This post originally ran at Panels.net.
When I initially saw the cover several months ago, I was a little scared that we were headed into a Jem comic composed of glorified Bratz dolls, but the artwork is absolutely stunning. I adore that the creative team paid homage to the look and feel of the ’80s TV show in variant covers of each character in the band, and the issue artwork is like 1985 turned up to 11 with myriad colors and a fun visual aesthetic.
Furthermore, the issue positions itself well in our current cultural conversation about the ideal female body. None of the band members are sexualized or overly idealized female body types and that made me smile. Each member has a distinctive look and they run the gamut…all shapes and sizes. I hope as the series grows, we get to see as much variation in their personalities as we do in their looks.