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Family matters aren’t just hocus-pocus for this young witch! Cartoonist Sas Milledge (The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel) makes her astonishing debut in her first original graphic novel that answers the question of how we all reconcile our responsibilities with our dreams for our own future. Orla O’Reilly, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, is compel Family matters aren’t just hocus-pocus for this young witch! Cartoonist Sas Milledge (The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel) makes her astonishing debut in her first original graphic novel that answers the question of how we all reconcile our responsibilities with our dreams for our own future. Orla O’Reilly, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, is compelled to return home after the death of her grandmother, Mamo. In the wake of her Mamo’s passing, seas are impossible to fish, crops have soured, even Jo Manalo’s attic is taken over by a poltergeist! And to make matter worse it appears that the cause is Mamo, or her mislaid bones that is. Can Orla shoulder the responsibility of quieting her Mamo’s spirit, saving her hometown, and will she have to step up as the new witch of Haresden like Mamo always wanted? Collects Mamo #1-5.


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Family matters aren’t just hocus-pocus for this young witch! Cartoonist Sas Milledge (The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel) makes her astonishing debut in her first original graphic novel that answers the question of how we all reconcile our responsibilities with our dreams for our own future. Orla O’Reilly, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, is compel Family matters aren’t just hocus-pocus for this young witch! Cartoonist Sas Milledge (The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel) makes her astonishing debut in her first original graphic novel that answers the question of how we all reconcile our responsibilities with our dreams for our own future. Orla O’Reilly, the youngest in a long line of hedge witches, is compelled to return home after the death of her grandmother, Mamo. In the wake of her Mamo’s passing, seas are impossible to fish, crops have soured, even Jo Manalo’s attic is taken over by a poltergeist! And to make matter worse it appears that the cause is Mamo, or her mislaid bones that is. Can Orla shoulder the responsibility of quieting her Mamo’s spirit, saving her hometown, and will she have to step up as the new witch of Haresden like Mamo always wanted? Collects Mamo #1-5.

30 review for Mamo, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: sapphic mc, Filipino sapphic mc, Filipino characters tw: mention of past child abuse okay but reading a graphic novel by batcii feels like coming home somehow

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Cute story with very pretty art that's quite Ghibli-esque. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 3.9 Cute story with very pretty art that's quite Ghibli-esque. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 3.9

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    I loved it!! Witches, curses and fey, not to mention the totally fantastic illustrations

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vianne

    VERY CUTE AND DELIGHTFUL WITH LOVELY ART AND ALSO GAY AHHH

  5. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    Rep: Filipino sapphic mc, sapphic mc

  6. 5 out of 5

    William O’Pomegranate

    Ughh, I am going to have to spend the next whole week getting off all this sap. It's like I just read a Nick Sparks' book. At least the boring exposition washes off quickly. Ughh, I am going to have to spend the next whole week getting off all this sap. It's like I just read a Nick Sparks' book. At least the boring exposition washes off quickly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    nyla ʚ♡⃛ɞ

