All the fears I had about Shade, the Changing Girl have been removed by issue 7, an issue that Senator Lynn Beyak would not like at all.
For those who have never heard of the renowed senator, Lynn Beyak has been in the news in Canada complaining about how people are maligning the residential schools, places where native children were taken, ripped from their parents, and subjected to horrific physical, emotional and sexual abuse by Christians. Senator Beyak would be delighted to read how Loma was taken away from her parents, an avian on Meta. She was given to Metans who clipped her wings, rendering her incapable of flight for the rest of her life, and spent years telling her how horrible her own people and culture were, and how wonderful Metans are.
Senator Beyak would be mounting a fervid defense of how the Metans were simply trying to improve the life of the resentful and unappreciative avian girl.
As the story goes on, narrated by Shade to her new school friends on Earth, we learn how she discovered and fell in love with the tv series Life With Honey, as well as the poet Rac Shade, whose words inspired her.
Senator Beyak may enjoy those pages, although she is of the party that frequently works against the arts and culture, so admiring a poet would be a dodgy attribute at best.
But where Senator Beyak would completely lose her shit is when we see that Shade, while still on Meta, had sex with both men and women. Even more horrifying for the Bible-thumping Beyak, we discover that Shade’s good friend, River, is pan-sexual as well. Beyak fervently believes that gays should stay solidly in the closet, so she would probably have tossed this issue into her fireplace long before finishing it.
Perhaps the origin story of Shade, the Changing Girl, the delightful bucket list of her dreams, and her dramatic choice of action at the conclusion of the tale, would be reprehensible to those who pride themselves on the pure white nature of their Christian fascism, but for me, this was the best issue so far, and a sign of great things to come for this book.