And Then I Read: SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL #12

Image © DC Entertainment. Written by Cecil Castellucci, art by Marley Zarcone and Ande Parks, colors not credited, probably Kelly Fitzpatrick, letters by Saida Temofonte.

Shade and her idol, the actress who played Honey Rich on TV decades ago, have switched bodies with Shade’s madness magic. Both are enjoying the experience, as Honey quickly lands an acting role and Shade gets to be there to see it all, but things start going wrong soon. First, LePuck shows up from Meta, Shade’s best friend there, and he has a confession of love for her, but delivers it to Honey in Shade’s body, creating much confusion. Meanwhile, Honey’s elderly body suffers what looks like a heart attack, sending Shade to the hospital. Will this be the end of her? Back on Meta, Mellu finally gets his hands on the Madness coat, and goes off to find the original Shade, lost somewhere in the madness. When Mellu finds him, his welcome is less warm than he expected.

I enjoyed reading this, and particularly seeing it tied in to the previous Shade series I lettered much of, but the story is confusing and choppy at times, almost as if parts were left out. There is a lot to cover here, as way is made for the Milk Wars crossover starting next issue. Perhaps the Madness is creeping into the script?

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