    this was just…beautiful and the art is soooo pretty

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Lovely sweet book with a really great magic system that relies on connection, community, and sharing resources. The back copy calling this a book about friendship is hilarious, though...just saying.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Not your usual story about witches, fae, and magic, with relatable characters to fall in love with. It was the artwork that initially drew me in, very Ghibli-esk. Read this in one sitting, can't wait for their journey to continue! Not your usual story about witches, fae, and magic, with relatable characters to fall in love with. It was the artwork that initially drew me in, very Ghibli-esk. Read this in one sitting, can't wait for their journey to continue!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    This coming-of-age witch story felt pretty cut and pasted to me. The characters are all likeable. None of the drama is high stakes. There is a touch of romance, and a touch of adventure, but not a whole lot of either. And much of the book is explaining how magic and witchcraft work in this universe. It's cute. The art is stylized in a way that doesn't appeal to me, but it definitely sets the tone for the book. It looks like a sort of Gibli-esque magic coming-of-age-story but with cheeks constantl This coming-of-age witch story felt pretty cut and pasted to me. The characters are all likeable. None of the drama is high stakes. There is a touch of romance, and a touch of adventure, but not a whole lot of either. And much of the book is explaining how magic and witchcraft work in this universe. It's cute. The art is stylized in a way that doesn't appeal to me, but it definitely sets the tone for the book. It looks like a sort of Gibli-esque magic coming-of-age-story but with cheeks constantly in flush for some reason. If you're looking for a book for someone between pre-teen and thirty who really enjoys ya books, then you should totally buy this for them. Sas Milledge is a solid writer and their art is very good, even if it's not for me (not all art should be for everyone). It's also an lgbtq+ story but not so prominently that your local fascist parents are going to care enough to try and boycott it. It's a sweet book concerned more about the trials of figuring out who you are in adolescence than making political statements. It's just a solid coming of age story with two characters who happen to be queer. That's awesome. I wish the story had grabbed me a bit more so I had more reason to recommend it. I'm not sure I would pick up a volume two of this story but I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Sas Milledge. I look forward to reading what they do next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Coming of age stories about witches are a dime a dozen, with so many incredible books available it's difficult for a series to push to the head of the pack and differentiate itself from the others. But Mamo blows other books away right from the start and emerges as one of my favourite titles of 2021. Mamo is the local witch of Haresden and once she dies her granddaughter Orla returns to Haresden to find the place a mess. Fae are running wild, nature is reclaiming the town, and people are being to Coming of age stories about witches are a dime a dozen, with so many incredible books available it's difficult for a series to push to the head of the pack and differentiate itself from the others. But Mamo blows other books away right from the start and emerges as one of my favourite titles of 2021. Mamo is the local witch of Haresden and once she dies her granddaughter Orla returns to Haresden to find the place a mess. Fae are running wild, nature is reclaiming the town, and people are being tormented by curses and magical forces. She trams up with local girl Jo to track down the roots of all this chaos and make the town right again. Orla is a reluctant protagonist, a witch who left Haresden years ago because of an abusive relationship with Mamo and wants to leave the town behind forever. But she's still tied to the town, her magic and feelings come from these ties. Jo, on the other hand, loves Haresden and wants it to be perfect and safe forever. She knows everyone, she wants them all to be safe, and she is willing to go to great lengths to protect them. I love how both characters are defined by their family. Orla with her ties to Mamo, Jo with her mom and dad and siblings. And Mamo is about what good you can find in these familial relations, as well as in what ways they might hold you back. Orla and Jo begin to rely upon each other instead of their families and find new strength in who they choose to know and support rather than the family relationships they are born into. Sas Milledge's art is beautiful. The best thing about Mamo is watching the scenes unfold. There are some great panel transitions, and many quiet sequences showing off the setting and building a mood. The character acting is great and shows a wide range of emotions, from the more open Jo who smiles with her whole face to the lonesome Orla who tries to keep everything bottled in. Mamo is a great little coming of age fantasy series and a must-read for anyone who likes pretty books about witches and screwed up families.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Standard disclaimer: I'm not the target audience for this book. I liked the essential pull of the main characters, and how their pasts inform their presents and futures. The artwork was original and pleasing to view. 3.5 Stars (rounded to 3) Standard disclaimer: I'm not the target audience for this book. I liked the essential pull of the main characters, and how their pasts inform their presents and futures. The artwork was original and pleasing to view. 3.5 Stars (rounded to 3)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Banner!!

    This whole novel is so beautiful, from the art to the story. One of the best things I have ever read and I hope everyone reads it too

  14. 5 out of 5

    AJ Hawkes

    gorgeous artwork and a lovely story!! reminded me of a studio ghibli film and gave me the same warm feeling. absolutely adored this from start to finish!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    •° Dakota °•

    Absolutely adorable with a gorgeous art style.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    (4.5) I really loved the art style and the story was great!

  17. 4 out of 5

    rather_b_reading

    I picked up this book for the beautiful cover and stayed for the Studio Ghibli vibes and heartwarming sorry. A story of self discovery, friendship, and learning to process and let go.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phoenix

    Omg, this was lovely. Like Norroway, the characters feel so rounded and believable. And the world-building is smart. Smart and simple. This reminded me of faerie fiction I used to read in high school. But way better. And the art is absolutely stunning. Just check it out. It’s a very heartwarming and sincere read. I kind of wish it gets adapted into an animated series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    How is this not more popular!!! The plot and witch stuff was a little confusing to me but I probably just need to do a re-read and pay more attention. I was just so distracted by the beautiful artwork and fun character dynamics the whole time!! This was one of the loveliest things I’ve ever read. I loved it all so much and I hope there will be more!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Анелия

    #1 I... this is so beautiful! And I'm so loving it! #2 This is just getting better! #3 No words, I'm so hooked and so amazed by this! #4 Oh wow... loving the darker tone of this one! #5 C'MOOOOOOON you can't melt my heart like that!!!!! I LOVED this so much! It's so cute and sweet but also deep and even a little creepy... amazing... just amazing! #1 I... this is so beautiful! And I'm so loving it! #2 This is just getting better! #3 No words, I'm so hooked and so amazed by this! #4 Oh wow... loving the darker tone of this one! #5 C'MOOOOOOON you can't melt my heart like that!!!!! I LOVED this so much! It's so cute and sweet but also deep and even a little creepy... amazing... just amazing!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I've read quite a few graphic novels in the past couple of years that I'd describe as 'coming of age' with the addition of witches and supernatural elements. However, Mamo is a bit more of a standout comic with its originality and charm (plus fabulous art style) that left me wishing there was more. The only complaint I have is that I wish the magic system was a bit more explored, not that it was done badly, I'm just someone that feels as if they have to fully understand everything and its limits I've read quite a few graphic novels in the past couple of years that I'd describe as 'coming of age' with the addition of witches and supernatural elements. However, Mamo is a bit more of a standout comic with its originality and charm (plus fabulous art style) that left me wishing there was more. The only complaint I have is that I wish the magic system was a bit more explored, not that it was done badly, I'm just someone that feels as if they have to fully understand everything and its limits. Which I don't think is necessary, especially in this short of a story, I'm just a bit of a pain in the ass in that regard. :) Pick this one up! Even if you're not there for the story, the art is worth appreciating on its own. *I read it on Hoopla through my library for free so if that's an option for you I'd recommend utilizing it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    oaktreereads

