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‘Jem and the Holograms’ #12 is Required Reading on How to Be a Better Human

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Jem and the Holograms #12 Cover

Jem and the Holograms #12
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Sophie Campbell
Story by Thompson and Campbell
Colors by M. Victoria Robado
Letters by Shawn Lee
Edits by John Barber


Jem and the Holograms #12 continues the “Dark Jem” arc wherein Synergy gets infected by a virus spreadable by music and passes it onto Jerrica and her sisters. Meanwhile, Pizzazz is still recovering from her car accident, and management has decided to replace her for the first part of the tour until she recovers. But the reason this issue will be cherished is the positive portrayal of Blaze’s coming out as a trans woman, the support Clash offers her, and the delightful response from the Misfits.

The “Dark Jem” arc appears to be offering more that the obvious style reversal for the Holograms. Although the first show of the band’s new look is jaw-droppingly delicious. The Starlight Girls are bickering before their lesson with the Holograms in that annoying Starlight Girls way. In walk the newly refashioned Holograms who simply take the stage, teach them a lesson, and exit. It’s left unclear whether the Starlight orphans have simply been “mean girled” or have been infected with the dark virus through the music. Sophie Campbell’s designs for the Dark Jem look are brutally gorgeous. I’m hoping the Starlight girls are infected just so I can see Campbell’s gothic designs for them.

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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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