BGN Comic Review: Jem and the Holograms, Issue #17


Jem and the Holograms, Issue #17

Writer:  Kelly Thompson
Artist:  Jen Bartel
Colorist:  M. Victoria Robado
Publisher:  IDW Publishing
Release Date:  July 27, 2016

Issue #17 starts with Jem and The Holograms recording a new album. Shana stops singing mid-recording and doesn’t feel like finishing.  It is clear there’s something going on, but her sisters don’t push too hard and decide that it would be a good idea for them all to take a break. Jerrica suggests going to lounge in the lake and while doing so, Kimber and Aja call her on still being Jem even though they’re no longer performing. It’s weird, but Shana is the pressing issue. Jerrica tries to talk to Shana, but she’s not really feeling it, so Jerrica changes the subject to inviting the boys up for fun night of dinner and a bonfire. Shana’s cool with it, but calls Jerrica on her crap for not inviting Stormer. She lets Jerrica know that despite The Misfits being their enemy, Stormer is Kimber’s girlfriend and it’s not fair to keep excluding her. Preach, sis.

Jem and the Holograms Issue 17 Cover Art

Meanwhile, The Misfits are busy recording as well, but Pizzazz doesn’t like one of the lines for a song and stops the action. While Stormer tries to brainstorm a new one, Blaze comes to the rescue with the perfect line and saves the day. Everyone is impressed, no one more so than Stormer, who then decides they should change the name of the song based on Blaze’s contribution. Jetta is a little pissed that Pizzazz and Stormer never let her and Roxy write lyrics (because they’re terrible, apparently) but the tension quickly blows over when Pizzazz suggests they all go out.  There’s only one problem: Stormer already has plans with Kimber. She doesn’t want to cancel because it will be her first time meeting Kimber’s sisters outside of their band rivalry. Pizzazz isn’t happy and accuses her of choosing The Holograms over The Misfits. That’s pretty lame, P.

Back with The Holograms, Jerrica and Aja are chatting in the bathroom while Aja is considering a new hairstyle. Jerrica is worried for Craig because historically, Aja changing her hair drastically means a breakup is on the way. The subject quickly changes to Shana, then Jerrica, then to Jerrica’s desire to tell Rio the truth about Jem.  Even though Rio is trustworthy, Aja runs down her list of why that’s a bad idea.  Before they can really hash it out, Shana and Kimber interrupt to ask Aja to come start the fire… apparently Kimber shouldn’t be allowed to handle matches.  

Cut to Stormer on her way to the party.  She’s having a bit of trouble navigating and in the process of trying to check her GPS she gets distracted, a deer runs into the road, and she ends up smashing the car into a tree. Two hours later, Stormer still hasn’t shown up to the party and Kimber is understandably worried. Just when she’s ready to storm off to the rescue alone, Jerrica declares that they’ll all come with her and help.  Aja quickly devises a plan for everyone to split up into three cars and check the roads where Stormer could have made a wrong turn. They divide along couple lines with Kimber going with Tony and Shana.  

Somewhere on a country road, Stormer is out of the car and walking around trying to find a cell signal to call for help.  She’s not having much luck but does spot two cute little bear cubs running out of the woods. It quickly dawns on her that bear cubs are usually followed by bear mothers, but not fast enough for her to get to safety before mama bear comes roaring.

This issue isn’t terrible, but it’s probably my least favorite of the series so far.  Everyone seems to have some kind of issue going, but none get resolved or even explained (outside of Jerrica’s fretting over whether to tell Rio the truth).  It’s clear these things are all going to build to something throughout this next arc, but it’s a lot for one issue and makes for a slower read. That being said, I have faith in the team. They haven’t let me down yet, so I know they’re laying the foundation for something great. I’m looking forward to finding out what that is.

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