Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1
Part of Gerard Way's new imprint, DC's Young Animal!Far away on the planet Meta, Loma's going nowhere fast. She's dropped out of school, dumped her boyfriend and is bored out of her mind. She longs to feel things. That's where her idol, the lunatic poet Rac Shade, and his infamous madness coat come in. Loma steals the garment and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in a new body: Earth girl Megan Boyer.Surely everything will be better on this passionate, primitive planet with a dash of madness on her side and this human girl's easy life. Only now that she's here, Loma discovers being a teenaged Earth girl comes with its own challenges and Earth may not be everything she thought it'd be. Megan Boyer was a bully who everyone was glad was almost dead, and now Loma has to survive high school and navigate the consequences of the life she didn't live with the ever-growing and uncontrollable madness at her side. Not to mention that there are people back on her homeworld who might just want Shade's coat back.Written by Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes), drawn by Marley Zarcone (Effigy) and overseen by Gerard Way, Shade, the Changing Girl starts a whole new chapter in the story of one of comics' most unique series.Collecting: Shade, the Changing Girl 1-6

Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1 Details

TitleShade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 4th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401270995
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1 Review

  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy Cecil's comic work, so I'll happily pick up anything she writes these days. It's cool for me to see her writing for Vertigo, too.I don't know much about he original series this comic is effectively re-booting. But it kinda reminds me of the old Doom Patrol when Grant Morrison was writing it. Very surreal while still having a good storyline.If you're looking for a story of teenage drama mixed and intergalactic surrealism, this is going to be your bag. Even if you're *not* looking for that I enjoy Cecil's comic work, so I'll happily pick up anything she writes these days. It's cool for me to see her writing for Vertigo, too.I don't know much about he original series this comic is effectively re-booting. But it kinda reminds me of the old Doom Patrol when Grant Morrison was writing it. Very surreal while still having a good storyline.If you're looking for a story of teenage drama mixed and intergalactic surrealism, this is going to be your bag. Even if you're *not* looking for that, you might want to consider giving it a try. Stretch yourself a little. Didn't you see me compare her writing to Grant Morrison up there? I can't pay a much bigger compliment than that....
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    I like to move it, move it, move it, I like to… movie it, provie it, shooo… sorry, I think my brain’s broken from too many crappy comics lately! Oh up yours Young Animal. Thank Jeebus this is the last one of these I’ve gotta endure! Shade, the Changing Man is reimagined as Shade, the Changing Girl because I guess the character changes? Ahhhhh you spin me right round baby right round like a record... Come on, dude, keep it together, it’s almost over… have another drink. I’ve never read any of the I like to move it, move it, move it, I like to… movie it, provie it, shooo… sorry, I think my brain’s broken from too many crappy comics lately! Oh up yours Young Animal. Thank Jeebus this is the last one of these I’ve gotta endure! Shade, the Changing Man is reimagined as Shade, the Changing Girl because I guess the character changes? Ahhhhh you spin me right round baby right round like a record... Come on, dude, keep it together, it’s almost over… have another drink. I’ve never read any of the previous incarnations so I can’t compare or even know if this is similar in approach but this Shade is an alien called Loma inhabiting a teen girl’s body for a contrived reason. Loma must find out why everyone thinks she’s a bitch - not that anything’s at stake, she’s just gotta do something to fill the pages. Yup, real edge of your seat reading!I wasn’t sucked into what little story there was. We know that Megan, the Earth girl host, was a mean girl before Loma inhabited her, so we have to wait tediously for Loma to figure out what we know from the start. No explanation either for how possession works - is Megan’s, uh, “spirit” killed when Loma jumps in or what? It appears at the end but where was it up til then? Ah, I didn’t really care anyway. Loma leaving her home planet to come to Earth was a flimsy excuse that added to the pointlessness of this comic. And the stuff on Loma’s home planet was equally unimaginative. Basically aliens have the same culture as we do on Earth (even vaping!) but they’re alien-looking. The art is nothing special but Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colours are trippy and cool. Shade, the Changing Girl is boring garbage. I highly recommend avoiding any books with the Young Animal label!
