Review – Jem and the Holograms #10
Jem and the Holograms #10
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Cover: Jen Bartel,Victoria Robado (Subscription variant), Tania del Rio (Archie Cover Month Variant)
Art: Corin Howell
This issue was an interesting one. A bit mellow, but with some high emotions. Understandable considering the leader of the Misfits, Pizzazz was in a car accident. With injuries to her vocal chords and a possible fractured larynx, there could be some huge problems concerning her career. Following issue #9, things have died down for the most part. We open up with Rio sitting in a hospital waiting room, saddened and in deep thought. Honestly, I never liked his character, but that long face is disheartening. On the next page, Stormer comes around the corner with tears in her eyes and runs into Rio’s arms. How dare they make precious Stormer cry! Rio does his best to comfort Stormer, and Stormer tells him that she’s the worst. She tells him that even though Pizzazz makes her so angry, she’s listed as an emergency contact. They talk about how its hard to get along with Pizzazz. She can be mean and pushy, but they both know she’s human.
Sadly, they are the only ones there to visit Pizzazz. Roxy and Jetta won’t answer their phones and Pizzazz’s dad is in Aruba. Rio decides to rectify this situation and track down Jetta and Roxy. We get a flashback of Rio arriving at Roxy’s house to interview her. Right in the middle of the interview, Jetta shows up. Apparently its been a secret that they’re roommates. If Pizzazz found out she’d think the two of the would try to outmaneuver Pizzazz. Again, she’s only human and has her doubts as well. After Rio agrees to find them he asks her why Kimber isn’t here with her. I don’t know why Stormer is stunned because it seems like almost everybody knows. Maybe if Stormer and Kimber weren’t smooching it up in the library, Rio would not have found out.
Next, Rio finds Roxy and Jetta and tells them about Pizzazz, and the Rio’s manager called. Guess what he wants? For Rio to use Pizzazz’s accident for a story. Why are bosses always portrayed as jerks? Rio’s boss Rob takes the cake as the jerkiest boss of all. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, he asks the Holograms for help. He interviews them for the bulk of his article with just a mention of Pizzazz’s accident. Something about this interview is very odd. Jem and the Holograms are being interviewed, but Jerrica stands in the hallway looking on. Weird because up until now Jerrica always transformed into Jem. Jem wasn’t a separate being. To be honest, I don’t where this came from, but I’m definitely interested to see where its going. Rio goes back to the hospital after getting off the phone with his boss. We finally get to see Pizzazz, but she’s not alone. The Misfits have all gathered round to see Pizzazz wake up. And when she does, she has a smile on her face.
This was a decent issue. It was nice to see and issue that wasn’t centered around Jem and the Holograms. It wasn’t too much about the Misfits either. The real star was Rio. We got to see how Rio juggles his job and his feelings toward both groups. He tries not to take advantage of them, but it could cost him his job. What’s a guy to do. Pizzazz’s human side shows up a lot. First, she doubts herself, doubts her band, and can even smile genuinely. Also we get to see Pizzazz’s real name: Phyllis Gabor. I know that’s not supposed to be funny, but I couldn’t help but chuckle. Maybe its the fact that there’s more to Pizzazz than meets the eye. She’s a character that might just grow on you. Overall this book was pretty good. Not just because it wasn’t Jem-centered, but it shows that if the writer needed to switch up the story, she could and portray each character equally as strong.
The art of this book is very stylistic. You can’t hate it, but you also don’t love it. Rio is no longer the pretty boy he was before. Roxy’ jawline is more chiseled than it used to be. I have nothing against a woman who isn’t traditionally feminine, but she usually was. Also, everyone looked a bit similar. Same general face throughout the book with a few minor differences. I did like the monochromatic flashbacks. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it fit well. I do long for a consistent artist on the book, but I’ll have to wait and see.