A Young Adult Library Services Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2018 selection
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 comics’ maddest and most memorable characters and part of the DC’s Young Animal imprint led by rock-star Gerard Way.
Loma Shade may be from another planet, but she’s still like every other twentysomething 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 “madness coat” 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 “miraculous” recovery, however, Loma finds there’s just one problem with being Megan: Everyone hates her. She was a bully who terrorized her enemies and her friends alike, and now Loma’s stuck with the consequences.
To make matters worse, back on Meta there are dark forces that want Rac’s dangerously valuable coat for their own nefarious purposes, and they’re closing in on Loma’s vulnerable physical body. At the same time, the primal madness that the coat channels is slowly, irresistibly eroding Loma’s 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.
About the Author
Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth and the Eisner-nominated Odd Duck. She is currently writing SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL, an ongoing comic on Gerard Way's DC Young Animal imprint. Her picture book, Granda's Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. She lives in Los Angeles.
“Writer Cecil Castellucci’s extensive work exploring female adolescence in both prose and comics makes her particularly well suited for this new interpretation of Shade, but... she’s also fully embracing the peculiarity of the concept and the vast storytelling opportunities it creates.”—A.V. CLUB/THE ONION
“Shade, The Changing Girl is categorically a visual experience articulated through words, pictures and color.”—PASTE MAGAZINE
“Artist Marley Zarcone has drawn each panel with vivid chaos and intense care. Zarcone’s stark linework, youthful style and well-placed negative space capture the spirit of this book impeccably.” —NEWSARAMA
“The book has such a pronounced sense of style. Marley Zarcone's figures are elegant, but her work truly shines when it comes to giving visual representation to the madness within Loma's mind.” —IGN