Jem And The Holo­grams Come­back Queens

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

De­vised by TV and comics writer Christy Marx, Has­bro’s Jem And The Holo­grams was be­fore its time when the an­i­mated se­ries and ac­com­pa­ny­ing toy line first de­buted in 1985. Now ahead of a new film later this year, the enig­matic front- woman and her band are set to star in their first ever US comic se­ries cour­tesy of IDW.

“Jem re­ally stood out back then for be­ing all about fe­male char­ac­ters in a way that most other shows were not,” says writer Kelly Thomp­son, who will be team­ing up with artist Ross Camp­bell. “But while there was ob­vi­ously an ap­peal to fe­male fans, there was also a high ac­tion- adventure and sci- fi el­e­ment to the show, which ap­pealed to both girls and boys.”

But while the ’ 80s synth sounds that the Holo­grams orig­i­nally spe­cialised in are now more popular than ever, Thomp­son in­sists that the book won’t have a nos­tal­gic ap­peal. “We’re es­sen­tially tak­ing the clas­sic Jem sto­ries and updating them to the 21st cen­tury, so as to ex­plore con­cepts such as mu­sic, me­dia and celebrity in a 2015 con­text,” she says. “Part of what made Jem so great back then was that it felt so mod­ern, timely and for­ward- think­ing. So while it would be fun to have some sto­ries that con­tin­ued that orig­i­nal stuff, it goes against the very idea of Jem to keep it rooted in the past.”

Jem And The Holo­grams is out in March.

Bren­ton Th­waites’s Nic looks like he might have had bet­ter days.

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