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  • Dan Schwent
    January 1, 1970
    Loma, an alien from Meta, tries on Rac Shade's legendary madness coat and finds herself on earth, in the body of a brain-dead girl, Megan, who was not very nice before her accident. Will she adjust to Megan's life with Metan authorities on her trail?As someone who has most of the Steve Ditko Shade run from the 1970s AND most of the 1990s Vertigo run, I approached Shade The Changing Girl with cautious optimism. Since the Young Animal imprint seems to be the second coming of Vertigo, I figured I'd Loma, an alien from Meta, tries on Rac Shade's legendary madness coat and finds herself on earth, in the body of a brain-dead girl, Megan, who was not very nice before her accident. Will she adjust to Megan's life with Metan authorities on her trail?As someone who has most of the Steve Ditko Shade run from the 1970s AND most of the 1990s Vertigo run, I approached Shade The Changing Girl with cautious optimism. Since the Young Animal imprint seems to be the second coming of Vertigo, I figured I'd give it a shot.I wound up digging it. Shade, The Changing Girl, takes elements from both the Ditko run and the Peter Milligan-penned Vertigo adventures. Honestly, it's more coherent that both were a lot of the time.Shade, The Changing Girl, is a fish (or bird) out of water story as Loma steps into Megan Boyer's life and tries to experience earth life. Too bad Megan was a tremendous bitch. As Loma pieces together what happened on the night Megan drowned, she makes friends and encounters a lot of people Megan did wrong. A LOT of people. Even her parents hate her.Without spoiling things too much, Earth Girl Made Easy laid a lot of groundwork and set the stage for future adventures. It was really cool that Mellu is on the trail of the stolen M-Vest. I have a feeling Shade and River will be visiting Meta and the Area of Madness in the future. It kind of feels like Doctor Who in a way.Earth Girl Made Easy feels like it could easily fit into the Vertigo Shade series. As a long time Shade fan, I'm pretty excited about what's to come. Four out of five stars.
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  • Miriam
    January 1, 1970
    Some disjointure between episodes (where did the ghost of Megan suddenly spring from?) but overall an interesting take on a concept I've seen done a few times, both worse and better. Teenagers and math/science professors seem to be the highest risk groups for being body-snatched by aliens/demons/clones. Stay safe, kids!
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    ** received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **3 stars.Look, this is my first introduction to this character. I’ve heard a little about this series from one of my favorite podcasts, Talking Comics. The fact that Gerard Way was involved also drew to me picking this one up. I must admit, I don’t understand this book. Not in a “why does it exist?” kind of way but in a “wtf happened?” kind of way.The story as I understand it: Loma Shade is an alien from Meta who steals a special jacke ** received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **3 stars.Look, this is my first introduction to this character. I’ve heard a little about this series from one of my favorite podcasts, Talking Comics. The fact that Gerard Way was involved also drew to me picking this one up. I must admit, I don’t understand this book. Not in a “why does it exist?” kind of way but in a “wtf happened?” kind of way.The story as I understand it: Loma Shade is an alien from Meta who steals a special jacket and makes it to earth. She steals the body of a comatose girl, Megan, and assumes her life. As she does, she learns that Megan was a total nightmare before her coma and Loma has to deal with that while learning to deal with human emotions and customs. As a premise, that’s pretty straight forward and kind of cool. Unfortunately, something about the format to this book made several of those rather simple concepts hard to comprehend? The biggest problem I had with this book is that I was never quite sure what was in Loma’s head and what others, like River and Teacup, could see. There are several times when there’s color splashes across the page and I can’t tell if Loma’s in her headspace or if the colors were visible to everyone. It made it hard to follow the story. Loma is an interesting character. I liked River just fine and Teacup was moderately interesting in a “I’ve seen this type of character several times before” kind of way. I would be interested in more of a story from their point of view. Honestly, reading this I was slightly imagining how this story would have worked on Teen Nick or something. The art was pretty damn awesome! It was next level bonkers with some of the scenes of Loma Meta Meditating and dreaming. I enjoyed the colors and the style quite a bit. It was the best part of this book, in my opinion.So, largely, what made this kind of a difficult read for me is that I had no clue what was happening. A lot of that is probably because this is my introduction to the character. I think a volume one should be a good jumping off point for everyone. That’s just my personal opinion though. I suppose not every first volume of a series has to take the time to introduce the world and the concepts. That being said, I still enjoyed parts of this series. Not sure if I’ll continue with it, though. 3 stars.
