Jem and the Holograms is based on the popular '80s cartoon series Jem. The reboot keeps most of the plot of the original series, only now there is a lot more diversity among the characters. There are people of colour and women of all shapes and sizes. The lesbian romance between Kimber, of the Holograms and Stormer, of the rival band, The Misfits, is finally out in the open, instead of just implied as it was in the cartoon.
Jem is written by Kelly Thompson (of Hawkeye: Kate Bishop) and Emma Vieceli (Life is Strange) and illustrated by Corin Howell, Amy Mebberson and Maria Victoria Robado. The creators know their audience and provide plenty of fan service for nostalgic thirty-somethings. In this volume, the girls of the Holograms fall asleep in front of the TV and dream 80's inspired dreams which become whimsical one-shot comics. Jerrica has a Teen Wolf inspired nightmare in which she transforms into Jem Wolf. Meanwhile, Aja finds herself the heroine of Angry Aja: Beyond the Thunder Rotunda, Shana relives the Dagobah swamp scenes from Star Wars, and Kimber finds herself in an adorable dispute with the Misfits in the Muppet Babies inspired Jem Babies.
Itty bitty Kimber and Stormer in Jem Babies.
In volume 2, Rio, the reporter has upset Jerrica by writing a complimentary review of the Misfits (she's not just jealous, they did try to murder her in volume one), and Kimber is pining for Stormer. The pressure of managing the band while also being its lead singer (disguised as Jem) is beginning to get to Jerrica, and the Misfits are worried about their upcoming tour since they still aren't getting as much attention as the Holograms. Things come to a head at the costume Halloween party where The Holograms plan to release their new video.
Jem and the Holograms Volume 2 continues to bring the sparkle, weird haircuts and drama fans have come to expect. The story continues in Jem and the Holograms Vol. 3.: Dark Jem.