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Oddly Normal #1

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Oddly Normal #1

Credits

  • Words: Otis Frampton
  • Art: Otis Frampton
  • Inks: N/A
  • Colors: N/A
  • Story Title: N/A
  • Publisher: Viper Comics
  • Price: $2.95
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2005

Otis Frampton begins his lighthearted romp detailing what happens when the real world collides with one of magic and begets a young girl.

Oddly Normal isn’t just the proper description of our young protagonist. It also happens to be her name. You see, Oddly’s mother is a witch. She did hold a rather interesting profession for a witch and an assignment for that job lead her to the "real/normal world." And, instead of doing her job, she ended up falling in love and out came Oddly Normal. This issue starts with Oddly giving some simple exposition for the audience to learn about her. She discusses her feelings about school, her parents, and the whole world on what is her 11th birthday. Of course, being a young child, Oddly has some issues, and as expected, these issues get her into some serious trouble.

While this story certainly has some cliché elements, including a young outcast protagonist, oblivious parents, and the mixing of 2 distinctly different worlds, Frampton somehow tells his story in a fun and invigorating way. He never rests on his clichéd elements too long. He exposes them to the reader, makes sure that you have a good understanding of them, and then moves along to the next bit of information. His choice of using an inner monologue for his protagonist works wonderfully, mixing the wild imagination and naiveté for excellent results. He writes with humor and enthusiasm and it really shows up in the characters. Each of them grows quickly out of being a simple cliché and becomes someone that the reader can both laugh at and sympathize with.

Frampton’s art style works very well with the story he’s telling. Because his main character is a (excuse the term) half-breed witch/human that never seems to fit in, his artwork must match that. And it does. Frampton keeps with a simple cartoonist style. Nothing ever really appears normal, or if it does, it almost seems too normal. He knows just what to exaggerate on each character to highlight what the audience thinks of them. The kids at school who treat her mean are shown in a darker light with slight distortions; her parents contain that wide-eyed optimism that accentuates their naiveté towards their daughter’s feelings; and Oddly Normal looks, well, oddly normal. The use of color in this book is also done rather well, matching the cartoonist style of artwork almost perfectly.

This book was a decidedly fun read filled with interesting characters, funny dialogue, and great artwork. While it may not start any new trends in the industry it is certainly enough to keep anyone entertained. Don’t expect any serious mystery or crazy reveals, just get on board and enjoy the book.

-Sam Moyerman

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