Part of Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint, the series by writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone reimagines the classic Steve Ditko creation as an alien from the planet Meta who possesses a 16-year-old bully from Earth. Shade is perhaps best known to modern readers from the 1990s Vertigo series by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo.
“I am definitely pulling things from both Ditko’s and Milligan’s runs,” Castellucci told CBR in June. “I think people that read ‘Shade, the Changing Man” from either the first or second run will be delighted by some smaller moments. I want it to have echoes and nods to the past, but I want it to be fully its own thing, as well.”
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, there’s 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.
“Shade, the Changing Girl” #4 goes on sale Jan. 4.
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