Shade, the Changing Man, Volume 1: The American Scream

Shade the Changing Man Volume The American Scream Shade is back in this new printing of the groundbreaking Vertigo trade from writer Peter Milligan Beginning with Kathy George s encounter with Shade s arrival on Earth from his home dimension of Meta

  • Title: Shade, the Changing Man, Volume 1: The American Scream
  • Author: Peter Milligan Chris Bachalo Mark Pennington
  • ISBN: 9781401200466
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shade is back in this new printing of the groundbreaking Vertigo trade from writer Peter Milligan.Beginning with Kathy George s encounter with Shade s arrival on Earth from his home dimension of Meta, in the body of her parents killer From there, Shade and Kathy journey into America s collective unconscious to find the evil known only as The American Scream.These are theShade is back in this new printing of the groundbreaking Vertigo trade from writer Peter Milligan.Beginning with Kathy George s encounter with Shade s arrival on Earth from his home dimension of Meta, in the body of her parents killer From there, Shade and Kathy journey into America s collective unconscious to find the evil known only as The American Scream.These are the classic Vertigo stories written by Peter Milligan, so if you ve been digging the acclaimed writer s work on Greek Street and Hellblazer, be sure to pick up this new printing of Milligan s earlier work Collecting Shade, the Changing Man 1 6

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    1. An alien named Shade wins up in the body of a killer while he's being executed in the electric chair. Shade and Kathy, daughter of two of the killer's victims, go on a strange odyssey and combat the American ScreamWhen people talk about British comic writers, Peter Milligan is usually an afterthought after the big three of Moore, Gaiman, and Morrison. While Shade isn't my favorite of Milligan's work, it gives hints as to what he's capable of.Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing lead to a lot of Briti [...]

    2. Inescapably one of the finest comics I've ever read, but unfortunately, only the beginning of the series is available, and it is the weakest part. It will be a crime if the lack of success of these early bits forestalls the entire series becoming available, because it stands up as the equal of any other Vertigo title. Milligan is still trying to find his voice in these early stories, which are more standard fare, but soon he catches his stride and reaches levels of thoughtfully absurd wit to riv [...]

    3. An interesting concept, not the best execution. Milligan literally based his series around madness, so it's easy to say that this book is crazy for the sake of being crazy. There are some cool ideas here, and the very first issue especially is brilliant. The following "who killed JFK" storyline was dull and repetitive, but the final couple of issues centered around a movie production were good, and very Sandman-esque. Shade is a quintessential nineties Vertigo book, so if you've read comics like [...]

    4. Absolutely one of the weirdest comics I've ever read. The writing is quite good, and Milligan really put in some extra effort in developing the characters, especially Kathy. But I kind of feel like the entire point of the series was weird just for the sake of weirdness, and maybe I'm just full up on that. Glad I read it, because it was an interesting read. But this will probably be it for me.

    5. Revisiting this book after some foggy years of comic fandom and personal turmoil has been an interesting gift that I am forever grateful for. Sometimes, we find that the things that resonated with us when we were younger seem alien to us as we change and our world changes alongside us, but I am always pleasantly surprised to see that I get more out of Peter Milligan's work as I age. Shade's scope is vast, image is wild, inspirations too human and real. This makes the juxtaposition between his (t [...]

    6. Shade has come to an equivalent of our dimension from the realm of madness, where his other body wears a vest that shifts our reality. Yeah. Milligan was part of the wierdy British horror invasion into U.S. comics that took off in the late 80's. The whole series ran 70 issues, and this only covers 6 (the only ones available in trade, I think). If you've read all of Sandman and Hellblazer and are looking for something else from that period of Vertigo publishing that was weird, violent, and surrea [...]

    7. I'm ready to lose Chris Bachalo on art duties as soon as possible -- it seems like he was the go-to guy for Vertigo (or soon-to-be Vertigo) back in the day, and I don't really feel like he suits Milligan's style. Milligan is a natural fit for the psychedelic nature of Steve Ditko's original series, but Shade 2.0 (much like early Sandman) is still suffering from a need for the macabre that doesn't really suit Milligan's strengths. There's also only so much I'm going to get out of the book's pet t [...]

    8. I'm waiting for my brain to reset. Thisis was a lot to take in. Definitely need to be in the mood for this level of mind fuckery. I'm going to go read Chamber of Secrets now. Or Grayson. Something easy or fun. Maybe some fluffy fanfic. IDK but it'll be a while before I start Shade vol 2.

    9. I still have all my issues, so I haven't seen this collected volume, but I remember absolutely loving this Vertigo classic.

    10. This series has been on my to-read list for so many years, but it's hard to find. I've finally been able to use InterLibrary Loan to order the trades to my library, but I'm not super impressed.The cover art reminds me that I love those early Vertigo covers more than almost anything since, so that's great. This was one of the first series to launch with that publishing imprint (which has now been swallowed into the main DC universe) which also made such legends as Sandman, Hellblazer (John Consta [...]

    11. This was my first ever reading of a Vertigo comic (I am stock piling Doom Patrols Vertigo run but don't want to start reading until I have them all). I first met this character from his very brief appearances in New 52's Justice League Dark, and found him very interesting. I found this solo title fascinating, just don't quiz me over it bc I am not sure I always knew what was going on. The JFk assassination plot that takes up the first half of the book was great (especially after having just read [...]

