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Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem: 07/20/17

Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem  by Kelly Thompson

Jem and the Holograms, Volume 3: Dark Jem by Kelly Thompson is the next installment of the reimagined Jem and the Holograms series as a comic. The fall out continues from Pizzazz's accident and something is amiss with Synergy's code.

The biggest part of this plot arc is a corrupted Synergy causing transformations of the Holograms performers in Gothic proportions. Basically their upbeat attitude and matching pastel punk makeup and attire is replaced by dark clothing, grumpy attitudes, and a desire to play hypnotic death metal.

The music that the transformed Holograms plays has a hypnotic effect, making their fans uber-fans. Hordes of hypnotized fans brings to mind another musical plot, namely that of Doofenschmirtz during a clips episode of Phineas and Ferb.

Meanwhile at home, Pizzazz is at home feeling sorry for herself and wallowing in a depression spiral that is isolating herself from friends and family. It's a glimpse of the quiet, reserved person behind the sassy, bold, sometimes outright rude lead singer of the Misfits. It's a chance to see too that the two lead singers really aren't all that different, except that Pizzazz is hiding behind make up and a put on attitude, while Jerrica hides behind the holographic persona, Jem.

It's a strong third book in this series. The fourth, coming out this August is Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits, sometimes just shortened to Jem and the Misfits.

Five stars

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