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Review: Shade the Changing Girl #10

Shade10CoverOpening with a historical prologue where Shade witnesses Robert Oppenheimer’s first atomic test, Shade the Changing Girl #10 continues this second story arc’s road trip feel as our protagonist looks for the house of Honey Rich from her favorite Cold War era Earth sitcom Life with HoneyCecil Castellucci’s plot continues to flit from location to location while Marley Zarcone gets to apply her bendy, trippy approach to art to a Metan vs. Metan action scene with help from inker Ande Parks. Everything is topped off with a nuclear-meets-semitones color palette from Kelly Fitzpatrick.

Shade  the Changing Girl uses the vessel of an alien girl trekking across America to explore what it means to be human on both a sad and whimsical level. There’s a wonderful double page spread from Zarcone of a Life with Honey themed board game that instantly brought back memories of playing a Leave It to Beaver board game on a family vacation at a cozy cabin in the California wilderness. It’s a moment of real happiness and nostalgia divorced from real world context. Kid Logan didn’t really know about McCarthyism, the Hays Code, or Cold War, but just old black and white sitcoms shown on TV Land (Which shows Scrubs now.) and stories from my grandparents.

In the character of Shade, Castellucci successfully imitates this limited perspective on the world that we have as kids as she is utterly heartbroken when she shows up to “Honey Rich’s house” and is promptly shown the door by an angry relative. It’s like when I discovered the music of Elvis through the movie Lilo and Stitch, wanted to go to Graceland and meet him, and then was told that he’d been dead for decades. Her Shadeinteriorcoping mechanism is very adult though as she ends up at a local bar drinking with a couple sad old men that she has chirping like birds thanks to the power of the madness vest. This kind of whiplash from very childlike behavior to adult ennui kind of nails what it means to be a young person in 2017 as I go from dusting off the old Nintendo 64 to navigating the world of health insurance in the same hour.

But Shade isn’t just about Shade. There are oodles of storylines featuring her old high school friends River and Teacup, her Metan pursuers, her old boyfriend LePuck, a government agency, and even Honey Rich herself. It’s like each page is telling a different story all skillfully connected by Rac Shade’s epigrammatic poetry and Shade’s wise-beyond-her-years narration. River is a great supporting character and still cares for Shade even though she left down in a dramatic fashion and has everyone worried. His piecing together clues through news reports and using the Internet to track and follow her is an excellent real world version of Shade’s own ability to use the M-Vest to travel through space and time in the blink of an eye.

Shade the Changing Girl #10 has a four page action scene because another issue of nameless Metan pursuers fiddling around and trying to find her would be boring. However, Castellucci, Zarcone, and Fitzpatrick make the fight quite clever like a bar fight meets a ballet with bonus vaporizing guns that go pink and blue. Shade looks human, but she moves with a madness using a shot glass as a deadly weapon instead of her fists. It all climaxes in an atomic pink panel where Shade goes from girl to weapon and walks away guilty among the grey bodies. She critiqued atomic weapons and nukes in the beginning of the comic, but now has become one and even caused collateral damage. There are lines on her face, and the madness vest looks less trippy cool and more ragged like she has aged decades in a single page.

The backup story in Shade the Changing Girl #10 is a darkly hilarious story of fallout shelter and songs that mask the fear behind nuclear war courtesy of Honey Rich and her best friend Carmen. Leila Del Duca nails the fashions of the 1950s and draws faces that seem ignorant, but are actually wise perfect for the tone of this satire disguised as a period piece sitcom.

Shade the Changing Girl #10 is another beautiful installment of Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone, Ande Parks, and Kelly Fitzpatrick’s comic as Shade wrestles with nostalgia, reality, and death through bar fights, sitcoms, and national parks.