    really really good art and characters. i’ve also been reading darkest night by molly knox ostertag and having another comic to read about magic and queerness and family obligation was just so good. i also was only able to find confirmation of this on a sketchy tumblr archive website, but i read this when it was just a few pages of a webcomic called mimion with totally different character design! i always had it bookmarked and i’m so glad it became physical. my only criticisms were that the magic really really good art and characters. i’ve also been reading darkest night by molly knox ostertag and having another comic to read about magic and queerness and family obligation was just so good. i also was only able to find confirmation of this on a sketchy tumblr archive website, but i read this when it was just a few pages of a webcomic called mimion with totally different character design! i always had it bookmarked and i’m so glad it became physical. my only criticisms were that the magic system seemed to change with different explanations and didn’t 100% make sense to me, but I read it all today before and after getting my wisdom teeth out. so maybe that’s a me problem. orla is also very bitter and from flashbacks we can totally see why but i sorta wish we got to that understanding sooner so she wasn’t just kind of being condescending about it and the townspeople having witches stigma because like yeah dude your grandma was abusive and hoarded all the magic from people, they’re gonna have some concerns and not know things. uhm that being said though orla is really cute and it’s uh very relevant seeing angsty restless gays who are dying to leave home. sorta wish there was more about jo too though, but i loved the inclusion of her family and these like found family esque elements that just showed you how she is the person she is. and the fact that there’s magic in friendship bracelets is amazing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    Trigger Warnings: Mention of past child abuse Mamo was the local witch of Haresden. After she passes, her granddaughter, Orla, returns to find the town in a mess. She really doesn’t want to get involved, but a local girl, Jo, convinces her. Together, they track down the roots of all the chaos to make team The art for this novel is beautiful - it’s one of the reasons I picked it up (But also any stories about young witches will almost always grab my attention), it reminded me so much of Studio Ghib Trigger Warnings: Mention of past child abuse Mamo was the local witch of Haresden. After she passes, her granddaughter, Orla, returns to find the town in a mess. She really doesn’t want to get involved, but a local girl, Jo, convinces her. Together, they track down the roots of all the chaos to make team The art for this novel is beautiful - it’s one of the reasons I picked it up (But also any stories about young witches will almost always grab my attention), it reminded me so much of Studio Ghibli. Not only did the cover catch my attention right away, but it kept my attention all the way through the novel. The only reason I didn’t give them 5 stars is because I kind of wish we got to see more of the community through Jo’s eyes and see why she deeply loves it so much. She mentioned it and there were some things here and there, but we saw mostly Orla’s upbringing and why she didn’t like the town because of the memories of growing up. This is a stand alone volume (I believe), but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these characters and their future. There is so much Jo has to learn and much more Jo has to teach. I could see this being a series, but it stands wonderfully on its own as well. Overall, a great read with beautiful, adorable artwork. I’ve already recommended it to two others before I even finished writing my review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leah Cameron

