“Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 1 by Cecil Castellucci and Illustrated by Marley Zarcone
- Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
- Graphic novel, aliens, science-fiction, DC comics, next generation
- WARNING: It’s kind of a trippy read and you might want to check out Wikipedia if you’re not familiar with Rac Shade, the Changing Man. Not necessary, but helpful.
“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.”
Shade, the Changing Girl is a recent series in DC Comics’ Young Animal subgroup along with several other titles (Mother Panic, Doom PatrolCave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, and Bug: the Adventures of Forager). The Young Animal series basically takes an experimental approach to some of the less primary DC Comic book characters and settings. Shade, the Changing Girl takes place in the universe of Shade, the Changing Man which was originally created by Steve Ditko in the 70s and adapted later by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo.
All that said, I’ve never had any kind of recreational drugs but this was definitely a trip…
Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 1 was definitely not what I was expecting. Actually, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve never read any of the Shade, the Changing Man comics so some of the concepts like “the madness” and even characters likes Rac Shade really went over my head until I did some basic research.
It wasn’t that the creators of Shade, the Changing Girl didn’t explain things, however, instead of just remaking the series, it takes place at some point, supposedly during the Changing Man universe which along with the original new characters, brings old characters and some old subplots that seemed like a hefty task to juggle.
However, after a shaky start, Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 1 really began to pick up. Though I felt like some of the Earth characters were really extreme in some of their actions, I appreciated some of the philosophical moments throughout.
Overall, Shade, the Changing Girl Vol. 1 is an interesting addition to the DC Comic universe and introduces a set of characters and settings to a new generation. Though it started off slow, I look forward to see where the next set of issues takes this new installment.
I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.