Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Marley Zarcone Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: October 5, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 15
8.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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There's no such thing as a little bit of madness.
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 it. 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 whom 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, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), 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.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Oct 5, 2016

    Shade, the Changing Girl is a comic you should be reading. Its interesting in a really weird, out there way, the mystery makes me wonder who the Changing Girl can trust, and the Madness is definitely going to have consequences somewhere down the line. What are you even doing reading my article? Go read Shade, the Changing Girl already! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Oct 5, 2016

    I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this title. There were many little things that helped build the story. The ending caught me off guard, but thats a great thing. It made me want to read more of this story. DCs Young Animal imprint has once again given us a quality book. Shade the Changing Girl is a title I recommend to everyone with the exception of younger children. There are some more mature themes featured in this book that are not appropriate for pre-teens or younger. That being said, I cant imagine anyone picking up this book up and disliking it. Castelluci and Zarcon put together an interesting book that stands out amongst other titles on the shelf. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - Manny Gomez Oct 12, 2016

    After two series, Young Animal is well on its way to becoming the line to keep your eye on. With so much convoluted New 52, Convergence, Rebirth bombardment, its great to see DC truly do reinvention and rebooting the right way. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Oct 5, 2016

    The comic earns its very subtle "mature readers" warning (it lacks the more obvious all-caps "NOT FOR KIDS!" gracing the cover to this week's Jessica Jones #1), with some illustrated alien coitus and some definite teenage drug use, so to be quite honest, it's right up the alley of the average high schooler. So far, this is the second (of two) Young Animal releases to really floor me. They both have the perfect amount of old-school Vertigo aesthetic mixed with a plethora of modern twists, then realized by some extremely talented people. And, no lie, Shade: The Changing Girl #1 read like it was specifically made for me. This is great comics right here, and you need to be reading it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Oct 7, 2016

    At its best, the Milligan series used Shade, The Changing Man to explore notions of identity. Castelucci seems inclined in the same direction with this series. Its a great start, and I am eager to see where the creative team goes with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Oct 13, 2016

    Young Animals central conceit seems to be moving forward while looking back specifically at the old, weird corners of the DC Universe (the ones Grant Morrison has always liked). Their efforts seem to be succeeding, at least so far. In Shade, the Changing Girl #1, there is great deal of originality and energy. Castellucci and Zarcone manage the tricky task of telling a relatable story that is also very inventive. There are many new series that start slowly and gradually get a little better with each issue. This is not one of them.Shade, the Changing Girl #1 comes out full force with an impressive first issue. Hopefully, Castellucci and Zarcone can sustain the relatable parts of the Earth story while exploring the unusual elements of Shade and Meta. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Lisa Allison Oct 5, 2016

    My Fears? It will be interesting to see where the story leads us as one mind takes control of another. I just hope that Castellucci does not lead us in the direction of the CW. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Oct 5, 2016

    Featuring great art by Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick, Shade the Changing Girl is a very stylish comic book. While it seems that the book doesn't try to adapt to appeal to new readers who might not be familiar with the Shade mythos, this first issue is a worthwile read just because of the creative's team attention to detail in art and story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Oct 7, 2016

    Once you adjust to the kinesis of Shade the Changing Girl #1, its oddity leaves a rainbow of curiosity for the issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 10, 2016

    Though its approach to its story is much more direct than expected Shade the Changing Girl #1 keeps Young Animal's 1990s Vertigo approach to comic book going with another strong debut. More than that Cecil Castellucci delivers a very real and respectful female focused debut that cuts to the heart of issues that readers could be dealing with. Couple that humanist approach with Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick dynamic visuals and vibrant colors and you have another high point for the fledgling imprint. Being a teenager is rough no matter what world you live on and as Shade the Changing Girl #1 shows, sometimes you have to embrace the madness in order to find who you really are. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Oct 5, 2016

    Overall, I was very much more impressed withShade the Changing Girl.It's given me a bit more faith in the Young Animal line, and is definitely a title I'll be checking out in the future. While it'll take a while to get into this issue, once it clicks with you, it'll click hard and leave you excited for the story ahead. This one's for the outsiders, and man is it good to have a comic like this again. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 5, 2016

