Review – Jem and the Holograms #11
Jem and the Holograms #11
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Cover: Sophie Campbell, Jen Bartel (Subscription variant)
Strange things are happening with the Holograms and the Misfits. Personalities are switching, relationships are budding and falling apart, and something is seriously wrong with Synergy. When I tell you I don’t like where this is going, I mean I am so excited to see where this is going.
So we’ve got the Holograms auditioning bands, which isn’t going so well because the band members are fighting. Insert some Holograms wisdon. They’ve had their fights before. Meanwhile, the Misfits are still taking care of Pizzazz since the accident. Her voice hasn’t fully recovered, and she has not been herself (besides the snarky remarks). If you want some sadness, just look at Pizzazz when Stormer, Roxy, and Jetta have to leave her. Breaks my heart to see the once great Pizzazz curled up all alone. The Misfits had to be called to a meeting, but leaving Pizzazz is taking a toll on them.
While the Holograms are planning a pool party, we see where the Misfits were heading. Looks like Pizzazz might be replaced, according to their manager. Auditioners come and go, but no luck. At the Benton house, Synergy pulls Jerrica aside to listen to something. I’m guessing its bad music from all the jagged black lines. Jerrica asks what it is, and Synergy starts “feeling” some type of way because her eyes turn black, and she does something to Jerrica. The earrings she wears become affected, and you can see her pretty blue eyes turn all black as well. She even asks Synergy to play more of that awful music.
Back to the Misfits, they all agree that no one they’ve seen is good enough. Their old friend Clash, who has started a lot of problems for them, tried out. Good thing she didn’t make the cut. Can’t imagine all the trouble they could have gotten into with her. However, Clash’s friend, Leah Dwyer, has decided to give it a try. At the pool party, Jerrica comes strutting out with a new haircut complete with shaved sides and black bangs. With a few words and a touch of an earring, she ends up affecting the rest of the Holograms.
Kelly Thompson really knows how to carry a story. Even though it jumps back and forth between the Misfits and the Holograms, it is mostly easy to follow. Also, I never have to worry about plot holes or anything like that, because the story flows from one issue to the next. All you have to do is go back and look if you aren’t sure about something. If you want to feel some emotions but still get a great story, then I suggest a Kelly Thompson book.
I am so pumped to see the rest of the Holograms affected by whatever happened to Synergy. Can you just imagine the faces of their fans, friends, and even the Misfits? Speaking of, they seem very soft nowadays. Nothing wrong with that, but it seems as though Pizzazz’s accident humbled them. Pizzazz is gonna break my heart, but the Holograms have my blood pumping. Very conflicted about this issue, but in a good way.
On another note, I am so happy to have Sophie Campbell on this book. I missed her art so much, and the covers are fantastic. If I had not read the book, I would have thought that this was an early/late Halloween cover. I’m loving every bit of it. The inside art is great as well. From the comical facial expressions of the characters to the body diversity. Its great. I may be just a tad biased toward this artist, but she really knows how to put together a composition. Even the jagged black rectangles are used to convey movement and guide your eye along. Its awesome, and I can’t wait to see how everything blows up and comes together in the end.