Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review: Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton

source: Goodreads
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: Oddly Normal #1
Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic
Published: March 24th 2015 by Image Comics
Pages: 128 pages (paperback)
Source: Received via Netgalley

Links: Image Comics - Goodreads

Summary (from Goodreads)
Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair -- a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake's candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in ODDLY NORMAL.
Collects ODDLY NORMAL #1-5


My Thoughts

‘Oddly Normal‘ starts out really funny. Oddly, a nearly ten-year-old girl is on her way home from school, sitting in the school bus. It’s raining outside, Oddly’s least favorite weather, since she is a half-witch. And we all know what happened to the witch in “The Wizard of Oz” whose shoes were taken away by the greedy Dorothy.

You have to say: Oddly’s life is not easy. Not easy at all. The people in her school dislike her because she has green hair and is not normal at all. But cursing her parents gone just because they still hope she will find friends someday? A bit much, don’t you think? And also, the idea of a witch wishing her parents were gone without actually meaning it is kind of chewed through.

But hey- at least the artwork is wonderful! When Oddly is in the human world everybody else is in a gray-brown-ish tone except for her, with her green hair.

Originally ‘Oddly Normal’ was a web comic with four mini volumes, 25 pages each, illustrated not by Otis Frampton, but always by someone else. Now he draws everything himself and I think the drawings are incredibly good, so maybe we can be happy that the web comic didn’t work out.

2 comments:

  1. I loved this one!!! Gave it 5 stars :) hahaha, yeah, the beginning was kinda rushed a bit predictable, voir cliché/dramatic, but, I don't know, I thought everything made sense and the illustrations (I agree) were incredible!! Nice review!

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