Let’s just say that Issue #5 of Jem and the Holograms is all about building tensions.
From the first panel, we’re sucked into a rush of plot thickening and getting to spend a little more quality time with our favorite characters. I felt like the characters – Holograms, Misfits, and everyone in between – are able to show us a new kind of vulnerability that we haven’t seen before. It’s the montage showing us time passing, and we’re allowed to get a peek into what makes everyone tick beyond the lights of the stage. Like every other Jem reader, I’m loving how Kimber and Stormer’s relationship is progressing. It’s a lot more than the cuteness of the two together – it’s the fact that their relationship isn’t seen as weird or othering in any way. Yes, I’m still turning the pages to see when both bands will find out about this cross-band love, but it’s that normalization that speaks louder than any piece of dialogue on the page.
Jerrica and Rio are getting closer as well, but once again, tensions between Jerrica’s big secret keep coming between the two of them fully getting to express their feelings to each other. But mushiness and relationships aside, there’s plenty to keep you turning those pages.
The Misfits continue to be my favorite rival band that I love to hate (admit it – Pizazz makes it too easy for you too). Even when the truth behind the stage snaffu of Issue #4 comes to light, it unfolds in the most hilarious four-page colorful spread I’ve seen.
Really, Issue #5 elaborates on the familiar, but still manages to keep you engrossed. We’re leading up to the big Vs! show after all, and the offstage tensions between the Holograms and the Misfits will just make the show all the more satisfying.