    12. What a weird book - both intentionally and unintentionally. Overall I found it barely comprehensible, with meandering writing that doesn't manage to bring an obscure and ill-defined character to life, and rough artwork that doesn't fully support the story's more psychedelic flourishes. Yet there are fascinating ideas at here, exploring conspiracy thinking, the sinister thrall of pop-culture, etc all of which are contained under the still-relevant rubric of the American Scream - who's actually a [...]

    13. Brilliant and far ahead of its time. Peter Milligan manages to offer a look at madness and insanity that feels more at home within contemporary society than the time in which it was written. Jaw dropping art by Chris Bachalo. Get into it.

    14. When DC Comics launched its Mature Readers line of books, the advertisements didn’t include the fine print:Vertigo Comics will deliver you some weird.And since the line’s inception, Vertigo books have moved dramatically away from flagship titles like SANDMAN and DOOM PATROL, opting for more “reader friendly” titles like PREACHER (if it could be seen as ‘reader friendly’) and Y THE LAST MAN (which, outside of the dramatic storytelling, was about as mainstream as the line has created.B [...]

    15. Peter Milligan is yet another British writer that started in 2000 AD, most notably with Bad Company - a future war story in which a bizarre company of soldiers fight humanity's bizarre war against the alien Krool.However, contrary to my characteristic preference for 2000 AD, my favorite is his work for DC Comic's Vertigo imprint label for more mature graphic novels outside the publishing restrictions of mainstream comics. Milligan came to Vertigo towards the end of the first wave of the so-calle [...]

    16. Some kind of dimension of madness has crossed over with Earth and a man named Shade is sent from the world of Meta to try and fix things, although his masters' motivations are dubious. What follows is a surreal, paranoid romp through the assasination of JFK and its consequences for the American collective psyche, the world of cinema and the price it extracts for the dreams it sells and so forth. This is pretty heady stuff, lots of Jung 101 and Joseph Campbell for Dummies stirred into the soup, a [...]

    17. The title of this has always intrigued me, and the concept as well. I read the New 52 version of the character (in Justice League Dark) and was utterly repulsed by him, but I figured that was a New 52 issue, and not the character itself. So I've finally read the original title. And it is weird. Way weird; half of the collection is built around the JFK assassination, and another pair of issues are a Moebius strip of movie madness. Milligan makes it moderately easy to understand, considering how t [...]

    18. This comic is a bit frustrating. It is right on the cusp of being really good. It has a lot of weirdness, which is carried very well by the artwork, but it hangs right on the edge of being so weird that it fails to create a cohesive story line. The characters have plenty of hints to becoming interesting enough that I would want to read more, but in this volume, they aren't quite there. The first half of the book that revolves around the mind of a JFK conspiracy nutter is better than the second h [...]

    19. Odd doesn't begin to cover this first volume of The Changing Man's adventures. Peter Milligan spins a crazy story about the man from the Dimension of Meta that feels wonderfully Vertigo - it has the right atmosphere, a fantastic unpredictability that means each new page is a surprise and yet remains easy to follow and understand. These six issues form the first third of the major story arc regarding madness personified as The American Scream which continues until #18, collected in the third volu [...]

    20. A horror comic that launched the careers of two of my favorite comic creators, Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo, this collection of its first six issues shows some interesting contrasts. The first issue is brilliant, as is the 4th: those both happen to be the beginning of the story arcs gathered here. Unfortunately the denouements of each aren't quite as satisfying. It's a good look at the creators' early careers, and an interesting examination of the psyche of American society -- at a stretch, [...]

    21. Semplicemente ADORO Shade, lo adoro letteralmente. Amo tutto, dai personaggi sgraziati e affascinanti di Bachalo con i loro occhi sgranati a fissare un mondo che li coglie semrpe impreparati, ai testi assolutamente perfetti di Milligan.Il primo volume ci fa entrare subito nel centro dell'azione e nelle atmosfere surreali e minacciose della storia. Milligan riesce a fare una satira acuta e intelligente dell'America conemporanea, mentre crea una storia appassionante e tratteggia personaggi credibi [...]

    22. Peter Milligan is an unsung great of British comics. Maybe he's aptly sung, but it doesn't seem like anyone talks about him at length, in the same way they do about Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, or even Jamie Delano.But anything I've ever read by him has been great (X-Force/X-Statix is definitely in my top 10 favorite comics runs of all time). And this, for instance, stands up as well as Morrison's Doom Patrol or almost anything ever written about John Const [...]

    23. A dark and twisted start to one of comics best but underappreciated series. Seventeen years later, the story is marred by poor coloring, but writer Peter Milligan was ahead of the game in realizing that there was a tear in the American fabric, working with it to start a metafictional shell game to see what kind of lessons he could draw from the hole. Too bad DC Comics has apparently locked the file drawer on this one, because it only gets better, particularly once artist Christopher Bachalo star [...]

    24. This is such a common setup: Amnesiac man from the stars, girl running away from her life on Earth.The reason it works here is because the search through madness is so interesting, especially with the visual.The "American" spin on it is confusing. It seems like the problem is more global. Is there an Armenian Scream, too? A British? Also, there seems to be a belief in JFK conspiracies, which is always troublesome.

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