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Oddly Normal #2 is slow-paced compared to #1, but it expands more on how Fignation runs…


Author: Otis Frampton

Title: Oddly Normal Volume 2: A Wrinkle In Time

Paperback: 128 pages

Publisher: Image Comics

Publishing Date: 5 Nov. 2015

Genre: Comic & Graphic Novel/Coming Of Age

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Reviewer: ‘Yomi ‘Segun Stephen

Review Rating: 3 (Okay)



Synopsis:
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel In Volume 2, Oddly Normal's adventure in Fignation continues with new friends, new mysteries and new revelations about her missing parents. 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, also known as the Wicked Witch of the West and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out the candles on her birthday cake and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance.
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Review:
While Oddly Normal #1 was fast-paced, focusing on Oddly's dissatisfied state and hunger for adventure, its sequel focuses on the aftermath of the ruckus caused by her accidental teleportation from normal dimension to Fignation.
Oddly Normal #2 book dwells much more on character-building - we see Oddly access her Mum's memories through the help of her auntie. We also see how she is forging friendships with Ragnar, Reggie, and Misty.
Oddly Normal #2 is slow-paced compared to #1, but it expands on how Fignation runs - it shows some of its inhabitants’ mentalities, idiosyncrasies and societal norms. For example, do you know Ragnar's mum keeps a large fish called Earl? Earl eats the other fishes in the same tank with it. As a result, it has grown very much larger than it normally would. Also, it seems cloning or creating living things is ethical in Fignation. You can even create a human if you have the resources to do it.
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Conclusion:
Oddly Normal #2 might not be everyone's cup of tea due to its pace and lack of action, but it is a good exposure to the story’s setting and a necessary build-up to whatever climatic events are to come in subsequent volumes.
Many thanks to Diamond Book Distributors for review copy.





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