Jem and the Holograms, Issue #16
Writer:  Kelly Thompson
Artist:  Sophie Campbell
Colorist:  M. Victoria Robado
Publisher:  IDW Publishing
Release Date:  June 29, 2016


At the end of Jem and the Holograms Issue #15, The Misfits and The Holograms joined forces and devised a plan to defeat Silica, but Pizzazz made a triumphant return just in time to help save the day.  Issue 16 picks up with The Misfits welcoming their leader back to the team with a group hug, however, Pizzazz doesn’t have time for the mushy stuff — she has to save the day and they’re running out of time.  Pizz immediately takes charge and demands to know where Jem is.  Jerrica doesn’t have an answer, of course, but volunteers to go “find” her.  Pizzazz doesn’t have time for her crap and tells all of The Holograms to go and come back when they have their act together.  Harsh and Stormer calls her on it.

Meanwhile, The Holograms are hashing out a plan to have Jem and Jerrica appear in the same room, but Jerrica is hesitant to become Jem again.  Her fear is understandable after all that’s happened.  Jerrica is blaming herself for it all since she’s the one who needed a mask to be on stage, but her sisters are there to comfort her.  As afraid as she is, she knows she has to suck it up and take one for the team.

Back in The Misfits’ camp, it seems like Pizzazz might have some words for her girls about being replaced.  She turns her attentions to Blaze, who’s absolutely terrified, but it turns out she has nothing to worry about.  Pizzazz quickly declares Blaze a Misfit, though she takes her frontwoman crown back.  She wants to keep Blaze on board to play guitar and maybe even sing some solos sometimes.  

Soon after, The Holograms return with Jem in tow, and the two frontwomen sit down to hash out a plan… while taking shots at each other. The shade is something serious with those two. (Side note: This is the point at which I squealed like a fool because Jem is wearing leggings with “Outrageous” written down the side. Yes, I’m that much of a fangirl.)

There’s a brief cut to Silica and The Sickness rattling on about spreading or some nonsense, but then we’re quickly back with The Holograms discussing the finer points of the plan Pizzazz has designed.  Synergy is going to be onstage performing as Jem while Jerrica works her magic backstage using the signal jammer Techrat cooked up.  Everyone is nervous because it’s the first time Jem won’t actually be Jerrica, but there’s no time for worrying, it’s time to perform.  The Sickness is on stage spreading their darkness when all of a sudden Jem and The Holograms start rocking out and then The Misfits jump in for a mashup! It’s a good vs. evil battle of the bands!

Finally, Silica’s spell is broken and the poor girls who were body snatched and turned into The Sickness come out of their daze with no idea what happened. Silica is gone and all is well with the world… for now. Pizzazz is in top form and the audience is hyped, so The Misfits and The Holograms continue to perform together while a group of four blonde girls watch.

Who are they?

We got a nice feel-good resolve to the Dark Jem story arc and I feel that it was very reminiscent of how things resolved in the cartoon.  It was a good time to end it; I would have started to lose interest if it had gone on any longer.  It’s clear that there’s a new conflict on the horizon.  There are bios to introduce four new characters at the end of the issue and those were interesting and funny.  This comic really has the potential for a long run, so it’s nice to not have The Misfits vs. The Holograms in every single issue.  The back of this issue is a tribute to writer, artist, cartoonist, animator, and legend among nerds, Darwyn Cooke, who passed away in May.  I’m a long-time fan of his work and couldn’t end this recap/review without acknowledging such a great loss.  He was taken from us too soon, but his work lives on forever.  Thank you for sharing your gifts with us, Darwyn.

Cherra Hampton-Mitchell
Cherra Hampton-Mitchell is a grant writer by day, blerd by birthright, internet junkie, and chronic sufferer of wanderlust. In her spare time she likes to live tweet television shows and make apocalypse survival plans. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr – @WildYoungCharm