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  • Diz
    January 1, 1970
    Loma Shade, a bird-like alien uses a coat of madness to enter the body of a brain dead high school student in order to explore life on Earth, which is pretty trendy where she comes from. It's as strange as it sounds. There are a lot of interesting points in the story where Loma discovers things about the girl she is inhabiting. Loma is very unlike that girl, so she must renegotiate the relationships that she has with those who remember her as someone else. The art is pretty trippy, and is fun to Loma Shade, a bird-like alien uses a coat of madness to enter the body of a brain dead high school student in order to explore life on Earth, which is pretty trendy where she comes from. It's as strange as it sounds. There are a lot of interesting points in the story where Loma discovers things about the girl she is inhabiting. Loma is very unlike that girl, so she must renegotiate the relationships that she has with those who remember her as someone else. The art is pretty trippy, and is fun to look at.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic continuation to Shade, and more than anything it is BEAUTIFUL. When I say this, what I mean is that every single page is a masterpiece. You could close your eyes and flip through, and wherever you landed, you could blow it up and frame it on your wall and it would look magnificent. The writing is strong, the plot is strong, the characters (and their names--Teacup? Hello yes) are strong; but what this does so astonishingly well is tell its story simultaneously through imagery This is a fantastic continuation to Shade, and more than anything it is BEAUTIFUL. When I say this, what I mean is that every single page is a masterpiece. You could close your eyes and flip through, and wherever you landed, you could blow it up and frame it on your wall and it would look magnificent. The writing is strong, the plot is strong, the characters (and their names--Teacup? Hello yes) are strong; but what this does so astonishingly well is tell its story simultaneously through imagery and words. And yeah, all graphic novels should do that--but this is on another level. It's not just worlds that the art creates, and it's not just a point of view. It's a state of mind. It's philosophical, it's poetic, it's aesthetically stunning, and it transports you to a whole new mindspace. 5 stars.**Full review here:http://laurenanalepa.weebly.com/blog-...
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I want to digest this one a little more before I review it, but briefly: I've never done acid, but I imagine this is what an acid trip would be like, maybe? Surreal doesn't quite cover this story or style, and sometimes the existentialness of it all felt really forced and not as clever as it was making itself out to be. That said, it was oddly fascinating, the art & coloring (though trippy) was gorgeous, and the characters were pretty engaging, and I find myself looking forward to more from I want to digest this one a little more before I review it, but briefly: I've never done acid, but I imagine this is what an acid trip would be like, maybe? Surreal doesn't quite cover this story or style, and sometimes the existentialness of it all felt really forced and not as clever as it was making itself out to be. That said, it was oddly fascinating, the art & coloring (though trippy) was gorgeous, and the characters were pretty engaging, and I find myself looking forward to more from the series.
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  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    my adobe digital editions stopped working and then my COMPUTER stopped working and by the time i got access to a new computer it wouldn't let me download it from edelweiss anymore so tl;dr i no longer have a copy. :'(((((((((((
  • mercedes
    January 1, 1970
    2.5The colourful art and generally unique plot drew me in, but I found there to be a somewhat lack of substance. I admire how original this comic is (even for a reboot, but then again I haven’t read the original) but it just didn’t completely do it for me. It was very confusing and seemed messy at times, like the writer didn’t have anything planned and was just winging it as they went along. However, if you like aliens, wacky storylines and cool art, I think you should try this!
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  • Charles
    January 1, 1970
    Utterly lost…Damn, that was a real challenging read unfortunately. Honestly, it made me physically ill and gave me a helluva headache. I think it stems from the fact that this really didn’t feel reader friendly. I’ve only a cursory knowledge of the previous iteration of Shade and hoped to be eased into this one.Nope.So bloody lost throughout. I can’t in good conscience recommed this to anyone I know. I mean the Young Animal titles are edgier, out there, and experimental but this was less “art ho Utterly lost…Damn, that was a real challenging read unfortunately. Honestly, it made me physically ill and gave me a helluva headache. I think it stems from the fact that this really didn’t feel reader friendly. I’ve only a cursory knowledge of the previous iteration of Shade and hoped to be eased into this one.Nope.So bloody lost throughout. I can’t in good conscience recommed this to anyone I know. I mean the Young Animal titles are edgier, out there, and experimental but this was less “art house clever” and more “WTF is happening in this very moment?”Maybe I’m just an obtuse reader, but simple things like “Can anyone see what she’s projecting/making?” were lost on me. I mean in one secod, it seems River does…and maybe Teacup, but in others no one seems to be noticing. Straight up, if a wee blue and black, floppy circle came out of someone’s head, I’d freak the hell out. Another example is in the finale, she’s in her room having an epic battle, and her father (seems?!?!) to be surrounded by eyeballs and coloured circles. A few moments later, mom invites the kids in for cocoa like nothing happened.Also, one issue ends with Megan’s essence/aura/spirit/mean ass presence confronting Shade. The next issue’s first panel says Shade’s been followed by it for days. Wait, have days passed? Did I miss something? Am I just that dumb?The art was certainly interesting, but it’s not outweighed by the fact that this felt like a chore, bored me because I felt lost, and in the end I felt kind of dumb. Also, the “actual” lead character has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.Sorry Young Animal, this one just didn’t do it for me on any level.
