Review: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: THE MISFITS: INFINITE #2

JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS: THE MISFITS: INFINITE #2
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Jenn St-Onge, Brittany Peer, and Shawn Lee
Published by IDW
Release Date: September 6, 2017

In Part 4 of the “Infinite” storyline, we’re shown life beyond the wall on Jemworld (I’m calling it that and you can’t stop me), and we finally learn how the Synergy tech brought this reality to its knees.

The Misfits arrive on the other side of the wall, and while it has a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel to it, Pizzazz immediately loves it, calling it “punk rock” as opposed to the “sanitized bubblegum” of Jemworld. They wander into a nearby bar, where they’re met with alternate versions of Kimber and Stormer performing a song and soliciting donations to the local resistance movement.

The Misfits and the alt-Misfits meet and trade their stories, and we learn that everything went to hell when alt-Earth Pizzazz accidentally found out about Synergy and stole the tech to expose the Holograms as “frauds”. There’s a hole in that logic, but this is Pizzazz we’re talking about.

She didn’t think about the long game, and ultimately the government took over the Synergy tech and used its illusions to carry out various political assassinations. Those with money and power ended up with access to the tech, and ultimately the wall went up to separate the haves from the have-nots.

(What thinly-veiled metaphor?)

I won’t spoil the ultimate fates of the alt-Misfits/Holograms, but you kind of see them coming. Kelly Thompson is crafting a fantastic tale of the abuse of power, and how even seemingly-innocent technological advances can be twisted into horrific human rights violations. I love this slightly dark deep dive into Synergy’s capabilities beyond fashions and light shows for a pop band.

Brittany Peer’s colors over Jenn St-Onge’s art here are great. The backgrounds lean heavily on earthy browns and yellows, giving the world beyond the wall a touch of Fury Road aesthetic. The Misfits themselves are their usual vibrant selves, and they really pop against the backgrounds.

St-Onge’s art itself has a loose, even feral feel to it while also being somewhat cartoonish, which is pretty much the Misfits themselves. I’m a huge fan of Pizzazz’s hair and outfit in this issue, which are wild and tightly controlled, respectively, just like the dual nature of Pizzazz. Alt-Kimber has a great punk aesthetic as well, and it’s great to see.

The fashions of Jem have always been a huge part of the concept and I love the modern ideas and updates.

The Verdict: 10/10

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