So what exactly is Jem and the Holograms again?
Remember when I talked about the Jem And The Holograms trailer? You didn’t? Well shame on you, let me give you the gist of what I said.
My surprise at this trailer was just how dark and straightforward the premise is. The bits of press I had seen and limited knowledge I had on the franchise had put me off the upcoming film.
With rumours of issues with this big screen adaption and how in comparison to the seemingly weird and zany show seemed apparent.
The trailer itself seemed to be edited into a gritty drama following a young girl just totally overwhelmed by her circumstances. From having severe stage fright of performing and seemingly normal day life to start finding the perils of fame. It didn’t seem to put the Jem in Jem And The Holograms.
Even the crazy fashion outfits didn’t seem to be a huge feature. I’ll admit it, it seems the franchise is aimed more at a female audience and it could explain why I’m finding it difficult to warm up the concept. Also, since I never saw the cartoon when I was younger, it could explain why my nostalgia juices haven’t kicked in.
So to gain a little more balance, what did I do? I read the first issue of the Jem and The Holograms comic. Published by IDW with an all-female production team. Seemingly at the hands of a team of fans of the original show and in the hands of a publisher with a fondness for nostalgia properties, it seemed like a good match.
Honestly guys, the work of writer Kelly Thompson and artists Sophie Campbell and Amy Mebberson made me think twice.
As the art catches the wonderful visual changes the music being played on the comic panel, it draws me in, adding another dimension of intrigue to a mundane activity for a comic book.
It also finally explains where the holograms part comes from for Jem And The Holograms. From lead singers Jerrica’s special earrings that can create holograms and a visual disguise so she can get over her stage fright.
So yeah, the comic is good (well the first issue is the only one I read), but the film? Don’t know. Haven’t seen it yet.