Publisher: DC Comics
Released: July 18th 2017
Issues: Shade 1-6
So first things first, I haven’t actually read any of Shade before this. I also haven’t read any of the other DC’S Young Animal comics, so I may be lacking in a decent amount of context here (which may have resulted in me liking it more or less than other fans that have read both? The other reviews are conflicted on this). If I’m being completely honest, I mostly picked up this volume because I was looking for something new to try and all the bright colors on the cover caught my attention. The artwork is very bright and playful more often than not, while the plot bounces back and forth.
Loma is an interesting character; so determined to follow in the footsteps of Rac Shade that she steals a jacket (which lets her leave her body and possess another’s) and jumps straight to earth to possess somebody just like him. Her chosen body belongs to a horrible human being named Megan, who wound up brain dead thanks to her own thoughtlessness and her “friends” actions (or lack thereof). Needless to say, Loma had no idea what she was in for.
Adjusting to a new body would be tough enough without simultaneously adapting to a new planet/culture and old memories from the body you’ve stolen. Based on what we’ve seen of Loma…research and preparation are not her specialty, and man was she not prepared for this trip (despite what she thought). She ends up having to rely heavily on a couple of human friends to get through everything that’s happening, and I’m sure that won’t be changing anytime soon. Especially since she apparently get back to her body (plot for volume two perhaps?).
Even if the plot doesn’t really appeal to you, the artwork should. Every page is dazzling and alive with color. The artist uses a mixture of color and shape to represent madness in a truly beautiful manner, which to me heightens the idea of Loma losing herself to the madness.
This series kept reminding me of Andy Warhol, to the point that (without having read Shade previously) I thought that Rac Shade was perhaps a clever reference to him (perhaps saying that Rac Shade was possessing Warhol’s body?). Clearly I was wrong, but it was still a fun thought.
Will I continue reading this series? Probably. Am I planning on going back and reading through what I apparently missed? I haven’t decided, but I’m leaning towards no, but we’ll see. Anybody that’s read it that thinks I should go back and give it a try, let me know!