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    Default Loma Shade, the Changing Girl Appreciation

    Beyond, like, an announcement post, I haven't really seen anyone talking about this great series or character. Figure I'd try my hand at one of them there appreciation threads





    Anyone else reading this?
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    I haven't read her escapades yet, but I'm planning to read the first Shade the Changing Girl sometime this month, but I have a something to point out:
    This has been called a soft reboot of the Shade the Changing Man Vertigo Series. Soft reboot meaning that while it follows the same basic plot of the original, it is still in continuity with the original. The original Vertigo series was obviously not in the same universe as the rest of the DCU, but I've read solicitations of this current comic Shade the Changing Girl, and it states a plot point of a story arc would be that Loma would visit Gotham City, this strikes me as odd

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    But the original Vertigo run was in continuity. It crossed over with Hellblazer and Swamp Thing at times, his time on the Suicide Squad was referenced, and Shade was one of the few characters unaffected by the Flashpoint. Flashpoint: Secret Seven is basically a continuation of Milligan's Shade run, and his opening half-baker's-dozen issues on Justice League Dark was a continuation of that, with Shade completely unaffected by the reality reboot. This, in turn, is a continuation, with Rac making some cameos in flashbacks, and Loma wandering around with his M Vest, and other classic characters like Mellu being major characters in the series.

    That all being said, I think this does a good job of preserving the feel of the previous runs, with the "mature readers" tag, but this time from a different perspective than the eternally tortured poet Rac. Loma's great, and watching her wander around in a highschooler's body, obsessing over old 1960's television shows and sightseeing has been a trippy, surreal experience.

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    It has been my favorite book since it started. It's bold and beautiful and isn't afraid to change or run off in very different directions.

    Loma is such a fantastic character. I hope more people are vibing with us on this.
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    Preview for Issue 11: http://www.comicosity.com/exclusive-...?sf102550830=1

    Looks good!

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    I like the series. It's a basic look at 21st century America through the eyes of an alien. Lorna's struggles to deal with the body and life she's found herself in make for good comics. We get inter-dimensional stuff, teen angst, a bittersweet look at aging, a quest for redemption, and the occasional DC Universe tie-in.

    I don't know if I like it as much as the Milligan series, but I do like this a lot. It's crazy and stands on its own quite nicely. As much as I like seeing other DC properties referenced, I'm not sure I want to see this book actually crossover with much. And Shade #11 tomorrow! Yippee!

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    Another excellent issue!

    spoilers:
    We get confirmation that she's pregnant! Yay!

    Was wondering when that was going to pop up.

    Just in time for her to hop to another body! Whoops.
    end of spoilers

    The next few issue solicits look like things are going to get juicy :3

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCleghorn View Post
    I like the series. It's a basic look at 21st century America through the eyes of an alien.
    Okay, so I didn't actually get the first trade paperback of Shade, like I said I was planning to (It wasn't at my local comic store), but I read a random single issue, and it was pretty good.

    So anyway, question: When you say Shade the Changing Girl is a look at 21st century America through the eyes of an alien, does it get political? Are there Trump references throughout? Because I tend to dislike when comics try to get political, because they tend to tread familiar ground. If this is the case I will still read it, since I am a fan of Shade the Changing Man, but I do really hate it when comics try to be "woke".

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    No political references as of yet. At least, if there were, they weren't major enough for me to remember them, and have zero impact on anything plot-related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man-Thing View Post
    No political references as of yet. At least, if there were, they weren't major enough for me to remember them, and have zero impact on anything plot-related.
    Phew! 10char

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy Hunter View Post
    Okay, so I didn't actually get the first trade paperback of Shade, like I said I was planning to (It wasn't at my local comic store), but I read a random single issue, and it was pretty good.

    So anyway, question: When you say Shade the Changing Girl is a look at 21st century America through the eyes of an alien, does it get political? Are there Trump references throughout? Because I tend to dislike when comics try to get political, because they tend to tread familiar ground. If this is the case I will still read it, since I am a fan of Shade the Changing Man, but I do really hate it when comics try to be "woke".
    It's more "Mean Girls" than political. Perhaps I could have phrased my comment better. The new Shade has actually found herself in a human life. Milligan's last series was all Shade. This current human life was a huge part of the first arc. Shade's journey in the second arc is far more America. It's also free from any overwhelming threat over our heads. It's low-key and personal.

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    Planning on doing a reread of the series so far, this week. Really excited guys!
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