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Shade in his armor on the cover of issue 60.

"At this point I started to lie. And as I lied, I realized I might be telling the truth. This often happens to me."

Shade, The Passion Child

Originally a short-lived series created by Steve Ditko, Shade ran from 1977-78 before its sudden cancellation. Like many other Silver Age heroes he got a thorough Continuity Reboot under DC Comics's Vertigo imprint; the alien fugitive with a technological gizmo was replaced by a soulful poet from a parallel Earth who could warp reality.

The reboot was written in 1990 under Britwave author Peter Milligan and then-fledgling artist Chris Bachalo. Like the work of previous British authors Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore, the series was highly experimental, combining history, mythology, literary allusions, and genre deconstruction. The series would run seventy issues, reaching its conclusion in 1996.

The series focuses on Shade, a dimensional traveler with reality-altering powers. In the Vertigo title, he is unceremoniously dropped into our dimension, where he becomes involved in the life of a young woman named Kathy, still reeling from the brutal murder of her boyfriend and parents. He soon turns her life upside-down as he fights against physical manifestations of madness, of his own desires, and of the breakdown of American culture. He fights fire with fire by harnessing the power of Madness using the "Madness Vest" (the "M-Vest" in the Ditko era). However, things quickly turn more complicated...

The externalization of shifting ideas forms a central theme throughout the series, exploring belief, creation, madness, and the instability of identity. The focus of the series was usually on character interaction, psychological changes, and human relationships, even as the overarching plot grew increasingly climactic and fantastical. The series never shied away from controversy, dealing openly with transgenderism, homosexuality, murder, and interracial relationships.

The series has a cult following, but the complete series is difficult to find, with only the first nineteen issues having been republished as trades. DC is in the process of releasing individual issues digitally. In 2003, original author Peter Milligan teamed with Madman artist Mike Allred to write a one-off Shade story for Vertigo's tenth anniversary special; in 2011, Shade appeared in Flashpoint as the leader of the Secret Seven, and also appeared in the New 52 series Justice League Dark. In 2013 a one-shot short in the DC Nation block on Cartoon Network heralded his first animated appearance; this incarnation is often regarded by fans as being a (benevolent) Lord of Chaos.

In 2016, DC announced Shade, The Changing Girl, by writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Marley Zarcone, as one of the titles under Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint, featuring a female alien, Loma Shade, with the Madness Vest and hiding out in the body of a 16-year-old girl. After the "Milk Wars" crossover, it was relaunched as Shade, The Changing Woman.

Has no relation to the Golden AgeFlashvillain.


Shade, the Changing Man provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: The Devil, who comes across as a civilized, cultured gentleman who eventually stabs Shade in the back. He is the Devil, after all.
  • Alternate Universe: Meta.
  • Another Dimension: Our hero's unusual provenance.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Basically the premise of Shade, The Changing Girl. A Shade fangirl on Meta got her hands on the Madness Vest and went to Earth like her idol.
  • Author Avatar: Shade's cultural confusion in America echoed Peter Milligan's own.
    • Not to mention the fact that Shade's reality altering powers are presented as an allegory for the authorial act of creation.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Troy Grenzer and the supermarket gunman in the sheepskin jacket.
    • Shade also has a short bout of it during his deal with the Devil.

      Kathy: You haven't... given up your soul or anything?
      Shade: He's not interested in souls. And he's not really the Devil. And he's not as bad as you think. Quite easygoing, really.

  • Back from the Dead: Shade at least once, but the distinction somewhat blurs after he begins making trips to the Land of the Dead regularly.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Shade's heart is stolen by a squatter in his home after a battle. He embarks on a half-hearted rescue of it and when he finally catches up to it, has a heart-to-heart talk with it. And then steps on it when he decides he's better off heartless. It appears from time to time, still beating, moving under its own power, and even has internal monologues.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Shade's later appearance in Hellblazer seems to confirm that everything beyond Issue 50, the original intended ending, is such.
  • Changed My Jumper: On the rare examples of time-travel, it was easily Hand Waved by Shade only appearing to personalities known to stay under the influence of substances, sometimes including hallucinogens. In one unique aversion, all of Hotel Shade and everything inside reverted gradually to earlier analogues and fashions, until they finally arrived in colonial Salem. Constantine mused on the fit of various underwear through history.
  • Continuity Nod: Meta's Ditkosian mythology referred to Steve Ditko's work on the title, largely thrown out of canon during Peter Milligan's run.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lenny, who upon losing this ability attempts suicide.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Loma Shade in Shade, the Changing Girl.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Shade's earliest incarnation, called sweet and sensitive, faces disappointments with Kathy and abuse from Lenny.
  • Dream Land: The Area (originally 'The Area of Madness') is expanded to become the land of dreams, the land of the dead, the place where all human consciousness gravitates.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Played straight with some characters, subverted by other characters who are just trying to seem more interesting than their actual background would suggest, and inverted by others who come across perfectly stable in spite of having every reason to go mad.
  • Emotionless Girl: The Passionchild, an androgynous pretty boy who incited emotion to the psychotic degree in everyone around him, but never expressed anything. He didn't even speak until Shade cracked into his inner world, and found nothing.

    Passionchild: I find nothing out there. I find nothing in here too, but it's my nothing.

