Review: Jem and the Holograms #3
In terms of what this series offers it kind of stands alone. Most comics tend to take on one of several fairly common forms. Prominent among them is the superhero genre, but there are also comics from the independents which explore more bizarre themes, often with the intention of a bit of social commentary. Another group of comics could be easily be categorized as those which are all about fun, whether that be Scooby Doo, My Little Pony or Adventure Time. These titles seem to be geared primarily towards a younger audience (though they do have their adult fans) but Jem and the Holograms might stand out as something a little different still. Its main focus is fairly whimsical and fun, but its audience is not intended to necessarily be only a younger crowd, as this aims to appeal to the heartstrings of those that watched the series in the 1980s, who would now be much older.
This third issue mostly takes a break from the ongoing story line of the Holograms versus the Misfits and focuses instead on romance. Kimber and Stormer’s date was abruptly interrupted as Pizzazz forbids mingling with the enemy, as the Holograms are evidently the ban which they will have to beat. Elsewhere Jerrica agrees to the date with Rio. As the story progresses this romance ends up being the main focus as the battle of the bands heats up behind the scenes. There is also an unexpected cameo from another IDW property which is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the show and the characters.
In terms of providing gripping stories, this series is evidently not the place to go. The stories are lighthearted, some might even say fluffy, but below it all they are fun to read. That this remains true across generations is proof that the creative team behind this series is accomplishing more than they are credited by appealing to a wide age group and still managing to keep them all happy. In that this series is a success, as comics don’t always have to be sensational of hard-hitting, but sometimes can exist just to lighten the day.
Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Sophie Campbell
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy