Normally, I'll read the new issue of Oddly Normal the second I get home from the comic book store on Wednesday. This week, I decided to save the best for last. From Image Comics, Oddly Normal #7, written and illustrated by Otis Frampton takes us on a journey to the past with Oddly. Last month, we were left hanging wondering what kind of information Oddly was going to find out as her Aunt allowed her to see moments from her parents past. Well, this month we get to experience all of that and more.
Because we didn't get to interact with Oddly's parents all that much, I think it was time for something like this to happen. Frampton timed it well. At this point, we've all developed such a strong bond with Oddly's character that we have a solid foundation to grow from. We love her, we support her, now it's time to find out why her parents acted the way they did. I find Oddly's parents backstory to be charming. There's nothing like a sweet love story to put a smile on your face, and Oddly being able to see that is a bonus to it all.
Auntie continues to be a fun character to watch. She adds a whimsical note to the more serious situations that we see in this issue. I will say that I was glad there were some repercussions to Oddly being able to look into the past. If there hadn't been, she would inevitably have to tackle some kind of addiction. Can you imagine being able to watch things happen from your past? It would be pretty hard to stop. I have to wonder if it's the last time Oddly and Auntie will do something like that. There's definitely more to that story, and as a reader I hope it's revisited.
By the end of the issue, Otis sets up something new for us to look forward to, with an adorable character addition to boot. That's one of the many reasons I love Frampton's work, he's always creating new, fun, eccentric characters and plot points to the tale. This particular scene above is a cute, comical moment. I'm curious as to who designed it. I hope we find out! In the end, whether it be something small in the background of a panel, or a completely different character, there's always something to look forward to with each new issue of Oddly Normal. Be sure to pick up Oddly Normal #7 from your local comic book store today!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.