Glamour and glitter, Fashion and fame. Jem.
The fact that there is now a Jem comic book 30 years after the show first aired is truly outrageous.Truly, truly, truly outrageous. I still remember the feeling I got when the glittering theme song would fill my TV screen as a child. I would be glued to the screen for the next 22 minutes to see what Jem would be wearing and what adventures they would go on. I had the same anticipation for the comic book written by Kelly Thompson with art by Sophie Campbell (Wet moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
When I saw the modern look the creative team had given the band my heart skipped a beat. There was my childhood icon, Jem with my side shave haircut. Nothing could prepare me for the awesomeness that followed once I opened the first issue of Jem and the Holograms this week. (The cover of the comic even has glitter and holographic paper on it... so amazing. Why can't all comics do this)
There stood Jerrica Benton, an average american girl suffering from stage fright while trying to film a videoclip with her band. After heading home feeling defeated Jerrica stumbles across Synergy, a gift from her late father. Synergy is not just a radical sparkling being of pure energy but also a holographic computer equipped with a remote holographic projector. Thanks to Synergy's abilities Jerrica is able to transform into the woman she knows she can be and battle stage fright.
Jem And The Holograms would be a great comic for those who never watched Jem And The Holograms as a kid and also those new to comics in general. The first issue is really an origin story giving you insight into the characters and their aspirations without being overwhelming.
A big reason why the comic was inspiring to me was Sophie Campbell's art. Sophie's animated style works effortlessly with the Jem world. Each character has their own distinct style and more importantly each member varies in body shape, with curves and realistic hips. I honestly nearly cried when I saw the character profiles in the back of the book. Jem And The Hologram's tends to focus heavily on fashion and with Sophie's design combined with incredibly bold purple, teal and magenta glittering colour work by M.Victoria Robado each page is like a feast for the eyes.
The Jem And The Hologram comic is everything I could have hoped for and more. It is like they had produced a comic purely for me. From the colouring, character design and theme of friendship and being the best you that you can be. I am more than excited for issue two and the appearance of their arch rival band- The Misfits.