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Now that I have had a few minutes to collect myself after reading this twice and crying a bunch, I am here to talk about the newest incarnation of Jem and the Holograms.

Jerrica, Aja, Shana and Kimber are prepping to record a video to enter the Misfits vs. contest. However, Jerrica can’t seem to get over her stage fright to even let out a single word. Within a few minutes she’s introduced to the hologram Synergy. Synergy tells her some things about her father, is introduced to the rest of the band and gives Jerrica the Jemstar earrings that can help Jerrica do and be anything she wants. Of course this means the beginning of her alter ego Jem.

Jem and the Holograms

Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell both wrote the story and it. was. perfect. We got a feel for each of the girls’ new distinct modern personalities and styles. None of these girls have the same personality, look or style and that’s what blew me away from the get go. I also loved that we get to keep that same origin story from the cartoon but it still managed to be new and fresh (there was even an Iron Man reference). All in the first issue I learned so much and I truly believe that people who have never heard of Jem and the Holograms will learn essentially what the very first episode of the show was about. You get the same info and you don’t have to go back to watch it if you don’t want to (though I highly recommend watching the cartoon too!).

Sophie did the art while M. Victoria Robado did the art for the comic and let me just say that I personally have never picked up a comic that had this kind of art style before but it REALLY fits the story. Again, each of the girls look so different, stylish and distinct that it just blew me away. Two things I give the highest praise to are sticking with the original diversity of the group when it comes to race AND giving us different body types to look at and admire. Shana has been my favorite and you better believe I noticed her cute chubby self! Anyway, the art style is very clean, straight forward and gives us that 80’s color scheme we know and love from the show.

Overall, I loved it. I even cried a little bit reading it because being a HUGE Jem and the Holograms fan, it was just everything I had hoped for since I heard about the release of it. I definitely will be picking up a physical copy of every one of these that comes out and hopefully their variant covers because if you haven’t seen them, they’re MIND BLOWING.

Put this truly outrageous comic on your pull list. You seriously wont regret it. It’s good for long time fans of the franchise like myself and for anyone who might want to dive into it for the fist time. I also think young girls will get a kick out of it as well.

Jem-and-the-Holograms-coverJem and the Holograms #1

Published by IDW
Written by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell
Illustrated by Sophie Campbell
Colors by M. Victoria Robado
Letters by Robbie Robbins
Cover by Ross Campbell 





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Gwen Stacy

A 20-something geek living the Bay Area who is a book seller by day and a blogger/creator by night. Hobbies include but are not limited to: sewing up geek fashions, toy collecting, reading comics and graphic novels and of course books, drinking wine and obsessing over cartoons and Wes Anderson. This is my design.