Publisher: Image Comics
Issues: Oddly Normal 1-5
Oddly Normal is a cute series from Image Comics. It’s about a girl, who literally is named Oddly Normal. Odd, I know. She’s not exactly normal, but her green hair and pointed ears probably gave that away pretty fast. She’s a half-witch living in the human world. Things suddenly change for Oddly on her tenth birthday, and for her sake I hope not for good.
I’ve actually been meaning to read this series for ages now, so I’m thrilled to finally have some time to get around to it. So far the series has lived up to my expectations, which is always a huge relief.I had wanted to read the series because if kind of reminded me of Halloweentown (please tell me you’ve seen it)…and I am thrilled to report that the tone is spot on. Score!
Oddly Normal looks like it’s going to be an interesting and endearing series. I may be a bit biased here, since it absolutely is reminding me of Halloweentown, but I for one think that’s a great comparison for the series.
I’ll admit that it’s a bit…odd…to keep referring to the main character as Oddly…but that is her name. Which is a bit ironic, since her parents seem to actually try to appear normal. You’d think that they’d I don’t know…pick a more normal sounding name for their daughter? Maybe her aunt was given permission to name her or something. I could see HER picking a name like Oddly.
It did take me a little while to get into this series, but once I did I found myself enthralled with the story and character development. Oddly is a different sort of girl, for obvious reasons. It feels like she doesn’t really fit in with either world – not yet at least. I hope that if she can become more comfortable with herself that will change…
What’s interesting is that Oddly doesn’t seem to be the only character that doesn’t fit in. This is mainly true for Fignation, but I imagine if she had spent more time looking on the normal side she could have found some more people that felt the same way. I’m looking forward to seeing how that will work into the main plot.
This series is perfect for anybody looking for a more casual read. It’s charming and full of personality. It’d be perfect for a teen or young adult looking for a read, though I honestly do think adults would like it as well (even though it doesn’t feel like it most days – I am in fact an adult and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to starting the second volume.