IDW's Jem and the Holograms Takes a Bow in April, But an Encore is Planned

As seen in IDW Publishing's freshly released April 2017 solicitations, the "Jem and the Holograms" ongoing series will end its run with issue #26 by Kelly Thompson and Gisele Lagace, the third and final part of the "Truly Outrageous" arc. But as you might expect, there's an encore planned for the acclaimed comic based on the '80s animated series created by Christy Marx -- and fans can expect it as soon as this summer.

"Our 'last issue' -- 'Jem and The Holograms' #26 -- coming out in April is oversized, including 24 pages of story and lots of extras, so I hope the fans will enjoy that," Thompson said in a statement to CBR. "However, 'Jem and The Holograms' is not over, not by a long shot. In fact, I'd say the most exciting thing we've ever done is in our very near future. I can't say what it is yet, but look for it this summer. It's not hyperbole to say it's going to change everything about the Jem universe!"

While it's not yet known what the next "Jem" project is, it's notable that last year IDW united most of its other Hasbro properties into a shared universe via the "Revolution" event. While seeing Jem and the Holograms in the same stories as the Transformers and G.I. Joe may be a long shot, it would certainly fulfill Thompson's promise that "everything" will change about the Jem universe.

Despite being a well-known property, "Jem and the Holograms" didn't have much of a history in comic books before IDW's series started in 2015. While the "Jem" movie released in the same year was a critical and commercial flop, the comic book, written by Thompson and primarily illustrated by Sophie Campbell, was well-received due to its surprisingly sophisticated take on the franchise.

"The comics market is so tough these days, especially for 'ongoing comics' that when we started 'Jem and The Holograms' I don't know if any of us ever thought we'd make it to 12 issues...let alone 26 plus annuals and specials... that's almost 650 pages of 'Jem' if my math is right," Thompson said. "And that's just incredible. I find myself very thankful to all the fans for such an amazing and successful run as well as grateful and awed by all the incredible artists I got to work with along the way."

Also in April, the "Jem: The Misfits" miniseries, written by Thompson and illustrated by Jenn St-Onge, will wrap with issue #5. Solicitation text for both "Jem and the Holograms" #26 and "Jem: The Misfits" #5 follow.

"Jem and the Holograms" #26 cover
"Jem and the Holograms" #26 cover by Jen Bartel

Jem and the Holograms #26

Kelly Thompson (w) • Gisele Lagace (a) • Jen Bartel (c)

Truly Outrageous Part Three! It all comes down to this oversized final issue! As the Holograms try to come together in paradise, their secrets (and their rivalries) continue to threaten to tear them apart.

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

"Jem and the Holograms" #26 subscription variant
"Jem and the Holograms" #26 subscription variant by Jenn St-Onge.

Jem and the Holograms #26—Subscription Variant

Kelly Thompson (w) • Gisele Lagace (a) • Jenn St-Onge (c)

FC • 40 pages • $4.99

Bullet points:

· Now that Rio knows the truth about Jem do he and Jerrica have a future?

· Can this really be the end of Jem and The Holograms?!

· Variant cover by Sophie Campbell!

Jem: The Misfits #5

Kelly Thompson (w) • Jenn St-Onge (a) • M. Victoria Robado (c)

OUR SONGS ARE BETTER Part Five! The Misfits Reality Show has been unearthing all of the bands secrets since day one. Jetta’s secret is bigger than all of them, but she’s also better at keeping it. Still, when coming clean might mean saving the day, will Jetta show her true colors and save her band, or just save herself?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

"Jem: The Misfits" #5 subscription variant
"Jem: The Misfits" #5 subscription variant by Jenn St-Onge.

Jem: The Misfits #5—Subscription Variant

Kelly Thompson (w) • Jenn St-Onge (a & c)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

· Who will have to strike a bargain to save face?

· And what does this mean for the future of The Misfits?!

· Misfit’s first ever series of their own!

· Variant cover by Jen Bartel!

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