  • Enemy Within: For Shade (thanks to the power of madness) Hades became an Enemy Without and an Ensemble Dark Horse in the same story arc. He also seemed to become less threatening and more helpful, so perhaps it's for the best that he vanished the scene before Spikeification set in.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Every time Shade dies.
  • Gender Bender: Shade's consciousness leaps into the body of a recently murdered woman. Unfortunately, he was unable to alter her body to resemble his old one until he solved her murder and put her soul at rest. This led to various comical scenes with Shade experiencing the Male Gaze, his first period and sex as a woman.
    • Shade writer Peter Milligan later wrote the second Infinity, Inc series, in which team member Fury involuntarily switches between genders.
  • Genre Savvy: Lenny, later the incarnation of Pandora.
  • Green Rocks: The Power of Madness.
  • Important Haircut:
    • Kathy's came after getting over the loss of Shade and becoming romantically attached to Lenny. The editor confessed in the letters page that she had also gone through several hairstyles of her own while getting over emotional pains. Kathy returned to long, natural hair while pregnant with Shade's child and since she was murdered not long after, that's how she's always remembered.
    • And then there's Shade himself, who gets a new haircut every time he dies.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: "It runs on pure madness!" Things like Angel Catchers and Time Machines are built from unlikely whirlwinds of parts, arranged in implausible configurations, and powered by Shade's insane faith that they would work. For a time, even Shade's own body was formed and held together with madness.
  • Plausible Deniability: In the 1987 Suicide Squad series, Shade told about an incredibly confusing conspiracy that was going on in his home dimension. When Shade and the Squad confronted the conspirators on Earth, one of the Squad members asked what to do when the police arrived. Shade replied to tell the police the truth and they would brush it off as a delusional fantasy.
  • Power Born of Madness: Prime example of the Reality Warper ("forge what you need on the smithy of your soul".) He began merely poetic, and therefore only insane to his native culture, so he was able to survive being flung through the Area of Madness relatively insane. With time on Earth, he got much madder.
  • Reality Warper: Shade
  • Ret-Gone: In the final issues of the series, Shade (and Milligan) attempted to invert this, and remove Kathy's tragic backstory and murder.
  • Rewriting Reality: One arc features an inversion: anything that frustrated writer Miles Laimling wrote would be fictional, even if it were true before. Miles drew inspiration from personalities around him, and as their traits became more lifelike in his fiction, those traits would fade from the individuals they were inspired from.
  • Sarcasm Failure: Lenny is always good for a snark, no matter how dire the situation. Her Sarcasm Failure was a result of an author, an unwitting personality plunderer, who had written her into his book, and shocked her enough to drive her to a suicide attempt.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The series ends with Shade rewriting history so that none of the events of the comic ever happened, leaving one character (who had gone back in time with him) missing, his son trapped permanently in a female body and he himself unable to reconnect with his lost love. There is a slightly upbeat moment in the last panel, but if you think about it, it's unlikely to have worked out the way he wanted it to... This is actually an improvement over the intended ending in issue 50, which would have ended the series with Kathy and Shade's child dead and the rest of the cast either dead, leaving, or permanently estranged from Shade.
  • Split Personality
  • Superpower Lottery: Shade can create hallucinations, he can create physical objects, he can change himself, he can change others, he can bring himself back from the dead, teleport, make and grow interdimensional spaces, and even travel through time itself! A few reasons why this worked: Firstly, it's a non-heroic comic book. That means all other characters get no gimmicks, so their character development have to be focused on character. And so you had purely normal, believable personalities who were at least as interesting as the guy with the powers, or moreso. Secondly, Shade's powers are just as often the plaything of his own issue-riddled subconscious. And the more adept Shade gets at using his powers, the more colossally his fucked-up mind can fashion a Mind Screw.
  • The Mad Hatter
  • The Mentally Disturbed
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body
  • Two First Names: Kathy George.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Shade and his crew end up living in 'Hotel Shade', which the Angels told him would "draw madness to it like a magnet." Even John Constantine paid a visit.
  • Whodunnit to Me?: Story Arc 'The Road'.
  • Who Shot JFK?: The second and third issue give us a Sphinx with JFK's head that asks people this question and eats them when they're unable to answer. The JFK-Sphinx's madness is fueled by a Kennedy admirer-turned conspiracy theorist. In the end, he's forced to ask the question, and says we're all responsible, for letting the President's death overshadow his life, but the real truth is confronting the manifestation of his obsession allows him to come to terms with the death of his young daughter, which he can only blame on life's unfairness.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In the final issues, after DC had decided to cancel, Lenny is describing Shade to her father.

    Lenny's father: What is he, Superman?
    Lenny: If he were, his comic would probably be canceled.
    [both look out of panel]


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Shade, the Changing Man (Vertigo)

Shade, the Changing Man is an American superherocomic book featuring the character of the same name. The series was written by Peter Milligan and published by DC Comics; it lasted for 70 issues, from July 1990 to April 1996. The final 37 issues were published under the company's Vertigoimprint for mature readers. Shade, the Changing Man chronicles the adventures of Rac Shade, an alien from the planet Meta who becomes stuck in the body of Troy Grenzer, a convicted serial killer. The series' long-term story arc focuses on the relationship between Shade and Kathy George, a girl whose parents were killed by Grenzer.

The series explores the themes of identity and love triangles, while offering a critique of American culture. Milligan conceived Shade, the Changing Man after writing Skreemer, his first comic for DC. Editor Karen Berger asked Milligan to start working on a new series; Milligan chose to write about Shade, who had been created for a short-lived series by Steve Ditko in 1977. Milligan sought to differentiate his series from Ditko's: he only used elements of Shade he deemed necessary and took the character in a different direction. Numerous artists contributed to the series throughout its run; the most recurring was Chris Bachalo, who illustrated 38 issues.

Shade, the Changing Man has been called one of the most innovative comics ever published and one of Milligan's finest works. Reviewers found its take on the superhero genre bizarre and unconventional, and offered lavish praise for its originality and characters. Milligan considers it the series he is best known for, and has returned to write new stories about Shade on several occasions. The series was adapted as part of Cartoon Network's DC Nation Shorts in 2013. A spiritual successor, Shade, the Changing Girl, began in 2016, published under DC's Young Animal imprint.

