Writer: Kelly Thompson
Art: Jen Hickman
Colors & Lettering for Lyrics: Sarah Stern
Letters: Shawn Lee
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Jerrica and the Holograms are in the alternate universe helping Techrat. Jemcorp, in this reality, is using the technology from Synergy to keep a monetary divide amongst the citizens of the city. Techrat disguises the girls and brings them to someone who will be able to help, Emmett Benton, their father. After a bittersweet reunion, they all try to come up with a plan to try and stop Synergy. Eric Raymond is the head of Jemcorp and is behind making sure that the hologram price stays inflated. With Eric making the technology higher in price, he knows that there will be fewer citizens who will be able to stay within the city walls. Benton and the Holograms do not know what they are up against, but they are willing to fight to bring down the injustice done to the citizens of the city.
Kelly Thompson has written another story that is almost telling of the divide between the have and have nots in this world. Those who’ve been able to live in the lap of luxury and those that have to fend for themselves outside a solid, steel wall. This comic is dialogue heavy and they have a lot of ground to cover in 30 pages. Thompson’s story, though, is written in a way that you are drawn in and you want to know what is going on. The story is captivating, I love the story that Kelly Thompson is telling here and really can’t wait until next month.
Art and coloring by Jen Hickman and Sarah Stern are handled well in this issue. They definitely concentrated more on the characters than the background. This is not a bad thing as the story is the characters. With the art and color, nothing distracts us from our attention on them. The Hologram colors are there, bright and vibrant. I like that the background colors are muted compared to the colors used on the main characters, which also draws your attention to the dialogue and story. Hickman and Stern are a good team, I like the treatment of the art in this issue.
Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits continues to be my favorite comic this year. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next issue but will be getting the whole series in trade.
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