DC has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look at the cover and solicitation text for October's Shade, the Changing Girl #1 from writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone.
The series launches in October as part of Eisner winner Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint, set to launch in September with Doom Patrol.
"I am thrilled to help bring DC’s Young Animal to life, having been raised on experimental 80s and 90s takes on superheroes," Way said at the Emerald City Comic Con when the announcement was made. "I see Young Animal as a place to try new ideas- following the spirit of those books from the past but bring them somewhere else," explains Way. "I see it as an imprint where we can explore fine art, bold concepts, mature themes, and strangeness- with lots of heart."
You can the solicitation out below.
SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #1
Written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI • Art by MARLEY ZARCONE • Cover by BECKY CLOONAN • Variant cover by TULA LOTAY Variant cover by DUNCAN FEGREDO • Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
There’s no such thing as a little bit of madness.
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 it. 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 whom 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, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), 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.
On sale OCTOBER 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Doom Patrol will pair Way with artist Nick Derington as they pick up the torch left by Grant Morrison on one of the DCU's strangest teams. Shade, The Changing Girl, written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Marley Zarcone, features a story about an alien that takes over the body of a 16-year-old bully and follows the aliens' attempt to live a life on earth.
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye teams Way up with Jon Rivera and artist Michael Avon Oeming as they follow the adventures of Cave Carson, his cybernetic eye, and his daughter. Finally, Mother Panic, written by Way and Jody Houser and drawn by Tommy Lee Edwards, puts us in the shoes of Violet Paige, a vigilante who uses her considerable influence in the upper edges of society to fight crime in Gotham City.
The imprint will launch with Doom Patrol in October. You can see the other covers in the gallery.