Jem & The Holograms

Cover2015 | IDW

Writing: Kelly Thompson
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Art: Sophie Campbell
Colour: Victoria Robado | Paul Mounts

With the future of the band threatened by breakup after Jerrica’s performance anxiety ruins another band audition, Kimber and Jerrica discover a gift left by their father: Synergy.

This had garnered a lot of squid hate after reading. Now, I remember the cartoon, I had a few of the dolls, but I hardly remember the story beyond a blonde girl has earrings that make her henshin into an idol via holographic projection weirds. I wasn’t big on the cartoon and remember I hardly ever watched it, but I still remember the theme song to this day. When I saw nostalgia striking the comic industry again, I had to at least see what it was and once I did, the hate flowed.

Let’s just start with premise. I don’t know if it was exactly this way in the show, but in the book, the band already exists and our main heroine has performance anxiety. In order to deal with it, rather than super rich daddy getting her some therapy to resolve the issue, decides to ignore it all by developing holographic technology. Now, Jerrica can hide behind a fake identity and be loved for who she’s pretending to be.  This is no Full Moon O Sagashite involving a 12-year-old girl with throat cancer aspiring to be an idol. This is just a spoiled rich brat with performance anxiety. Surely, there’s more interesting ways to reboot this series than that.

The other big object of my rage is stereotyping. Our two caucasian sisters, Jerrica and Kimber are slender. Shana, our african american, has a pear-shaped body type sporting quite the bootie. Aja, our asian girl, is chubby. … Yeah. Way to embrace all body types stereotyping.

I don’t like it. I really don’t like it. The idea of Jem being a holographic projection isn’t terrible. It’d be a good gimmick for the band. Hell, it sure shortens dressing room time. It’s a great idea for how idols could work in cyberpunk settings. That this all comes from anxiety just makes me roll my eyes and groan. Our non-perfect body typed band members seem to handle things just fine, so why can’t Jerrica just be okay with being herself and actually work on that anxiety? Oh, right, because no one can think of a better premise.

Done. I’m just done. Garbage.

X-Files Season 10 #1 – Believers Part 1

CoverJun 2013 | IDW

Story: Joe Harris | Chris Carter
Writing: Joe Harris
Art: Michael Walsh
Colour: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Robbie Robbins

After leaving the X-Files and starting a new life in anonymity, Scully and Mulder find themselves swept up in the paranormal once again as something weird starts sniffing around. 

So, we’re past the movies. They’ve left the FBI and have started a new life together to escape everything, but they’re like flypaper for this stuff. Skinner comes over with the warning that their systems got hacked and X-Files stuff possibly got compromised, and then he nearly hung himself because something got into his head. We actually saw them when Skully had to deal with them and things don’t look good. I’m not sure if it’s aliens, or something more interesting. The cover’s spooky and I expected aliens and some are given psychic abilities in various media so it could still be. I’m curious. I need to know.

I’m not digging the art very much, though. They roughly look like who they’re supposed to be, but… I dunno. I just don’t feel it. I’m in a weird state about it. I guess it’s from me expecting more detailed art than what it is. Oh, well. I still enjoyed the book. I always liked X-Files. The early stuff, anyway. It got pretty lame in the later seasons.  At least the movies went back to their roots.

Star Trek Infestation #1

Star Trek Infestation #1

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Feb 2011 | IDW

Writing: Scott Tipton | David Tipton
Pencils: Gary Erskine | Casey Maloney
Ink:>Gary Erskine
>Colour: Luis Antonio Delgado
Letters: Chris Mowry

Kirk and his away team, Bones, Spock, and a couple of security officers, head down to a planet where Bones will be receiving an award for a medical achievement. Trouble soon begins when they learn the colonists have been infected with a strange disease.

After reading and being disappointed by Transformers Infestation #1, it was hard not expecting this one to not follow suit. Fortunately, this issue didn’t suck. Events progressed at a good pace, the characters didn’t act out-of-character, and it felt like actual progress was made, unlike the previous garbage. I’m fairly confident things will get better from here, but I’m still worrying about the remaining universes. Transformers Infestation still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

The only little problem I had with this book was Kirk’s hair. It’s way brown. I didn’t really recognize him until someone threw out his name. Other than that, I really enjoyed this issue. The scenario and how things unfolded was believable which is what I really needed after the scare Transformers gave me. I’ll be pressing on and hoping for the best.

