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The Paranormals gets its first review

The Paranormals gets its first glowing review!!!!
I just have to share a few quotes because OMG I'm about ready to burst into song here:

When the call went out for reviews of all-ages comics for this month's Comixpedia, I jumped at the chance to discuss The Paranormals, a comic I first discovered in a blog post here and have grown to love.
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I'm telling you all this now so it won't deter you from jumping through those hoops to get to the actual content, because if you do overlook this webcomic, you'll be missing out on a great read. Good characterization, strong writing and consistently pleasing art make The Paranormals a lot of fun.

The main characters, introduced over the course of the first five issues, are Rose, Bear, Preston, Persephone, and Thanh. All have secrets, some darker than others. Rose is a tomgirl who has changed cities 12 times in the last 9 years because every full moon she turns into a huge, angry werewolf. Daniel, often known by his last name Bear, is a home-schooled shaman-in-training who talks to animals. Preston, a blasé rich kid with a snotty attitude, is literally a wiz at computers. Persephone is a spoiled "popular" girl who's a princess in more than just attitude, and Thanh is a half-vampire emo kid whose sarcasm is almost worse than his bite. As their friendships grow and deepen, these five kids begin to unravel the mysteries that have placed them together in a special homeroom at their otherwise un-extraordinary high school. At the same time, they learn to get along as unlikely allies.

Brown's writing makes these archetypes come alive as actual teens. They bicker, argue, and make amends in a very believable and engaging fashion. The writing is accessible to kids as well as adults, but it's never dumbed down. Even more importantly, Brown avoids two of the primary pitfalls of teen characters -- instead of being mini-adult soapboxes or overly simplistic children, the characters sound and act their age. It's a difficult line to maneuver, and always enjoyable to encounter when done well. Most important, the characters are likable, even the intentionally unlikable ones like Preston, who is probably my favorite character in the series. You want to keep reading and find out what happens next.

Werner's art is stylized and cartoonish, favoring angular, broad lines and minimally detailed backgrounds. This places the focus of the panels on the interplay between the characters, which is in fact where it should be. At those times when the background comes sharply into focus, it is either to set the scene or to draw the reader's attention to a major plot development.
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The Paranormals was intentionally designed to be a comic for all ages, and it succeeds tremendously on this on all fronts. It features no profanity or overly adult situations. Its female characters are fully-clothed girls who do not pose in incredibly uncomfortable positions or wear porn-star clothing. Its plots stress intelligent and non-violent solutions to violent situations, and its visual style is both easy to read and easy to follow.
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The Paranormals was intentionally designed to be a comic for all ages, and it succeeds tremendously on this on all fronts. It features no profanity or overly adult situations. Its female characters are fully-clothed girls who do not pose in incredibly uncomfortable positions or wear porn-star clothing. Its plots stress intelligent and non-violent solutions to violent situations, and its visual style is both easy to read and easy to follow.

Like all comics with a youthful audience, it also contains the occasional cautionary plot about problems that are specifically relevant to kids . In one issue, Rose strikes up an online conversation with someone she thinks is another werewolf, only to find out that her "friend" is actually a hunter. But Brown's writing is not preachy or overly moralistic, which can and does make all the difference in the world. When it comes right down to it, the comic is good enough and entertaining enough that you don't even notice any of the "adult" content that's missing.


Excuse me while I get up and do a little happy dance. I'm just...wow...
Tags: linda howard, paranormals, review
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