Dynamite has been setting out to expand their line into female friendly titles for some time. They've revamped their core titles featuring classic female characters like Deja Thoris, Vampirella and Red Sonja. Occasionally, we've seen titles aimed directly at children, like L'il Vampi and L'il Sonja. Dynamite has impressed me with the announcement of one particular new title, sticking with their tradition of redefining established characters. Dynamite is bring us new adventures for Nancy Drew.
It seems like I've been away from Jem and the Holograms for a long time. I was hooked early on, and if you haven't been keeping up, just click on the tag for this title at the top of the page for previews of the issues I've reviewed. The series has been exceptional, and that's coming from a guy that's never been a fan of the animated series from the 1980s.
Dark Jem is the third collection of the IDW Jem and the Holograms series and it, like every volume, deserves a space on your bookshelf. If you are not reading Jem and the Holograms, then you are truly missing out on a comic that transcends its origins as a nostalgic adaptation of an 80's cartoon.
I've been enjoying the mess out of Jem and the Holograms. Even if it wasn't a licensed property, I'd be buying it. Sophie Campbell's artwork is so gorgeous that every character is beautiful, even when they're being absolute monsters. Kelly Thompson is writing an absolutely wonderful story about two bands at war, yet is managing to work in a great love story or two. The blending of these two creators is so perfect, I worry about the recent solicitations without Sophie Campbell on the book, but from artist's Emma Vieceli's blog, it looks like just a guest spot. Whew! I was worried there for a second.
After my review of the first issue, I was really eager to read the second issue of Jem and the Holograms. What's best is that not only wasn't I disappointed, I enjoyed it better than the first, and there's not many comic book series that I can say that about. I'm just really happy that this comic exists.
IDW has had a lot of press behind the launch of their new Jem & the Holograms series, so it seems only right to give it a read and tell you about it. I was personally looking forward to it given that I'm prone to like old ideas given a new spin, and for the most part it works. I'm going to give you a spoiler alert, but I'll still try not to ruin it for anyone.