If it’s Wednesday, then it’s time for another object of comic book awesome delight to be celebrated and, as the Stone Roses once so poignantly put it, adored. Get on your M-Vest, people!
Yes, today is all about Chris Bachalo’s hands. Okay, not really – although, really, doesn’t Bachalo draw great hands? Whether in his early career, where they were all thin and stretchy or his current look, where everyone had Ben Grimm blocky fingers, that man gives good hand – today’s star is Shade The Changing Man. From early days as another example of Steve Ditko’s completely underrated creations (Even ignoring Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, look at the Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, the Creeper, Hawk and Dove, Shade… the man could toss off compelling characters with seeming ease, back in the day) through Peter Milligan’s Vertigo revival, where weirdness met tragedy met self-conscious humor and the whole thing became an extremely enjoyable melodrama to his current revival as a member of the New 52′s Justice League Dark, Shade has never been a massively successful character but his stories have always offered up something different from the norm, something to appeal to fans of the off-kilter and curious. Long may he change.