Jem and the Holograms: Holiday Special
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Amy Mebberson
I turn into an unapologetic sap during the holidays. I cry at Publix commercials, re-watch Hallmark movies, and hug everyone I know. That being said, of course I love a great holiday issue. The Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special does not disappoint. The Holograms and the Misfits are tricked into getting gifts for each other in their record label’s secret santa exchange. Rather than go the obvious route of getting gag gifts or ignoring the exchange altogether, the Holograms decide to commit. Not to be outdone the Misfits jump in too.
This issue is all about relationships. The relationship between Kimber and Stormer bridges the two bands and allows them to get thoughtful gifts for each other. The often contentious and layered relationship between the Holograms and the Misfits is the feature of this issue, perhaps best illustrated by the interactions between the two lead singers. Finally there’s my favorite relationships-the ones between the sisters. From tree shopping to democratically discussing band decisions, I loved all of it. I especially enjoyed reading Aja and Shana’s interactions and Shana’s drunk retelling of the awkward date Aja set her up on.
Unlike the Jem and the Holograms movie, which was infamously removed from theaters 2 weeks into it’s run due to bad press and just bad everything, the comic book series has been killing it this year. Kelly Thompson’s writing continues to breathe life into these characters and makes their stories interesting. Amy Mebberson’s art is adorable and perfectly fits the laid back holiday feel of the issue. Shana is my favorite character and pretty much the comic book version of who I want to be. I loved how Amy drew her hair in this issue-from thick twists to voluminous natural curls.It’s a little thing but it meant a lot to me because we don’t often see variety in a black girl’s’ hair in comics.
Issue 9 of Jem ended on a cliffhanger- Pizzazz in her wrecked car and the readers unaware of her condition. This holiday issue is going to seem like an abrupt skip forward. Don’t worry, what happened post-accident will be covered in the next issue. The issues were released in the wrong order so Issue 10 should actually precede the holiday issue. If you’re adamant about remaining unspoiled on Pizzazz’s fate, maybe read this issue after #10 is released. This issue is a great slice of life view into our characters. If you’re new to Jem and the Holograms, I think you can still read and enjoy this issue. If you’re like me and love all things holiday then definitely pick this up.