Connect with us
'Mamo' #1 is a beautiful and ethereal work
BOOM!

Comic Books

‘Mamo’ #1 is a beautiful and ethereal work

‘Mamo’ is beautiful, captivating, and a unique work worth reading.

Mamo is a new series by artist and writer Sas Milledge that may not be on your radar, but it should be. It’s a new five-issue series about a young girl seeking help for her sick mother, but the only remaining witch in town is a young hedge witch who isn’t very interested. It’s a comic that’s as mysterious as it is beautiful, wrapping the story in a beautiful world of wispy trees blowing in the wind in a small coastal town.

This issue works well because it keeps the reader just enough in the dark. As we try to gather who the protagonist is, we’re introduced to a young witch who is casually sitting in their car outside the town. She’s pleading for help, but she’s also fully aware witches exist. As you try to piece together what is going on, Milledge introduces magical elements. It allows the magic to come into the story in a naturalistic sort of way as if it’s part of the beautiful environment.

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

The witch is reluctant about helping the main character, which creates a natural conflict between the main characters. They are sizing each other up all along the way as we the reader are trying to figure out who they are and what they’re really about. It ends up drawing you in and get hyperfocused on the rich art, curious animals, and who these characters are. In fact, names aren’t even exchanged until later in the issue.

'Mamo' #1 review

Sorry, no thanks.
Credit: BOOM! Studios

It’s also interesting to see how the witch character isn’t conventional in the least. They have a cat, which is quite animated, but they wear regular clothes and certainly don’t carry a wand. There’s a visual theme that reoccurs that helps prove they are magical, but their general look makes them ordinary. That normalizes things.

In a way, this character and the entire vibe of the book is similar to Studio Ghibli films. A good example of this is a scene involving a spoon — we soon learn it’s a trap, but instead of a magical creature, we see insects. It helps convey the fact that maybe magical creatures are around us but may not be visible.

Milledge blends a simplistic style with well-timed close-ups of animals or a clever curve to the horizon. Nature is all around these characters, and by extension, the magic is too. The characters themselves are quite young, which gives the book an adventure feel. It helps every child character has rosy cheeks — even adults for that matter — which give them a youthful and unique design aesthetic. Colors are warm like a brisk, cool day, while interiors are a bit darker in tone, adding to the eerie vibe when the characters eventually reach the protagonist’s house.

Mamo is a patient, ethereal, and beautiful work for fans of the magic of all sorts. Read it for the mystery and the curious and unique magical world, but read it a second time for the beautiful art.

'Mamo' #1 is a beautiful and ethereal work
‘Mamo’ #1 is a beautiful and ethereal work
'Mamo' #1
Mamo is a patient, ethereal, and beautiful work for fans of the magic of all sorts. Read it for the mystery and the curious and unique magical world, but read it a second time for the beautiful art.
Reader Rating1 Vote
8.8
Beautifully drawn and patiently paced
Mixes nature and magic in a unique way
The cliffhanger is a bit too obtuse to know where it goes from here
9.5
Great

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!

Comments

In Case You Missed It

X-Men Monday #125 – Jonathan Hickman Reflects on the ‘X-Men Experiment’ and Teases the ‘Amazing’ Stories to Come X-Men Monday #125 – Jonathan Hickman Reflects on the ‘X-Men Experiment’ and Teases the ‘Amazing’ Stories to Come

X-Men Monday #125 – Jonathan Hickman Reflects on the ‘X-Men Experiment’ and Teases the ‘Amazing’ Stories to Come

Comic Books

AEW announces the Owen Hart Cup Tournament AEW announces the Owen Hart Cup Tournament

AEW announces the Owen Hart Cup Tournament

Pro Wrestling

'The Death of Doctor Strange' #1 changes Dr. Strange in a big way 'The Death of Doctor Strange' #1 changes Dr. Strange in a big way

‘The Death of Doctor Strange’ #1 changes Dr. Strange in a big way

Comic Books

'Nightwing' #84 offers great Batman team-up action 'Nightwing' #84 offers great Batman team-up action

‘Nightwing’ #84 offers great Batman team-up action

Comic Books

Connect
Newsletter Signup