    Wow what a brilliant piece of comic work! This story is perfect for me in every way. The story is touching and heartfelt, very well crafted and had a good flow. It was a perfect kind of story for a 5 issue run that is self contained but could definitely lead to a few spin offs. I enjoyed the sort of soft magic with some common sense rules. The art must be highlighted because oh wow! I was blown away by how gorgeous it was right from the start! The characters are well designed and Orla dresses basi Wow what a brilliant piece of comic work! This story is perfect for me in every way. The story is touching and heartfelt, very well crafted and had a good flow. It was a perfect kind of story for a 5 issue run that is self contained but could definitely lead to a few spin offs. I enjoyed the sort of soft magic with some common sense rules. The art must be highlighted because oh wow! I was blown away by how gorgeous it was right from the start! The characters are well designed and Orla dresses basically exactly like I do (a lot of yellow and black) plus I really enjoy how Milledge draws blush onto everyone's cheeks. The scenery and landscapes are breathtaking- especially the opening pages trees flowing in the wind. The panels were well structured and everything made sense while still looking very pretty. The Rs in the font used were a bit distracting and I was intrigued by the blunt tipped speech balloons but overall I think it worked. I'm so glad this kind of story has been published, I would adore more mainstream comic stories like this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    4.5 stars. I love Sas Milledge's art and I was super excited to see this come out in a collected form! The story is fantastical but grounded in a very poignant reality of complicated feelings about the place you grew up. My one qualm is that I wish we'd met more characters or gotten a better sense of the community. Milledge's landscapes are lush and beautifully rendered but mostly devoid of people, and naturally there's a lot of time devoted to the wonderful relationship between Jo and Orla. Unf 4.5 stars. I love Sas Milledge's art and I was super excited to see this come out in a collected form! The story is fantastical but grounded in a very poignant reality of complicated feelings about the place you grew up. My one qualm is that I wish we'd met more characters or gotten a better sense of the community. Milledge's landscapes are lush and beautifully rendered but mostly devoid of people, and naturally there's a lot of time devoted to the wonderful relationship between Jo and Orla. Unfortunately this meant I didn't get as much of a sense of why Jo loves this community. The book is overall really stunning though! Highly recommend for fans of hedge witchery - if you like Witch Hat Atelier, you'll enjoy this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Swampscott Library

    Mamo is about a girl, Jo Manalo, who seeks out a witch, Orla, in order to help her mother and her beloved town. The story follows them as they grow closer and try to heal the town. The story has a lot of fantasy elements like witches, curses, and trolls that make it interesting to read. Although this book moves fast, you can still feel the characters grow and develop, and it sets up the story for the next books in the series. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but I feel like the author did a Mamo is about a girl, Jo Manalo, who seeks out a witch, Orla, in order to help her mother and her beloved town. The story follows them as they grow closer and try to heal the town. The story has a lot of fantasy elements like witches, curses, and trolls that make it interesting to read. Although this book moves fast, you can still feel the characters grow and develop, and it sets up the story for the next books in the series. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but I feel like the author did a good job of conveying the story with the help of the intricate illustrations. --Teen Volunteer, 8th grade

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fiore

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At first, I wasn't sure if I would be into this, with the two lead characters starting off so thorny with each other. But it weaves their growing connecting in a soft and lovely way as they go through town providing help with the little broken bits left behind by the death of Mamo. Really what has me giving this five stars is the draw Mamo has on Jo. The believable depiction of Jo's reliance and persistent love towards a controlling guardian despite her escape and the fallout of that. And how de At first, I wasn't sure if I would be into this, with the two lead characters starting off so thorny with each other. But it weaves their growing connecting in a soft and lovely way as they go through town providing help with the little broken bits left behind by the death of Mamo. Really what has me giving this five stars is the draw Mamo has on Jo. The believable depiction of Jo's reliance and persistent love towards a controlling guardian despite her escape and the fallout of that. And how death might still not mean the end of that hold but something else might come along for a positive change. A sweet, hopeful story with the right amount of darkness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is my second 5 star graphic novel in one day, and also the second one where the negative reviews of some other readers made me shake my damn head. To each their own, but geezum crow! Anyways. Mamo has a sweet queer love story, an interesting magic system, unconventional plotting, and - most strikingly - the most cinematic storytelling I have ever seen in a comic, ever. Everything from panel shape, figure placement, angle, and color creates an irresistible sense of movement. It's gorgeous. Mill This is my second 5 star graphic novel in one day, and also the second one where the negative reviews of some other readers made me shake my damn head. To each their own, but geezum crow! Anyways. Mamo has a sweet queer love story, an interesting magic system, unconventional plotting, and - most strikingly - the most cinematic storytelling I have ever seen in a comic, ever. Everything from panel shape, figure placement, angle, and color creates an irresistible sense of movement. It's gorgeous. Milledge is a great new talent. 10/10 A must read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I was provided a digital ARC from the publisher BOOM! Box. Well, first of all, I LOVED this book. I devoured the ARC in nearly one sitting. It's sapphic, it's magical, and I cannot get enough of the art. Orla and Jo are interesting characters, and Orla especially experiences a lot of growth over the course of the book, which is always great to see. I'll definitely be looking out for more from this artist in the future! I was provided a digital ARC from the publisher BOOM! Box. Well, first of all, I LOVED this book. I devoured the ARC in nearly one sitting. It's sapphic, it's magical, and I cannot get enough of the art. Orla and Jo are interesting characters, and Orla especially experiences a lot of growth over the course of the book, which is always great to see. I'll definitely be looking out for more from this artist in the future!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    This is great. The Ghibli influence is strongly evident in the character and world design, the pleasantly soft coloring, and its sweet-natured magical pastoral plot. It’s pleasantly contemporary with its more diverse leads but it also touches on traditional ideas like found family and differing ideals of home being equally valid. Milledge’s art, while familiar in its inspirations, is beautiful and I’m looking forward to what she does next.

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