aama 1. The Smell of Warm Dust

This was a friend’s recommendation, the same friend who’d lent me his copy of Moebius and Jodorowsky’s The Incal many years ago. The version of aama I read is available on Internet Archive, and though I would have preferred a physical version the digital was serviceable. It took about an hour to read—the length of an IA “borrow” period in the item—and it stood out to me as a fresh and imaginative take on space sci-fi. Peeters’s style is evocative of the Bronze Age of commercial comic books. The pacing is top tier, with the text and art complementing each other. I find with many of the graphic novels I’ve read over the years that the text tends to overwhelm the artwork, to the point where some panels have me asking why I’m not just reading a regular book. Not the case with aama.

The characters are all well-rounded, and I’m keen to follow the series further. I don’t know when that will be, but I’ve added the second book to the to-read list and hopefully I’ll get to it before I die.


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