Shade, The Changing Girl (2016)
ThereÕs no such thing as a little bit of madness. Far away on the planet Meta, LomaÕs going nowhere fast. SheÕs dropped out of school, dumped her boyfriend, and is bored out of her mind. She longs to feel things. ThatÕs 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 girlÕs easy life. Only now that sheÕs here, Loma discovers being a teenaged Earth girl comes with its own challenges and Earth may not be everything she thought itÕd 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 didnÕt 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 ShadeÕs coat back. Written by Cecil Castellucci (THE PLAIN JANES, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), drawn by Marley Zarcone (EFFIGY) and overseen by Gerard Way, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL starts a whole new chapter in the story of one of comicsÕ most unique series.
Shade has settled into her adopted human body, but the rest of her high school isnÕt sure how to deal with this strange new behavior from the girl they once knew. The more Shade learns about MeganÕs former life, the more she realizes everyone hates her. ItÕs one of many fresh sensations Shade is getting to know. Being a human is galaxies different than being from Meta, and itÕs not going to be easy balancing all of that with the madness that brought her here.
Trying to settle into her new life as an Earth girl, Shade finds the body she has taken over doesnÕt have the same skills as it did when its previous inhabitant was in charge. ItÕs bad enough that her swim team hates her, but now she canÕt 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?
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, thereÕs 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.
Which is more powerful? These new human emotions or the madness that brought Shade to Earth? Balancing both is difficult, as the divide between where she is now and where she comes from grows deeper. ItÕs all about duality as the future and the past are racing to catch up with Shade. She sees strange visions of a possible tomorrow while Megan, the girl whose body she stole, is racing across galaxies to take her life back. Plus, an all-new backup feature: ShadeÕs favorite TV show, Life With Honey, comes to comics!
When Shade took over MeganÕs body, Megan had to go somewhereÑand that she did. The displaced Earthling flew across the galaxy and back, and now that sheÕs home, Megan is pissed! ItÕs alien invader versus teenage bully in the climactic conclusion of our first arc!
In this stand-alone issue, Shade begins to ponder whatÕs next for her on Earth. As the winter dance approaches, she reminisces about high school on Meta, and starts to wonder why sheÕs 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 ÒLife with Honey.Ó
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.
Part two of ShadeÕs 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 sheÕs going to get back to her home planetÑbecause ShadeÕs home planet is coming to her! All this and a new ÒLife With HoneyÓ tale illustrated by guest artist Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance).
Following her encounters in Gotham City, Shade decides to head out west and check out Los Alamos, New Mexico, the one-time location of nuclear test sites, and also the setting of her favorite TV show, ÒLife with Honey.Ó But itÕs been half a century since those bombs went offÑand since ÒHoneyÓ went off the air. So what kind of ghostly memories await Shade in the desert? Plus, a brand new ÒLife with HoneyÓ backup story.
Shade goes to Hollywood! Following her adventures in New Mexico, our girl heads to Tinseltown on her search to find the actress who played Honey in her favorite Earth TV show. What she finds is a woman who is older than the one she saw on the black-and-white broadcast, but also one whose years and experience will teach her more than Shade could ever expect. Now, if Shade can just apply those life lessons before her pursuers from Meta catch up with herÉ
ShadeÕs Earthly wanderings reach a dangerous crescendo, as the Metans descend on Hollywood. Can Loma escape by hiding out in HoneyÕs body, or will that just mean Honey goes with MeganÕs body to a Metan jail? Plus, learn the fates of Lepuck, River, and Teacup in the brain-melting conclusion of our first story arc.
"From writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY„a bold new reimagining of one of comicsÍ maddest and most memorable characters and part of the DCÍs Young Animal imprint led by rock-star Gerard Way. Loma Shade may be from another planet, but sheÍs still like every other twenty something who feels that their life is going nowhere fast. Bored out of her mind, her solution is to drop out of school, dump her boyfriend and leave her homeworld of Meta behind„courtesy of the infamous ñmadness coatî of renegade poet Rac Shade, which is not so much a garment as it is a multidimensional gateway. After stealing the coat and astrally projecting herself across space, Loma ends up in the body of Megan Boyer, an Earth girl who seems to have it all: youth, beauty and a conveniently damaged brain. Following her ñmiraculousî recovery, however, Loma finds thereÍs just one problem with being Megan: Everyone hates her. She was a bully who terrorized her enemies and her friends alike, and now LomaÍs stuck with the consequences. To make matters worse, back on Meta there are dark forces that want RacÍs dangerously valuable coat for their own nefarious purposes, and theyÍre closing in on LomaÍs vulnerable physical body. At the same time, the primal madness that the coat channels is slowly, irresistibly eroding LomaÍs equally vulnerable soul. With two new lives to live, can this Changing Girl survive either one without losing her mind? Find out in SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY. Collects issues #1-6."
Shade has shed her alien identity. She’s stepped out of her original Earth body and into another one. Now, free of the burdens of any past life, and finally on her own, she sets out to see more of her new home. But how does she cope when the madness takes all the human emotions she was forced to confront in the Milk Wars and turns them into a bouillabaisse of memory and confusion? And to make it even more challenging, Shade must also face her namesake, the original Changing Man.