    “Shade, The Changing Girl” #1makes the Young Animal imprint 2 for 2 so far. This is a beautiful book from beginning to end and the story delivers an interesting mystery while keeping the alien nature of the Madness Vest at the forefront. I'm eager to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 6, 2016

    This issue offers a very surreal revamp of the already surreal Shade: The Changing Man. It takes a while for the story to truly click and reveal its hand, but by the end writer Cecil Castellucci crafts a compelling portrait of an free-spirited alien inhabiting the body of a high school girl. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Oct 10, 2016

    A strong start to the series that is both reverent to its past and blazing towards an unknown future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Chris Oct 5, 2016

    I'm hopeful for this book. The art is almost a sensory treat... the mix of psychedelic imagery and its wonderful colorpalette make it easy to get lost in the world of Madness. There may be critics that pull out the old "weird for weirdness sake" card... and, I can't really contest that. This was weird, and without its full context... this is a difficult one to fairly judge. For what it was, I enjoyed it... if you're a weirdo like me, I think you'll dig it too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 5, 2016

    This issue definitely didn't grab me as much as Doom Patrol did, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I had never read anything with the character Shade, but I was also given the impression that it wasn't worth my time either. With this new version, I'm curious. I want to read more. Also, this is still exactly what I want to see from this line. Sure this one didn't knock my socks off, but it's the best thing I've read this week. I hope that the rest of the line continues to be strong and that DC and the creators promote their work so that these stories can thrive in single issue sales and the stories can continue to develop and mature. This title already has a special feel to it, but I worry that DC will get nervous and pull the plug too soon and it'll never fully realize it's potential. Here's to the continued madness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Oct 8, 2016

    With a book like Shade, the Changing Girl, you really have no idea what to expect. I don't recall much of the previous series but I recall really strong positive memories toward it and the surreal nature of it all. The team here has captured it in their own form and are making it their own while also keeping what happened in the past a part of things instead of a wholesale reinvention, which I can definitely appreciate. Castelluci's script is solid here as we get the slow teases and reveals and I really like what Zarcone brings to the page in trying to capture this flavor of madness. It's hard to tell where a book like this will go but it's exactly the kind of book that will keep you intrigued if you like the unexpected and the weird. This team looks to deliver handily with this and I can see it being a strong overall work once we get a handle on what it wants to do. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 5, 2016

    It took me quite a while to get into the first issue, but when I got to the end I really enjoyed it. I'm still not 100% sold, but the issue has an interesting thing going on and where it goes from here, I honestly have no idea. With so many options, I'm intrigued more than anything and want to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 5, 2016

    A good start for the series that definitely shows promise. The big questions this series raises are applicable for the main character as well as us humans. The mature reader tag might keep some teens from this title, but it feels like a book with a lot of appeal to teens. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Critical Blast - Critical Blast Staff Oct 13, 2016

    While I really enjoyed Doom Patrol, Young Animal's second book just didn't win me over. This isn't the worst comic I have ever read, but it felt very middle of the road. In a crowded marketplace, there wasn't enough here to keep me engaged as a customer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    jess212 Oct 5, 2016

    I found this book utterly captivating We are introduced to two leading ladies in Loma shade and Megan Boyer in this spiritual successor to shade the changing man. The colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick are amazing and perfectly blend with artist Marley Zarcone's illustrations that are frankly fantastic. Lastly Cecil Castellucci nails the feel of shade we get a glimpse of the narrative to come and the madness that comes new with it I am very much looking forward to what comes next.

  • 9.5
    TheMatteo0 Oct 5, 2016

    This comic had a lot going for it. Stunning psychedelic artwork, both visionary and very peculiar gave a certain richness to a the dialogue of the piece. Yet, this book has a legitimate story, told in a fascinating way - exploring themes of duality, human fragility and alienation with an interesting narrative plot. All this without being too incoherent and difficult to follow. Add that up to the cliffhanger, and there is plenty of intrigue and momentum for this series going forward. The challenge now will be to keep it as fresh and rich as this first issue for the rest of the arc; to see it devolve into just a typical teen story would be a real shame. Overall though, with the creative team's efforts this issue - things are looking very promising for this, and the Young Animal imprint as a whole.

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