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 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.
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.
If you're like me, you read the preview for SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #1 in the back of DOOM PATROL #1, tilted your head, and closed the comic eager to learn what would happen next. That's how a preview should work. The story about Loma, an intrepid adventurer and alien running away from her problems, is the second title to be released in DC's Young Animal imprint.
The Interceptor is broken and needs repairs! Now, the crew must visit a junk depot on a nearby asteroid to look for parts. But, the asteroid’s inhabitants aren’t too happy about their latest visitors. Can the crew ever find the part they need to repair their ship? Or is The Interceptor permanently out of commission?