Written & Illustrated by Otis Frampton
Flats by Thomas Boatwright
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 9/16/2014
Chapter 1: Be Careful What You Wish For
Meet Oddly Normal, a half-human half-witch teenage girl and the namesake of this new Image Comics title from writer/creator Otis Frampton. Teenage angst may be the best way to describe the beginning of this first issue, as Oddly (who narrates) reminds us just how cruel kids can be. On what should be a special day in her birthday, she struggles to find happiness and ponders more on her unusual appearance (pointy ears and green hair) and the fact that she has a witch for a mother. She is called just about every name in the book by her classmates, who all seem to have rejected her friendship and her invitation to her birthday celebration.
We quickly learn that water is lethal to this brand of witch (as it was to the wicked witch of the west), but because she is only a half-witch, it does not affect her in a deadly way, although it does sting a bit. Her mom comes from a place called Fignation, which Oddly is not allowed to visit because of the dangers that lurk there. Her mom came to the U.S. on a journalistic assignment to do research on the average human, and instead met and fell in love with the quintessential normal man, Oddly’s father, and would never return home. Her parents either don’t realize or choose to ignore the fact that Oddly has no friends. As her parents present her with a cake, Oddly blows out the candles revealing a little bit more about our protagonist, something that her parents did not realize was possible. The issue concludes with that traditional birthday wish actually coming true.
Creator Otis Frampton, who is writing and illustrating this series, promises a story about monsters, magic, super-heroes, and time travel. My initial thoughts after reading this first issue is that Oddly Normal is a tale about a typical teenage girl, one who must deal with everyday adolescent issues like bullying, school, and parents. She is self-conscious about her looks and seems to be in desperate need of a change of scenery. Again, be careful what you wish for. Frampton’s art stands out more that the story itself here, as his cartoonish style receives a very impressive compliment from
the colors of Thomas Boatwright his color work. The illustrations really made this book for me, and I look forward to more of the same in the next issue as well as the story and this strange new world that Oddly is about to embark on.
REVIEW: ODDLY NORMAL #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)