“Tara Normal” Issue #1 Review
By Christine Caprilozzi , Sr. Editor
Writer: Howie Noel
Artist: Howie Noel
Publisher: Howie Hoel
Release Date: Out Now
Synopsis: “Tara Normal is a beautiful female ghost hunter who was born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts. She's also trained to fight them, if necessary. All of her skills and training will be tested when the stars of TV's hot, new paranormal reality show, Ghost Soldiers, investigate the most haunted asylum in history, St. Catherine's of Siena. The ghosts in this asylum aren't looking to just scare Tara and the Ghost Soldiers, they're looking to destroy them and steal their souls. She'll prove the existence of spirits and change the world forever.”
Our Thoughts: Issue #1 of “Tara Normal” does a good job of laying out the background and characters for an excellent indie comic find. The idea of a strong female who actually DOES hunt down and wipe out demonic spirits lends itself well to the context of today’s smothering of paranormal reality shows. Tara, herself, is a complex character. Noel does a great job of developing her in this first issue. The storyline with the reality show “Ghost Soldiers” is an extremely smart parody of some of the current shows we see. It’s funny, yet gruesome in its own right.
Besides delivering the goods with the plot, Noel also handles the artwork in this series. His style complements the story well. But what are horror fans looking for? Yes, the creepy and bloody action scenes are included.
All in all, “Tara Normal” has the potential to be a scary, gory, and inventive series. Don’t’ let the hot young girl on the cover fool you, this series appeals to more than just the casual paranormal horror fan.