"Jem and the Holograms" #1 - Overall, I found it acceptable. I wasn't overwhelmed, I wasn't underwhelmed. It had all the names of the characters, they all had the right colored hair and their beginning outfits were close enough to be "right". Their names are still intact and they're still a girl group trying to make it. I could even live with Kimber's shaved head. The colors were bright, vibrant and rich and that was a plus! The writing for the story fit the comic style and made for an interesting read.
Then, there's Shana and Aja.
In the television show, Aja was athletic. Very athletic. She was the one motivating the others to get in the gym, to get moving and to keep themselves in shape. Why, then, is she pudgy and a little larger than canon?
Yes, yes, I know...I'm supposed to embrace all body types, love large and tow the inclusion line but this makes no sense. Before I'm publicly shamed for my not liking the larger versions of Aja and Shana, let me point out that if inclusiveness was the goal, here, why not bulk Jerrica and Jem up a bit? If large is lovely, then why not let out Jem's tank dress a little, make that fringed belt a little larger? To me, it sends a mixed message...it's fine for the back-ups to be a little larger but not our star!
Will I buy issue #2? Probably...because I want to see the Stingers...but if Rapture, Minx or Riot looks like Shana and Aja, I'm out. Is this shallow of me? Maybe, but I don't read comic books to live in the real world, I read them to escape the real world. I loved "Jem" because it wasn't the real world, it was the world of "glamor and glitter, fashion and fame" and so far, this isn't that "outrageous".
Listening to: The pounding on the walls
Reading: All the things!
Watching: my spirits drop
Playing: with all the cards
Eating: junk food with junk food sides!
Drinking: nasty water!