By Deejay Dayton
Feb 16, 2018 - 10:56
The Shade, the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman special is the third volume in the Milk Wars crossover series. Each issue of this has been fairly strange, intentionally so, to make the most of the Young Animals books that are part of it.
And sure enough, this volume does make the most of Shade, the Changing Girl, who becomes an entire team of Shades as she deals with Wonder Wife. The Milk Wars have caused Wonder Woman to become a tool of the patriarchy, and the altered origin story, in which she marries Steve Trevor, is a delightful twist on the original.
I was recently taken to task for making political comments in my reviews. The guy criticizing me for it took the stance that comics were meant to be pure escapism, and that political agendas have no place in them.
And yet, by not commenting about the injustices in the world around us, that is in and of itself a political comment, a passive acceptance of the way things are.
I am certain the guy who was displeased with my comments will absolutely hate this issue, and the Milk Wars in general. Although I doubt this was the goal, the evil forces in the Milk Wars are basically the same as the forces behind comicsgate, demanding an eradication of anything not straight, white and Christian, and preferably male.
So although I have to admit that the story in this issue was good, but not great, I commend it very highly anyway, for the issues that it brings up and confronts.
The world has become a darker and more dangerous place since the US elected a misogynist Nazi and his homophobic Bible thumping veep. They want to shove their white milk culture down our throats. We all need a Shade, the Changing Girl to remind us we need to stand up for ourselves, and not just passively become Wonder Wives.
Rating: 8 /10