EXCLUSIVE: New Artist Takes Over IDW's Jem and the Holograms: Infinite

Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits will cross over this summer at IDW Publishing with the six-part, twice-monthly Jem and the Holograms: Infinite event -- though it'll look different than previously announced.

The Jem portions were originally announced to be illustrated by Silk artist Stacey Lee, and CBR has the first details that Jen Hickman (of Image Comics' Spread and the Then It Was Dark anthology) has taken over as of next week's Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1. Lee illustrated the first half of #1, with Hickman taking over mid-way through that issue, and drawing #2 and #3 solely.

"Comics are tough, and the original plan doesn't always work out, but we were insanely lucky to get Jen Hickman to take over on the Jem and the Holograms issues of Infinite," Kelly Thompson, writer of all six installments of the story, said in a statement to CBR. "Jen's got a fantastic take on Jem and The Holograms and she hits all our crazy world-building out of the park. But most importantly she is so wonderful with emotion and expression -- and there's a lot of emotion going on in this story."

The first two issues were solicited with Lee as artist, with Hickman solicited as artist for August's Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #3. Jenn St-Onge remains on board as the artist for the three Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits: Infinite issues.

"Jem and the Holograms is a title with a huge heart and reading the comic, I couldn't help but fall in love," Hickman said to CBR. "Kelly Thompson has a wicked sense of humor and I enjoy the way she has explored and developed the relationships of the various characters. Getting the opportunity to play around in the high-fashion, sci-fi world of Jem is extremely exciting, and I can only hope that I do it justice!"

The acclaimed Jem and the Holograms ongoing series, which debuted in 2015 from the team of Thompson and artist Sophie Campbell, ended -- for now, at least -- last week, with issue #26 by Thompson and Gisele Lagace. The Infinite story will start next Wednesday, June 28, with Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1; and run through the summer, wrapping in August with Jem and the Holograms: The Misfits: Infinite #3.

Here's the official description of the first issue of Infinite: "The FIRST-EVER Jem/Misfits Crossover Event begins here and now with "INFINITE PART ONE!" Now a happy quintet, Jem and The Holograms are stronger than ever, which is a good thing because they're about to embark on an adventure unlike anything they'd ever imagined possible. After a public fight with The Misfits at a charity event, a strangely dressed Techrat shows up and takes them to a whole new world... literally. And it is going to change EVERYTHING."

Here's a first look at unlettered pages by Hickman from Jem and the Holograms: Infinite #1:

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