Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Teenagers and math/science professors seem to be the highest risk groups for being body-snatched by aliens/demons/clones. Stay safe, kids! ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2017/0... ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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