Writer: Kelly Thompson
Art: Jenn St-Onge
Colors & Lettering for Lyrics: M. Victoria Robado
Letters: Shawn Lee
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Jem and the Holograms are told they are needed in the future, where the technology used for Synergy in the present is used for wrong. While going through a portal, The Misfits find them and want to know what’s up and go through. The Holograms and Misfits are transported into a world where Jem has almost a god like worship of the rich 1% of the population. Techrat, the person who transported the two groups, needs the help from the Holograms. The technology that created Synergy has unbalanced the future. The Misfits have their own agenda however.
I will not conceal my love of Kelly Thompson’s writing for Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits. This was a cartoon owned by Mattel in the 1980s, one of the very few with a direct market to girls that was cool. Ms. Thompson breathed life back into the cool aspect of the music and the all girl bands that are in constant competition with each other. The writing in this issue is fun and expressive; you get the confusion The Misfits have when information is revealed to them, especially Pizzazz. She is so rude, but she always has her band’s best interest in mind; this is definitely different from the 1980s cartoon. Ms. Thompson’s take on the story line has stayed the same, but the way the characters have changed for the times is refreshing.
My other obsession with this comic is Jenn St-Onge’s art. It’s a great update on the original cartoon; she kept the ethnicities of the characters, but now they are all different shapes and sizes. Ms. St-Onge embraces all different types of women and she has made them more relatable for modern audiences. I love the art of the ladies and the comic as a whole all the women have different hairstyles and clothing, perfect for each of their personalities. The wonderful coloring by M. Victoria Robado completes the transformation of a modern comic. The beautiful pairing of the Holograms pastels and the Misfits neons are a perfect contrast to each other. The splash pages, which there is always a couple of in each issue, are artworks in themselves.
I am saying this right now, I am looking forward to the Infinite series! A look into the future of Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits will be a great read.
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