Synopsis[edit]

Rac Shade, an alien poet from the planet Meta, is recruited by Changemaster Wisor to become a Changing Man. Shade is deceived into traveling to Earth, causing his body on Meta to rot. As humans die when taken over by a Changing Man, Shade possesses Troy Grenzer, a serial killer about to be executed. Shade befriends Kathy George, whose parents were murdered by Grenzer, and Lenny Shapiro. He also must avoid law enforcement, who believe he is still Grenzer. Shade's first mission on Earth is to fight the American Scream—actually Agent Rohug, another Metan Changing Man who went insane after undergoing deep-culture-tank training focusing on American culture and stop the madness of Meta from flowing into Earth. Shade also battles with Grenzer, as a portion of his conscience survived and repeatedly tries to retake his body. Shade also develops an alter-ego, Hades, who causes Shade to give in to his own desires.

After the first storyline, the series shifted its focus to telling the love story about Shade and Kathy.[1] Shade is killed, but his spirit is transferred to the body of a recently murdered red-headed woman. After further strange adventures, Shade is killed again, but angels force him to return to Earth and do their bidding. They provide him with a human host created for just such an occasion. The strain of death and the afterlife cause Shade's mind to become both unhinged and combined with that of Hades. Thus, Shade has no permanent hold on sanity and will bounce from impulsive mania to thoughtful collection quickly. He reunites with Lenny and Kathy, opens the Hotel Shade, and meets John Constantine. Kathy and Shade also have a child.

Kathy is eventually killed. Shade becomes a red-head again, but this time with a short mod cut. Lost in mourning, he removes himself from his old life and moves to the city, where he befriends a deaf dancer and the alleged reincarnation of Nikola Tesla. He also attempts to bond with his son only to find that the child is suffering from a fast-aging disease. Tired of suffering, Shade removes his heart and locks it in a metal box, becoming more apathetic to surrounding characters and events. Shade eventually loses control of the Madness, which begins feeding on his subconscious and maiming and killing innocents. Desperate to put things right, Shade gathers his remaining colleagues and develops a time machine. The resulting struggles are met with limited success; Shade's son, for instance, finds himself trapped in a female body, but Shade is reunited with Kathy.

Themes and analysis[edit]

Shade, the Changing Man has been noted for its commentary on American culture. The second issue (August 1990), for example, is devoted to discussing the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the trauma it caused.[1][2] Also, the American Scream represents everything bad about American culture infecting the entire world.[3] Themes featured in the comic included racial tensions, gun violence, homelessness, and capital punishment.[1][4] Many of the topics the series dealt with were controversial and distinct from other comics at the time, among them transgenderism.[5] Issue #42 (December 1993) features Shade, Kathy, and Lenny arguing about abortion; Shade is horrified it is legal, let alone that it exists.[1] Other common themes were identity—with the series exploring what it means to be human and facing the consequences of others' actions and the love triangle between Shade, Kathy, and Lenny.[1]

Composition and development[edit]

Background[edit]

Rac Shade was created by Steve Ditko in 1977 for his series Shade, the Changing Man, published by DC Comics. In the series, Shade was depicted as resident of the planet Meta who is falsely accused of treason and uses the power of his "M-Vest" to protect himself with a force field and project the illusion of becoming a large grotesque version of himself. The series only lasted for eight issues, as it was one of DC's books that fell victim to the company's sudden 1978 cancellation of over two dozen comics.[6] By 1990, Shade was a regular character in John Ostrander's Suicide Squad (1987–1992).[1] However, comics historian Matthew K. Manning regarded the character as obscure and unknown to most readers.[6]

During the late 1980s, DC editor Karen Berger began to recruit writers from the United Kingdom, such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and Peter Milligan; Berger "found their sensibility and point of view to be refreshingly different, edgier and smarter".[7] Gaiman began with Black Orchid, while Morrison wrote Animal Man and Doom Patrol.[6] Then known for his stories in 2000 A.D. (1977–present), Milligan's first work for DC was a post-apocalyptic gangster series called Skreemer.[8]

Production[edit]

After completing Skreemer, Milligan went on a brief hiatus from writing[8] and began traveling across the United States.[9] Berger asked Milligan to start writing a new series.[10] Milligan chose to write a series about Shade, who he was fascinated by: "I thought, 'My God, to take on this character'... I liked the idea of changing. I liked the idea of madness. I liked the idea of madness almost like a force for change. ... I heard someone say a really good thing about schizophrenics... that, ah, for most people, schizophrenia is a break down, every now and again it's a breakthrough. The idea that madness can be a breakthrough".[8] Milligan also thought the character was "nebulous enough for me to really put my stamp on".[10]

Though a self-proclaimed fan of Ditko's work, Milligan sought to distance his Shade from the character in the original series. Milligan retained elements he believed were necessary to the character (his "wacky" backstory and powers emphasizing madness) but took some of the character's qualities in a different direction. This allowed Milligan enough creative freedom to put his mark on Shade. Milligan views his Shade as a homage to Ditko's work rather than a direct continuation.[10] As Shade, the Changing Man progressed, Milligan felt as if its narrative was becoming dry. He praised assistant editor Shelly Roeburg for telling him how innovative she thought it was.[8] Milligan described the series as a whole as "a weird road movie with a girl and an alien".[11]

One of Milligan's desires for Shade, the Changing Man was to offer a critique of the United States,[10] particularly at a personal level.[9] Milligan felt as if England had become "culturally dwarfed" by the US,[8] and thought that the series offered him the opportunity to portray how he viewed the United States and its culture.[10][8] Milligan said he typically came up with stories between one and two months before writing them. He preferred to "know where the story's going", but also liked "to be surprised by the characters".[8] Milligan would typically notify his editors of what he planned for the series some time before publication, for advertising. One common request among fans was for Milligan to write a crossover with Shade meeting other DC characters, such as the Doom Patrol or the Sandman. Milligan joked that he wrote the storyline involving John Constantine when he realized the requests had died down.[8] During its initial run, the series was established as taking place within the DC Universe (DCU), the shared, fictional universe that most of DC's publications take place in.[12] The 2005 book Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium declared the series non-canon to the DCU, having taken place in the same world as Elseworlds comics such as Batman: League of Batmen and Shazam: The New Beginning.[13]

