Kelly Thompson & Sophie Campbell, “Jem and the Holograms: Showtime” (IDW, 2015)
Straight out of the gate you should know that I’m not exactly the target audience for this book. But I heard the buzz & it seemed like a decent idea to stretch outside my normal boundaries.
This is a tie in to a decades old cartoon that I never saw. But the beautiful thing is that it didn’t matter. Plot, characters, etc were easy to follow. What we are left with is a straightforward story, like something that would be on a Disney/Nickelodeon/ABC Family/ or whatever. And I mean that in a good way! It’s about a group of young women pursuing their dreams to sing and find love, etc.
Sophie Campbell does a great job with the art. It’s colorful, dynamic, and easy to follow. There is a light playfulness that matches the tone of the storytelling well.
In spite of the fact that this book is just not for me, it’s so well done that it’s impossible not to appreciate. If you are someone who thinks that this book could be for you (and you know who you are), by all means stop hesitating and buy the thing already!