Comic Review: Shade, The Changing Girl #1 (DC Comics)

I have always been a fan of strange and off-color comic book stories. Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, and Peter Milligan’s Shade the Changing Man introduced me […]

I have always been a fan of strange and off-color comic book stories.

Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, and Peter Milligan’s Shade the Changing Man introduced me to a completely different world of out of this world comics. I remember when I first read Shade the Changing Man and was like, “What did I just read?” Well, DC comics is at it again with the launch of Young Animal.

Shade the Changing Girl is weird…really, very strange. It starts off a little hard to follow and at first I wasn’t digging it. I thought it was odd just to be odd. As the story developed, however, I started to see everything I loved about the Shade from the 80s. The writing is pulled off flawlessly as newcomer Cecil Castellucci juggles high school drama, family issues, and multiple personalities. The art is a perfect pairing for the writing. The pseudo-Mike Allred style is a fever dream of color and motion.

One thing I really enjoyed is that the main character(s?) is despicable. For some strange reason, I love it when a main character has zero redeeming qualities. Overall, my takeaway from this book is that I want more! Between this and Doom Patrol I think I may be in LOVE with Young Animal! 5 out 5!

About Warner Swopes

Warner is an avid comic book reader and inimitable Swamp Thing fan. Warner's intersts are music, comics, Pokemon, and Wrestling. Warner is one of the hosts of Nerd Management Podcast and the drummer for the band Brother O' Brother.