I’m very sad to say that my worst fears about this book, expressed in my last review, seem to be coming true.
True, it’s still very early in the run, and things could change drastically. But for now, this series seems to be slipping into a kind of comic book narcissism, where the main character is dealing only with herself.
To be fair, the original Megan, the one that Shade pushed out of her dying body when she took it over, is also involved in this tale, floating in an afterlife type realm, and determined to get her body and life back. But that is kind of the opposite of what I was hoping for at this point. Something external for the character to deal with, some larger story in which Shade could learn about herself, and come to realizations, without that being pretty much the one and only feature of the book.
Now this isn’t to say that the issue itself is not worth reading. The art is very good, I particularly enjoyed the way the panda was used to transition the story to Meta, and there are some decent scenes.
The strongest feature of the book is the dialogue among the high school students. They are made to sound like people, rather than caricatures of kids, and given genuine reactions and interactions. Perhaps the reason I feel let down by this book is that there is so much I continue to admire in it. If it was crap, I wouldn’t care. But there is quality here.
The last couple of pages show us an episode of Life with Honey, a tv show that Shade enjoys watching. It’s mildly amusing, but nothing memorable.