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Shade the Changing Man Vol. 1: The American Scream by Peter Milligan

The Red-Headed Poet: Peter Milligan's Changing Man

A review by Martyn Pedler

The POW! and KABOOM! of childhood superheroes is only one of the defining moments of my comic fandom. The other is my discovery of DC Comics' "mature readers" books -- those that became the first wave of their Vertigo imprint in the early 1990s. They began with Alan Moore's Swamp Thingbefore splintering into a dozen variations, notably the Swamp Thing spin-off Hellblazer; Grant Morrison's Animal Man and Doom Patrol; and, of course, Neil Gaiman's Sandman. It had the kind of fans that wrote terrible Morpheus-inspired poetry for its letter columns, and became so ubiquitous that even Gaiman joked that Sandman was passed around relationships like a venereal disease.

Because they had a foot in the familiar DC Universe -- hey, Sandman met the Martian Manhunter long before he met Shakespeare, remember? -- these comics were a comforting bridge between corporate superhero comics and more alternative, sometimes creator-owned fare. Many of these titles remain in print, their collections...



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