Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Jem and the Holograms: Showtime [2015] by Kelly Thompson | Sophie Campbell

Jem and the Holograms begins as the band prepares to submit a video for a Misfits competition. The band leader Jerrica Benton has stage fright and is unable to perform leading to tensions within the band. She heads home to find a holographic projection called Synergy activated revealing she was created by her late father. Her father left her a present including two holographic projector earrings and a secret room under her home. Jerrica decides to use the earrings as a way to combat her stage fright by becoming her holographic alter ego Jem. The first issue really modernizes the 1980s television series and provides a solid foundation for this series to grow. Writer Kelly Thompson is someone to watch out for in the future. 

Jem and the Holograms #2 sees the Misfits sponsoring their own battle of the bands and the winner gets a recording contract. Jem and the Holograms upload their video and it’s getting votes to participate in the battle of the bands. Jerrica is asked to bring Jem and the Holograms to the Starlight Community Center Annual Fundraiser Benefit since the celebrity MC bailed out. Later writer Rio Pacheco meets Jerrica and asks her out on a date while Kimber meets Stormer of the Misfits. 

Jem and the Holograms #3 Kimber and Stormer are attracted to one another as Jerrica and Rio go on their first date. The Misfits discover Jem and the Holograms are playing at the Starlight Foundation Charity Event and decide to stop them. 

Clash decides to sabotage Jem and the Holograms performance at the Starlight Foundation Charity Event by cutting the lighting so it will fall on the band. Aja pushes Jem out of the way before the lighting clashes down on her however Aja is injured. Afterwards Jem and the Holograms finally meet the Misfits face-to-face and Kimber discovers Clash was the one who sabotage and a food fight erupts. Jem and the Holograms are disqualified following the food fight however decide to play during the Misfits competition to win fans over. The story is very well crafted as more events happen within the first arc to establish the characters then the books over at the Big Two.