Review: Jem and the Holograms #6

jem006Jem and the Holograms has been one of the nicer surprises in comics in the past year.  As an update of the 1980s animated television series, there was some expectation that it would meet certain standards in terms of entertainment, but there was not really much of a sense as to how the television would merge with the comics to create something sustainable.  While Kelly Thompson is somewhat of a newcomer to the medium of comics as a writer, she proved that a basic approach could and does work with these characters, by focusing on the characters before the outlandish plots, she proved that the series can work with a different outlook in a different medium.  The artwork by Sophie Campbell captured the same overall approach as the characters despite being over-the-top in appearance are full of a contagious energy.

The previous issue featured fall out from the sabotaged stage equipment and resulted in a huge food fight.  With the instigators of the food fight brought before the concert organizers, Jerrica and her colleagues soon find themselves on the wrong side of the blame and are promptly kicked out of the concert.  Jerrica also has to deal with the ongoing concern of Rio as to the absence of Jem at crucial times, feeling that she has forsaken the band at a crucial moment when they needed her help, and this continues to be a fresh take on the usual superhero secret identity cliche in the medium.

There might be those that think that the approach for the new series is somewhat simplistic.  After all after the first six issues, there has not been a lot of development in terms of plot as the character’s have played out the battle of the bands story.  It is true that the story could be considered a bit bare, but stories have to succeed on either their characters or their concept, and while the concept is played out slowly here, the characters are so full of life, thanks to both the art and the script, that it more than compensates for the slow-ish development of the plot.

Story: Kelly Thompson  Art: Sophie Campbell
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4  Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

IDW provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review