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  • Frédéric
    January 1, 1970
    Being able to fill 6 whole issues of absolutely nothing might seem impressive. But it's mainly boring, really.So Loma is an alien from Meta, the planet of the original Shade, and for some of the less imaginative reason ever, manages to get hold on Shade's M-vest which leads her to Earth to take possession of the body of a girl in a coma.Then it takes her 6 issues to figure out the girl was a mean bitch. Apparently it's important. Why? Beats me. And frankly I don't give a shit. None of the charac Being able to fill 6 whole issues of absolutely nothing might seem impressive. But it's mainly boring, really.So Loma is an alien from Meta, the planet of the original Shade, and for some of the less imaginative reason ever, manages to get hold on Shade's M-vest which leads her to Earth to take possession of the body of a girl in a coma.Then it takes her 6 issues to figure out the girl was a mean bitch. Apparently it's important. Why? Beats me. And frankly I don't give a shit. None of the character is interesting in any way, nor sympathetic, nor anything. I rooted for Rac Shade and Kathy in 1990 but Loma, River and Teacup-a real sense for names eh?-can all go to Hell for all I care. I've rarely seen a series where absolutely everybody is so bland with tepid dialogues and inner monologues that ring phony from beginning to end.Add a pacing totally off, a barely coherent narration (who is Cecil Castellucci? Has she ever wrote a comic book before? Read one?) and you got one crappy comic book all the way down. There's a side storyline on Meta-the most uninteresting alien place I've ever seen- alluding to further events but I'm not holding my breath.Marley Zarcone does the job on the drawing board but doesn't particularly shine. It lacks the weirdness Bacchalo-definitely the yardstick on Shade- brought on the original series back then.
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    This is my absolute favorite book from DC's Young Animal imprint and one of my favorite books that I read on a monthly basis period. The story follows an alien named Loma from the planet Meta who steals Roc Shade's M-Vest and uses it to inhabit the body of a high school girl on Earth. Cecil Castellucci's writing is top notch and Marley Zarcone's art has the perfect amount of surrealism to it and is perfectly colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    DC's new Young Animal line is a tribute to/revival of the early Vertigo comics. Hiring YA author Cecil Castellucci to revive the psychedelic sci-fi of "Shade, The Changing Man" is a smart, unconventional choice. The concept of an alien inhabiting a human body turns out to be an excellent metaphor for the excitement and confusion of adolescence, and Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone capture the dizzy, disorienting sensations well. Zarcone's art alternately reminds me of Mike Allred and Brando DC's new Young Animal line is a tribute to/revival of the early Vertigo comics. Hiring YA author Cecil Castellucci to revive the psychedelic sci-fi of "Shade, The Changing Man" is a smart, unconventional choice. The concept of an alien inhabiting a human body turns out to be an excellent metaphor for the excitement and confusion of adolescence, and Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone capture the dizzy, disorienting sensations well. Zarcone's art alternately reminds me of Mike Allred and Brandon Graham, and provides the perfect whimsical touch to Castellucci's script. Folks expecting hard sci-fi or superhero action might be disappointed by a comic that spends so much time on the Machiavellian dynamics of a high school swim team, but it definitely worked for me.
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  • Cat (cat-thecatlady)
    January 1, 1970
    not sure what I thought about this one. it was weird at first and when I got the hang of it, it wasn't that interesting either. I'm kinda sick of these comics that aren't reader friendly or don't even try to be more captivating to the reader. let's stop this "random sentences no one's really sure what they're about" kind of comic, ok? the art was kinda nice thofull review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2017/0...
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    This was weird and just average. Not terrible and not great either. I do not know if I would bother to read any more volumes of this.
