Jem And The Holograms #25 Review

It seems like I’ve been away from Jem and the Holograms for a long time. I was hooked early on, and if you haven’t been keeping up, just click on the tag for this title at the top of the page for previews of the issues I’ve reviewed. The series has been exceptional, and that’s coming from a guy that’s never been a fan of the animated series from the 1980s.

Jem and the Holograms #25

writer: Kelly Thompson (w)
artist: Gisele Lagace (a) 
cover: Jen Bartel 

Truly Outrageous Part Two! In Hawaii The Stingers plot against Jem and The Holograms for “stealing Raya” as Riot tries to win back Jem. Meanwhile Jerrica must reconcile the two people she has become – Jem and Jerrica – and that might just mean telling Rio the truth.

• Is someone going to throw Kimber into a volcano? Possibly!
• When tempted, what will Raya do with The Holograms greatest secret?
• Variant cover by Gisele Lagace!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review:

This story has quite a few things coming to a head. Jerrica has been leading a dual life and trying to do the honest thing does not always have the result that you hope for. Somehow Kelly Thompson manages to juggle in attention for the supporting cast, which has always been a strong point for this series. These are all fully formed characters that have lives that don’t revolve around Jem. Halfway through issue #24, I’m instantly invested in all of the characters, and when #25 starts not with Jem and Rio, where the previous issue’s cliffhanger left off, I don’t mind, and it immediately makes those parts of the story that don’t involve Jem mean more to me. 

I’ve been a fan of Gisele Legace’s art for a long time, reading  her webcomic Menage a 3 since shortly after it’s beginning, and I love the exposure that she’s gotten with variant covers, the Betty Boop comic, and others. Her style is fresh and approachable. It works here, especially with the Hawaiian locale. She handles the Jem/Jerrica transitions nicely and nails the variety of body shapes established by previous artists. The only thing that I miss is seeing Legace render a Jem and the Holograms performance to it’s full effect. Legace has a background in music, and has managed to render it very well in her webcomic. I want to see her handle a perfomance.

What’s the final verdict? This is still a damn fine book, and IDW still manages to get the perfect artists for it. fans of Kelly Thompson’s mainstream work would really be doing themselves a favor to pick up this series.

Rating: 9.1

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