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‘Jem and the Holograms’ #10 Rio Gives a Chance to Reflect

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Jem10_cvrJem and the Holograms #10: Rio Pacheco, Boy Reporter 

Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Corin Howell

Colors by M. Victoria Robado

Letters by Shawn Lee
Edits by John Barber

Published by IDW on December 30, 2015

Jen Bartel’s cover: Jerrica with Rio, but behind her in the reflective glass is Jem looking back at her. That’s what this issue is about: reflection. Introduced on the cover, the theme continues throughout: what something appears to be and what the reality is beneath the surface. Duality of character. It is ironic, then, that the issue leaves the obvious example–Jem and Jerrica–in the background. 

This blindspot comes from a change in narrator. This is Rio’s story, and his reporter skills of observation appear to stop short of seeing the subterfuge behind Jem. What we do get are his insights into the Misfits as well as some well-deserved character development for Rio himself.

Read the rest of my review at


Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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