Story: Cecil Castellucci Art: Marley Zarcone
Inks: Ande Parks Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Backup Art: Leila Del Duca
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics/Young Animal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shade the Changing Girl #9

Shade the Changing Girl #9

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Marley Zarcone, Brittney Williams, Ande Parks (CA) Becky Cloonan
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Part two of Shade’s visit to Gotham City, the first stop on her tour of America. What will happen when she uses madness to get reality to line up with her American dreams? And now that her enemies on Meta have tracked Shade and the madness coat to Earth, she no longer has to worry about how she’s going to get back to her home planet-because Shade’s home planet is coming to her! All this and a new “Life With Honey” tale illustrated by guest artist Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance).

Preview: Shade, The Changing Girl #8

Shade, The Changing Girl #8

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Marley Zarcone, Audrey Mok (CA) Becky Cloonan
MATURE READERS
In Shops: May 10, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Shade hits the road! After her high school friends made it clear they didn’t want her around, Shade realized she doesn’t want to be there anyway. Map in hand, she decides to explore America. First stop: Gotham City. The city’s population may have seen its fair share of madness, but never like this. The only thing Shade didn’t factor in is that embracing her powers ends up signaling her home planet as to her whereabouts, and Meta police are going to come looking for her stolen coat.

Review: Shade the Changing Girl #8

Thousands of comic books have taken place in Gotham City, not to mention the plethora of films, cartoons, live action TV shows, and video games set in its dark, sometimes Gothic/sometimes a stand-in for New York, Chicago, or Pittsburgh streets. So, it’s really refreshing to see the most used city in the DC Universe through the new eyes of an Avian in the body of a teenage girl in Shade: The Changing Girl #8 by writer Cecil Castellucci, artist Marley Zarcone, and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick with some inking done by Ande Parks. Shade has left the drama of high school behind to experience the world that she has read about through the poetry of Rac Shade or the 1950s sitcom Life with Honey.

It’s invigorating to see Shade literally transform the environment with her M-vest with Fitzpatrick turning the usually drab blacks and greys of Gotham into a real kaleidoscope of a color palette. Zarcone’s pencils and inks bend and flip with each whim that Shade has going from being cramped on public transportation to seeing a couple plays and even going to a museum and “talking” with dinosaurs, who honestly she has more kinship with humans because both Avians and dinosaurs had feathers.

Castellucci doesn’t give Shade #8 a straight ahead plot, but meanders with our narrator building up a kind of tone poem about how city dwellers take the wonder of theirs for granted. I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and was kind of amazed by the beauty of the Roman style gardens by the Art Institute, the fact that the play Hamilton is showing there, and the overload of good pizza places, which is something that someone who works downtown sees every day. Castellucci and Zarcone (Through Shade) find the every day beauty of the city and intensify it using the M-Vest and poetic narration.

One thing I liked about Shade #8 isn’t that aside from a joking reference to Batman (It’s the Gotham equivalent of small talk about the weather or local sports team.) that Castellucci and Zarcone avoid using guest stars, which would only stifle Shade’s pure experience of a day in the life of Gotham City. Sure, there are sub plots featuring her boyfriend LePuck being forced to wear an experimental version of the M-Vest, and people from her last city looking for Megan. (The girl whose body she is in.) However, these are seeded in for long term payoff, and in the here and now, we can revel as Shade easily understands the significance of a Statue of Liberty stand-in to welcome “aliens” of all kinds to Gotham, or how humans reveal more about their emotions through art (Like a Shakespeare or Henrik Ibsen play.) than every day conversation. And next issue is teased as being a musical one (And connected to the Life with Honey backup drawn gorgeously by Josie and the Pussycats‘ Audrey Mok.), which provides even more opportunities for Castellucci, Zarcone, and Fitzpatrick to play with emotions and colors in a magical way.

One thing that I have enjoyed about the Young Animal imprint as a whole in the sheer amount of imagination it adds to the DC Universe, and Shade the Changing Girl #8 is no exception. Using poetry, snatches of conversation, a whirlwind travelogue, and bursts of pop art colors, Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone, and Kelly Fitzpatrick craft a comic that will even make the most jaded Batman fan smile and maybe scratch their head a little bit. The book is a lot like those music videos that Prince, Seal, and others did for the Burton/Schumacher era Batman movies, but with like 100 times less darkness and man pain.

