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Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions

Sophie Campbell, Kate Leth, Sarah Kuhn, Sarah Winifred Searle & Various (w) • Tana Ford, Sophie Campbell, Siobhan Keenan, Sarah Winifred Searle & Various (a) • Derek Charm (c)

Jem and the Holograms get back to their rock ‘n’ roll roots in this new series of stand-alone stories from some of comics’ most popular creators. A celebration of creativity, friendship, and being true to yourself, Dimensions is full of humor, fun, and characters that radiate positivity. These uplifting stories will bring a smile to readers’ faces even as they put a song in their hearts.

TPB • FC • $15.99 • 96 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-242-4

Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #4

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #4

Story: Sina Grace, Kevin Panetta Art: Hannah Templer, Abby Boeh
Lettering: Shawn Lee Color: Heather Danforth
Editor: Sarah Gaydos Assistant Editor: Chase Marotz

In “Jemojis,” by Kevin Panetta with art by Abby Boeh, The Misfits go to war with The Holograms over Jem’s themed emoticon app for phones. Will The Holograms rule the app store, too?! Not if Pizzazz (and Techrat) can help it!

And in a special story from Sina Grace with art by Hannah Fisher, Pizzazz struggles to control her own narrative amidst a nightmare combo of reality TV, social media, and social climbers.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #3

Sam Maggs, Nicole Goux (w) • Rachael Stott, Nicole Goux (a) • Rachael Stott (c)

In a story from Sam Maggs and Rachael Stott, The Misfits, no stranger to reality TV, are invited to appear on a Ghost Hunting TV show with their rivals, The Holograms! And in Nicole Goux’s tale, The Starlight Girls defy their mentors, The Holograms, and sneak out to an open mic night.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #2

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #2

Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn (w) • Sarah Winifred Searle, Siobhan Keenan (a) • Siobhan Keenan (c)

In our first story by Sarah Winifred Searle, Shana takes center stage her fashion design final is coming up, but when disaster strikes, will she use Synergy to “cheat” her way through?! And in the second story by Sarah Kuhn and Siobhan Keenan, you only need to know two words: KARAOKE. BATTLE.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1

Jem-Dimensions01_cvrB.jpgIDW Publishing kicks off their new Jem anthology series strong in Jem and The Holograms: Dimensions #1. The Dimensions series promises a set of stories told outside the main Jem narrative; a gateway book to the larger Jem universe, though it can also stand on its own. After issue one, however, it’s hard not to want more neon-colored nonsense.

The two stories, “Catnap” and “Roll With It” each tell a distinctly modern tale using ‘80s icons. Brightly-colored ski gear and Dungeons and Dragons games, all in the Jem palate of bold makup, huge hair, and stars and lightning bolts on every surface.

Sophie Campbell took the reins on “Catnap” as both writer and artist. Misfit groupie Clash is cat-sitting for band member Pizzazz, but doesn’t want to miss out on her ski trip. She decides to bring the kitty along on the slopes with her friend Misty, after girlfriend Blaze bails on her. When evil Jem groupies show up to steal the cat and get Clash booted from all future Misfit events, Blaze literally flies in to save the day—and the cat!

Jem_Dimensions_01-pr2-1Colorist M. Victoria Robado keeps things bright and rainbow-hued, even against a snow-capped backdrop. A high-speed chase followed by an avalanche of epic proportions turns the slopes into a flurry of color and action under Campbell and Robado’s efforts. Campbell’s story (and, I would assume, other Jem tales as well) blurs the line between “good” and “evil” as Misfit fans protect a helpless feline from the evil claws of Jem groupies. Some modern additions, such as Misty dressed in her colorful headscarf and Blaze and Clash’s kiss at the end, bring this 80’s classic into today’s landscape.

“Roll With It”, written by Kate Leth with art by Tana Ford, is lighter on story in favor of dissecting some classic characters at the end of their Infinite run. An exhausted group of Holograms try to get Jerrica to take a break after their tour. Kimber suggests a game of Dungeons and Dragons, but as the game is set up Jerrica is elected Dungeon Master—leaving her in charge of the group all over again. She soon loses her cool and the girls must come up with an alternate plan to give ALL of the Holograms the night off.

The girls game characters give a little peek into their psyche along with providing plenty of light-hearted laughter. And while Jerrica and Synergy drive the plot, Kimber shines through as the star of the story. Colorist Brittany Peer sticks to a blue and purple palate, so that when Jerrica attacks the D&D party with an overpowered dragon, the fire-breather truly stands out.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions is a super fun romp with a huge cast of female characters. This book not only passes the Bechdel test, but smashes it into pieces. The characters are well-rounded, diverse, and unafraid to be themselves—no matter how outrageous.

Story: Sophie Campbell, Kate Leth
Art: Sophie Campbell, Tana Ford Colors: M. Victoria Robado, Brittany Peer
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

IDW provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week of awesomeness. The Last Jedi opens up this week and we’ll have our review when the embargo lifts this Tuesday! We can’t wait to see it and if it lives up to the hype! While you (and we) wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Engadget – Marvel comics arrive in Hoopla’s public library app – Nice!

Daily Herald – Graphic Novels foster literacy – Yes they do.

The Robesonian – UNCP professor’s show picked up by The North Carolina Channel – Very cool to see this.

The Buffalo News – Valuable comic book collection swiped from former state senator – That sucks. If anyone has info that can help catch the thief…

Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom Tournament With Special Rules Lets Pro Mess With Opponent’s Controls – Well that’s an interesting way to play.

Kotaku – This Weekend’s Marvel vs. Capcom Trophy Is A Light-Up Infinity Gauntlet – Want!

