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Jem: The Misfits #2: The Eye of the Storm

Written by Ashley Leckwold on Tuesday, January 31 2017 and posted in Reviews

Jem: The Misfits #2: The Eye of the Storm

In some of the best work we've seen from the Jem team so far, we learn a bit more about Stormer.

Source: IDW Publishing

Written by: Kelly Thompson

Art by: Jenn St-Onge

Colors by: M. Victoria Robado

Letters by: Shawn Lee

Well, it's time for The Misfits reality show to begin filming, but Stormer is having reservations. I mean, the entire band is having very loud and vocal reservations about being in a Total Divas-esque reality show to try and save themselves from obscurity. Stormer though is a different story.

Much like the first issue flashing back to give us a look at Pizzazz's story, this issue gives us a deeper look into Stormer as she reveals to Piz that she hasn't signed the contracts yet after the producers of the show tried to sell her on a weight loss angle for sponsorship reasons. Well, the reader knows this, but she refrains from telling Piz.

Through the issue, we see Stormer's story as a woman who has been "othered" her entire life. Not just as a lesbian, but as a fat woman living openly. Ever since childhood, people have poked fun at her about her weight, but she has pushed to be herself despite all of that. "If I don't... it's like she wins," she admits after an interaction with a childhood bully. Still, it is a bit of a struggle for her, trying to find her own voice and be open and happy, especially as the Misfits' star rises. Piz has always had her back, but in a few panels that feel oddly reminiscent of The Wicked + The Divine #13, it's obvious that sometimes the voice of angry strangers can drown out the ones of your friends.


I've always really enjoyed the Jem and the Holograms comics, but this might be the most powerful issue that's come out of the comics franchise so far. Jenn St-Onge's art with M. Victoria Robado's colors not only brings out a certain vulnerability and intensity with expression, but also showing the ways Stormer contracts and expands on herself when she's upset. Matched with Kelly Thompson's writing, and this issue becomes a powerful ode to self-love. Not just in the ways of accepting yourself, but in how hard it can be to reach that place sometimes. And how once you're there, it is still an ongoing struggle, but to continue to exist in a way that can be seen is still a proclamation. Stormer exists as she is to show all of those that don't want her to that they can't win.

Being oneself can already be hard enough without adding on all the extra societal bullshit that comes with being a marginalized group of any sort. It doesn't mean you have to let those who would kill to see you fall win though, and The Misfits #2 shows that extremely well in a beautiful Stormer-focused story. It shows that loving yourself can be a tough journey, but still one that's ultimately worth it. And Goddess help anyone who tries to get in Stormer's path now.


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About the Author - Ashley Leckwold

Ashley Leckwold is a writer based out of Atlanta who is the cross-section of a magical girl and a demon queen. She has done a whole other host of weirdness, including work at Steampunk Chronicle, Nerdophiles, the Ratchet Retrocast, The Rainbow Hub, PopOptiq and the Killer Queen and 27 anthologies published through Red Stylo Media. Most of her current work is non-fictional and found at her blog as well as Graphic Policy. She can often be found on Twitter at @misskittyf crying about comics, TV, pro-wrestling and music.

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