Story: Cecil Castellucci Art: Marley Zarcone Inks: Ande Parks Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Backup Art: Audrey Mok Backup Colors:  Kelly Fitzpatrick
Story: 8 Art: 10 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics/Young Animal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

C2E2 2017: Dan Parent Talks Sharknado, Kevin Keller, and Your Pal Archie

After graduating from the Joe Kubert School, writer/artist Dan Parent got his first Archie Comics creator credits in 1988 and has been one of the company’s shining stars ever since. He has continued the tradition of the Archie “house” style” into the 21st century and worked a variety of classic storylines, including 1994’s “Love Showdown” that posited an end to the Betty/Veronica/Archie love triangle. and co-writing and drawing the crazy 2015 Archie vs. Sharknado crossover.

Possibly, best of all, Dan Parent created the first gay Archie character, Kevin Keller, who may or may not be my boyfriend. Kevin first appeared in 2010’s Veronica before getting his own solo title in 2012. He has played an important role in other Archie related material, like Afterlife with Archie and the Riverdale TV show. The adult Kevin Keller currently stars in the digital-exclusive Life with Kevin miniseries that Parent writes and pencils and will be wrapped up soon.

At C2E2, I had the opportunity to chat with Dan about the timelessness of the Archie characters in pop culture, the creation of Kevin Keller and his relationships as well as his upcoming comic Your Pal Archie that is coming out later in 2017 and will be written by Ty Templeton.

Graphic Policy: I’m proud to be a third-generation Archie fan. I was wondering why you think the Archie characters have endured in pop culture when its imitators, like Millie the Model, have gone into obscurity.

Dan Parent: Well, Archie was first so it was engrained in people’s heads early on. Archie is a part of Americana at this point, like Superman and Batman. He’s been around 75 years and is part of the culture. And the characters stand on their own. They’re unique characters.

GP: I like your Life with Kevin series. Why did you decide to have Kevin move to New York, and have it be the setting of the series?

DP: We wanted to do something different with Kevin, and since they were doing the other reboots with the other characters, we decided to do a soft reboot. We didn’t reinvent the style. We just tweaked it a little bit. You can do so much with Kevin as a character when he’s 20-22 years old because he’s in the real world, he’s dating, and jaunting up his career path. There’s so much more you can do storywise.

We took him out of the Riverdale background and also pushed the Veronica/Kevin friendship because they were a great pair in the original series.

GP: This actually leads into my next question. Why did you continue to make Kevin and Veronica BFFs in Life with Kevin?

DP: Who knows why it works, it just does. When Kevin first came to Riverdale, Veronica had a crush on him, and she wasn’t smart enough to realize he was gay when everyone else knew. And they have this unique friendship, which started out with her crushing on him, and then evolved into a really strong friendship.

They have this yin and yang kind of thing going back and forth that works.

GP: They definitely have chemistry. You’ve been working at Archie for 30 years, do you have any classic Archie artists you might want to recommend to fans who have only watched Riverdale or read the more recent Mark Waid Archie run.

DP: Absolutely. Dan DeCarlo to start with. I worked with Dan in his last decade and learned a lot from him myself. He’s the master of Archie as far as setting the modern style.

You can go back to other great artists, like Bob Montana, who was [Archie’s] creator and set the style. Dan DeCarlo kind of tweaked it and made it the house style. Harry Lucey was another inspirational artist and did a lot of great slapstick. Samm Schwartz was *the* Jughead artist for decades. His style is different than the other Archie artists. You can always tell his art right away. He’s good at Jughead because Jughead is different, and it suited his style.

Bob Montana, Dan DeCarlo, and Harry Lucey are the main go-to’s in my head. Especially Dan DeCarlo. As a kid, I was very inspired by him

GP: What was it like working with DeCarlo in his last decade?

DP: It was great. I probably learned more from him than from art school. Even though I learned a lot in art school. I’m not dissing my art school. Just the hand-on experience. He would lay out stories, and I would finish his stories for a while. So, I got to see how he would draw. And he was just a really sweet guy. I was very lucky to work with a master like him.

GP: What do you personally love about the Archie “house style”?

