And the pandemic, seemingly nearing it’s end on these shores, be damned!
You know the kids will be headed outside (where it’s obviously safer) to play with one another.
Hide and seek, trail blazing in the nearby forest, make believe and play acting. That’s the kind of stuff my friends and I would be up to all summer long, in-between jaunts to the cottage.
There was always a sense of magic in the summer, both in the freedom of long days and in the high temperatures of July and August. That heat rose off of the asphalt roads we endlessly rode our bikes upon and enveloped the body with the long brambles of maple trees, shrubs and weeds along the hidden paths in the woods we would secretly travel.
Summer magic was everywhere when we were kids.
There’s still of a stir of it now, in adulthood. An echo of what was, an allure that still lingers.
So it’s no wonder we’re drawn to coming-of-age stories set in a world of witches and warlocks, ghosts and sprites and faeries. And that’s what we have today, with the lush – and absolutely magical – Mamo #1.
Wonderfully written and illustrated by the up-and-coming, Sas Milledge (The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel), Mamo is a five-issue miniseries that tells the story Orla O’Reilly, the youngest in a long line of hedge wizards who is pulled back to her hometown after the death of her grandmother, Mamo.
Mamo, you see, took care of all in the town: the crops in the field, the fish in the sea…and the fairies in the forest. But with her gone, things have started to unravel. Now, Orla and her friend Jo are pulled into the darker corners of the magical world and only together, can they save the town they have grown up in.
Mamo is a beautiful coming-of-age story with lush panorama of small-town life and the countryside that surrounds. It captures the magic of childhood, wide-eyed, and dipping its toes into both adolescence and a much larger world.
Full of poltergeists, fae, and other magical creations, good and malevolent, Malmo makes for perfect summer reading for burgeoning adults and adults alike.
Make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up the stunning and thoroughly enjoyable romp that is Mamo #1 today!
You can catch a sneak peek of Mamo #1 right here.