Jem and the holograms comic
Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 1: Showtime by Kelly ThompsonJem was one of my favorite cartoons when I was a kid. When the DVDs came out a few years ago, I was happy to see that they basically held up. Not especially deep, no, but fun and sparkly as I remembered. Hearing about a comic book reboot, I was initially not sure if I wanted any part of it. But Thompson sounded so enthusiastic, and I was hearing really good things. So I actually bought each issue as it came out. This is really rare for me right now. And, as it turns out, an excellent choice.
Jem is the best kind of reboot, one that knows what its adapting and what made it successful in the first place. Which means that this version of Jem is, indeed, largely made of pink glitter. But thats what Jem is meant to be. And it was done by a creative team that obviously has a deep affection for the source material. Which leads to characters that are at once instantly recognizable and fresh. The most radical change, in my opinion, was to Rio, who actually becomes kind of amazing. He was... not a favorite of mine before. And I love that Kimber and Stormer finally get to have the adorable romance that Im long since convinced the cartoon was hinting at.
And the art is quite perfect, too. Campbells character designs have the perfect style without being exact imitations of the original. I also love the diversity in the characters. Ive long since lost count of the comics Ive read where every female character has the exact same face. Campbell goes way beyond that by giving the characters diverse body types, as well. Tall and slender, short and curvy, and everything in between. Its really cool to see such a variety of women, all getting to be gorgeous and awesome.
This take on Jem was everything I could have possibly hoped for. I want many, many more issues to come, because it makes me happy every time I get to read a new one.
Re-read September 20, 2016. I still love it unreservedly.
Jem and the Holograms #16
Based on the trailer , the Jem and the Holograms movie looks incredibly disappointing. It's ok. You don't need it. Read the excellent new Jem comic book instead. Seriously: It's really good. Written by Kelly Thompson and illustrated by Sophie Campbell, the IDW comic book series resurrects Jem with all the flash, style, spectacular hair and female empowerment you remember, but with several modern twists that actually improve on the classic '80s cartoon. First off, it's quite simply one of the most beautiful comics on the shelves right now; check out this preview if you don't believe me.
Jerrica Benton is a young singer living with her three sisters—Kimber, Aja, and Shana. This is getting in the way of them entering the "Misfits VS! One day during a storm, Jerrica meets Synergy, a holographic supercomputer her recently deceased father built, who accidentally booted up thanks to a lightning strike. Synergy tells Jerrica that her father had a birthday present for her that he couldn't give to her. The present is a pair of star-shaped earrings with holographic projectors built in.
Jem and the Holograms is an ongoing comic series begun by IDW Publishing in March of based on the s cartoon that was simply titled Jem , which in turn was based on a line of dolls produced by Hasbro. The series follows the rise to fame and personal lives of Jerrica Benton and her three sisters who, when Jerrica assumes her singer alter ego, become the band the series derives its name from. Issue 26 is the last in the series but the story continues in Jem and the Holograms: Infinite , part of the " Jem: Infinite " crossover with its spin off series Jem: The Misfits. The series is written by Kelly Thompson and drawn by a rotating series of artists. Sophie Campbell drew the book's first six issues and would later return to illustrate the "Dark Jem" story arc that lasted from issues 11 to Issues 7 through 9 were drawn by Emma Vieceli with Corrin Howell providing the art for issue Jen Bartel , who also provides the subscription covers for nearly every issue from 7 on, draws issues 17 and 18 as well as the Valentines Special.