New Number 1s – Oddly Normal

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Written & Illustrated by: Otis Frampton
Flats by: Thomas Boatwright

Adolescence is hard.  It’s even harder when you are part witch with green hair and pointy ears.  That is where the story starts in Oddly Normal, a new all ages comic from writer/artist Otis Frampton.

Oddly Normal is our main character, we meet her on her 10th birthday heading home for her birthday party.  But nothing can ever be that easy.

Anyone who was an outcast in school can easily relate to the story here.  We all had that time where we were the awkward kid who didn’t fit in.  It’s this feeling that immediately pulls you into the book, we’ve all been Oddly at least once in our lives.  What keeps you turning the pages is the great writing and art.  The writing has that sense of being older than your years that comes with being an outsider, but there is also a sense of child like fun just waiting to come out.

I’ve said it before many times, but I always find it refreshing when I pick up a comic these days that doesn’t take itself so seriously and understands how to have fun with the genre and storytelling.  This could easily be the worst day of Oddly’s life so far, but that doesn’t mean the story has to be dark, brooding or full of self loathing.

The book wraps with the promise of an adventure in the land of Fignation as Oddly has to find her parents and find about herself along the way.

I would recommend this book to YA readers and anyone of any age looking for a good escape from the tights and capes books that can dominate the comic shelves these days.  A very fun read with a promise of much more to come.

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