Multiple artists contributed to the series throughout its run. The most recurring was Chris Bachalo, who illustrated a total of 38 issues.[a] Other regular artists were Glyn Dillon, Colleen Doran, Philip Bond, Mark Buckingham, Sean Phillips, Michael Lark, Richard Case, and Jamie Tolagson. Bill Jaaska, Bryan Talbot, Jan Duursema, Brendan McCarthy, Duncan Eagleson, Peter Gross, Scot Eaton, Steve Yeowell, and Andy Pritchett each made the art for single issues. Mark Pennington, Rick Bryant, Pablo Marcos, Dick Giordano, Rafael Kayanan, and Phil Gascoine inked the series, while Daniel Vozzo and David Hornung were colorists and Albert de Guzman, Richard Starkings, and Sean Konot were letterers.[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Publication history[edit]

The final thirty-seven issues of Shade, the Changing Manwere published under DC's Vertigo imprint

The first issue of Shade, the Changing Man was published in July 1990.[1] The series was part of DC's line of comics bearing an advisory "Suggested for Mature Readers" label on its cover, joining Hellblazer (1988–2013), Batman: The Killing Joke (1988), and The Sandman (1989–1996), among others.[6] The series' first story arc was a lengthy, eighteen-issue tale called "The American Scream", detailing Shade's first adventures on Earth and his battle with the American Scream.[1]

The series was initially published with the traditional "DC Bullet" logo. In 1993, Berger started a new imprint for DC, Vertigo, to focus on publishing comics aimed at mature readers.[6] Issue #33 (March 1993) was the first issue of Shade, the Changing Man published under the Vertigo imprint. Milligan has reportedly said he wanted the series to end after issue #50 (August 1994). However, it continued for another two years, ending with issue #70 (April 1996).[1] The series was popular in the United States and, according to Milligan, it sold well.[8]

Shade, the Changing Man is yet to be completely reprinted in trade paperback. Only issues #1 through #19 (which comprise "The American Scream" and a Christmas special) have been collected, through three separate books. The rest of the series (issues #20 to #70) has never been rereleased.[1]

Reviews[edit]

Shade, the Changing Man is remembered as one of Milligan's greatest works and one of the most innovative comics ever published.[5][14][3] Many critics noted Shade, the Changing Man's bizarre, psychedelic, and unconventional take on superheroics. Hilary Goldstein (IGN) wrote that, out of all the strange comics DC published under Vertigo, Shade, the Changing Man was "the biggest headtrip of them all".[15]Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer (NPR) took this notion further, believing the series' intent was to challenge the standard clichés of superhero comics.[5] In an interview with MTV, Milligan said he thought the series is the one he is most known for.[16]

Reviewers were quick to point out the series' emphasis on madness. Reviewing "The American Scream", Publishers Weekly said this mobilized Shade, the Changing Man's outlandish premise in a short time.[2] Brian Salvatore (Multiversity Comics) was more exclamatory: "What starts off as a straight tale of a murder and punishment quickly turns into a metaphysical mind ... almost without warning".[4] Goldstein compared the series to reading a fairy tale-like dream, and expressed disappointment the collection he read ended so quickly.[15] The series' commentary on America was widely noted,[1][2][4] and Burgas found the series offered much more than just being bizarre, from love triangles to identity.[1]

The characterization of Shade and Kathy has been acclaimed. Goldstein thought Shade provided readers "the first step into the wonderful madness of [the series]".[15] Brian Cronin (Comic Book Resources) called their pairing unusual (being a naïve poet and a depressed girl),[3] and Publishers Weekly wrote the duo were well-crafted, empathetic, and said their pairing was perfect.[2] Salvatore considered Kathy the series' true protagonist, calling her powerful considering the circumstances she faces.[4] Burgas declared their relationship "one of the most magnificent love stories in comics".[1]

Bachalo's art was generally praised, and his work on Shade, the Changing Man has been called his breakthrough. Goldstein found the art less refined than some of Bachalo's later work, which he thought had "a more appealing, unprocessed look to it".[15] Salvatore called the art fluid and realistic, yet surreal. He said that, compared to future Bachalo art, Shade, the Changing Man clearly showed who influenced the illustrations (specifically Sam Kieth), giving it a rawness he found satisfactory.[4]Publishers Weekly wrote the "expressionistic artwork and surreal tendencies perfectly complement Milligan's story".[2] Burgas offered praise for Vozzo's digital coloring, feeling it enhanced the impact of Bachalo's art, but felt that almost none of the series' artists lived up to the standards set by Bachalo, the exception being McCarthy.[1]

Burgas wrote that, after "The American Scream", Milligan turned his focus from storytelling to the romance between Shade and Kathy, differentiating it from the majority of Vertigo's comics. Burgas thought this caused the book to meander and thought this was frustrating. He said that issues released after Kathy's death, and Bachalo's departure from the series, marked a declining point. However, he still thought "the final 20 issues are still part of a marvelous love story... While Milligan couldn't quite recapture the magic of the first 50 issues (and especially the first 26 issues), the entire series is a wonderful journey".[1] Cronin thought the series should have ended with the 50th issue.[3]

Related works[edit]

