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Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy

(Shade, the Changing Girl #1-6)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  260 reviews
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 re
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by DC Comics
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Kurt Lorenz I'd say it's somewhere between young adult and mature. There are sexual themes and curse words, but it's about an alien in a teenage girl's body. It's…moreI'd say it's somewhere between young adult and mature. There are sexual themes and curse words, but it's about an alien in a teenage girl's body. It's appropriate for high schoolers.(less)

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Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sam Quixote
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Dan Schwent
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2017-comics
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
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
** 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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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 ...more
Brittany Lee | Healing Happy
The best describing word I would have for this YA Graphic Novel would be Bizzaro!

The pages are exploding with psychedelic colors! Mind-blowing art drips off the pages! The lettering, coloring, and art were my favorites. They were flipping amazing! I'm shocked that every page is oozing with trippy madness. It's beautiful chaos.

Different but interesting.

The galactic/astral parts reminded me of the "Preacher" comics in a way, mixed with a bit of "Futurama" and "Freaky Friday", sprinkled with 'Lisa
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
Aug 01, 2017 marked it as tbr-manga-graphic-novels
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. :'((((((((((( ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
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.


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
Jack Stark
Woah. Trippy, man! The art is psychedelic glory. Unfortunately the story felt contrived and lacks substance. A little too gimmick reliant.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
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
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. ...more
Cat (cat-thecatlady)
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 tho

full review here:
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc-vertigo
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 ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hella weird. Loved every panel of it
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 review

At 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
Alex Sarll
It wasn't the first book from Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint, but because all comics by extra-comics celebrities are legally obliged to run late, it's the first to conclude an arc. Pretty much a straight sequel to Peter Milligan's Shade, The Changing Man - but that was a book which seldom went anywhere near straight, and its heir follows the same crooked path. So a young Metan fan of Shade nicks the madness coat and follows her hero's route to Earth, where she takes over the body of a comatos ...more
Todd S
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Breezed right through this book and loved it. Writing and art are both peachy-keen, and I hope the next arc is as enjoyable.
Stephen Newell
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
"One thing I'm learning is that you can't outrun crazy." ~ Loma Shade

I really don't have much to say about this, so I feel as if this quote from our protagonist Loma embodies what this book is all about. It just feels like what I can imagine an acid trip to feel like: Crazy colors, a thoroughly confusing yet largely vague story, and the high probability that you won't remember any of it next week. That being said, I applaud Castellucci for creating something that does feel original, and even tho

Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Out of this world!

I will always love this first volume of Shade the Changing Girl. I remember when the first issue came out and I fell in love immediately, even with just the cover alone! From the Young Animal series, this is an ode to the old Shade the Changing Man.
An alien bird is obsessed with a human poet who use to be a superhero. When she steals his magic coat and crash lands on earth, she enters the body of one of the meanest girls around. The bodies last occupant wants revenge on the “f
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Cecil Castellucci has created a book that is equal character study and one hell of an acid trip. Shade, The Changing Girl wasn't the book I had expected, and to be honest, I had no idea what this book was going to deliver. Contradiction? Maybe. When a DC label makes a series, I just assume it's going to be a superhero. This volume is different in all the right ways.

Why the 5?

It's just an insane series. I loved every beat of this volume. I remember reading issue 1 in 2017, but decided to wait
Aug 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I rate this 4.5/5 stars! Full review will be up on July 4th, stay tuned!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wasn't sure I'd like this but I did! Alien bird wants to experience madness so she inhabits a 16 year old girl. Two problems: the girl is a bitch No one likes and now she's trapped in the body! so. very. living. my. life. ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A multi-layered, incredible premise. The artwork is gorgeous.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: You, Everyone
Shelves: comics, favorites
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 ...more
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Cecil Castellucci is an author of young adult novels and comic books. Titles include Boy Proof, The Year of the Beasts (illustrated by Nate Powell), First Day on Earth, Rose Sees Red, Beige, The Queen of Cool The Plain Janes and Janes in Love (illustrated by Jim Rugg), Tin Star Stone in the Sky, Odd Duck (illustrated by Sara Varon) and Star Wars: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure.

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