Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special: Review

The Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special is a pleasant addition to holiday themed comics. Jem and the Holograms has been one of those series that makes comics, especially licensed comics, fun to read and something to tell friends that they have to read. It’s also one of those series that you want to make certain your daughters read. So let’s dive into the Holiday Special and see what it has in store for us.

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Kelly Thompson (writer)
Amy Mebberson (art & cover)

SECRET SANTAS! When Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits draw each other in their shared record label’s gift exchange, heads will roll… or will the holiday spirit getting to even the bitterest of enemies?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet Points:
• Will enemies become best friends forever?!?
• Will friends become worst enemies forever!?!
• Who’s going to wear the Santa costume?!?!?!?


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I’m not kidding when I say that this comic is fun. Nothing seems to be a life-or-death struggle, and the drama is kept to the main story between the Holograms and the Misfits. It’s also a great holiday special because the story, while remaining true to the regular series, completely integrates the holiday season in a way that isn’t horribly forced. The forced drama is even explained well. This is well written even if its not earth-shattering, but not everything has to be life-and-death.

The artwork is gorgeous in the rendering used, which keeps all the characters true to the designs created by Sophie Campbell, and keeps all of them unique, although not as much as with Campbell’s artwork. However, as much as I love Sophie Campbell’s work on Jem and the Holograms, Amy Mebberson’s work on the Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special has made me a fan of hers.

This is a great comic that stands on his own and is good and simple. Any faults I have with it are in the way it seems too much like an episode of an animated series, which is something that is just a matter of preference. A good story is a good story, and good art is good art.