BOOM! Studios is adding another magical series to its BOOM! Box imprint. The publisher today has announced Mamo, a new five-issue series written and illustrated by Sas Milledge. The series, the first both written and illustrated by Milledge, follows a young witch who encounters unexpected challenges upon her return to her hometown.
Here’s how BOOM! describes Mamo:
Orla O’Reilly has never been the type of witch to put down roots. The youngest in a long line of hedge witches, Orla finds herself back in the town where she grew up after her grandmother, Mamo’s, death. But without Mamo around to deal with the town’s magic, it’s quickly fallen into chaos and now there’s a poltergeist in local Jo Manalo’s attic!
When Jo goes to Orla for help, the young hedge witch is reluctantly pulled into the town’s complicated relationship with the Fae, and Jo gets a crash course on the surprising world of magic that lies right beneath the surface of her normal, boring hometown. They’ll have to work together to find the source of all their otherworldly problems but are the two up to the task?
Mamo is the latest work from cartoonist Milledge for BOOM! Studios. She has previously illustrated an issue of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, as well as a 2017 special for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Milledge also illustrated the middle-grade book The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel for DC Comics.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of Mamo, Milledge expressed her excitement at bringing the series to readers:
“I am so excited to finally share MAMO with the world! This book has been circling around my head for the better part of a decade, and I’m so glad it has finally landed here in its final form; a story about family and friendship filled with witches, birds, faeries, and trolls!”
BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Sophie Philips-Roberts also expressed enthusiasm for Milledge’s work on Mamo:
“Sas Milledge has magicked into existence an exciting new world for us to explore, filled with the most delightful witches, magic, and mystery. MAMO is a fresh new take on the modern witch, and also, an insightful look at what it’s like to grow up, move away, then come home as an adult to deal with family and legacies long forgotten.”
The five-issue Mamo joins a diverse BOOM! Box lineup that also includes fellow witchcraft-themed series The Last Witch, supernatural adventure series Specter Inspectors, and magical girl/superhero series Save Yourself!, among many others.
Check out a few pages of interior artwork from Mamo #1, as well as variant covers for the issue by Trung Lê Nguyễn and Veronica Fish, below. The first issue of the five-issue miniseries arrives in stores in July 2021.