Jem And the Holograms Bring Down The HouseMarch 28, 2015
It’s showtime with Jem And The Holograms #1, an all ongoing series from IDW Publishing which was released on March 25th. The iconic franchise is back, bringing itself straight from the 1980’s in their first ever comic book. With an astounding story from Kelly Thompson and stunning art by Sophie Campbell, fans both new and old will rejoice at the reinvention of classic characters. Seeing as how IDW has the license to so many other iconic 80’s characters including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and even My Little Pony, it seemed only fitting that Jem and the Holograms would get their shot at the comic book treatment.
With familiar characters returning like Kimber, Aja, Shana and even Synergy, not to mention Jem herself, and even the Misfits set to debut in next month’s issue makes it feel like the show never ended. The book is vibrant and colorful, very reminiscent of the Jem and the Holograms some of us knew in the 80’s. Though there is no sign of Rio, the swooning, daydreamy gal in me only hopes he’ll make a gallant return in the upcoming issues.
Although Campbell has worked for IDW in the past, Jem and Holograms is Thompson’s debut as a comic book writer; you wouldn’t have any idea though unless you knew, due to the immediate success of the comic so far. The creative team come together almost seamlessly, recreating the quirky and often times outrageous world in which the series is known for. I fully expect for Jem to burst into song with the next issue. It’s too bad we don’t have singing comic books yet. That could be a thing, right?
One of my favorite things about this book are in its last few pages. We’re given splash pages of each beloved Hologram as it details cute little fun facts including things like prized possessions and guilty pleasures. Outrageous! The creative team definitely gets an additional ten points on this one. I’m crossing my fingers that we get this same treatment with the Misfits in another issue.
On top of it all, Jem and the Holograms #1 released with not one but twelve glamorous variant covers including artists like Ross Campbell who does the interior art for the book, Amy Mebberson and even Amanda Conner. Now while five of the twelve are exclusive to various comic cons and comic shops, the other six covers were up for grabs at any local comic store, including the amazing subscriber exclusive cover by Sara Richard. If you’re a big variant collector like I am, IDW even released an amazing foil box set for their new number one issue, complete with all five non-convention exclusive covers which is seriously amazing. I’d like to see more publishers jump on board with this idea.
With this rockin’ new series along with a full fledged Jem and the Holograms live action movie set to be released later this fall, it seems like these lovely ladies are back in full force and they’re here to stay. So make sure to head out to your local comic shop and pick up Jem And the Holograms #1 or purchase the comic digitally on Comixology. As always, happy reading!