The Beat – Meg Lemke takes over as Graphic Novels Review Editor at Publishers Weekly – Congrats!

The Beat – Mel Caylo leaves Boom! – Boooo! We love Mel!!!!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #36

Comicosity – Bingo Love

Bam Smak Pow – Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1

Talking Comics – Paradiso #1

Bam Smack Pow – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #77

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – I thoroughly enjoyed the first miniseries featuring these two properties, and while I half expect this to be nothing more than a shameless cash grab I’m oddly excited to see the Dark Knight cross paths with the Turtles again. I would say you don’t see that happen often, but that’s not necessarily the case anymore – and I’m quite happy about that.

Green Arrow #35 (DC Comics) – One of the sleeper hits for me is Green Arrows ongoing series. The art is whimsical and sweepingly beautiful, and the story about one man fighting a giant corporate conspiracy theory is far stronger than it seemed at first. Definitely one to keep on your radar.

Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1 (Valiant) – Marguerite Sauvage pulls double duty on this one, and I’m curious as to what she’ll offer – as long as it’s fun (and looks as awesome as she’s proven her self capable of drawing) then I’ll be happy.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Jupiter Jet #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The debut issue of this teenaged Robin Hood story with a science fiction twist grabbed my attention immediately. The art, vaguely reminiscent of Squirrel Girl (probably not a mistake), makes early promises of a book with lighthearted romps plastered from cover to cover.

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #3 (DC Comics/Archie Comics) –  I am going to be honest–I didn’t know this title was out already. Time to catch up. Girl power is promised in BUNDLES in a book featuring four iconic women from comics, and the mashup of Good vs. Bad (can we definitively call Harley/Ivy evil?) should be a great time.

Jem and the Holograms Dimensions #1 (IDW Publishing) – More girl power. Step one: put a cat on the cover. Step two, promise some light-hearted hijinx featuring girls from both sides of the tracks (I’m sensing a theme this week…). Step three: throw in a good old-fashioned game of Dungeons and Dragons. What could possibly go wrong?

I Hate Fairyland Deluxe HC Vol. 1 (Image Comics) – A 36 year old woman trapped in a 6 year old’s body isn’t even close to the most grotesque thing going on in Skottie Young’s modern masterpiece. Young’s delightfully vulgar sense of humor truly shines in his first Image title. The Deluxe collection promises plenty of extras which will likely ooze with….something nasty.

Archie #26 (Archie Comics) – What can I say, I’ve been a sucker for the redhead and his bumbling misadventures since I was a kid. Old habits, and all that. But the All-new Archie has taken us some places we’ve never been before, and I for one can’t wait to see where we go next.

 

Shay

Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #3 (DC Comics) – Do I really need a reason? It’s like my childhood met my teen hood in a bar and I’m here for it. This might be one of the few times where crossing the streams is a good thing.

Throwaways #10 (Image Comics) – Dean and Abby are still trying to get to the bottom of the conspiracy theory that is their life while dealing with the latest hinderences , like being separated by guards, as the hunt for the truth. The series is hit or miss but, they seem to be getting their bearings so either way this will be interesting.

Hawkeye #13 (Marvel) – Clint and Kate in LA on a case. There will be humor, there will be blood, there will be awesome , in the start of what looks like a killer story arc.

 

Brett

Top Pick: A Small Revolution (Soaring Penguin Press) – A revolution in a small country seen through the yes of an innocent child. If there’s ever been a comic more geared towards me, I don’t know what it is. The concept sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was a perfect balance of action, characterization, and social justice. Hope this issue continues that trend.

Captain America #696 (Marvel) – The first issue was good (not great) but Mark Waid and Chris Samnee seem to be exploring what it means to be Captain America. What they have to say should be interesting and both know the character well, so this should be an interesting read no matter what.

The Consultant #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – When superheroes screw up, this is the guy who cleans up the mess. I’ve read the first issue and while there’s some slight issues with characters standing out in design, the story is fantastic and exactly what I hoped for.

Winter War (Caliber Entertainment) – The story of the 100-day war of Finland versus the Soviet Union at the dawk of World War II. Sounds really interesting.

Preview: Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1

Kate Leth, Sophie Campbell (w) • Tana Ford, Sophie Campbell (a) • Tana Ford (c)

Jem: Dimensions brings both new and beloved creators to the world of The Holograms! In a story by Kate Leth and Tana Ford, the Holograms throw a Dungeons and Dragons game night with Jerrica as the Dungeon Master, and even Synergy joins the fun! And in Sophie Campbell’s story, the Misfits (plus some NEW faces) take a break to go on a ski trip, when all hell breaks loose…and so does Pizzazz’s cat!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Jem and the Holograms Step Into a New Comic Book Dimension

Hasbro’s Jem and the Holograms may be currently out touring with the “Infinite” crossover mini-series, but they’re already plotting their next move with the just-announced Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions.

This new series, from IDW Publishing, will be an anthology comic set in Jem’s world, and will bring in a rotating roster of talent into the mix, as well as some Jem mainstays, to tell new adventures, with two self-contained stories per issue.

The debut issue sees writer Kate Leth and artist Tana Ford jamming on a Dungeons and Dragons game night where Jerrica plays the role of Dungeon Master and even Synergy joins the fun! Just as exciting, Sophie Campbell returns to the world of Jem, writing and illustrating a story about the Misfits on a ski trip gone south when Pizzazz’s cat is on the loose!

Jem fans can rest assured that Thompson won’t be going far, though, and can anticipate her return to the series before you can say “Showtime, Synergy!”

Issue one kicks off in November with main cover art by Tana Ford and variant covers by Jem art team founding members Sophie Campbell and M. Victoria Robado, plus Eisner-nominee Derek Charm!