In 2003, as part of the Vertigo imprint's tenth anniversary special, Milligan and Mike Allred produced "One Crazy Girl's Story", a new story featuring Shade.[17] During the 2011 crossover event Flashpoint, Milligan produced a tie-in story, Flashpoint: Secret Seven, which featured his Shade as the star. According to Milligan, he wanted to write a story about Shade for Flashpoint so he could "explore a different kind of Shade... After all this time I still feel I’m finding out more about Shade".[16] After Flashpoint concluded, DC's entire comics line was relaunched in an initiative called the New 52. Milligan began writing a new series, Justice League Dark, which featured Shade as one of the eponymous team's members.[16] Shade left the team after the eighth issue (June 2012), after losing control of the M-Vest in Gotham City.[18] In 2016, DC started a new imprint, Young Animal, to focus on comics set in the DCU and directed at mature readers. One of the imprint's launch series was a spiritual successor to Shade, the Changing Man called Shade, the Changing Girl, later retitled Shade, the Changing Woman.[19] The series deals with Rac Shade's legacy,[20] and he also has guest appearances.[21]

Other media[edit]

A two-minute adaptation of Shade, the Changing Man was produced for DC Nation Shorts, a series of animated shorts that aired on Cartoon Network. It was released on August 20, 2013.[22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^These were issues #1 to #9, #11 to #13, #15 to #21, #23 to #26, #33 to #39, #42 to #45, #47, and #49 to #50.

References[edit]

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Rac Shade

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An alien from the planet Meta, Shade originally came to Earth to fight the American Scream. His real name was Rac Shade. Shade has the power to warp reality and dimensions using his M-Vest.

As one of Peter Milligan's well known remake, the writer makes Shade cross paths with John Constantine during his run on the series. John and Shade first met during the Hotel Shade arc in Peter Milligan's run on the series Shade the Changing Man, in which John was taken from his own time (the 80s) and travels to present day (90s) to help Shade and his friends overcome Shade's apparent lost of control.

Shade and John would meet again in Hellblazer issue 269 when John Constantine summoned him. They work together to get John's future wife Epiphany, where Shade mistaken Epiphany for his former lover Kathy.

Shade and John were teammates in the New 52 team Justice League Dark.

Powers and abilities

Using his powerful M-Vest, Shade is granted almost omnipotent reality warping powers. He can teleport, is extremely durable, and can even create other lifeforms and universes (though it has limitations).

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There have been further versions of Shade. In particular, the one created by Peter Milligan in his own 1990 series played an important role in launching the Vertigo imprint. Vertigo was in turn quite influential. But those versions we’re aware of as of this writing are different characters from Ditko’s.

Shade’s 1980s Suicide Squad appearances are covered in our second Shade the Changing Man character profile, to be read after this one.


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Background

  • Real Name: Rac Shade.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former agent of the Metan Security Services.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile on Meta/NY apartment on Earth.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 147 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red

Meta-Zone and Zero-Zone

Shade’s homeworld of Meta is more technologically advanced than Earth. It also exists in a separate dimension, which is linked to Earth’s by the Zero-Zone.

Metans have set up a base on Earth, in the form of the Occult Research Centre, run by Wizor. This is where they act to discredit appearances of unauthorised travellers from Meta by claiming all unusual events are true, and providing them occult explanations.


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Meta is an authoritarian society, with a heavy police presence that seems to be at war with organized crime. Corruption and paranoia are rampant, and no one is above suspicion. Yet the fact that members of the ruling council are secretly crime chiefs makes the paranoia understandable.

The Zero-Zone is an unstable landscape of shifting shapes and colours, populated by an array of hostile creatures. Travelling it is dangerous, but some criminals take the chance to avoid the authorities. The security services only travel there in trained squads on specific missions, or when travelling to the Earth-Zone.

The most feared part of the Zero-Zone is the Area of Madness. Anyone caught by it who escapes is left screaming maniacally, never shutting up until the stress causes their death. The only person to survive it with their sanity intact is Rac Shade, who’s actually survived two journeys there.

In DC Heroes terms, a traveller in the Area of Madness suffers a 09 APs Aura of Fear attack whose effect is Permanent.


Powers and Abilities

A highly-trained security agent, Shade is a skilled combatant, armed and unarmed. Furthermore, he is the only person to have emerged from the Area of Madness without screaming until his heart burst.

M-Vest

The M-Vest (or Miraco-Vest, after its creator, Dr Miraco) was originally designed to protect the wearer from hostile conditions in mining colonies. But the prototype was modified to allow travel between Meta and Earth.

It projects a protective force field around the wearer which allows him to attack others unimpeded, even strengthening his blows. The field appears to always be on at a low-level, but Shade can be cold-cocked if caught by surprise.

The force field can be used to project the force of an attack back on the attacker on occasion, and neutralizes security system from noticing the wearer. The suit also allows him to fly.

The suit has a defensive feature which enhances the target’s fear (or the emotional state of the wearer). Then it manifests it as a fearsome form projecting around the wearer. It is visible only to targets of the effect, and appears different to each. It usually seems to be a larger, distorted form of Shade’s own appearance, unless the target has a particular target of their fear.

The effect leaves victims unable to act.


History

One of the leading security agents on Meta, Rac Shade was fascinated by, and studied, Earth. This led to him being one of the primary agents dispatched when criminals fled there from Meta. Discovering a weak section where the Zero-Zone got close to the Earth-Zone, he found an empty apartment which he rented as his base there.

To see to the safety of fellow Earth scholar, Agam Loron, Shade was assigned to mentor Agam’s daughter, Mellu, a junior officer in the security service. She learned quickly, and a romantic bond formed between her and Shade.

Shade the Changing Man slightly distorted

Shade’s mentor and superior, Colonel Kross, assigned him to investigate the theft of the Miraco-Vest. Kross suspected that it was an inside job. Shade discovered the vest in the possession of a resident of the Zero-Zone who was able to break through and loot items from the Meta-Zone.

He recovered the Vest, but wasn’t sure he knew the full story of what had happened to it. In particular, Shade still suspected corrupt agents of being involved. He hid the Vest and some of the other stolen equipment in his Earth apartment until he could be sure.

