Over its first two storylines, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL has become my favorite corner of the DC’s Young Animal imprint. Of all the titles, I think it strikes the most effortless balance between a strong visual narrative and a plot full of solid character development.
Trust me on this one: high school is tough for teenage girls. As a former teenage girl myself, I can tell you that one from experience. Even when things are going well—sometimes especially when things are going well—it’s a challenge.
Not only is our girl Loma Shade a connoisseur of Earth, she’s a fan of the TV show “Life with Honey” and the band the Sonic Booms, but even back on Meta she was going to see live music. Her boyfriend (is he?) Lepuck is in a band, and Loma never felt freer than when she was going to see a band play. Music is the ultimate escape.
After all, music is the intergalactic language. Not only can we make music, but moons and planets sing. Suns sing. The universe sings. Sounds and tones that gut punch feelings.
THE FLASH VOL. 2: SPEED OF DARKNESS deals a lot with the aftermath of what writer Joshua Williamson laid down in volume one. Godspeed (a.k.a. August), has had a big effect on Barry Allen, Iris West and Wally West. Not only did the three of them all lose people they had a connection with in their civilian identities, but in their professional capacities they are all equally as affected—albeit pretty differently.
The young avian at the heart of SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL stole the Madness Vest and left her home planet because she wanted to see Earth…and what’s a trip to Earth without a visit to Gotham City? SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #8, in stores today, kicks off an all new storyline that finds Shade leaving the community of Valley Ville behind to try her luck in Gotham. In the process, she’ll unleash all new layers of madness on a city that already has seen more than its fair share.
The titular family of Bedrock is back, trying to figure out what civilization is in a way that mirrors our own great leap toward the unknown of our age.
Our main character is Fred Flintstone, a guy just trying to make it in the new world. He works at the quarry for a swinging and slimy Mr. Slate. Class struggles are woven throughout the book and it works so well at mirroring our own American society while giving us the lens and distance to laugh at it.
We're knee-deep into DC's Young Animal imprint. Most of the titles are at least two issues in, and we're learning more and more about these comics for dangerous humans with every release. In this case, dangerous means offbeat and not like everyone else. These aren't stories about everyday folks. One of the best parts about the Young Animal line is how it puts bright lights on more eccentric characters who haven't had the chance to shine in the pages of DC Comics in a while or maybe ever.
DC Comics fans will recognize the name of tonight’s episode of The Flash—“Shade.” When I think of Shade, I always think of James Robinson and Tony Harris’ amazing STARMAN series—read it! —but, Shade is actually a long-time Flash villain.
Unlike many characters in the DC Comics pantheon, there has only ever been one Shade—Richard Swift. For the purpose of this article, we are going to examine his power sets and origin. What makes Shade, Shade?
High school’s a pretty crazy time for most of us, but Amelia Bloomer High’s newest student is taking the insanity of youth to trippy new levels. SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL debuted last month with a first issue soaked through with colorful, surreal visuals and peppered with extraterrestrial poetry, care of classic DC and Vertigo character Rac Shade. But Shade, the Changing Girl isn’t Rac’s story.