Review: Jem And The Holograms #1

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.

Jem01_cvr-675x1024Jem and the Holograms #1

Kelly Thompson (w)
Sophie Campbell (a)
Campbell, Amy Mebberson x 4 (c)
FC • 32 pages • $ 3.99

SHOWTIME, SYNERGY! Meet JERRICA BENTON—a girl with a secret. She and her sister KIMBER team with two friends to become… JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in the most outrageous comic of 2015!

Bullet points:
• One of the hottest properties from the 1980s hits comics—FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
• Five stunning rainbow foil covers, one classic Jem cover for each band member by Amy Mebberson, plus one featuring the whole band by series artist Ross Campbell!
• Next month, check out Amy Mebberson’s classic covers featuring Jem’s greatest foils, The Misfits!
• If you’ve been blown away by My Little Pony and Transformers—wait’ll you see JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS!
• All-new—all-outrageous!


In full disclosure, I have never seen an episode of the 80s cartoon this is based on. I haven’t even seen a clip, so I’m going into this comic blind. I felt reading it that it was taking a while to get started, but once it got there, it seemed like a completely natural course had been taken to get to the end of the book, which is kind of refreshing. It’s nice that Kelly Thompson took her time in getting us to the introduction of the Jem that we’re going to be dealing with and in the process gave us a facet to the characters that can springboard so much.

Sophie Campbell’s artwork is perfect for this as she has varied the body styles significantly for the Holograms, something I hope remains after the band gets fully going, but judging by the upcoming covers, we’ll only see them in their “real” bodies off stage. That would be a shame, and I hope it’s explored. The effects for the story are handled well by Campbell and colorist M. Victoria Robado.

In a nutshell, this has the makings of being a very good comic, but it’s still too early to tell. It could go off the rails very easily, but judging solely on this issue, I think it’ll be a good series. I’ll be there for the second issue.