Written by Cecil Castellucci
Illustrated by Mirka Andolfo
Colored by Marissa Louise
Lettered by Saida Temofonte
Edited by Molly Mahan and Jamie S. Rich
DC’s Young Animal crossover captains are Gerard Way & Steve Orlando (haha)
Shade The Changing Man created Steve Ditko
Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston
Warning: This review contains spoilers! If you have not yet read this issue please check out our spoiler-free review!
I think what I loved the most about this installment of the Milk Wars crossover is simply that I didn’t like it. Yep. I hate it. The stuff that should have made me laugh did not make me laugh. Wonder Wife bathing in milk and feeding her child, a dust buster? Nah nope. Her prime focus in life is keeping her man happy? Wtf? Nope. Shade fractured into multiple selves like the movie Inside Out? Nope.
I wanted to reject this issue because I didn’t like it at all, but then I realized, I don’t think I was supposed to like it. I think that was the point.
They pulled Shade apart to make each of her emotions work individually so she would only feel one emotion at a time making her one dimensional. Whereas what we love about shade is she’s this big ball of naive emotion and you’re never quite sure what she’s going to do next based on the fact that she’s a very emotional being.
They made Wonder Woman be the stereotypical housewife that many men still look for in women instead of the kick-ass feminist role model that she is. And really made you look at gender roles and realizing just what it would look like to take this strong woman and make her be the pliable little housewife. I don’t want to even entertain the idea of asking what a life would look like if our strong women became stereotypes.
So there’s my review. I loved it because I hated it. I hated it because I hated the idea we could live in a world without strong females.
I loved it because at the end you want to sigh with relief that it was over and Shade went back to being Shade, Wonder Wife came back to her senses and realized she was Wonder Woman, and because as a reader you could feel grateful that the spell was broken and also be left with the reminder that “EVERY woman plus EVERY woman equals Wonder Woman.” and we have all the tools we need to fight for our rights and we can do so every day and writing like this is going to pioneer the way.
I’m not gonna write out a scene to scene for this issue because I feel like to get the full experience of this issue you have to be confused. However, if you want me to do that I will, just let me know on twitter or in the comments below.
Some key points to help you:
-Shade is fractured into multiple personalities based on emotions Happy, Sad, Angry, Love, Fear, so she can only feel one emotion at a time.
-The milk has turned Wonder Woman into Wonder Wife and she believes her goal is to be the ambassador for housewives everywhere.
-Cave Carson’s eye works its magic on Shade who is able to go back to being whole once the eye shows her the truth and then she is able to help Wonder Woman.
-Rita Farr and Beast Boy are Doom Patrol characters.
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