Jem and the Holograms: Infinite by Kelly Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve never seen the original tv show, but I discovered the Jem and the Holograms comics in my local comic book store and fell in love. Our main character Jerrica and her sisters Kimber, Aja and Shana are all in a band together – there’s only one problem. Jerrica has major stage fright and can’t perform in front of people. Thankfully their dad was a genius who created realistic hologram technology, which (although not its intended purpose) allows Jerrica to take on an alternate identity, Jem. This rockstar persona allows Jerrica to perform onstage and of course, shenanigans ensue over the course of the plotline.
As a singer myself, I really related to Jerrica because I don’t like performing in front of people. I don’t know if I could do what she does as Jem, even with the hologram technology but it’s fascinating to think about. Despite the fact that it’s a comic run and writers don’t have the real estate to develop a world and their characters as much as authors can in their books, I still feel that the series is very well done. They tackle personal and social issues, which are so important and make the characters feel more authentic.
This particular bind up deals with a sci-fi style adventure they go off on and doesn’t take place in their original universe. As a result, I would recommend beginning the comics series from the start and eventually delving into this storyline. It was very enjoyable and I liked it more than some of the previous storylines, so I would highly recommend it.
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