Since I’ve already written a review for the Jem Infinite series, I’ll just be covering this issue in this review. However, I will just say that I definitely recommend the entire Infinite series to anyone who is a fan of Jem and the Holograms and I recommend Jem and the Holograms to anyone looking for a fun, witty, entertaining girl-power comic.
This is the fourth issue in the Infinite plotline, but the second issue of The Misfits. For those unfamiliar with the world of Jem and the Holograms, the Misfits are the dark counterpart to the Holograms, their dark rivals. And their leader, Pizzazz, harbors a deep and abiding hatred of both Jem herself, and the Holograms and their success.
In this issue, Pizzazz and the Misfits venture beyond the wall that the wealthy have put up around the city where all citizens use holograms to modify their appearance on a daily basis. The wall exists to keep out people who cannot afford the expensive hologram technology. Pizzazz led the other Misfits here in hopes of finding their alternate selves. In her quest to find the other Misfits, however, Pizzazz discovers her (or rather, her other self’s) role in creating this world’s dark dystopia.
Here, we see Pizzazz confronted with the potential consequences of blindly following her desire to ruin Jem’s life and the careers of the Holograms. I will admit, as much as I really enjoy Pizzazz as a character, I had been wondering exactly what they could do with her and was curious to see how she and the others fit into the alternate universe. However, Kelly Thompson does not disappoint, and the Misfits’ plot is both interesting and vital to the Infinite plotline.
The main cover and all of its variants are great. My personal favorite is the “Incentive Cover” by Caspar Wijingaard, which features a series of photos of both Jem and Pizzazz, Jem’s photos show the progression of her putting on her performance hologram and Pizzazz’s show her looking increasingly fed-up and jealous. It really conveys Pizzazz’s character, her bitterness at Jem’s use of the Synergy technology, and as a result, her motivation to reveal the use of that technology to the rest of the world.
The art for the Misfits line is done by Jenn St-onge (art) and Brittany Peer (colors), and while the style is slightly different from that of the mainline Jem and the Holograms part of the Infinite plotline, I think I actually like it a little better. The colors are rich and full and the art does a great job, of conveying everyone’s expressions and reactions, Pizzazz’s in particular. The designs on the alternate versions of Kimber and Stormer, the only surviving members of either band here, are also great.
This issue of Misfits was a great installment of an already great storyline, thoughtfully fleshing out both the alternate world of Infinite and Pizzazz’s character. Thompson’s writing continues to impress. As such, I continue to giive this issue and this comic series my highest recommendation.
Rating: 5 Stars
Cover: 5 Stars
Art: 5 Stars
Plot/Story: 5 Stars
Dialogue: 5 Stars
- Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Jenn St-Onge