics

Talia al Ghul: The tough mom who expects greatness (Robin: Son of Batman)

Talia, leader of worldwide terrorist organization The League of Assassins, is also the would-be partner of Batman and daughter of The Demon’s Head. She had more than enough on her plate to keep her busy without cloning Batman and raising the offspring Damian as her perfect ninja son, but she went ahead and did it! That iron determination to take over the world and get every step perfect carried over into her parenting style, which included training her son to be an elite assassin throughout his childhood. Eventually, Damian defected to his Bat-dad’s side, but Talia still tests him (once to the point of death) and expects him to rule the world someday.

 

Alice: Mother of a lost child (This One Summer)

Alice’s miscarriage rendered her infertile, which casts a shadow on her family’s summer vacation. She deals with her grief and depression as best she can, but when her husband and daughter are focused on playing in the sun, personalities clash and she has trouble communicating her depression in a way that doesn’t make her seem like a killjoy to others. Mother's Day can be a painful, isolating experience.

 

Linda Belcher: Weird, open-minded mom (Bob’s Burgers, click link for Hoopla access)

Self-described “Songbird, Master Inventor, (Amateur) Perfumist, Mom, and Restauranteur” Linda Belcher is never afraid to express herself. In a series where her kids tend to supply most of the adventure and humor, there is no denying that those zany apples fell from her comfortably creative tree. She might embarrass her kids with a made-up song and dance, but she’s also teaching them to be proud of themselves and honest about their personalities. Her full-page letters in the comics, complete with wine stains and hand-drawn doodles, capture a superstar in the making.

 

Martha Kent: Adoptive mom (Superman For All Seasons)

There are about a dozen other mothers and mother figures of superheroes I could put here (Aunt May, Sue Storm, Jessica Jones, Wanda Maximoff…) but Martha Kent takes the Midwestern apple pie. She’s one of the most gold-hearted moms in fiction, adopting an infant son that arrived via rocket ship, teaching him how to mature with his growing strength and powers, and allowing him to come back and visit whenever he needs advice or just a hug. Good thing too, because she ended up raising the most powerful being on the planet. Someone please put her on the phone with Talia about parenting strategies.

 

Sabine: Toxic mom (Calling Dr. Laura)

Nicole Georges uses two styles of illustration in her memoir to indicate whether events are taking place in her childhood or her recent adulthood. In both kinds of flashbacks, her mom does not come off as very nice. She seems to ignore her daughter’s feelings at every turn, including going into denial about Nicole’s lesbianism and interpreting everything Nicole says as a personal attack and fighting back with guilt trips. Arguably, Sabine’s worst deeds have to do with what she says and does about Nicole’s father, as Sabine’s unreliable stories about him hit the hard light of truth. Nicole’s therapist tells her, “Your mother will always be a turnip. She’s never going to be a sweet potato, no matter what you do or how good you are.” This description doesn’t condemn toxic moms, but does recognize the importance of seeing them for who they are.

 

Hana: Single, working mom… of werewolves (Wolf Children, click for Hoopla access to soundtrack)

Shout out to the single, working mothers out there, especially moms like Hana who dated a werewolf in college and were left to raise their offspring alone while also tending a farm. Her children grow up struggling to balance their human and wolf forms: her daughter Yuki wants to assimilate with human society and attend school; her son Ame wants to indulge his wolf instincts and play in the woods. Both of them need guidance to control themselves and also keep their dual natures secret, although their respective paths will also slowly take them away from Hana.


Amazon Says: Back from the dead, Damian Wayne is reassessing his life, and that includes being raised and trained by Talia and Ra’s al Ghul. To complete that training he spent a year com more...
Amazon Says: Back from the dead, Damian Wayne is reassessing his life, and that includes being raised and trained by Talia and Ra’s al Ghul. To complete that training he spent a year completing seemingly impossible tasks in the service of the Demon’s Head—the Year of Blood. Time has come for Damian to atone for his sins and make right from wrong–the Year of Atonement.   But unbeknownst to Robin, Nobody is on his trail, a ghost from the past seeking retribution…against Damian. And while Damian deals with this unexpected guest, another mystery is seeping from the ruins of Nanda Parbat, a mystery that bears the face of his mother…   Patrick Gleason (BATMAN AND ROBIN) takes the reigns as writer and penciller along with MICK GRAY and JOHN KALISZ in this thrilling new series.  Collects ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN Sneak Peek and issues #1-6! less...
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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Amazon Says: A New York Times bestseller A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book An Eisner Award WinnerEvery summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house more...
Amazon Says: A New York Times bestseller A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book An Eisner Award WinnerEvery summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life threatening.It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.This title has Common Core connections. less...
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Bob's Burgers by Bob's Burgers
Amazon Says: Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) with brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show's producers more...
Amazon Says: Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) with brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show's producers, writers, and animators! That's right, all-original stories that expand upon the fan-favorite animated series, including hilarious installments of "Louise's Unsolved Mysteries", "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction", "A Gene Belcher Original Musical", "Letters Written by Linda", "Bob's Burgers of the Day", and much more! "If you like Bob's Burgers and you like comic books then you may feel like you're living in one of the greatest times in human history because Bob's Burgers and comic books are coming together in the form of the Bob's Burgers Comic Book. But, of course, we could really mess it up. Then you'd feel like you were living in one of the worst times in human history. Either way, we hope you'll check it out. We tried to make something that's true to the show and true to the form without being a sad knock-off of either!" — Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bob's Burgers less...
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Amazon Says: When Nicole Georges was two years old, her family told her that her father was dead. When she was twenty-three, a psychic told her he was alive. Her sister, saddled with g more...
Amazon Says: When Nicole Georges was two years old, her family told her that her father was dead. When she was twenty-three, a psychic told her he was alive. Her sister, saddled with guilt, admits that the psychic is right and that the whole family has conspired to keep him a secret. Sent into a tailspin about her identity, Nicole turns to radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger for advice. Packed cover-to-cover with heartfelt and disarming black-and-white illustrations, Calling Dr. Laura tells the story of what happens to you when you are raised in a family of secrets, and what happens to your brain (and heart) when you learn the truth from an unlikely source. Part coming-of-age and part coming-out story, Calling Dr. Laura marks the arrival of an exciting and winning new voice in graphic literature. less...
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Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda
Amazon Says: When Hana falls in love with a young interloper she encounters in her college class, the last thing she expects to learn is that he is part wolf. Instead of rejecting her love more...
Amazon Says: When Hana falls in love with a young interloper she encounters in her college class, the last thing she expects to learn is that he is part wolf. Instead of rejecting her lover upon learning his secret, she accepts him with open arms. Soon, the couple is expecting their first child, and a cozy picture of family life unfolds. But after what seems like a mere moment of bliss to Hana, the father of her children is tragically taken from her. Life as a single mother is hard in any situation, but when your children walk a fine line between man and beast, the rules of parenting all but go out the window. With no one to turn to, how will Hana survive? less...
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