Jem and the Holograms #5 : Review

I’ve been enjoying the mess out of Jem and the Holograms. Even if it wasn’t a licensed property, I’d be buying it. Sophie Campbell‘s artwork is so gorgeous that every character is beautiful, even when they’re being absolute monsters. Kelly Thompson is writing an absolutely wonderful story about two bands at war, yet is managing to work in a great love story or two. The blending of these two creators is so perfect, I worry about the recent solicitations without Sophie Campbell on the book, but from artist’s Emma Vieceli’s blog, it looks like just a guest spot. Whew! I was worried there for a second.

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Kelly Thompson (w)
Sophie Campbell (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $ 3.99

A disaster at the HOLOGRAMS’ first live show nearly ends JEM’s music career before it starts! Now KIMBER learns who’s behind the dangerous “accident”… and she’s out for revenge.

• How far will the Holograms go to succeed?
• And what will the Misfits do to stop them?!
• Variant cover by Stephanie Hans!

Like I said, I love this series. Despite being a licensed property, Kelly Thompson has made it seem like an independent comic. It’s fun and the characters get more fleshed out with every issue. The love story between Kimber and Stormer is truly engaging. Thompson makes them both so likable, yet completely separate characters. I am rooting for them despite being in feuding bands.

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As I’ve said before, Sophie Campbell’s work is amazing. Her transitions of Jem into Jerrica are flawless, and I’m not the only one to laud her rendering of different body types. The part that sets her apart is that every one of these different types is rendered to show the beauty in this variety. She also does a great job of illustrating a song montage, but such pages seldom work right in comics. The effort here is above average, but not ideal. It works, and works well, but not as excellently as it did in the first issue.

Should you pick up this series? Absolutely! IDW has also solicited the first TPB for Jem and the Holograms, SHOWTIME (ISBN:1631403958). Order it from your local comic shop or elsewhere, but the collection of these stories is one that deserves to be on your bookshelf.

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