Mean Momma


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Mean Momma(MNMA)
Mean Momma. Tract #226. Art by Jack Chick - © 2011 Chick Publications

Mean Momma - Tract #226 (MNMA)
Art by Jack Chick - © 2011 Chick Publications

First Published: March 7th, 2013

"Mean Momma" is a tract who's main thrust seems to be "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." To that end we encounter Petunia, the eponymous "Mean Momma" and her hell spawn crotch fruit who move back to her old hometown after the celebrated death of Petunia's father. After setting up shop the family begins to wreak holy havoc upon both the town and its inhabitants. The townspeople call upon their pastor "Sammy" Jones who knew Petunia in their youth in the hopes of getting her to back down. After telling Sammy where to shove it she declares she isn't afraid of God and won't change her ways. Almost immediately, all of her children die and her house is leveled by a tornado. She returns to Sammy begging for his help and he leads her to salvation. You know, believable.


  Eric   Jessica   Sean  







Page Index
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o Introduction

JessicaJessica In the long list of reasons why Chick's tracts are implausible, somewhere near the top has got to be the fact that all of his characters are extreme stereotypes and strawmen for the causes they are meant to represent. Petunia is absolutely irredeemable before getting saved, Sammy can do no wrong, her children are violent little screws. These characters have NO depth whatsoever.


o Cover / Page 1

Cover / Page 1


o Page 2

Page 2
EricEric Talk about depressing. Jack really loves his "Total Depravity" theology.
SeanSean No one came, and that is why I’m reading this eulogy out loud without an audience.
JessicaJessica Who hired this guy, anyway?


o Page 3

Page 3
EricEric I know bullying is kind of a big deal, but I wouldn't hold a grudge after, what? 20, maybe 30 years? I know some people who used to be total ***holes when going to school. Most of them turned into good people.
SeanSean Well if you cared so much about this guy, why not attend the funeral yourself? Or was “Breaking Bad” on that day?
JessicaJessica Petunia. That is all.


o Page 4

Page 4
EricEric Is this lady Jewish or something? That nose is terrifying.
JessicaJessica "Do I have a caraway seed stuck under my bridge work?"
SeanSean Ohai Fang!


o Page 5

Page 5
EricEric If some whackjob bitch threatened people with a gun in the real world, I'm pretty sure a SWAT team would take down her ass.
SeanSean Well considering that she’s not actually pointing the gun at him, (Jack Chick has no ability to draw depth) I think the law will let her walk.
JessicaJessica Petunia Parker. THAT is all.


o Page 6

Page 6
SeanSean Whoa, look at the second panel. Petunia can clench her fist all around that shotgun! You know what they say about men women with big hands…
JessicaJessica ...big gloves?

We only get a slight glance at her "house" here, but damn what a shithole.


o Page 7

Page 7
EricEric You know, I'm surprised. Jack likes drawing his characters to look like trolls, goblins, and zombies. But this is a whole new level of hideous. You should really go into the macabre genre, Jack.
SeanSean I just noticed the sign in the background. Apparently this town is called “Happyville”. Why do I get the feeling that Jack is a big fan of “Pleasantville”? (The town, not the movie.)


o Page 8

Page 8
EricEric Is it just me or does that kid look like a werewolf?
SeanSean I’m really confused, I thought only the sinless and unsaved were drawn hideously. These people seem pretty nice, and yet they look like they were run over by about five big rigs.
JessicaJessica Try to take an honest count of how many people in this comic could actually fit their noses into their mouths should the need arise. Human faces don't work this way!


o Page 9

Page 9
EricEric Then lock her up. If her and her kids are causing that big of a ruckus, beating people up and destroying private property, I think the sheriff could throw her in the slammer for a couple of weeks.
JessicaJessica I know, right? She's not some bigwig in this town. She doesn't have diplomatic immunity or anything. Why are they putting up with this crap?
SeanSean Yeah, because a single White Trash family is enough to bring an entire police force to their knees. I mean come on! She’s got what appears to be an old 19th century shotgun, how can the police possibly compete with that when all they have is an armory full of riot gear and modern firearms?


o Page 10

Page 10
EricEric I just realized something. Everyone in the town is Jewish.
JessicaJessica The hairy, tattooed fellow who knows who can help has such a pronounced underbite I would question how he even chews his food.
SeanSean This town must operate on an honor system or something, because they seem to have no concept of law enforcement.


o Page 11

Page 11
SeanSean Looks like we’ve found Judge Barnstead’s long lost love child.
EricEric Men of God? Don't even get me started on men of God.

