Title: Oddly Normal Vol. 1
Author: Otis Frampton
Publication Date: March 24
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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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. (Source: Goodreads)
Oddly Normal is a ten year old, half-witch with green hair and pointed ears. No one at school likes her because she’s far from normal. On her birthday she wishes for her parents to disappear and they do. She’s taken away to the land of Fignation, where her mother is from, until her parents can be located. While it seems she’s finally found the place she belongs, she’s too normal to fit in. Can Oddly ever find the place she belongs and get her parents back too.
I loved this! Oddly Normal is adorable, interesting, has fantastic art, and a relatable lead. I found the story easy to follow with a well developed world despite having little about it in the book. I loved Oddly and felt very strongly for her. The art is very cute and makes good use of the space, the text, and the colour scheme. I think this is one of my new favorite middle grade comic series and I will definitely be reading more in the future.
The book follows Oddly who doesn’t fit in at school due to her family background. She goes to the place her mother was born, Fignation, and still doesn’t fit in. I found the idea really moving and interesting. I really liked the way Oddly’s witch background is used as an exploration of the ways in which differences aren’t celebrated when they should be. I also found the whole Fignation idea really interesting and well presented, even though Frampton doesn’t delve into it too much – he doesn’t have to. I am definitely looking forward to seeing the story progress – especially because it ends on a cliffhanger!
I am really intrigued by the characters. Oddly is really relatable, she’s bullied, lonely, and feels out of place. I think she has a great spirit to her and I loved her design. The narration comes through her and tone is so perfect and the voice is so realistic. I am really interested in seeing more characters from Fignation, including the friends Oddly has made at school.
I loved the art in this book. There’s a lot of interesting stuff done with the text on the page which is unusually, such as the cramming of the text into corners to show frustration and annoyance. I was really pleased with the style of the comic and the character design overall, it was perfect for the genre and age range.
Overall, I loved this comic. I can’t wait for more!