Review: Jem and the Holograms Valentine Special

STK697001Valentine’s Day is upon us and love is in the air for everyone.

Well, in the case of the Holograms and the Misfits, it’s more like a potion induced kind of love.

The Jem and the Holograms Valentine Special continues the IDW Publishing series’s streak of adorable holiday related shenanigans that take place outside of the story without bogging the series down too much. This particular one starts with Kimber visiting a fortune teller, who gives Kimber a tarot reading that’s not the most positive one in the world. Kimber being Kimber, she can’t let that slide and begs the fortune teller for a solution. The fortune teller gives her a potion that will soften resentment, but to only use three drops otherwise it’ll make the recipient fall in love with the first thing they see.

However, Kimber also being Kimber, she misses that last part and pours the entire thing into a jug of water at a meeting between The Holograms and The Misfits. Shenanigans immediately ensue.

This story is wonderfully ridiculous. Making good use of Jen Bartel’s hilarious shojo manga inspired style and Paul Reinwand’s beautiful colors, Kelly Thompson writes a hilarious story about how Kimber’s good intentions also lead to her biggest mistakes. The rest of the Holograms are right to not let Kimber off the hook for this one since it lead to ramen bar fights, some desperate pleas to hardware store workers and baristas, Kimber awkwardly hitting on Rio and Roxy being more in love with bagels than usual? Yeah, Jerrica was right to leave that last one alone.

While not super pertinent to the main story going on right now in Jem and the Holograms, this Valentine Special is still a super cute one off that gives great character moments and humor. Bartel and Reinwand’s art is the especially fun driving force of this issue, playing up the anger, annoyance and infatuation especially hard. The character designs as well were especially great in this one, with demonic looking Jetta being a personal favorite of mine. Between this and Jonesy over at BOOM! Studios, you should be all set to have an especially comic’s themed Valentine’s Day this year. Well, if you’re the type who’s not looking to celebrate by traditional means, that is.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Jen Bartel and Paul Reinwand
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review