  • Keith
    January 1, 1970
    I have been hovering around the book for a few weeks, maybe longer, I don't know. It's purple and pink and look at that hippo! There is no way not to hover around this book. While I would never claim to love Shade, the Changing Man as much as some have, I do care quite a bit about it, and took the trouble to read through the entire series even though DC has never bothered to collect it. I am suspicious of just about everything Gerard Way does and that absolutely includes the Young Animal imprint I have been hovering around the book for a few weeks, maybe longer, I don't know. It's purple and pink and look at that hippo! There is no way not to hover around this book. While I would never claim to love Shade, the Changing Man as much as some have, I do care quite a bit about it, and took the trouble to read through the entire series even though DC has never bothered to collect it. I am suspicious of just about everything Gerard Way does and that absolutely includes the Young Animal imprint, which just seems sort of cloying, like Way had to turn over the last few good unbastardized things from the original Vertigo era and turn them into high-gloss pop songs. It's not quite "ruining my childhood" or anything, but it does feel like he's not exactly the right steward for the material he wants to reinterpret.And after Peter Milligan brought his own version of Shade back to comics in his Hellblazer run just a few years ago, I just wasn't excited about seeing a drastic reinterpretation of the character. It hurt too much. And the interior art is pretty weak and I really didn't want to see Shade turned into a highschool soap opera. The original comic seemed too complex, too ephemeral, to survive that sort of reinvention.But that pink! That purple! That hippo! Plus the world is ending.I have no idea how anyone would understand Shade, the Changing Girl without having read the original out-of-print series it's a sequel to. My entire framework for how I came to understand this comic came from, rather than in spite of, my experience with Peter Milligan's Shade. Both comics confuse me and make me uncomfortable; the protagonist is the antagonist, and yet is an innocent. The character motivations are sort of blocky and naked and strange. It makes a lot of sense that it is a story about teenagers, because the insanity of Shade's character (no matter its iteration or its earthly body) is sort of teenage id let rip. That Shade here sort of infects, and is infected, by a group of writhing, hormonally volcanic teens is incredibly on-theme, despite my trepidation.Shade is not a fun book, but neither is it meant to be. It's still not particularly well drawn, but Kelly Fitzpatrick's colors make it really feel like a Shade comic. Writer Cecil Castalucci is sort of hard for me to get a feel for, which isn't entirely bad -- I never understood Peter Milligan for a long time either. And as an added plus, the book doesn't feel like Gerard Way had to rub his editorial goo all over it, the way he has with some of the other Young Animal catalogue. It's beautiful and shimmery and fragile and dissonant. I feel unsettled by it, and that's what counts.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Penguin Random House Canada provided me with a finished copy of Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy in exchange for an honest review. These are my thoughts and opinions. Update - Link to video reviewAt its core, Shade, the Changing Girl is about a young woman coming to grips with the consequences of her actions. Shade, a bird-like alien, wanted to experience life as a human, thinking it would be easy and fun. Megan, an Earth girl who is comatose, was a horrible bully to her Penguin Random House Canada provided me with a finished copy of Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy in exchange for an honest review. These are my thoughts and opinions. Update - Link to video reviewAt its core, Shade, the Changing Girl is about a young woman coming to grips with the consequences of her actions. Shade, a bird-like alien, wanted to experience life as a human, thinking it would be easy and fun. Megan, an Earth girl who is comatose, was a horrible bully to her friends, classmates and parents. Both of these girls cared little for what their actions had on others. Upon arriving on Earth and realizing human life would not a walk in the park, Shade learns to adapt to life on Earth as a human girl. She tries to make peace with the people Megan bullied and terrorized, and adjusts to the rapid fire of human emotions. Initially, Shade's plans were to taste test life on Earth and return home, but when the route home becomes blurry, she's left navigating on her own. What I found most interesting was the female relationships in this comic. Megan was not a kind or nice person, and so her relationships to her female peers were badly damaged. While the story could have taken to characterizing female relationships as bratty and "drama-filled", Cecil Castellucci has given depth and complexity to female friendships. With Shade in Megan's body, she reflects on the girl's remaining memories and tries to piece together an identity. The artistic style of this comic is very much in line with pop art - bright bold colours lead the eyes across the page. There were times where I felt the colours and the layout of the panels to be overwhelming and a bit confusing. However, the use of colours really helped to differentiate between the state of characters. For example, because the main character's physical body is shared between Shade and Megan, it was the use of colours that differentiated between who was in possession of the body or who was speaking to the reader. I was uncertain about if I would continue reading this series, but after finishing the last issue/chapter, the cliffhanger has hooked me in. It looks like old memories are here to stay.
