J is for Jem #AtoZChallenge

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 12, 2015 24 Comments

In which I don’t think Jem is truly, truly, truly outrageous.


Effin Guy surprised me with this gem (see what I did there?):




I love me some Jem and the Holograms, engaging in mini binges with my teen, singing the songs like a lot, even waiting for the movie, so the show is quite dear to me. I was excited about the comic book and when I first saw the cover art my expectations drooped. While my rational mind knows that there will be some creating license taking over for this reboot, the re-imagining has left me feeling like the people who took over the comics never got up early on Saturday scanning the TV Guide listing hoping that they would be able to enjoy episodes of Jem while scarfing down a bowl of Cap’n Crunch.


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Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

The comic opens with The Holograms on stage attempting to make an audition tape for a band contest being held by The Misfits. Jerrica is suffering from crippling stage fright, literally can’t sing and runs off stage.   Kimber goes to talk to Jerrica because she is not here for Jerrica’s nonsense. Kimber was ready to jet when their dad passed but stayed because Jerrica promised that she would have her stuff together.

Back in the studio, an argument erupts. They are down to the wire for this contest and the group is divided. Kimber is pissed while Aja feels that they should be patient with her. Shana plays peacemaker. Jerrica overhears them and runs off, getting caught up in a thunderstorm. Back at home she meets Synergy, the hologram from the computer her dad created . Backstory Backstory Backstory and Jerrica is transformed into Jem, a persona she can hide behind so that she can perform on stage without being having to be herself.



Read this: Revisting the 80’s: Jem and the Holograms 

In ways, the comic makes sense. On the cartoon there was only a casual reference to them being interested in music before they entered Eric Raymond’s Battle of the Bands and we just went along with the idea.  I mean, there was some air guitar playing and drumstick tapping but nothing to show that before Jerrica became Jem, Jerrica sang, that these girls played in a band or even had an interest in music.

There is an egregious lack of mention of the Starlight Girls or Starlight House which was the catalyst for the Holograms competing in the contest in the first place. I’ll allow this; I always wondered just HOW these four women ran a house for a gaggle of kids. HOW they never got caught ’cause if the Starlight Girls are anything like my teen or ME as a teen, then they would have been snooping all around and would have heard Jerrica and co talking about becoming Jem.

So far, no Rio. I’ll allow this as well. Rio was a pain in the ass, jealous and hot headed for no reason. Well, I suppose he had good reasons as Jem/Jerrica would toy with his emotions and the Holograms never let him in on the secret.


I hate the art, however I read that this comic book celebrates body diversity and, as someone who does not often see her body portrayed in a positive light, I will lay off on my grumpiness about the look of the characters for now. I will voice my objection about the band’s bios (I linked to IDW’s site). Shana loves long baths…Dude.

In the next issue, we will meet The Misfits. In this version it’s not just Pizzazz, Roxy and Stormer. We also meet Jetta, the British chick on the cartoons and she is Black.

I see what y’all did for diversity!

I will stick around for a bit. My love of the cartoon may be coloring my thoughts about a new comic or I could be right on the money.

I really hope I am wrong.



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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I was OBSESSED with this show when I was a kid. I had all the holograms dolls and of course, all the Misfits. OMG I loved this show….

  2. I’ve never heard of this show. Where have I been??

  3. Heather says:

    I’m sure I watched this at some point but I don’t remember. I used to love reading about spiderman.

  4. Donna Ward says:

    Hi Rachee, This is something I’ve never really known about – I had a son. So they did collect comic books and my son wanted to be an comic book artist – and I understand how the re-do’s can so disappoint!

  5. Nicole Lutzy says:

    I used to watch the Misfits! Wow I am dating myself! I had forgotten about that show till now!

  6. Jamie says:

    No Rio, fine. But what about the Stingers?

    I’m with you that the cover looks nothing like the cartoon, or the dolls.

    I did think it odd that the Starlight girls never checked out their own house. But I also considered that maybe they did, figured it out, and decided to keep a lid on it rather than risk getting shipped off.

  7. aimee fauci says:

    I’ve heard of the Misfits, I think. I think the comic looks fun and colorful but i’ve never been into comics.

  8. Liz Mays says:

    I had no idea there was an updated comic of these characters. Hopefully over the course of the series, it can do something new while keeping the spirit of the show.

  9. Jeanine says:

    I have never seen these shows before! I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of them before! Oops! Pretty cool though all the updated shows and remakes they do!

  10. I remember Jem and the Holograms! I didn't know there was an updated comic.

  11. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I remember watching Jem and the Holograms. I wish they would draw characters with more diverse body types.

  12. Amber NElson says:

    Oh yes! I totally miss the 80’s Those days were the best!

  13. Ugh! That is NOT Jem. No, not truly outrageous for sure. I remember having the Barbie of Jem when I was little. She had the raddest clothes and star earrings. I'm glad the book promotes some positivity, but c'mon. Get the look right or make a whole new comic without ripping off the Jem name.

  14. Teresa Moody says:

    I remember Jem! I didn't know they were updating it.

  15. I loved Jem and the Holograms when I was a kid. I even had all their dolls.

  16. Annie M says:

    I never watched the show. I did love the art that it was made from though, lovely!

  17. I remember this show when I was young, the memories I have of it!

  18. Melissa Vera says:

    Not really sure who this is but I am with you about the body image thing.

  19. I loved this when I was a kid. I could not stop watching it.

  20. Melissa Smith says:

    I love this show!!! Although I would be like a little kid all over again if I had this comic… (that I had no clue they even made!).

  21. Rosey Marie says:

    What's wrong with liking long baths? LOL You made me laugh. 🙂 I didn't know this was out!

  22. Lisa Rios says:

    I have heard about this Misfits, but I never seen these shows. Though I am not much interested in comics, these comic characters looks very much fun and colorful & interesting.

  23. I am vaguely remembering this show I think. Or I may be getting it confused with another one. the 80’s were a blur

  24. Amanda O. says:

    I loved this show when I was growing up. I’d love to see a remake!

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