Before we get the Jem movie, we'll get her first-ever truly outrageous comic-book series.
If you're a fan of the 1980s animated series about a sci-fi-tinged rock band and their world of glamour and glitter, fashion and fame, 2015 is going to be a really exciting year for you. We've known for a while now that Jem and the Holograms are headed for the big screen in their first-ever live-action movie, but that's not all. Thanks to a longstanding partnership with Hasbro that includes successful Transformers and G.I. Joe comics, IDW Publishing is also about to bring Jem to comics for a new ongoing series.
In March 2015, the publisher will debut Jem and the Holograms from writer Kelly Thompson (The Girl Who Would Be King) and artist Ross Campbell (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Here's the official synopsis for the book, which makes it sound like the comic will stick close to the traditions of the TV series.
Meet Jerrica Benton, the gifted singer of The Holograms, a band that has the right look and the right sound...but one thing is holding them back—Jerrica’s crippling stage fright. Luckily, Jerrica is about to find help in the most unlikely of places when she discovers a forgotten present left by her father. And what she finds is truly outrageous!
According to IDW Senior Editor John Barber, a Jem book was in the works at IDW for the past three years, but it wasn't until the team of Thompson and Campbell came together that the book really took shape.
"As a kid I was a huge fan of the original '80s JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS cartoon and so the chance to breathe new life into it for a savvy modern audience, not to mention to work with Ross, an artist practically destined to draw this book, is really a dream come true," Thompson said.
To add to the glamour and glitter of this comic's release, IDW is also releasing five "box set" covers for each of the book's first two issues. Issue one will feature four covers, one for each Hologram, by My Little Pony artist Amy Mebberson, plus a cover of the whole band by Campbell, and the covers will be collected into a "deluxe rainbow foil and holographic collectible box." Issue two will feature a similar collaboration by Mebberson and Campbell, this time focusing on the Holograms' rival band and nemesis, the Misfits. My Little Pony artist Sara Richard will also contribute subscription covers to the series.
So if you're really into Jem and the Holograms, and you just can't wait for the movie, add this book to your pull list come spring.