ARC | Manga/Graphic Novel Review #62 – Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy, by Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zircon, Ande Parks and Kelly Fitzpatrick

Hello everyone!

Here is my review for Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy, by Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zircon, Ande Parks and Kelly Fitzpatrick.

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Synopsis:

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 in. 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 who 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.

Written by Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes), 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 comics’ most unique series.

 

Pros:

  • gorgeous art

 

Cons:

  • yet another confusing and alienating comic to the reader
  • and then when it starts making sense, it’s not even interesting
  • too “edgy”

 

Verdict:

Even though Doom Patrol was disappointing as hell, I decided to give another change to Gerards Way DC’s Young Animals imprint. And heck, it’s disappointing as well. I’m so tired of this edgy, don’t make sense at all comics. I’m sick of so many random sentences and feeling like I’m constantly missing out on some part of the story. It’s so alienating and it makes me feel dumb, which I hate the most. I have no patience anymore. I want to enjoy myself while reading, not feeling frustrated. But one thing that’s ok on this one is that you actually understand the premise a bit into the book, even if it’s not that interesting to begin with. All the characters are kinda terrible people, and not in a good way. The only thing that can really salvage this comic is the art. It’s really colour and pretty, making my read not that bad and insufferable. Anyway, this isn’t my kind of graphic novel but it does seem to be a popular genre. Can’t say I recommend it though.

Have you read any good comics lately? Recommend me some titles!

Until soon,

Cat.

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3 thoughts on “ARC | Manga/Graphic Novel Review #62 – Shade, the Changing Girl, Volume 1: Earth Girl Made Easy, by Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zircon, Ande Parks and Kelly Fitzpatrick

  1. Good thing I read your review before buying this! I hate when I can’t understand what’s going on especially when it’s a GN, it’s supposed to help what with it being visual and all but sometimes not even that helps. I read an ARC of Ether and it looks promising! Maybe you’ll like it ❤

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