Agam then came to Shade having learned of a plot by treason forces to take over Meta. Shade reported it to Lt. Emp, his acting superior while Kross was away. Shade fell under suspicion when seen outside Agam’s house just before it exploded, crippling Agam and his wife, Mira.

When Emp claimed Shade had never reported the suspected treason to him, Shade was convicted of treason and sentenced to death.

Fugitive

Shade took advantage of a prison break which dumped inmates in the Zero-Zone. He then used a sensor implant to locate the weak point which let him reach his Earth apartment. Donning the M-Vest, he was determined to prove his innocence and uncover the real traitors.

Shade knew that Emp was on Earth, using his Kempo identity. He began searching for him, investigating his links to local organized crime. He also responded to reports of Metan criminals on the rampage, battling Zokag and Form. Lastly learned that Mellu had been assigned as the N-Agent sent to negate him.

Finally catching up to Emp, Shade got the better of him. He forced him to admit he answered to Captain Majan, and didn’t know anyone else in the conspiracy. But Mellu’s unexpected attack gave Emp the opportunity to flee while Shade incapacitated her.

Return to Meta

Heading back to Meta to follow the trail, Shade stumbled across a security patrol being ambushed by natives of the Zero-Zone. Coming to their aid, he was too late to save more than one of them, Sergeant Barak. Barak was badly wounded and unconscious by the time Shade reached him, although not before recognizing his saviour. Shade took him to a hospital undetected.

He contacted Kross, now retired due to his closeness to Shade, who agreed to help. Shade infiltrated Meta Security Headquarters and confronted Majan. Attacked by an invisible assailant, the Cloak, he was kept off balance until the assassin had killed Majan. Shade was leaning over the dead body when Mellu walked in, and fled before she could stop him.

Shade the Changing Man by Steve Ditko

The trail led next to Majan’s ex-lover, the criminal Gola Zae. He arrived in time to see her transport the unconscious Mellu to the Area of Madness.

Knocking out Gola, Shade transported himself and her after Mellu. He rescued Mellu, but not before she was affected by the Area. Taking her to Dr. Sagan, Shade convinced him to use an experimental device to transfer Mellu’s memories of the Area of Madness to him. Sagan did so, and both Shade and Mellu survived the process.

Spotting an attempt by crime forces to break the prisoners recovered from the Zero-Zone out of the hospital, Shade intervened to stop them. He succeeded, but was captured by Mellu. He was imprisoned again, in a prison under the reinstated Kross’ command. However, security measures in the M-Vest prevented it being removed.

It took some doing, but Shade managed to break out of his cell, only to be captured by agents of the crime chief Sude. In Sude’s grasp, Shade got the chance to escape when Mellu and Barak interrupted proceedings to help him. By that point, Mellu had been told what he did for her in the Area of Madness and after. The Sude automaton was destroyed, but its operator escaped.

Traitors, Traitors, Everywhere

Suspicious of Kross, Shade decided to investigate his new posting as advisor to President Olon. Approaching the Presidential Palace, he found the security perimeter breached. Shade rushed in, arriving in time to find Khaos. The villain was trying to take over Sude’s role by killing the President, who’d resisted his demands to cede power.

They fought, and Khaos explodes, leaving Shade apparently dead. Kross and Olon hid him from the security forces, calling in Dr. Sagan to help. Yet all he could do was observe while the Vest kept Shade safe until he recovered consciousness. Olon became convinced of Shade’s innocence, but was unable to do anything openly while the treason charge remained.

Shade the Changing Man vs. Meta guards

They learned Dr. Z.Z., head of the crime school, has travelled to Earth with his students. Z.Z. had taken over the ORC and destroyed the transporter allowing easy travel to the Earth-Zone. The M-Vest offered the only way to travel to Earth in time to stop Dr. Z.Z. putting his plans into action, so Shade agreed to travel there. After a brief reunion with Mellu, he set off.

(The final issue was cancelled before publication, but printed in the Cancelled Comics Cavalcade, and while the ending is a bit awkward for the start of the next entry’s History, it’s included here for completeness.)

Shade’s journey back to Earth was hampered when he was captured by a Zero-Zone resident building an army of slaves. Such an organized force could pose a serious threat for Meta or Earth. Thus, when he broke free, Shade also freed the other prisoners, letting them turn on each other while he dealt with their master.

Leaving them in chaos, he continued on to Earth, where he made plans to deal with Dr. Z.Z.


Personality

Serious and driven, Shade remains a policeman despite his predicament. He’ll fight any criminals he comes across while following the trail to prove himself innocent with unrelenting determination.

Honourable and even-tempered, his circumstances have forced him to be suspicious of most people, apart from Mellu, as he learns how deep the corruption in Meta goes.


Quotes

“Tell me where Kempo’s hiding, Rega, or I’ll see that you die a shrieking death in the Area of Madness of the Zero-Zone !”

“Great Meta !”

Shade: “You’ll talk or I’ll take you into the Area of Madness !”
Kempo: “N-no ! Sh-shade ! Y-you wouldn’t ! N-not that !”
Shade: “I’ll laugh while you scream for death’s release !”

“I wish you’d listened to Kempo, Mellu ! I’m innocent ! I was framed ! I love you ! I don’t want to… hurt you !”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Shade, The Changing Man

Dex: 06 Str: 03 (05) Bod: 04 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Fugitive/Former Security Agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 040

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Charisma: 05, Detective (Clue Analysis, Legwork, Police Procedures): 05, Martial Artist: 06, Vehicles (Air): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Detective (Police Procedures) only applies on Meta (-1).

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Meta-Zone), Expertise (Earth culture), Confined Headquarters (Earth apartment), Iron Nerves, Miscellaneous Advantage (Implant lets him sense direction in Zero-Zone).

Connections:
Col. Kabe Kross (High).

Drawbacks:
Mistrust (on Meta).

