first_img Wednesday is New Comic Book Day, which means that it is also the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that book is Shade, The Changing Girl #3 by writer Cecil Castellucci, with art by Marley Zarcone, and a backup story was written by Tini Howard and drawn by Sanya Anwar.SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #3(W) Cecil Castellucci, Tini Howard (A) Marley Zarcone, Sanya Anwar (CA) Becky CloonanTrying to settle into her new life as an Earth girl, Shade finds the body she has taken over doesn’t have the same skills as it did when its previous inhabitant was in charge. It’s bad enough that her swim team hates her, but now she can’t perform in the water at all. Can Shade find anyone she can trust to give her guidance before the madness takes over and exposes her as an alien to the entire school?DC Comic’s Young Animal imprint, curated by writer Gerard Way (yes, the guy from My Chemical Romance), is defying expectations with its fresh and bold series, including Doom Patrol, Mother Panic, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye, and my personal favorite, Shade, The Changing Girl. Written by Cecil Castellucci and drawn by Marley Zarcone, Shade has been the series that felt like everything the Young Animal imprint promised since its initial announcement. The perfect blend of a genuine, human story, along with a healthy dose of insane visuals and chaotic concepts, this series has worn its heart on its sleeve since the first issue, which had a killer last page that hooked me. Never dull, but never weird for weird’s sake, this book is still going strong with issue three, cementing itself as one of the best new series of the year.Marley Zarcone’s art, with colors by Kelly Fitzpatrick, keep this book on track. A simple, even clean style combined with a good sense of characters keeps this booking looking less sloppy and more fluid, which would be an easy mistake to make given the subject matter. There are plenty of opportunities for this series to go off the rails, but Castellucci’s script paired with Zarcone’s visuals keeps it walking that high wire with grace. It is a comic that makes me excited about comic books, even just by writing about it. A genuinely fun, smart book, Shade, The Changing Girl should be on everyone’s radar, even if just to try it. It might not be for everyone, but its quality is impossible to deny. A pleasant surprise of a series, Shade is still going strong in its third issue, which also features a backup story by writer Tini Howard, who writes The Skeptics for Black Mask Studios, and artist Sanya Anwar. The backup pairs perfectly with the main story, just showing how dedicated everyone is to a book with such a unique voice.Shade, The Changing Girl is available for download from Comixology or in print from Things From Another World.Other great new releases for 12/07/16: The Wicked + The Divine #24 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson. Avengers #2 by Mark Waid and Michael Del Mundo. Reggie and Me #1 by Tom DeFalco, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Sandy Jarrell and Jack Morelli. The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest Stars’Joker’ Gets Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at World Premiere Stay on targetlast_img

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