Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: Jem and the Holograms: Showtime by Kelly Thompson


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
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 Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!
MY TAKE:
As a fan of the Jem and the Holograms television series, I just had to read this comic book.

In Jem and the Holograms: Showtime, Jerrica is too shy to sing in front of an audience, which isn't a good thing since she's the lead singer of her band. Thanks to her father's invention, however, she is able to transform into Jem via a holographic projection. Despite being a new band, Jem and the Holograms soon find themselves in a rivalry with The Misfits.

Since I'm used to the old illustrations style of Jem and the Holograms, the anime re-imagining of the characters was a little disorienting at first. However, I appreciated that there was an effort to include different body types here. In the television series, the girls were all tall and sexy. Here, there are plus-size girls (Stormer and Aja) too. That aside, the changes to their looks were pretty drastic. Sometimes, it felt like the only thing left were the hair colors. It made me nostalgic for the old style, but obviously, that's a little dated and probably isn't going to appeal to the younger generations.

As for the story, it's been awhile since I saw the series, and I don't really remember the first episode anymore so I don't know how close this story is to the original. Although I do remember there being a drive-through or some sort to get into their headquarters?

One major difference I think, is the relationship between Kimber and Stormer. Since I hadn't seen the articles released months ago about this, I had no idea that Kimber and Stormer were lesbians in the comics. It's not an issue for me, but I was certainly surprised, since I don't remember that from the television series. They make a cute couple, though, even if I thought there was a tiny bit of insta-love there.

Thanks to NetGalley and IDW Publishing for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The girls have different body types.
  2. There are modern pop culture references.
  3. Kimber and Stormer are cute together. 

THE BAD:

  1. Fans of the old look of Jem and the Holograms may feel like some of the changes are a little too much. 

READ IT IF:

  1. You are a Jem and the Holograms fan.
  2. You saw the original series and wanted Kimber and Stormer to get together.
  3. You love modern versions of old television series.

RATING:
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