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First Look: 5-Page Preview of 'SHADE' #1

He's debonair, charming and he's back on October 12th in his very own series.

Just as September was the month of 52 new ongoing releases at DC Comics, October looks to be the month of new mini-series releases. This week we saw the release of the Huntress, and we reviewed it for you here. But Huntress won't be the only new release we'll be seeing from DC this month; next week we'll see the release of one of our most anticipated titles: the first issue of James Robinson's Shade series. A few weeks ago we caught our first glimpse at Cully Hamner's 'Shade' #1 variant cover, and now today we'll get our very first look at what we can expect to find inside.

Earlier today DC Comics revealed a first look at the upcoming 'Shade' 12-issue mini series with a 5-page preview of the first issue which is due to hit stores on Wednesday, October 12th. The preview implies that the series will be telling the story of the Shade's origin, something that has never really been explored in comics. The character is certainly debonair and oozes charm, from what we can tell in these first few pages, and we couldn't think of a better writer to tell this particular story.

This issue will be the first in a series of twelve in total, and the book will feature a varety of different artists including Cully Hamner who worked with Robinson on the original Starman series, Darwyn Cooke, Jill Thompson, Javier Pulido, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha. It seems as far as artists go, Robinson got the pick of the litter! The story will document the Shade's origin and will be set in "different parts of the DC Universe and all over the world." Check out the first five pages of the issue below and let us know if you think the Shade #1 will be on your pull list.

Source: DC Source

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Posted by Benzo

Looks so good! Can't wait to get this! :D

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Man that looks good. Don't think I'll get the individual issues, but a year from now when the trade is out I'd LOVE to get it!

Posted by NightFang

That looks great, can't to pick it up!

Posted by Kairan1979

Looks good. I think I'm going to read it.

Posted by hammers_of_justice

Nice one, Looking good.

Posted by GraveSp

Nice I'm excited for this .

Posted by Billy Batson

cool.
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Posted by darklighter1

Wait is this the same guy in JLA Dark?

Posted by Adnan

@darklighter1 said:

Wait is this the same guy in JLA Dark?

No, that's Rac Shade, 'The Changing Man'. This is Richard Swift, also known as 'Shade'. I do feel that if DC wants to push both of them, one of them needs a name change lol.

I'll be trade waiting this, can't afford anymore than what I'm already getting next week. Looking forward to seeing how this goes...

Posted by No_Name_

Remember, not everything comes out in trade.

Posted by Adnan

@Babs: And now I'm conflicted D:

Posted by The Impersonator
@Babs
A shady article!  :)
Posted by TheMess1428

Does Shade have a British accent? I always hear it in my head that way when I read his speech bubbles.

Posted by Roldan

I still haven't read the last Starman Omnibus, might go do it right now while i still have a chance. Btw, have James said whether this takes place in the current earth or in Earth-2?

Posted by TheBlackHood

@Babs said:

Remember, not everything comes out in trade.

Now let us hope that Robinson can maintain the magic he created in Starman and not repeat the testosterone masogyny of Cry for Justice. I honestly hope that it is revealed that he had a ghost writer for Cry for Justice, that series was horrid.

Posted by The Stegman

F**K YOU! F**K YOU DC!!!! for releasing so many awesome titles! my wallet cannot afford another series

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

1st thoughts OMG Night crawlers ALIVE!!!!! 2nd thought o w8 its DC dam you Dc dam you...

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@Adnan said:

@Babs: And now I'm conflicted D:

She got me with the same line :P

@TheBlackHood said:

@Babs said:

Remember, not everything comes out in trade.

Now let us hope that Robinson can maintain the magic he created in Starman and not repeat the testosterone masogyny of Cry for Justice. I honestly hope that it is revealed that he had a ghost writer for Cry for Justice, that series was horrid.

Amen! I'm really concerned that the Other Robinson may show up.

@TheMess1428 said:

Does Shade have a British accent? I always hear it in my head that way when I read his speech bubbles.

Yup, he's a Brit!

Posted by longbowhunter

I read this preview earlier today. Really excited for this series. Glad to see Mikaal again too. Just could force myself through Robinson's JLA run.
Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

This is out next week!? Color me excited.

Posted by iaconpoint

@Adnan: I'm very confused. Not really, but kinda. No, yeah, I am.

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

@The Stegman said:

F**K YOU! F**K YOU DC!!!! for releasing so many awesome titles! my wallet cannot afford another series

My thoughts exactly.

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Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

If THIS is what the new 52 has in store I m all in SHADE and Robinson woo Hoo!!

Maybe I can keep my fingers crossed for the return of Jack?

Posted by MisterParker

@sesquipedalophobe said:

@The Stegman said:

F**K YOU! F**K YOU DC!!!! for releasing so many awesome titles! my wallet cannot afford another series

My thoughts exactly.

I'm facing a very similar dilenma myself :P

Posted by Adnan

@iaconpoint: Here's an easy way to remember:

JLD Shade/The Changing Man = Crazy guy who can manipulate reality

Richard Swift/this Shade = Classy British dude who can manipulate darkness

Posted by Eyz

Is that blue guy the latest Starman still present post-New 52? Neat!

Posted by ImperiousRix

One of a couple of titles I'm picking up this week. Can't wait.

Glad to see Mikaal is still an entity in the New 52 as well. Now if we could only locate Congorilla.

Posted by Timandm

The got me with the "Hans Christian Andersen" comment... I have to read it now...