THE STINGERS—PART ONE! You thought the HOLOGRAMS had it rough back when they had to team up with the MISFITS?! Well, just wait until they meet the European super group taking the U.S. by storm… THE STINGERS! Meet Riot, Rapture, Minx, and… RAYA?!?! Whaaaat?
After the announcement from the previous issue, Jem and the remaining members of the band have no chance but to move forward. As they work towards finding a new member, the new band on the block The Stingers have arrived and made themselves known not only to the Holograms but also to the Misfits. Obviously, Pizzazz is just thrilled to have more competition.
Writer Kelly Thompson really presents a lot of new problems to be addressed in future issues. Other than the threat of the Stingers to the status quo, Jerrica seems to either be addicted to being Jem or is trying to become Jem on a 24 hour basis. Either way, it sounds like she is heading for an intervention in the near future in a way which will really keep the reader engaged in the story.
The book’s art has been taken over by artist Meredith McClaren who has introduced a style which is truly unique. She has brought a style which seems to be a mixture of Japanese manga and Peanuts comics. If this sounds like an intriguing idea, then you owe it to yourself to give this issue a read.
The book has kept a great level of quality and the new arc and art style shows it will not decrease anytime soon. Hopefully the creative team will keep up the fine work and if you are a curious reader who was hesitant to check this title out, this new arc seems to be a great jumping on point.