Shade, the Changing Girl #3

Writer: Cecil Castellucci Artist: Marley Zarcone Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: December 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 10
8.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Trying to settle into her new life as an Earth girl, Shade finds the body she has taken over doesn't have the same skills as it did when its previous inhabitant was in charge. It's bad enough that her swim team hates her, but now she can't perform in the water at all. Can Shade find anyone she can trust to give her guidance before the madness takes over and exposes her as an alien to the entire school?
This issue features a variant cover by Paul Rentler that combines with this month's other variant covers from DC'S Young Animal to form a single image.

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 7, 2016

    In conclusion this issue for me is another strong addition, to a really good book, which has a premise that is intriguing and I am continuously wondering, where the book will progress. It’s great to see that DC’s young animal line is still going strong. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Dec 7, 2016

    I always highly recommend anything from the Young Animal Imprint and this is no exception. Shade is a wonderful acid trip into Madness and a strange creature coping with a new reality. I dont even know what youre doing reading this, go read Shade the Changing Girl #3 NOW! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Ashley Leckwold Dec 14, 2016

    Shade, the Changing Girl #3 continues the brilliant work of the series as Shade travels deeper into Megans psyche and memories to try and understand both Megan and herself. It leaves a certain vulnerability that wouldnt have been possible in any other setting besides high school and Castellucci and Zarcone tell a story that makes it worth revisiting. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Weird Science - Chris Dec 7, 2016

    Another enjoyable issue of Shade the Changing Girl.  The art maintains is psychedelic excellence, and the story remains as engaging as ever.  If you haven't tried this title yet, I'd encourage you to grab the first three.  There really are no words to properly convey how captivating this book has become.  It's a rare thing when after just three issues, I already view a book as a "keeper". Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Dec 13, 2016

    I felt that the second issue was possibly heading into a more conventional story direction, centering on high school angst. Shade, the Changing Girl #3 is a course correction. We get more of the internal struggle of Loma and more of the problems on Meta. These are two elements that make this an unconventional story. So I think they should be central components. Im glad to see Shade, the Changing Girl #3 feels more in line with #1. While the series could use a more established central plot, most of the other parts are working well. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Dec 12, 2016

    With this third issue, "Shade the Changing Girl" finds firm footing, from which it may rise out of the shadow of the flagship "Doom Patrol" to become the preeminent Young Animal title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Dec 10, 2016

    I havent really mentioned this in previous reviews, but each issue has been ending with a short story featuring relatively obscure old DC characters. This one has a particularly clever Dial H for Hero story appended at the back. I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed the lead story, the Dial H made far more of an impression on me, the limiting choice of letters making the story all the more powerful. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 12, 2016

    I really enjoy how the Young Animal imprint picks up where classic Vertigo stories left off, full of strangeness, metaphor and lyrical dialogue. There are a few points in this issue where the story plays it a little bit too vague, but on the whole it's a coherent, interesting story with a lot of promise. Shade The Changing Girl #3 makes for a quick first read, but has hidden gems to find upon second and third readings, with strong art and a firm grasp of the fact that the real horror is the life of the average teenager. Read Full Review

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