Equipment:

  • M-VEST [BODY 08, Aura of Fear: 07, Dimensional Travel (Self Only, Meta to Earth-Zone via Zero-Zone only): 10, Flight: 03, Force Field (Always on with at least 1 AP, no effect against gas, Can Attack through Field): 06, Obscure (electronic observation only, Contingent on Force Field): 08, Power Reserve (STR, Contingent on Force Field): 02, Reflection/Deflection (Minor Marginal, Contingent on Force Field): 08, Miscellaneous Advantage (Security measures prevent it being removed, or used, by anyone else)].
  • On Meta he often carries a ray gun [BODY 04, Energy Blast: 06].

He’s going the distance

In DC Heroes RPG terms, the Zero Zone is 8 to 12 APs of Dimensional Distance away from Earth. On average it’s 10, but some areas are dimensionally closer or further from Earth. Apparently, you can only assess Dimensional Distances when in the Zero Zone. If travelling from Earth, use the standard 10.

The Atlas of the DC Universe puzzlingly give a distance of 10 for both Meta and the Zero Zone. This may mean that the distance from Meta to the Zero Zone is very low — 2 APs ? — and trivial for anybody who can cross from Earth to the Zero Zone.

By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Comics (Shade the Changing Man vol. 1).

Helper(s): Darci, Rex Smith.

Writeup completed on the 2nd of June, 2012.

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SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN

… for The Creeper, they don't come much quirkier than that. But Shade the Changing Man went beyond mere quirkiness. Shade, which Ditko plotted as well as drew (tho Michael Fleischer, known for Jonah Hex, wrote the dialog), was downright weird.

In DC Comics'Shade, the Changing Man #1 (July, 1977), readers were introduced to Rac Shade, the numero uno secret agent for the government of Meta, an extra-dimensional world with human-like inhabitants possessing high technology, and the love of his life, Mellu Loron, whom he was training to work in the secret agent trade. Mellu's mom, Mira Loron, was secretly Sude, the Supreme Decider (or as we say here, "dictator") of Meta, who, equally secretly, plotted to become ruler of Earth as well.

The plot thickener (as if a world leader who maintains a secret identity, cf. Super President, didn't make it thick enough already) was The M-Vest, invented by Dr. Miraco. This device conferred certain powers upon the wearer, among which was an ability to travel easily between the "Meta-Zone" and the "Earth-Zone". Its other powers were great, but largely unknown. Sude arranged to have it stolen, murdering Miraco in the process. It fell into Shade's hands — secretly, like so much else in this series. Another power it demonstrated was an ability to alter the wearer's appearance, drawing on the fears of whoever looked at him to make him seem monstrous — hence the subtitle, "The Changing Man".

As if this weren't enough to drive a comic book series, Sude framed Shade for a terrorist bombing aimed at her own regime, adding the tinge of outlawry to his persona. Nonetheless, it lasted only eight issues, ending with a cover date of September, 1978.

But that doesn't necessarily mean it didn't catch on with readers — actually, we'll never know how readers would have responded if it had been given a chance, because it succumbed to the same event as Steel the Indestructible Man, Claw the Unconquered, The Secret Society of Super-Villains and many other weaker titles, or ones that hadn't been around long enough to establish an audience. In a paroxysm of frugality, DC's money men suddenly pulled the plug on them all, in what is remembered by comics fans as "The DC Implosion".

But like Firestorm,Black Lightning and quite a few other Implosion victims, Shade was eventually brought back. With a cover date of July, 1990, he was relaunched as part of DC's Vertigo line (Kid Eternity,The Black Orchid), which specialized in more complex comics for more mature readers. There, he was handled by writer Peter Milligan (Judge Dredd) and artist Chris Bachalo (X-Men).

Elements of the original series were only the springboard into this one. In this incarnation, Shade was trapped on Earth in the body of a condemned serial killer named Troy Grenzer, and picked up with Kathy George, daughter of two of his victims and engaged to a third, since committed to a mental institution. They roam America, trying to deal with the effects of an Area of Madness (where his own body was located at the time) that was spilling over into both Earth and Meta. The M-Vest, its power upgraded, was re-christened The Madness Vest.

These reality-bending adventures carried it far longer than Ditko's own weirdness had carried the first. In fact, 70 issues were published, the last dated April, 1996. But in a world accustomed to adult-oriented superheroes like Watchmen and Miracleman, it didn't stand out from the crowd — despite the fact that Ditko's Shade had arguably been a necessary precursor to those others.

In 2003, DC brought out the first six issues of the Milligan/Bachalo Shade in graphic novel form. But it hasn't yet followed that up with the rest.

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Background

  • Real Name: Rac Shade.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Suicide Squad; Former agent of the Metan Security Services.
  • Base Of Operations: Belle Reve prison.
  • Height: 5’9” Weight: 147 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red

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Powers and Abilities

A highly-trained security agent, Shade is a skilled combatant, armed and unarmed.

His M-Vest projects a protective force field around him. It allows him to attack others unimpeded, even strengthening his blows and increasing his reach. The field appears to always be on at a low-level, but he can be cold-cocked if caught by surprise.

The force field can be used to project the force of an attack back on the attacker on occasion. It can also prevent security system from noticing the wearer. The suit further allows him to fly.

Shade the Changing Man attacking

The suit has a defensive feature which enhances the target’s fear (or the emotional state of the wearer) and manifests it as a fearsome form projecting around the wearer. These may be made visible only to the target of the effect, or to everyone, and the manifestations seem more solid, matching his moves and allowing him to attack with greater range.

The vest’s dimensional travelling abilities no longer seem to function following the Crisis On Infinite Earths, which changed the relative locations of the zones.


History

(His earlier history can be found in the Ditko era entry.)

Pulled from the Zero-Zone by the events of the Crisis, he was abruptly shunted back there after helping battle the Anti-Monitor. He then found that the dimensional realignment meant the M-Vest’s dimensional travelling capabilities no longer worked.