DP: I like it because I love simple art. It’s deceiving because it’s more difficult to pull off a simple style than a rendered style. People don’t see that. Growing up, I always loved the art that was simple. I grew up loving Harvey and Archie comics because there was a simple line to them.

Even with superhero stuff, I loved Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke’s art. I’m even wearing a Darwyn Cooke shirt right now. These guys had a clean, slick style that looked a little cartoon-y.

GP: You have great taste. So, there have been a lot of crazy Archie crossovers. I know you did Archie vs. Sharknado so what about Archie lends itself to being thrown into the world of Predator or the Punisher in these crossovers?

DP: Archie is such a part of pop culture any way. You’ll read old Archie stories and see him with whatever the latest fad or rock star is. I worked on Archie Meets KISS [in 2011], which gets the most fan response still. Something just works. Archie vs. Sharknado is the weirdest one.

But the personalities in Archie adapt to any situation. Jughead is always Jughead, Betty and Veronica are always the same, but they can adapt to these crazy situations. Even the Predator. They’re still the Archie gang, but they’re getting ripped apart.

GP: That’s probably my favorite one of the crossovers. You have Your Pal Archie coming up in July with writer Ty Templeton. Why should fans the of the all-new Archie and Riverdale check that out?

DP: Your Pal Archie is great because it fills the need for people who want classic Archie because the stories are very fun, simple, and old style. The style is still my style (Which is classic), but I just tweaked it a little bit. I was inspired by the fashions on the [Riverdale] show. I changed Archie’s hair and added a little detail to their faces. The changes are minimal when you look at the book, but it’s sort of a makeover.

I did Betty and Veronica Spectacular 10-15 years ago and changed the style of the book a little bit. It’s just keeping it fresh, but not straying too far from the classics.

GP: What can we expect from the first story arc?

DP: The first issue is about Jughead learning how to drive and Archie trying to teach him. I was thinking, “Of all the stories that were ever drawn, you rarely see Jughead driving.” You don’t see him driving that much. So, Ty Templeton latched onto a good story about Jughead driving. The story’s really funny. It’s like an old style slapstick story.

GP: What was has collaborating with Ty been like? I know you’re a big fan of Batman: The Animated Series, and he worked on the Batman Adventures comic back in 1990s.

DP: I’ve known him for a while and have always admired his art and writing. I was trying to come up with people to write [Your Pal Archie]. It’s good I didn’t write them because he brings a fresh outlook to the stories. Ty fills the bill because he’s flat out funny. He’s inking it too and has that nice line style that I like that adds to my artwork.

GP: This is kind of a weird fan fiction-y question. If every male character in the Archie universe was gay, bi, pan, or queer, who would Kevin Keller date?

DP: Maybe, he’d like Jughead. They have a similar taste in food. Kevin likes to eat, but not as much as Jughead. That was kind of their bonding experience in the first issue where Kevin appeared. So that might work.

GP: For my last question, I’m a big fan of the Shade the Changing Girl series from DC Comics and saw you got to draw the “Life with Honey” backup in issue 7. How did that happen?

DP: I know Jamie Rich, had done some DC covers in the fall, and reached out for work. And he had that in mind because I have a retro style like the Life with Honey show. It was fun, and I hope to do another one.


Dan Parent is currently writing and penciling Life with Kevin, writing and drawing numerous stories in the Archie Double Digests, and is the penciler on the upcoming Your Pal Archie series. He is also the co-writer and one of the artists on Chapterhouse Comics’ Die Kitty Die.

You can find him on Twitter or on his website.

Preview: Shade The Changing Girl #7

Shade The Changing Girl #7

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Marguerite Sauvage, Dan Parent (CA) Becky Cloonan
MATURE READERS
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

In this stand-alone issue, Shade begins to ponder what’s next for her on Earth. As the winter dance approaches, she reminisces about high school on Meta, and starts to wonder why she’s putting herself through that kind of hell again. Will she find the perfect dress, or will the dance be a perfect disaster? Plus, an all-new episode of “Life with Honey,” with art by Dan Parent (Kevin Keller).

