Publisher: DC Comics
Written by: Cecil Castellucci
Art by: Marley Zarcone, Andy Parks, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters by: Savida Temofonte
In fall of 2016 DC Comics teamed-up with Geared Way to launch their new Young Animal line of comics. The imprint brought back the Doom Patrol and gave us modern updates of Cave Carson and Shade as well a new original character with Mother Panic. Today we take will take a look at the latest issue of Shade: The Changing Girl.
To give a brief rundown of the plot of the book a young alien girl named Loma steals Roc-Shade’s Madness Vest from the museum her boyfriend works at and uses it to transfer her mind across the universe until she reaches Earth and inhabits the comatose body of a young girl name Megan. And the series is basically about her learning to adapt on life on Earth and try to understand and make a new life for herself on earth all the while trying to understand why those around her despise Megan. The sixth issue begins with the remnant of Megan’s consciousness attacking Shade and trying to take back her body, this leads to an intense to Shade having a break down and the school sending her home. Meanwhile back on her home planet Loma’s old boyfriend is being tortured by those who would wish to attain the cloak for their own nefarious purposes. Back on Earth Shade is gathering back her strength to fight against the ghost of Megan, with the help of her friends River and Teacup she finds her strength and is able to fight and defeat Megan by shattering what is left of her consciousness into pieces, despite this seemingly happy ending however a single remnant of Megan’s conscious makes its way into Shade’s body.
In terms of story Shade continues to make for a genuinely interesting and satisfying read as Cecil Castelluci gives a cast of characters both main and supporting that are both very relatable and unique. In terms of this issue itself Shade and Megan both great moments as we see the full extent of the old Megan’s cruelty in comparison to the more innocent and child-like personality Shade has developed while in her human body. We also get a good feel for the rest of the supporting cast of both aliens and humans in their moments on panel.
In terms of art Marley Zarcone’s style fits the book perfectly and mixed with Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors you not only get unique yet well-structured layouts, but you get a lively, vibrant and psychedelic book that is a smorgasbord of color and form for the eyes. Nearly every page and panel pops with a unique vibe all its own, the diverse use of color feeling down right Jim Steranko/pop art-esque at times!
Overall Shade: The Changing Girl is an absolute delight! It is hands down one of the best books in the new Young Animal line and has such great visual appeal and well-crafted story that I have no doubt it will go down as a modern classic!
Story: 9 out of 10
Art: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.5 out of 10