Y'all know about Techrat, right? He's the single most ludicrous character in the entire Jem and the Holograms franchise, and considering that the baseline for weirdness in that show included a record executive with a completely unnecessary secret identity and a group of punked-up glam rockers who tried to murder their enemies on several occasions, including throwing them into an active volcano once, that's saying something. Techrat, on the other hand, is a full-on evil genius supervillain, and by that, I mean he's the character who invented a working time machine on the show.

So needless to say, I've been waiting for him to show up and make an impact ever since the new series launched at IDW. Now, thanks to Kelly Thompson and Emma Vieceli, he's not only appearing, he's appearing in a disguise that's a reference to The Karate Kid, so it looks like we've got another strong contender for the best single issue of the year. Check out a preview and watch the Misfits crashing Jem's Halloween party below!

 

 

The Misfits color-coding their outfits like Power Rangers is pretty great, but Rio dressing as Clark Kent while actually acting as a mild-mannered reporter is a solid costume choice, too.

Here's the official solicitation from IDW:

 

Jem and the Holograms #9
Kelly Thompson (w) • Emma Vieceli (a & c)
VIRAL PART 3! Jem and The Holograms commemorate their new video with a huge house party… but that may have been a mistake, as more than one party crasher isn’t looking to celebrate their success!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
-The second outrageous arc ends with showdown of a completely different sort!
-Leads in to next month’s life-changing story!
-Variant cover by Tula Lotay!

 

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