Review: Shade the Changing Girl #7

Shade7CoverShade the Changing Girl #7 isn’t a “fill-in” story in the slightest. It’s a self-contained narrative about wanderlust,  the power of art and music, and the fleeting nature of  friendship with some interplanetary family drama thrown in for good measure. Writer Cecil Castellucci and exquisitely talented guest artist Marguerite Sauvage (Bombshells, Faith) join forces to show why Loma/Shade left her home world of Meta for Earth, a planet considered “primitive” by her adoptive Metan parents. (The bird-like Avians don’t raise their young, but give them for adoption by the human-like Metans.) The comic isn’t all flashback as they set up a new direction for Shade going into the second arc that is both connected to her obsession with the Metan poet Rac Shade, and the fact that the girl whose body she has taken over is a colossal bully.

The plot of Shade the Changing Girl is steeped in a science fiction milieu that’s a little on the strange side like most of the Young Animal books. But its ideas are universal. I know that some people are born, live, and die in the same place, but humanity is filled with wanderers. As an Avian, it is in Loma’s nature to flit from place to place, lover to lover, and eventually migrate to another planet or moon. Except she’s a little different with her love for Earth and desire to explore what Rac Shade called the “marble of blue” in a rapturous double page spread from Marguerite Sauvage showing Loma (in her Avian form) traveling the world. Outwardly, it seems like Shade is having a good time with her new friends, Teacup and River, swishing around in gorgeous dresses and talking about her past and the upcoming prom. But Castellucci’s blue caption boxes hint that Shade isn’t content with living the life of an Earth high schooler and that she wants to see the Pyramids and ride a dinosaur. (Shade’s Earth bucket list is kind of hilarious and lovable)

It’s always a treat to have full interior art from Marguerite Sauvage, and Shade the Changing Girl #7 is no exception. Her soft flowing lines, soothing color palette, and eye for fashion are perfect for a story that transitions between Earth and Meta, thought and reality and is paced like a bittersweet dream with the words of Rac Shade shocking Loma/Shade back to life. An underlying theme in Shade #7 are that Earth and Meta aren’t so different with similar romantic drama and interests like TV, book, and music, and Sauvage shows this by giving Shade similar dance moves in both her Avian and human body. Shade loses herself in music as faces and figures bleed together. I love that she’s a rebellious teenager on both Meta and Earth.

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However, in Shade #7’s climax, Sauvage’s art turns cluttered going from the frills and flounces of a teen movie to pure body horror with a scarlet palette. Shade is becoming secure in her new form as a human girl, but the baggage that Megan Boyer brought to the table is something she must bear. Like the college classes Loma is forced to take or her parents’ restrictions on her in Meta, she is still kept from full freedom as long as she stays in Valley Ville. She wants to live a life free of the misdeeds of someone she never even met, and Castellucci’s straightforward dialogue and Sauvage’s powerful pinks definitely convey this pivotal moment in Shade’s life.

The backup story from Cecil Castellucci, Archie Comics artist Dan Parent, and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick is an episode of Life with Honey, the 1950s I Love Lucy-esque sitcomthat Loma watched in Meta to learn about Earth because it’s apparently the most popular show in the universe. Parent’s charming pinup style is perfect for this tale of domesticity in the light of the Cold War, and he channels the physical comedy of Lucille Ball through the women of Life with Honey. Fitzpatrick’s color palette makes the comic look like a romance comic straight from the supermarket racks of that time period. The tale is nostalgic, subversive for its “era”, and even tells us a little bit about Shade.

Shade the Changing Girl #7 is a comic book reading experience that you want to bask in to the accompaniment of your favorite song when you were 17 and wanted to travel the world. ( “Wanderlust” by Metric and Lou Reed does the trick too.) Through beautiful art and poignant narration, Cecil Castellucci and Marguerite Sauvage capture the bitter tang of leaving friends behind to go on glorious adventures inspired by the art we love.