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  • Todd S
    January 1, 1970
    Breezed right through this book and loved it. Writing and art are both peachy-keen, and I hope the next arc is as enjoyable.
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Loma is a bird alien from Meta. She steals the madness vest from the last Shade series and inhabits the mind of a comatose girl, Megan, on Earth. Megan was a mean girl who terrorized both her friends, nerds, and even her parents, just an awful person. Most of the book is Loma dealing with this.Nothing happens in this book. It's so boring and bland. Same with the art. It felt like an indie comic where nothing happens and there's no point.Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange Loma is a bird alien from Meta. She steals the madness vest from the last Shade series and inhabits the mind of a comatose girl, Megan, on Earth. Megan was a mean girl who terrorized both her friends, nerds, and even her parents, just an awful person. Most of the book is Loma dealing with this.Nothing happens in this book. It's so boring and bland. Same with the art. It felt like an indie comic where nothing happens and there's no point.Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marina
    January 1, 1970
    Me encanta el dibujo y me encanta la historia. Megan sufre un accidente y entra en coma. La cosa es que Loma, una alienigena se mete en su cuerpo, se encuentra con que Megan querida no era. Además hay un misterio en el accidente que deja a Megan en coma. La narración es muy amena y muy visual y tiene un rollete ochentero muy guay. Además la edición es muy buena y el papel le va perfecto. Con ganas de seguir.
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  • Hanna
    January 1, 1970
    I rate this 4.5/5 stars! Full review will be up on July 4th, stay tuned!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A multi-layered, incredible premise. The artwork is gorgeous.
  • Timothy
    January 1, 1970
    I think about it all the time. The idea of slipping into another life, the way there are so many different careers and cities and body types and just a whole myriad of identities out there. What must it be like to live one that isn't mine? And at the heart of this book, here it is. An alien casting off her old life to start again, to literally slip into another body. It seems so simple, drop your own problems, your tangled web of relationships, and just drop into a new one. That's part of the ap I think about it all the time. The idea of slipping into another life, the way there are so many different careers and cities and body types and just a whole myriad of identities out there. What must it be like to live one that isn't mine? And at the heart of this book, here it is. An alien casting off her old life to start again, to literally slip into another body. It seems so simple, drop your own problems, your tangled web of relationships, and just drop into a new one. That's part of the appeal to me, seeing Shade try to figure out what to do with this other life she has taken on. Another part of what makes this book so compelling to me is the main character herself. Shade looks at the world in a fun and unique way. She has a sense of wonder about things so familiar to us, some we don't even think about often because they are so routine or ordinary.So yes, this is one of my favorite comics of all time! It has everything: Poetry, madness, friendship, aliens, weirdness, great artwork, the magic of discovery, etc! I love a lot of things about it, so here's some gushing! I love how Loma sees our world. I love how she finds herself being dropped right in the middle of another life and tries her best to fix and enjoy it. I love all the little side characters: Megan's old friends, the Metans, the complicated relationship between Teacup and Shade. I love the way the madness is drawn literally dripping off characters and objects. I love the vibrant colors, the opposing colors used on the text boxes for Megan and Shade. I love the poetry interwoven throughout that enriches both the immediate situation and the larger lore of the story through Rac Shade's invisible but immense presence (both on the story within the pages and on a meta level through this book's spiritual predecessor, Shade the Changing Man).Pretty simply, the best comic currently coming out, bar none. I've already read it three times (twice in single issues and now once again in this collected format) and can't wait to revisit it further down the road.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    SUCH a delightful, abstract, weird, and satisfying graphic novel.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This was weird, but definitely my kind of weird. Love the art, very early 90's Sandman vibe. But where this really shines is the story. Perfect mix of scifi, comic weirdness with high school, coming of age drama. Funny, trippy and amazing.
