Shade the Changing Girl Issue #1

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If you would like to read this, please click on the picture to go to the link for a copy.

Here’s a brief synopsis pulled from the DC comics website:

There’s no such thing as a little bit of madness.
Far away on the planet Meta, Loma’s going nowhere fast. She’s dropped out of school, dumped her boyfriend, and is bored out of her mind.  She longs to feel things. That’s where her idol, the lunatic poet Rac Shade, and his infamous madness coat come it. Loma steals the garment and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in a new body: Earth girl Megan Boyer. Surely everything will be better on this passionate primitive planet with a dash of madness on her side and this human girl’s easy life. Only now that she’s here, Loma discovers being a teenaged Earth girl comes with its own challenges and Earth may not be everything she thought it’d be. Megan Boyer was a bully whom everyone was glad was almost dead, and now Loma has to survive High School and navigate the consequences of the life she didn’t live with the ever-growing and uncontrollable madness at her side. Not to mention that there are people back on her homeworld who might just want Shade’s coat back.

This one is far from my run of the mill comic book choices–I would actually normally steer clear of something like this. I’m glad I started the series though because I haven’t regretted a moment of it.

An alien taking the host body of a beautiful teenager is just so overdone in the comics that I thought, with complete confidence that this was going to be another one of those series’ that didn’t have enough character development and lacked a unique story line. I’m going to inform you that I was way off though.

Let me talk a little bit about Loma, the alien from Planet Meta before I try to delve into the human that she inhabits. Loma starts off as a completely delusional character; I just didn’t like her. She whines about breaking up with her boyfriend and dropping out of college. It’s all relatively boring until she introduces us to her favorite poet, Rac Shade. Now, we soon learn that Loma is actually fairly intelligent and the dialogue she just boringly recited isn’t what her inner thoughts are at all.

I actually had no idea how intelligent she was until she enters Megan’s body and tries to control the Madness of the vest that she has decided to wear to escape her boring and depressing life on the planet Meta.

We’re introduced to a girl lying in a hospital bed with an entire jungle of animals surrounding her. At first, I didn’t even know what to think because I was so sure this was going to be a story about a changeling. I was sure that somehow Megan, the human had been given the ability to change into animals that I couldn’t even enjoy the story line until I got to the part where we learn that Loma the alien has taken over her body.

We’re briefly introduced to Megan with a flashback of her at a high school beach party where all of her friends are doing the “normal” high school party things: Drinking, drugs, skinny-dipping and drama seem to fill her life. She talks about a girl named “Teacup” that wasn’t invited to the party and asks her boyfriend to call the girl to invite her. We can already tell that Megan is the “boss” of the group and that her friends will do whatever she says based on their quick reaction when she tells them to skinny dip with her in the lake. We also soon learn that Megan overdosed at the party which is why she’s in the hospital in a coma.

Her parents are given small parts in the first issue, but they’re so incredibly timid and have such small roles that you might ignore them at first. The mother is distraught over wanting to “pull the plug” and the father tries to console her. They both know something is strange about Megan but can’t quite put their finger on it. This is especially evident when Megan’s mother finds all of her electronics in the garbage after Loma throws them away. I’m really excited to see why Loma Shade hates electronics so much but decides to bring an old T.V. inside the house to fix.

So far, the story is well written and the characters are unique enough to enjoy. I’m hoping that Shade will be able to stop creating the delusions that might make her go mad quicker than she would otherwise, but if you’re on the fence about reading this–it’s definitely worth it to check out.

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