Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Sophie Campbell
Review: From Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony to G.I Joe, the classic cartoons from the 1980’s have been given a massive rebirth and re-introduced to new audiences in the form of films, new animated shows and comics. Under IDW Publishing these gems of the 80’s have successfully been revived as monthly ongoning comic book series to great acclaim, the latest in this 1980’s revamp is the classic, Jem and the Holograms.
The original animated series was released in 1985 and told the story of Jem, the mysterious leade singer of the rock band, The Holograms. Jem was in fact the alter ego of Jerrica Benton who was able to create her rock star alter ego Jem via comuter technology known as Synergy whichleft to her by her father. The series is very fondly remembered by many fangirls who grew up in the 1980’s but unlike the other gems of the 80’s hasn’t been given the revival it rightfully deserves.
Working of a script from writer and artist team Kelly Thompson (Storykiller) and Sophie Cambell (IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), the new Jem and the Holograms stays close to the original concept. The first issue opens with Jerrica and the rest of the Holograms, Aja, Shana and Jerrica’s sister Kimber as they are filming a music video for their entry in the “Mistfits Vs.” competition. Jerricsa suffers from stagefright and can’t bring herself to perform in front of a large audience outside of her home. The rest of the crew are becoming tired by her constant panic attacks and after over hearing the group talk about how frustrating this has become and she returns home where she discovers the holographic computer, Synergy.
For a first issue it doesn’t offer much of a background for the characters, particualry Jerrica and Kimber, but that doesn’t hurt the story as you get to know who these girls are and what they’re about within the first few pages. Some people may think that this issue may be rushed in getting Jerrica to discover Synergy and the hologram technology that her father invented, but this isn’t the case as, the story works as it ends on a highnote that will lead into the next issue. The artwork by Sophie Campbell is fantastic, her art style is the perfect match for this series and it is quite refreshing to see Jem and the girls drawn as average girls each with different body types, which gives the characters a much more realistic feel to it.
The issue also comes with character profiles on the four girls as well as four varient foil covers by Amy Mebberson which will aslo be available in a seperate boxset.
Review written by Christopher Innis