Shade survived in the Zero-Zone until members of the Suicide Squad stumbled there, escaping from another dimension. Shade saved them from the Zone’s residents. Then he used the M-Vest to trigger the dimension travelling abilities of the unconscious Nightshade, returning them all to Earth.


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The Squad helped him infiltrate the ORC and stop Doctor Z.Z. and his students. Shade battled Z.Z., who got the upper hand until Rick Flag Jr. shot and killed him. Wizor tried to arrest Shade, but Flag turned his gun on him, forcing him to let Shade leave with them.

Amanda Waller offered to help Shade find a way home, in exchange for his working with the Squad. He accepted. Shade also offered his technical expertise, although this was primarily based on his view of Earth-Zone technology as inferior. Thus, it’s debatable how much help he provided.

He took part in a number of missions. But there was little sign of them even looking for a way to get him home. As a result, Shade’s frustration made him susceptible to Lashina’s offer of help in exchange for him helping her get home. She claimed her home dimension, Apokolips, was closer to Meta.

Shade the Changing Man vs. Peacemaker

Kidnapping Vixen and Captain Boomerang, Shade accompanied Lashina and the captives to Apokolips. There, she immediately betrayed him. Several members of the Squad and their support staff, including Briscoe, Dr. Light, and Flo Crowley, died in the battle. Darkseid then appeared to put an end to it, sending everyone home.

Shade found himself back in the Meta-Zone, wracked with guilt over the deaths he’d caused, and determined to make up for them.


Personality

Shade is determined to get home so he can clear himself. He has become obsessed to a degree that he makes decisions he knows are wrong, compromising his ethics.

He doesn’t seem to develop much of a bond with any of his team mates, seeing the alliance as temporary. Shade also evidences a generally arrogant attitude, especially regarding Earth technology. He frequently acts as though understanding Earth technology is simple, even when he ends up breaking things.


Quotes

Captain Cold: “Yer a cop, ain’tcha ?”
Shade: “I’m a security officer, yes. But how’d you…?”
Captain Cold: “Cops is cops, no matter what ’zone‘ they’re from, pal.”
Captain Boomerang: “Ah, Lenny, me old chum ! You always could sniff to a demon right off !”
Shade: “And you two are obviously criminals. Probably incorrigible. Do you know how my people handle the hardened criminal ? We negate them.”
Captain Boomerang: “Yeah ? What’s that… some sort of shock therapy, eh ?”
Shade: “In a way. We kill them.”

(He explains M-Vest abilities to Amanda Waller when she asks)
Waller: “And these M-Vests are standard issue to Metan security forces.”
Shade: “No. it’s an experimental vest. Its full abilities aren’t even known yet.”
Waller: “Uh-huh. So they chose you as a Guinea pig to test it.”
Shade: “No ! The vest was stolen. I recovered it. But I kept it rather than turn it in because I was afraid it would be hijacked again ! The gang who stole it obviously had help.”
Waller: “Uh-huh. So you decided to use the vest to help track down who stole it.”
Shade: “No ! I first used the vest to help me find the men who framed me for treason and murder !”
Waller: “Ah-hah. I get it now ! You’re nothing but a Metan crook.”
Shade: “No !!! I told you I was framed ! I’m innocent !”
Captain Cold: “So were we, pal ! So’s everybody in jail !!”
Captain Boomerang: “Bwa-ha-ha !”

Shade the Changing Man fighting parademons

“The technology used in creating this is crude by Metan standards, but not totally uninteresting. I suppose, with a little work, I could — set it off by accident.”

Amanda Waller: “What do you mean you didn’t know ?!”
Shade: “I didn’t build the M-Vest ! I don’t know all of its properties ! I’m a cop, not a scientist !”
Amanda Waller: “Then why did you tell me you thought you could do something with this Ifrit device ?!”
Shade: “Well, it’s Earth-zone technology, isn’t it ? Which is relatively primitive compared to Meta, yes ? I have enough basic knowledge of Metan devices, and so…”
Amanda Waller: “Boy, you keep up this attitude and I will personally see to it you get back to your blamed Meta-Zone by kicking your butt back there!”

“Tell me : does your plan have another stage or do we just die here ?”


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Shade, The Changing Man

Dex: 06 Str: 03 (08) Bod: 04 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 07 Occupation: Fugitive/Former Security Agent
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 018 HP: 045

Skills:
Acrobatics: 05, Charisma: 05, Detective (Clue Analysis, Legwork, Police Procedures): 05, Martial Artist: 06, Vehicles (Air): 05, Weaponry (Firearms): 06

Bonuses and Limitations:
Detective (Police Procedures) only applies on Meta (-1).

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Meta-Zone), Expertise (Earth culture), Confined Headquarters (Earth apartment), Iron Nerves, Miscellaneous Advantage (Implant lets him sense direction in Zero-Zone).

Connections:
Suicide Squad (Low).

Drawbacks:
Exile (Involuntary), MIA (Returning home), Mistrust (on Meta).

Equipment:
M-VEST [BODY 08, Aura of Fear: 07, Flight: 04, Force Field (Always on with at least 1 AP, no effect against gas, Can Attack through Field): 06, Obscure (electronic observation only, Contingent on Force Field): 08, Power Reserve (STR, Contingent on Force Field): 05, Reflection/Deflection (Minor Marginal, Contingent on Force Field): 08, Stretching: 03, Miscellaneous Advantage (Security measures prevent it being removed, or used, by anyone else)].


Design Notes

While it may simply be artistic confusion, there’re a few places where his enlarged fear-form appears to be actually touching his opponents, whereas earlier this was purely illusory. I’ve interpreted this as the M-Vest’s powers continuing to grow.


By Gareth Lewis.

Source of Character: DC Comics (Suicide Squad vol. 1).

Helper(s): Roger, Mark.

Writeup completed on the 16th of June, 2012.

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