The man on the lower right corner is no fool. He can smell a beating when it's coming.


o Page 12

Page 12
EricEric "Stupid little Sammy" indeed.
SeanSean Huh… no wonder her father died. He was clearly living in yet another one of those haunted houses that seem to be plaguing the Chickverse.


o Page 13

Page 13
EricEric Here we go again....
JessicaJessica So if everyone who heard they were going to Hell became a preacher... what?
SeanSean I find it ironic that Chick is depicting hillbilly families as Godless heathens, when they make up the majority of his fanbase. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
JessicaJessica Why doesn't anyone capitalize the word "hell?" It's a proper place name, right?


o Page 14

Page 14
JessicaJessica Eh, nevermind I guess. They don't capitalize "heaven" either.

I wonder if this is an indication Chick doesn't believe these places actually exist?
EricEric He died and arose the third day. Buddha meditated under a tree and defeated an army of demons. Krishna could turn into death itself. I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
SeanSean Indeed I do. Even compared to other religious figures, Jesus comes up pretty short.


o Page 15

Page 15
EricEric Yeah. You have to be afraid to depart from evil. You know all those dictators? Kim Jong IlStalinPol Pot, etc. They had it right all along. You had to be afraid of being abducted by the secret police to do anything right.
SeanSean Because that’s the mark of a benevolent deity: terrifying the living shit out of your creations in exchange for eternal worship.
JessicaJessica When you think about this from an objective standpoint Petunia's actions and motivations are closer to this God they keep discussing rather than "Stupid little Sammy" here.


o Page 16

Page 16
EricEric I hope Jack decides to go into macabre. He really manages to be dramatic every now and then.
SeanSean Or… you could pray that she learns the error of her ways, and realizes the true value of compassion and love. You know, goodwill towards men and all that?


o Page 17

Page 17
JessicaJessica That kid on the right is wearing a wifebeater. Jesus Christ...
EricEric Was that a threat?
SeanSean 93? Please, I doubt that hunk of junk could reach 23.


o Page 18

Page 18
EricEric KABOOM!
JessicaJessica Awww.... I was really hoping for a "YAAAAAAAAAA!"
SeanSean Huh… I didn’t know that they made pickup trucks out of C-4.
JessicaJessica Why are they so upset by this? Seems like the dumb brat did them a favor.


o Page 19

Page 19
EricEric LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL! This is hilarious. It's ridiculous.
SeanSean Austin didn’t seem to need much coercion to go off himself.
JessicaJessica Well that's a might impulsive.

Though if I lived in this household, having Sesame Street preempted would be enough for me to start looking for some rope.


o Page 20

Page 20
EricEric Why did you left your five year old alone to begin with? Why not just take him with you and leave him in the car for a few minutes?
SeanSean That’s an interesting skeletal structure the pharmacist has. He looks kinda like someone a white Grandad from the Boondocks, who had his face bashed flat by sledgehammers.


o Page 21

Page 21
EricEric I think Jesus should be asking you for forgiveness.
SeanSean “He wants to save you, and only you, your kids can go to hell. Literally.”
JessicaJessica "God's after me!!!!" He's the shark from Jaws or something.


o Page 22

Page 22
EricEric You know, this tract will probably convince a bunch of other people to not convert to Christianity.
JessicaJessica So she's put her faith in Christ and reconciled with Sammy's god. Her kids are still dead. Her house is still flattened. She's still hated and vilified in the town she lives in and she doesn't have a friend in the world. How is this an improvement? I guess this sentient lump of Crisco gets to go to (H)eaven now, which isn't really an improvement for everyone else if you ask me.
SeanSean So, what have we learned from this tract? God loves you, and if you do not accept him as your creator, he will murder your offspring until you do believe in him. All so you do not have to face the fires of Hell… which your unsaved Children are going to suffer through for all eternity. Lovely.


o Conclusion

EricEric Jack Chick scares me. Nobody with half a heart, or even brain, could write something like this.
SeanSean This was bad. Really really bad. I can’t even begin to count how many ways this tract violates common decency and morality. If this was meant to show us how much YHWH loves us, then it utterly failed, and he comes off as a petty, sadistic asshole. The only nice thing I can say about it, is that at least it wasn’t “Lisa”.
JessicaJessica I know it's been pointed out before, but God as defined in these comics is like the worse kind of abusive partner. They love you and they want you to love them back, but if you don't, if you don't do what they say when they say it and to their complete satisfaction... if you don't afford them a healthy level of fear then they will kill your children, destroy your house and make you wish you were never even born. We set up shelters so people can escape situations like this and here we are actually reading propaganda promoting it. <smh>.


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