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Rating: 4/5 – Thought-provoking and insightful, very wordy and opinionated

Long, artistic, wordy comics about life, the universe, and people’s days, among other things. Subnormality has a somewhat different format than most webcomics, updating roughly once a week, but with a huge comic each time.

What’s Awesome About It?
Subnormality is very much a different comic than you’re going to find pretty much anywhere else in the world of webcomics. While the earlier comics in the archive tend to stick closer to the approach of shorter strips, the later comics are as often as not massive endeavors that often play with the comic’s format and introduce a wide variety of themes.

Subnormality is sometimes funny, but more often than not manages to be legitimately thought-provoking and insightful. At the same time though, Subnormality is definitely one of those love-it-or-hate-it deals. You’re either going to be down with the wordy, semi-artsy format and actually find a lot of great characters and insights in the comic or you’re going to either take one look and not read through the wall of text or finish it and just hate what the comic has to say. Still, Subnormality is definitely a different webcomic, and one I think is 100% worth giving a shot to – after all, you may well love it.

My Thoughts
I like most of the subnormality comics, and out of all webcomics I’ve ever read (quite a few) it’s easily the most “meaningful” in the sense that it actually has something to say and says it in a unique, interesting and actually, dare I say it, deep way.

That said, I think there are some people who would just absolutely hate this comic, but like I say above – give it a shot. Even if you find yourself not liking the first couple, I’d urge you to keep reading – especially if you’re reading from the beginning, although even later in the archive, comics can and do change quite drastically from one strip to the next.

Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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