Eight year old Lucas is back, and this time he’s brought his eleven year old cousin Maria so that they can both look at Oddly Normal from Image Comics, arriving in trade paperback in March.
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.
Geek Syndicate: We’ve heard from Lucas (8) before but Maria, it’s your first time on Geek Syndicate, tell us about yourself?
Maria: I’m Maria, Lucas’s cousin, and I’m 11. I like reading books, mainly adventure books but I haven’t read many comics.
GS: You’ve both read volume one of Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton, tell us about it?
Lucas: I’ve read it and the preview so let me tell you. Oddly Normal is about a girl who’s half-witch and she thinks she doesn’t fit in. Her mother’s a witch and her father’s a normal human.
M: And she wishes her parents weren’t there and they disappear, then she travels to Fignation, which is really weird.
L: Fignation is a land where Oddly fits in, because there’s vampire people, Frankensteins…witches.
GS: How does she get there?
M: Her auntie’s a witch and she magics her there by accident.
L: The difference between the real world and Fignation is that in the real world buses are buses, but in this world they’re giant bugs and they have, like, tram carriages on their backs.
M: To get onto the bug bus you have to climb up its tail instead of a ladder
GS: Does the world of Fignation look different from our world then?
M: Yeah, it’s all colourful and everything’s different.
L: They have giant monsters, flying police cars, all sort of stuff.
M: And strange people…
L: Yes! There’s a teacher who’s almost a crab and a human. And in detention in Fignation you get put into a cell and you could die!
M: You have to stay in there till you’ve learned your lesson.
GS: So it’s not just an extra 30 minutes at school then?
L: No, Oddly was in there for a day!
GS: What does Oddly do and learn when she’s in Fignation?
L: We don’t know the reason but we know she likes it in Fignation because she fits in, in the old world she doesn’t feel like she fits. The people in her old school make fun of her for being half witch, at her new school they make fun of her for being half human from the real world.
GS: Did either of you recognise how she felt?
L: Well sometimes I do, I’m one of the only people from my school who is partly from the caribbean. People don’t make fun about it but I sometimes feel different.
M: Sometimes because I’m really tall they make fun of me.
GS: At the end of the story has Oddly learned that being different is cool?
L: Well it’s a cliffhanger so we don’t really know.
M: At the end you feel quite on edge, it’s not a proper ending it stops in the middle of the story.
GS: Would you want to see more then?
GS: Maria you haven’t read many comics, this is the first full length story you’ve read. How did you find reading it? Were you able to follow the panel layout okay?
M: It was really easy to follow. I found the artwork really good, I liked all the crazy designs in Fignation, it’s different to other things I’ve read before.
L: I like that the Sun actually speaks and drags along the daytime and nighttime. He’s worried about keeping the schedule, I hope he doesn’t lose his job.
GS: Was there anything you didn’t like?
L: Hard question
M: No, I don’t think so.
GS: Who would you recommend this book for?
L: I think boys and girls would like it.
M: I think it would be too freaky for a five year old, I’d say it’s for age 6+.
GS: To round things up, give me your summary and your score
L: Overall thoughts are that it’s really good, I loved the story line. I give it 5/5.
M: I found it really interesting to read and I liked looking at all the art and colours. Out of five I’d give it a four.
Title: Oddly Normal
Publisher: Image Comics
GS Rating: 4/5 and 5/5
GS Reviewers: Lucas and Maria