Transformers Infestation #1

Tranformers Infestation #1 Cover

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Feb 2011 | IDW

Writing: Dan Abnett | Andy Lanning
Art: Nick Roche
Colour: Joana Lafuente
Letters: Robbie Robbins

The infestation has hit Transformers’ Earth. The Decepticons had responded first, with the autobts following suit to put them in their place. To deal with the threat, a force dome is put up. They have twenty hours.

I’m not sure if I’m disappointed, or not. The issue pretty much busts right into the outbreak and the Decepticons demanding Prime and his autobats fall under his command to stop the zombie outbreak. The way the issue was handled with just a big fight and Prime taking charge of the scene seemed kinda lame. Why couldn’t they just work together? All that fighting just wasted time.

More happened in Infestation #1 than this. That’s upsetting. I expected as much content as the previous, and it just didn’t deliver. Fighting, fighting, fighting, we setup a force dome. We’ll start figuring things out next issue. It didnt’ really have a good cliffhanger, either, with Britt showing up, which brings me to another complaint.

I do not like Britt’s character design in this universe. She looks ugly and retarded and too much like a girl. If she’s going to be a robot, why not make her look more like a robot than a girl with robot parts snapped on? It’s so disappointing for me. I had been looking forward to seeing whether her apperance would be different from her Vampire one, and they throw that ugly piece of garbage at me.

So, the transformers infestation doesn’t live up to the quality and enjoyment presented in the previous issue. There’s still the other Universes, and there may be a chance at redemption, but I’m not very confident. A lot of time was wasted on Transformers autobot/decepticon rivalry. The little bits of meat you got about the infestation, like how it started when Galvatron tells his story, is actually pretty good. Why couldn’t we just not fight, or cut it short for more zombie goodness? Ah, well. Can’t win them all.

Infestation #1

Infestation #1 Cover

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Jan 2011 | IDW

Writing: Dan Abnett | Andy Lanning
Art: David Messina | Elena Casagrande
Ink: Gaetano Carlucci
Colour: ScarletGothica

CVO, a top-secret squad of vampire agents, protect humanity against supernatural threats. The latest of their problems is an exotic biological weapon containment breach that has something to do with an interdimentsional portal leading into a zombie dimension. So begins the zombie outbreak.

This issue begins the Infestation story arc that affects IDW’s Transformers, GI Joe, Star Trek and Ghostbusters universes using CVO as the core. A dimension of zombies use a portal to spread out across other worlds to feed their zombie collective. They take control of Benny, with his artillica, and use him and Britt to gain the info and power they need to spread out to other worlds and expand their hive.

I take the eternal hunger to where it needs to go.

To new supplies of meat and knowledge.

The further I take it, the more it eats. The more it eats, the smarter it gets.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen intelligent hive zombies in anything before. I wasn’t expecting this book to have much substance, just expected another gratuitious zombie tale to entertain and easily forget. This issue actually shows some substance. Yes, it is a bit crazy when you get down to it. I mean, a dimension of zombies using portals and stuff? That does sound retarded, but the writing is really good and it seems well thought out which has me even more excited to see the effects on the other universes. It sets up the crises really well. I can only hope the quality holds out.

Another thing I almost worried about was not being familiar with CVO. I have never read any of their books, but they give a rundown of the organization and characters and also give references to their issues with some topics. As I read the issue, it became apparant previous knowledge wasn’t necessary. I really like that in crossovers. Half the time I’m only familiar with one of the players and really want to read it, but I’ll often get lost with everything else going on.

I look forward to reading the next installment of the story arc and see how it goes. The art was really good, too. Britt is very nice on the eyes and I’m curious to what happened to her, or rather, this duality problem, not to mention how Transformers will faire. Zombie robots. Yeah. I really have to know.

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