  • Flavia
    January 1, 1970
    Before opening this comic book, I had no idea that it was kind of based on a series that already existed (Shade, the Changing Man). But I also found that it’s not necessary to have read this other series in order to make sense of, and enjoy Shade, the Changing Girl!My first impression of this comic, from the very first page, is that it’s very colourful, and quite psychedelic! I’ve never touched acid, or any psychoactive drugs before, but the imagery and some of the subject matter discussed in th Before opening this comic book, I had no idea that it was kind of based on a series that already existed (Shade, the Changing Man). But I also found that it’s not necessary to have read this other series in order to make sense of, and enjoy Shade, the Changing Girl!My first impression of this comic, from the very first page, is that it’s very colourful, and quite psychedelic! I’ve never touched acid, or any psychoactive drugs before, but the imagery and some of the subject matter discussed in this comic definitely fit with my assumption of what a psychedelic trip would be like. It took me a few moments to adjust to the style, and figure out what was going on, but once I adjusted, I did not put this book down until I read it cover to cover.Despite this comic containing quite a bit of high school, and some of the issues revolving around high school and teenagers in high school, I didn’t really find myself sighing or rolling my eyes. This plot has mystery, while also tackling the subject of friendship and bullying. The interpretation of space, and aliens was also unique for me, and I liked how madness was portrayed in this comic was well. At first, I found the madness-induced visions in Shade, the Changing Girl to be kind of gruesome, but I am a fan of weirdness and gore, and found that I really enjoyed those portions once I knew that they were present in the book. I think that first display of such gruesome madness just caught me off guard, because I did not expect it in this comic.Overall, this was definitely a fun, interesting, and intriguing read. It was definitely something fresh (and keep in mind that I’m saying this without having read Shade, the Changing Man), and although I know that it won’t be for everyone, I highly recommend that comic book fans definitely at least check it out!
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3.5, but a rounded down kind of 3.5, not a rounded up. All the stars are for the art/colors because honestly the writing did not work for me. It's like, that kind of writing that is meant to be super poetic and abstract and is supposed to make sense artistically but in actuality doesn't make a damn lick of sense. Do you get what I mean? It's all well and fine writing poetically/lyrically/fancy/abstract/indirect/WHATEVER......but it still has to make sense. You can't just mush a bunch o More like 3.5, but a rounded down kind of 3.5, not a rounded up. All the stars are for the art/colors because honestly the writing did not work for me. It's like, that kind of writing that is meant to be super poetic and abstract and is supposed to make sense artistically but in actuality doesn't make a damn lick of sense. Do you get what I mean? It's all well and fine writing poetically/lyrically/fancy/abstract/indirect/WHATEVER......but it still has to make sense. You can't just mush a bunch of words together and go "look I made pretty sentences". I hate it when poets and lyricists do that. Rarely do I see it in comics though, and thank god for that. If I end up checking out the next trade, it'll be entirely for the art because the writing is really, really. Really. Not great. At all. (this is, of course, my mere opinion. I truly hope other readers enjoyed this trade.)
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  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Unlike anything I've ever experienced before. I'm sure that I would've gotten more from the experience if I'd read Shade, the Changing Man at some point, even though this is more continuation than retelling. But the confusion and mystery of dropping into Loma Shade's world on the planet Meta and as she takes over the body/life of a bully named Megan, navigating a world where she doesn't understand everything that happened to her, but only that she's hated and feared by her so-called friends and Unlike anything I've ever experienced before. I'm sure that I would've gotten more from the experience if I'd read Shade, the Changing Man at some point, even though this is more continuation than retelling. But the confusion and mystery of dropping into Loma Shade's world on the planet Meta and as she takes over the body/life of a bully named Megan, navigating a world where she doesn't understand everything that happened to her, but only that she's hated and feared by her so-called friends and teammates, and trying to change things for the better. The artwork and the ways in which the comic defies the typical comic panel structure in various ways always kept me on my toes. I look forward to re-reading and reading more of this series. Also loved a few of the comics shares at the end of this volume, too.
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  • Rick
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I have to admit that I was (am) a huge fan of Peter Milligan's Shade the Changing Man, the mad mod poet god. It is probably unfair for me to make comparisons, but because of the nature of the story it also seems impossible not to do so. This new incarnation of Shade was good, just not at all up to the caliber of Milligan's version of the character. But then I have to ask myself, could anything be up to that caliber? Probably not. Still I did enjoy this. Interesting characters and developme Well, I have to admit that I was (am) a huge fan of Peter Milligan's Shade the Changing Man, the mad mod poet god. It is probably unfair for me to make comparisons, but because of the nature of the story it also seems impossible not to do so. This new incarnation of Shade was good, just not at all up to the caliber of Milligan's version of the character. But then I have to ask myself, could anything be up to that caliber? Probably not. Still I did enjoy this. Interesting characters and development took was quirky and unexpected twists. Although it did make me realize how long it has been since I read Milligan's run with the character. It might be time to revisit Shade the Changing Man now.
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