Jem and the Holograms #11: Dark Jem, Part 1
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Sophie Campbell
Colors by M. Victoria Robado
Letters by Shawn Lee
Edits by John Barber
Published by IDW on January 27, 2016
Welcome back, Sophie Campbell – I am happy to see your effervescent artwork again!
Issue #11 kicks off the new Dark Jem arc. As such, it does quite a bit of stage-setting. Thompson finally introduces the Starlight Girls, gives equal time to developing the character conflicts and betrayals in the Misfits, and kicks off the take over of Jerrica and her sisters in the form of a corrupted Synergy.
Now that we’re into the third arc and Thompson has well established the characters of the two bands, including the ancillaries like Clash and Eric, the world broadens to include the Starlight Girls, who in the cartoon were orphans taken in by Jerrica’s father and cared for through the estate. Here, five of them are performing for the Holograms. Initially they sound great, but then one of them musically drops the ball, and they all turn on each other with pointing fingers. The Holograms encourage them to work as a team and understand the fights will happen, but they have to stick together. This will be the main theme of the issue and the source of nearly all of the conflict.
Read the rest of the review at Popoptiq.com – http://www.popoptiq.com/jem-11-review/