Odd Schnozz (aka Liz) and her friends form the bad the Odd Squad. Plano, TX, a suburb of the big city of Dallas, is dull and not much happens there. One day during their band practice, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad are attacked by a group of local boys with no taste in music. A talking chimp comes to their aid and that’s when things get weird. B.L.A.N.K., a secret organization, is searching for the missing chimp as well as a whole group of other animals who have been overlaid with human speech abilities. B.L.A.N.K. hits closer to home than Liz could have imagined. Even worse is that one of the band members is now grounded by her quite heinous Texan Stepmother, keeping her from band practice. Preparing for a Battle of the Bands has never been so complicated.
Odd Schnozz is a quick fun read. If you’re a big fan of talking animals, strange science experiments and keeping the band together, Odd Schnozz definitely delivers. Odd Schnozz has officially gone into my pile, along with Whip It, as fun pop culture pieces set in the great state of Texas. Liz, aka Odd Schnozz, has a crazy nose and special powers. She’s also got a rock ‘n roll attitude I enjoyed. My favorite character, Justine, is a fantastic mystery until about halfway through the comic. At that point she becomes one of the coolest, and most skilled, characters. Each character brings something fun to the table, and the Odd Squad would be a really fun Cosplay to do for a convention.
As Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad are a band, there is also a Soundtrack that accompanies the graphic novel. While normally I’m hesitant to listen to any musical accompaniment with my comics, it’s deeply useful to be able to hear what MF Raj’s “We are Rap Bots” sounds like during a battle sequence. That and the songs are strangely catchy. I dare you not to find yourself humming the introductory song.
The story is crazy, the art colorfully off the wall, and the soundtrack is fun to hum along. Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad is a total entertainment package.