Jem and the Holograms #13

Jem and the Holograms #13

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Sophie Campbell Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: March 30, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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DARK JEM! Not only are JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS not themselves but whatever is infecting them is now spreading to others every time they play. JERRICA, AJA, SHANA, and KIMBER band together-but will they be forced to destroy SYNERGY to save the world from the DARK JEM sound. Meanwhile Pizzazz makes plans to get back her band... at any cost!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Mar 30, 2016

    The potential for an issue as punchy and effective as what we get here has been there since day one, and for the most part its only ever been a question of reigning in the slack and making consistently efficient use of the page. This one is all killer, no filler. Thompson and Campbell find room to advance Rio, break Jerrica and the rest of the Holograms out of the Dark Jem virus (for now), maintain Pizzazzs presence in the narrative, and frame it all within a powerhouse performance by The Misfits. Its a powerful and very welcome rebound from last issues stumbles. All thats left now is to maintain the momentum built up here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - murrakmr Mar 30, 2016

    Issue 13 of Jem continues what is a stellar run from a creative team that are so passionate about their project it's infectious. The Dark Jem arc teased delights from its very concept and so far that promise is delivering. The cliffhanger here also suggests there's plenty more to come and I'm sure many will be counting away the hours till 14 teases just that little bit more. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Apr 7, 2016

    I'll never get tired of Sophie Campbell's art along with M. Victoria Robado's colors. Everything pops out, and the colors are so vibrant in every panel. Sophie Campbell has kept her characters from looking the same, and I really appreciate that. Jem and the Holograms is a really good book. for everyone. The visuals and story really get to you. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    PopOptiq - Erin Perry Mar 30, 2016

    In an already stellar arc, Part 3 delivers on the expectation and ups the ante. This comic continues to be a highlight of my month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Kieran Hair Mar 30, 2016

    Jem and The Holograms #13 is one of the most ambitious issues released thus far, with amazing bits of abstract/cubist artwork and Thompson's signature characterizations that cause you to realize the strength of just a single well-written line when combined with an appropriately subtle facial expression. Jem and The Holograms is a true team effort, and this issue makes that clearer than any before it. Maybe I didn't love how certain plot elements were resolved, but this was still the most enjoyable reading experience I've had since getting hooked on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Mar 30, 2016

    There's one thing in particular worth loving about Jem and the Holograms — while it may not be especially inventive, but it refuses to be boring. And hard to predict. I'm excited about what the future holds for these characters because the writing takes time to give them charming, relatable, attractive, and sympathetic identities, complete with foibles and strengths. Perhaps we'll get to peer inside Synergy's personal problems in future issues, as she's the least developed of our main characters. Maybe the bands will merge into a super group with Blaze at the helm as Jerrica finally has that important talk with Rio. There are many places the series can go. And there are few reasons not to go there. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Apr 4, 2016

    "Jem" is still a super enjoyable series thirteen issues in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Apr 4, 2016

    The humorous rescue is light-hearted and faintly ridiculous slapstick. It works fine as connective tissue, but it isn't as strong as the rest of the comic. The biggest weakness in the "Dark Jem" story arc, though, is the origin of the conflict. The unnamed force that has corrupted Synergy isn't a satisfying villain yet, because its limitations and motivations are unclear. What is it? What exactly does it do to people, and why does it want to spread itself like a disease? What does it symbolize, if anything? The answers aren't all there yet, but "Dark Jem" is already a successful arc for its leaps in characterization and visual energy. Read Full Review

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