Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Never trust a keytar player.”
“Is that a thing?”
“ If it's not, it should be.”
Jem and the Holograms is based on the 80's cartoon, Jem, and confusingly is very different from the movie of the same name that comes out this year. Based on the first issueI was undecided whether or not to continue reading this comic, but when the trade paperback came up on NetGalley I thought I might as well give it a bit more of chance to grow on me. And grow on me it did. There's humour, drama and a whole lot of pink sparkliness that makes me nostalgic. Also lots of funky hairstyles. I feel a side shave coming on any day now. I'm impressionable that way.
In issue two we finally meet The Misfits, and there is a sub-plot of forbidden star-crossed love between two members of the rival bands- Stormer of the Misfits and Kimber of The Holograms. The two women keep their relationship a secret for fear of how Pizazz will react if she finds out. I don't remember there ever being lesbians in the TV show (that probably wouldn't have gone down well in the kids' cartoon time slot back in the day) but there are now, and I found it refreshing, particularly since it's no big deal to any of the characters. Well, the lesbian part isn't, the whole two-rock-bands-both-alike-in-dignity thing very much is.
Jerrica has a love interest of her own in Rio, the reporter writing a piece on The Misfits. As she grows closer to him the band worries that he will find out about Jem. If I were Rio I'd be worrying about a conflict of interest. Meanwhile the rivalry between the two bands becomes increasingly over the top, culminating at the finals of The Misfits' competition.
I wish characters would stop saying how great the lyrics of their songs are because they sound like the work of a fourteen year old with a rhyming dictionary.
“I know you've got the need
You wanna take the lead,
Make the world see,
But first girl, you've gotta set yourself free.
When you were younger,
It was just the hunger,
But now you can have it all,
It's completely your call,
You gotta show your dream,
Make it scream
Like a sci fi laaaaser beam...”
Maybe the tune is really catchy.
Overall, Jem and the Holograms is great for escapist fluff. If you want sparkles, melodrama or a cute little love story (straight or lesbian) this comic is for you.