The Normals #1

The Normals #1

Writer: Adam Glass Artist: Dennis Calero Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: May 24, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
7.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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NEW SERIES! Think about your "life" for a moment...the people you've known, the one's you've loved, and all the stuff in between. Now imagine you learned that everything YOU believed, everything YOU lived, everything YOU felt actually never happened...it was ALL not real. But it is REAL to YOU and you now must fight to save it and everyone you love. But to do that, you first have to save the world. Welcome to "The Normals." an exciting new rush-of-blood-to-the-head series and AfterShock Comics. From Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, Suicide Squad, TV's Supernatural) and Dennis Calero.

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 31, 2017

    The opening installment spends the necessary time to connect us with this family while (if you're like me) not knowing what the intent will be, the what will go wrong element. Glass puts together a familiar family that you could see on any drama or sitcom and work from there and that's part of the appeal as you wait to see what will go disastrously wrong. It definitely has that Twilight Zone feeling in all the right ways and the connection with the characters is critical, which is very well done here even if all the focus in the moment is on Jack. Combine all of that with some very strong artwork from Calero and color work from Agusto and the end result is a book that delivers on the slow creepiness and darkness coming into their lives. It paints a familiar "normal" modern family in America and begins to peel away the layers, making you want more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Chris Campbell May 27, 2017

    Anytime a story can make the reader ponder their own existence, it's a good one. Check out The Normals and then check yourself! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune May 26, 2017

    "The Normals" is anything but. A fun sci-fi concept excellently paced and leaving you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler May 31, 2017

    The overall thrust of the book is good, and it accomplishes what it sets out to do, but the redundant exposition is an unnecessary distraction. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza May 29, 2017

    I wanted to like this comic more than I did, and the series still has potential, but its going to have to work a little bit harder to be memorable or impactful. Maybe this is partially due to the creative team finding their collective groove, but The Normals #1 opens a little too uncertainly to make an immediate move to my pull list and read pile. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gearid Maoldomnaigh Jun 2, 2017

    The Normals is the kind of story that The Twilight Zone used to invoke an inherent unease about the reality around you and leaves you questioning many of the assumptions we make about the world. A tale in which the world as you know it seems to have changed utterly and yet you are the only one to notice. Suspenseful thrillers of the kind inevitably instill intrigue in their readers, but it is often that the build-up is more satisfying than the revelation itself. Fortunately, The Normals doesn't fall wholly into that trap. It manages to successfully recall the sinister undertones of the best psychologicalhorror stories, even if it does not radically bring anything new to the table. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 26, 2017

    Takes a while to get going, but the premise is interesting. The visuals really hurt the book, though. I'm in for at least one more, but I need the visuals to improve. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    DDJamesB May 25, 2017

    I saw this book at the comic store yesterday and thought it looked cool. I have been seeing a lot of indie titles getting good reviews so I decided to give one a try from the beginning. I was amazed by the quality of this comic. The writing was absolutely terrific. The writer definitely understands human connections, emotions and what some people think in their heads. The art was great and the character emotions were drawn with precision. Even though the end delivers a cliffhanger, I feel as though it could have been a little more drawn out, maybe even into the next issue. I am extremely interested though to learn more and now I have a new book on the weekly pull.

  • 5.5
    sovereignsfall18 May 25, 2017

    Very slow start. Writing was okay, way too much info dumping even with the premise behind the story. I really disliked the art. Only way to sum up the issue as a whole is "boring".

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