Those who were worried we’d seen the last of Jem with the end of Jem and the Holograms, despair ye not. The girls are back and ready for a new adventure in Jem and The Holograms: Infinite, a miniseries running in tandem with The Misfits: Infinite.
Jem and the Holograms: Infinite has a gorgeous color palette, courtesy of Sarah Stern. It invokes the ’80s feel without being too bright, leading to brilliant pages full of pops of color that are pleasing to the eye. The art itself, drawn by Stacy Lee, is cute and surprisingly diverse while staying consistent. It’s honestly the highlight of the issue, with each character possessing a unique style and colors.
The dialogue by writer Kelly Thompson leaves more to be desired. Jem has a tendency to repeat names ad nauseum. In the first conversation alone she refers to Pizzazz by name at least four times, despite being face-to-face with the girl. It’s choppy and pulls you out of the story in an unfortunate way.
You can also tell that there’s a lot of backstory that Thompson is trying to cram in, but the pacing feels rushed and overwhelming. There’s too much to set up and too little time. While characters are introduced and explained in a lineup style that works rather well, the actual plot is jammed into a handful of cramped conversations. I feel like there was an attempt made to explain things to those who didn’t read the previous series, but at this point the only thing it manages to do is confuse. It’s definitely something you want to pick up only if you’ve read previous issues.
First issues are always difficult, and it’s possible that the pacing issue will work itself out, but rushing is definitely a concern, given how few issues are going to be included in this miniseries. Despite that, I’m tentatively excited to see where it goes. What kind of Jem adventure are we going to get? As long as it’s not that YouTube-fueled monstrosity of movie, I think we’ll be okay.
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