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Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral: 05/16/17
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson is the second of the Jem and the Holograms comics in album form. It contains issues seven through ten. It covers the arc where the Misfits have a new manager and Rio Pacheco comes on scene to cover the on going battle of the bands.
I'm going to be upfront and admit that once again I've dropped the ball. I really thought I had reviewed this album. I suppose that comes from the excitement of live blogging it, as I do most of the graphic novels I read. Unfortunately somehow I completely blanked on writing the review. So this "review" will be more one of fond memories, than literary critique.
The short version, then, is I loved Viral. I love how the story has been modernized to include Youtube, the Internet, the modern version of My Little Pony.
If volume one reintroduced the world to the characters and the basic plot, volume two is time for some more complex character development. We get to know each woman in both bands. We also start to see some romantic pairings. We also get to see that both bands are being manipulated by the record label for their bottom line
Something has to break given all the stress everyone is under. The first to go is lead of the Misfits, who is in a terrible car crash. But she is just the tip of the iceberg.