Review – Jem and the Holograms: Covers Treasury Edition
Jem and the Holograms: Covers Treasury Edition
Cover: Sophie Campbell
Art: Sophie Campbell, Amy Mebberson, Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard, Amanda Connor, Paul Mounts, Artgerm (Stanley Lau), David LaFuente, John Rauch, Marguerite Sauvage, Stephanie Hans, Jenevieve Broomall, Tommy Lee Edwards, Emma Vieceli, Jen Bartel, Tula Lotay, and M. Victoria Robado
The “Covers Treasury Edition” is a fitting name for this book of jewels. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is worth millions. It is great to see so many beautiful works of art placed into one book. Each page is a masterpiece that you could only expect from the dazzling world of Jem and the Holograms.
Sophie Campbell has a dear place in my heart when it comes to this title. Her work is neat and bright, which fits the Holograms book well. Campbell really knows how to hit home with such clean work and a pop of color. The bright pinks, blues, reds, and purples of the Holograms provide a great contrast to the darker purples, greens and blacks of the Misfits, especially on top of a white background. Included in this book are some of her pencil sketches and preliminary art, which are always nice to see. Right up that alley is the simple yet fun Emma Vieceli, the adorable chibi art of Agnes Garbowska, flashy style of Tula Lotay, and the feminine and cutesy work of Marguerite Sauvage, and finally, one of my personal favorite artists, Amanda Connor. Connor’s work is always fun to see on a character.
Amy Mebberson is all about the Holograms and their roots with her 1980s Jem and the Holograms works of art. I didn’t grow up watching the old cartoon, but I am certainly in love with Mebberson’s approach to the Holograms and the Misfits. Mebberson made sure to keep that big ’80s hair and fashion that both young fans and old fans can adore. Right alongside her is Sara Richard’s 1980s style Jem covers. Richard’s art looks as though it would fit on an old movie poster or on a mural. Both Richard and Mebberson lack a lot of dark lines, the former almost having none. Last, but certainly not least, is Jenevieve Broomall, who’s artwork confused me for a picture of a 1980s Jem and the Holograms doll. Broomall’s great eye for depth has me wanting to reach into the page and grab the doll.
In our semi-realistic category, we have the very talented Artgerm, Stephanie Hans, and Jen Bartel. What I really love about their respective pieces is that they can combine realistic art with a cartoon style without wholly sacrificing anatomy or facial structure or what have you. These artists make it fit together very well. Artgerm continues to create dazzling and beautiful images and is an artistic force to be reckoned with. Jen Bartel’s pencil sketches show great, clean work, and her colored art is very bold. Stephanie Hans has her drawings popping right off the page. Easily confused with a photograph, Hans left out no detail in her work, and it really shows.
M. Victoria Robado’s cover is electrifying. Looking at it, you can just hear the music coming from the page. The electric blues really catch the eye, and it’s just an overall interesting piece. David LaFuente and John Rauch really differ from the rest of the art pieces. Where everyone else gives no shortage of bright colors, LaFuente and Rauch give us a lot of brown and dark oranges. They keep the Holograms colorful and in the center, but the amount of random objects and people in the background and on the sides could have been kept down to a minimum. However, if this were a poster with just a bit more color, then it’d be just fine. Last, but not least, is Tommy Lee Edwards. Edwards’ art of Pizzazz has a sort of punk rock feel. It makes you want to get the drawing tattooed on your upper arm. The all-red background really brings out the bright green of Pizzazz’s hair, and the x-ed out Jem and the Holograms logo shows Pizzazz as the hardcore rebel we probably know she would be.
All in all, this book is great. Even though they may seem like random covers and pieces of art, this is a book I would not mind having on my coffee table or on a bookshelf. As an art lover, I recommend any art lover, or even a Jem and the Holograms lover, to give this treasure trove a good look.