Story: Cecil Castellucci Art/Colors: Marguerite Sauvage
Backup Art: Dan Parent Backup Colors:  Kelly Fitzpatrick

Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics/Young Animal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shade, The Changing Girl #4

Shade, The Changing Girl #4

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Marley Zarcone, Ande Parks (CA) Becky Cloonan
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As Megan, the soul that Shade displaced, gets farther and farther away from Earth, Shade is starting to find things about her new planet and her new body that she really likes. For instance, there’s music. And also boys. Not to mention would-be friends and her new parents. This feeling of peace keeps the madness in check – but only temporarily. There is still the matter of that terrible night that put Megan in a coma to begin with.

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Review: Shade, the Changing Girl #3

stcg_cv3_dsWhen asked in interviews about the body horror of her series InSEXts, Marguerite Bennett would often describe the central conceit of the series in regards to how being a woman in this society is a body horror of its own. When asked by Paste Magazine about that common thread in her works, she said, “…If you are told that by virtue of your birth, you must offer your body and heart and compliance and emotional labor in the service of others and be grateful for the chance to be subservient to someone your society actually values and reflects in stories of heroism—you are going, very much, to be consumed by the ideas of monsters with power instead of human beings without it.”

I was thinking about that quote a lot when reading over this particular issue of Shade, the Changing Girl. While Cecil Castelucci and Marley Zarcone aren’t exploring body horror with Shade, they are taking more of a route of introspection, making it very clear that beneath all the Madness, alien visitation and the horrors of high school, Shade, the Changing Girl is a series about changing yourself and coming to grips with the person you used to be and the person you’re expected to be because of it.

While the reader still doesn’t know much about Loma Shade’s past, we and Shade are learning more and more about Megan’s. In short, Megan Boyer was kind of the worst. The palimpsest of Megan’s memories is becoming clearer and Shade struggles with the balance. “It’s hard enough to sit with your own thoughts. Even stranger to creep around in someone else’s leftover memories.”

Shade has been a dense work since it began a couple of months back, but this particular issue took me a couple of reads to fully appreciate. Now that Shade’s initial enthusiasm about being on Earth has faded off, she now has to begin to face the complications of actually being a teenage girl. Let alone a teenage girl who has been called a “toxic human” and a “sociopath” by her peers and distressed her parents to the point they were willing to pull the plug on her before Shade took over. Castellucci’s balance of telling finding oneself in the madness is gorgeous and made even better by Zarcone’s art and paneling. The two-page spread of Shade crawling around in Megan’s memories shaped like the plan of a house was particularly brilliant.

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As a result of trying to figure out the balance, Shade realizes that she’s going to have to start acting like Megan in order to survive the Madness and live on Earth. Probably not a moment too soon because not only is Meta getting closer to figuring out what is going on, but River starts to suspect that maybe there is something alien about her. Just in time for her to rise from the pool to strike her teammates, give into the Madness, get detention for it and for Megan’s spirit to feel the call of the Madness, of course.

Speaking of Meta, we get to see a bit more of life on the planet in this particular issue. Mellu Loran is trying to close in on the Madness Vest while Lepuck tries to figure out how to wake Loma up from her enclosure before it’s too late. Since I’m not as familiar with the original Shade, The Changing Man series, the importance of Loran was initially lost on me, but this month’s bio material includes a biography of her and what she’s been up to since she and Rac Shade called it quits. Between this, Mad Dog showing up in Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye and the brilliant and mostly silent Dial H for Hero backup in this issue from Tini Howard and Sanya Anwar, I feel like I’m learning more about obscure DC and Vertigo characters from Young Animal than I have anywhere else.

Shade, the Changing Girl #3 continues the brilliant work of the series as Shade travels deeper into Megan’s psyche and memories to try and understand both Megan and herself. It leaves a certain vulnerability that wouldn’t have been possible in any other setting besides high school and Castellucci and Zarcone tell a story that makes it worth revisiting.

Story: Cecil Castellucci Art: Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick
Story: 8.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copy for review

Preview: Shade the Changing Girl #3

Shade the Changing Girl #3

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Marley Zarcone (CA) Becky Cloonan
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $3.99

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.

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