Comic Review – Jem and The Holograms #1

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  • Jem and The Holograms #1
  • Written By:  Kelly Thompson
  • Art By:  Sophie Campbell
  • Story By:  Kelly Thompson & Sophie Campbell
  • Colors By: Victoria Robado
  • Letters By:  Robbie Robbins
  • Published By:  IDW Publishing
  • Release Date:  March 25, 2015


Jem and The Holograms #1I don’t often pick my comics from the “all-ages” rack at my LCS, but when I saw Jem and The Holograms, I was rocketed back to my childhood.  For those who don’t know, Jem and The Holograms or rather Jem as it was called back then was the answer for Transformers and G.I. Joe for girls.  In the era of toys to cartoons, Jem appealed to girls you weren’t into transforming robots and the “Yo Joe” battle cry.  As a male who grew up in that time, the premise behind the series was a bit silly, but no more than the other alternatives available at the time.

So without puns and jokes about the subject matter, here is my review of IDW Publishing’s Jem and The Holograms #1.

I am not ashamed to admit as a grown man I enjoyed the first ten or so pages before I simply got bored and uninterested.  Those first ten pages were full of bright, brilliant color and a surprisingly well written story.  Writer Kelly Thompson did a great job setting up the story and characters and I even started to care about Jerrica, Aja, Shana and Kimber.

Jem and The Holograms #1Once the introduction of Synergy the intelligent hologram takes place, the story plummets and feels rushed and ridiculous.  I feel that the story would have been better served by not rushing Synergy’s introduction until at least the second issue.  I say that not to belittle Thompson’s writing, but to offer my constructive criticism.  I was quite involved in the first part of this issue and was sad to see it crash so quickly.

Sophie Campbell and M. Victoria Robado’s artwork is truly the star of this issue.  Colors and character design were amazing and fit the 80s subject matter spot on.  Swirls of color, bright heavy eyeliner and neon hair colors nearly made me have a joyful seizure.  Jem and The Holograms #1 is an explosion of color but sadly not an explosion of story.

Jem and The Holograms #1



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