Granny # 1 from Sas Milledge is an incredibly gorgeous comic that focuses on its two main characters to tease the magic that lurks on the outskirts of its world, lurking just below the surface. The new modern fantasy comic, published by BOOM! Studios under his BOOM! The imprint of the box takes place in the small town of Haresden, where magic was unleashed after the death of its resident witch. A young teenage girl named Jo approaches the witch’s granddaughter, Orla, to help her cure her mother’s mysterious illness. While Jo quickly learns that Orla is not at all like what the witch stories say, Orla struggles with her grandmother’s legacy and her strained relationship with the town of Haresden itself.
Milledge is one of the rising stars of comics and mamo showcases his talents as a writer and artist. Her artistic style features characters with big, expressive eyes who communicate their feelings only through facial expressions. Orla is the brooding type who is always noticeably hurt by the way townspeople treat her, while Jo’s mute exasperation mostly results in sighs and wistful looks. Honestly, mamo is a masterclass on how characters can communicate their emotions to the reader without dialogue or caption areas. There is a sequence where Orla’s gaze lingers on photos of Jo and her family as the couple enter Jo’s house. Orla looks out of place as she walks into Jo’s house, illustrated both by the way she takes off her shoes and socks on entering while Jo and her sisters keep their socks on on the difficult interactions she has with them. sisters of Jo. It is not known whether Orla’s difficulties are due to an unorthodox upbringing or a complicated family situation. However, what’s important is how the comic communicates Orla’s discomfort without a single caption or word.
Many comics (and other forms of media) that deal with magic are too often taken to explain how unique their magic system is. This is not the case with Mom, which wisely focuses on presenting its readers with its stubborn but reluctantly responsible leads while only teasing the magic, keeping it almost entirely out of the reach of readers. Until the last pages of the comic strip, mamo mostly keeps his magic out of sight. There is talk of love potions as the birds change shape off the page, but at no point do we see Orla spell weaving or trying to explain how her magic works. Even the fae that seem to be the cause of Hareden’s troubles are mostly a mystery – Orla and Jo encounter a fairy circle at one point and we see how the fae seem to encroach on the city’s borders, growing trees. through the buildings, but we never actually see the fae itself. This slow tease makes the final pages where Orla confronts the creature responsible for Jo’s troubles all the more impactful and powerful, as we see the magic of mamo in full view for the very first time.
My only real criticism of mamo is that the color work is a bit of a mixed bag. Milledge herself did the coloring for this comic, but there are a few effects and choices that seem rushed and out of place in her amazing line art. The base colors are perfectly fine, but some of the shadow effects and other shadows were annoying at times. That’s a very minor gripe though, and I think most comic book readers won’t notice any issues.
mamo # 1 is a strong opening chapter, which brilliantly presents its central characters and setting without losing a single panel. This is a masterful, well-done comic book that traps and captivates you, leading you into a world full of mystery in the same way the fae in the book seek to lure victims into their magical circles. mamo is a must-have comic for readers of all ages.
published by BOOM! Studios
At July 7, 2021
Written through Milledge airlock
Art by Thousand Airlock
Colors by Thousand Airlock
Letters from Thousand Airlock
Covered by Milledge airlock