One of our Gosh! Best of 2017 titles! DC Comics Young Animal imprint made a huge impact on the comics scene in 2017, but whilst Nick Derington and Gerard Way's excellent Doom Patrol revamp was stealing headlines it was Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone who were stealing our hearts with Shade the Changing Girl. Centered around the complex lives of it's cast of teenage characters, Shade writer Catellucci puts her years of experience writing YA fiction to use in her honest and forthright handling of the teen issues explored here. Never shying away from the truth of the matter, she manages to always keep the tone hopeful and positive. Equal parts teen drama, sci-fi adventure and superhero book Zarcone's clean and bright illustrative art style creates the perfect balance for all of these elements. Shade is a most lovely and complex piece of young adult fiction.