Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Art: Jenn St-Onge
Colors: M. Victoria Robado
Letters: Shawn Lee

After being turned away from every record company The Misfits manager, Eric, has an idea to put them back in the spotlight..a reality show! The catch; Pizazz, Stormer, Blaze, Roxy, and Jetta will have to move in together and have their lives filmed 24/7. All the ladies have reservations about being filmed all the time, all of them have their own secrets. Within the pages their secrets are revealed, but some of them are kept from the cameras. This comic covers the beginning of The Misfits, their individuals stories and how they met. It gives an insight of who they are, they are not just a group that are the opposite of Jem and The Holograms, these are women who overcame hardships to become the band and friends they are.

This was a five part series, with each issue dedicated to each of the members; Pizazz with her determination, Stormer with her confidence, Blaze with her aspirations, Roxy with her shame, and Jetta with her identity. What Kelly Thompson has accomplished here is well rounded characters for each band member. Each story has a complete picture of the different backgrounds of The Misfits. Thompson has created a picture of who they really are and why they belong together. Ms. Thompson’s background is creating strong female characters including Hawkeye, The Lumberjanes and Captain Marvel. In my opinion, this is solid character building and writing in a comic that I haven’t seen in awhile. These are not superheroes, just a group of women who want to make music they like without boundaries.

The art and colors by Jenn St-Onge and M. Victoria Robado are amazing. Their take on the old 1980s cartoon has put an up to date edge and they have also created new looks for them, which I really appreciated. There are all different body types and races which definitely another reason I love this series so much. They have created a style that is different than Jem; the colors are bright, neon like and bold. The splash pages when there is a music scene are fantastic are colorful enough not to be overpowering but attention grabbing, and I have even saved a few of screensavers,

Continuity is another reason that this series is great, the same writing and art drives the story from beginning to end. I really hope this is not the end.

I recommend this comic to everyone, with solid storyline and beautiful art. I hope that this team continue to work on this series. 5 stars, by the way their songs are better.

You can find all of Jem and The Misfits and other comics at IDW

They are on Facebook as well

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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