Review: JEM: THE MISFITS #1

JEM: THE MISFITS #1
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Jenn St-Onge and M. Victoria Robado
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: December 21, 2016

“I lost a family. I built a new one. We’re a hot mess. We’re also amazing. And I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let anyone break us up now”. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, the Misfits must choose between falling into obscurity or agreeing to an offer they’d rather refuse in this first installment of Jem: the Misfits!

Thompson’s work is a pleasure to read. I love how easy it is for the reader to have an understanding of the sizeable cast. The flashbacks add more depth to the characters, especially the main protagonist and fearless leader herself, Pizzazz.

There’s something tangible about how she cares for her bandmates and the connections she has created with them. There’s a charisma to her that allows the reader to understand why these young woman chose to follow her. I can sense that the relationships within the band are definitely going to be important, especially with the arc Thompson has started, and I’m excited to see what drama will come in the next issue.

St-Onge has an eye for how to dress these characters. Their hair, their clothing, the patterns on the clothing—it’s all beautiful and wonderfully done. I love the variety of outfits St-Onge draws throughout the issue, especially during the flashback scenes.

St-Onge’s art would not nearly shine as much as it does, however, without the superb job Robado has done with the coloring. It’s this bright punk palette that really works with the Misfits. I especially love the coloring of the hair, it’s awesome.

My favorite panel is the “two-and-a-half minutes later” splash page towards the end of the issue. The group has just been told the reality of their situation. Chaos has ensued amongst the Misfits, a fire background with skulls burning bright behind them. All their faces contort with disgust and rebellion as they shout “NO!” to their Pizzazz. It’s resistance.

But, as flashbacks will show the reader before this page, Pizzazz knows how to bring a room to her side. She knows how to rile the troops and make them march towards far off dreams and brave new worlds, even if the new world isn’t exactly one they’d want to be a part of if they had the choice.

Jem: the Misfits is a super fun read. I’m a giant fan of stories from the “villain’s” perspective, and this one really works. It’s an entertaining new series and I definitely recommend it.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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