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
Reviewer: ‘Yomi ‘Segun Stephen
Review Rating: 3 (Okay)
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.
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.
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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