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All-New All-Different Pull Wisely: Jem and the Holograms, Volume 1: Showtime

What are you waiting for? Get on the Jem train!

Welcome to the new Pull Wisely, TMS’ video comic review series! Join me as I go in-depth into a new comic. We offer reviews, critiques, and all sorts of thinks and feels about a brand new issue every single week… when we’re not making silly jokes and puns about it. You know how things go around here at The Mary Sue.

This week’s issue is actually a trade paperback: Jem and the Holograms, Volume 1: Showtime from IDW. If you haven’t yet gotten on board the Jem train, now’s the perfect time with the first story arc finally collected in trade.

In addition to Jem and the Holograms, Volume 1: Showtime, here are our other Top 5 Comics Recommendations for the week:

  1. Lumberjanes Beyond Bay Leaf #1 (BOOM! Studios) Written by Faith Erin Hicks (with whom I recently did an interview about her Buffy graphic novel). Art by newcomer Rosemary Valero-O’Connell! This is the first Lumberjanes special! So, definitely check this out if you’re a Lumberjanes fan.
  2. Two Brothers HC (Dark Horse) Graphic novel created by Brazillian twin brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. This is a gorgeous B&W adaptation of the novel The Brothers by Brazilian author Milton Hatoum, which is the story of twin brothers with a complicated relationship – something Ba and Moon likely have some insight into!
  3. Twilight Children #1 (DC Comics) Written by Gilbert Hernandez. Art by Darwyn Cooke. Two great tastes that taste great together! Two amazing comics pros teaming up on a limited series that tells the story of what happens when a magical orb arrives in a Latin American fishing village. You won’t want to miss this!
  4. Swords of Sorrow #6 (Dynamite) Written by Gail Simone. Art by Sergio Davila. This is the final issue of the pulp-tastic limited summer event. If you’ve been keeping up with Swords of Sorrow, you’ll want to pick up this final installment. And if you haven’t, now’s the perfect time to get all six issues and read the entire story in one sitting!
  5. A-Force #5 (Marvel) Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Jorge Molina. The final chapter in the first arc of A-Force before the beginning of their continuing story as part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, which starts this week across their titles.

[NOTE: I was able to interview Ba and Moon AND Hernandez and Cooke at NYCC 2015, and both those interviews will be hitting TMS soon, so keep your eyes peeled!]

This was exactly the kind of week we love at The Mary Sue – lots of awesome titles to recommend from a variety of publishers!

As always, let us know what you think! If you have anything you’d like to share about the comic, or if you’ve got a comic you’d like to recommend, please hit us up on Facebook, in the comments below, or tweet at us with #PullWisely.

We’ll see you next week with a brand new issue and even more comics picks!

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.