|Showtime, Part 1|
|Cover by Sophie Campbell|
|Colors:||M. Victoria Robado|
|First published:||March 25th, 2015|
|Next issue:||Showtime, Part 2|
Showtime, Part 1 is the first issue of the Jem and the Holograms comic book, published by IDW Publishing. It was published on March 25th, 2015. It features the first part of the six part story Showtime.
SHOWTIME, SYNERGY! Meet JERRICA BENTON - a girl with a secret. She and her sister KIMBER team with two friends to become... JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in the most outrageous comic of 2015!
The issue begins with Jerrica and the Holograms at a video shoot, filming a music video to enter the 'Misfits vs!' competition. Jerrica gets stage fright, and runs off stage. Kimber follows her, explaining that this is Jerrica's last chance - they can't afford to try filming the video again, and if they can't film the video, Kimber is giving up her dream of being in a band. Kimber goes back inside, but ends up in an argument about the band with Aja about Jerrica's lack of confidence, which Jerrica overhears. Jerrica walks home in the rain. At the home studio, she picks up her guitar, and starts to sing:
Shining bright, bathed in light
All true and real, made for this
What I am is unknowable
What I have is buried
Locked deep and dark
Got to find the key
Just have to breathe
Breathe, breathe, breathe
Breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe...
Inside the box are red, star-shaped earrings. Jerrica realizes that they, too, are holographic projectors, which can create holograms anywhere she goes.
At that moment - Kimber, Aja and Shana arrive home, having driven home to find Jerrica. They are startled and confused at finding a giant, glowing person in their home studio, and Jerrica explains who Synergy is, and what she - and her earrings - can do. They don't believe her. Synergy tells Aja to enter a six digit code into their jukebox, which opens to reveal a glowing, white staircase. At the bottom of the staircase, is the enormous computer which controls Synergy. Synergy demonstrates her abilities, by creating a lifelike hologram of Jerrica, indistinguishable from the real thing. Kimber, excited - asks Synergy to make a copy of her, too - but instead, Synergy uses her holograms to temporarily turn Aja and Shana into holographic copies of Kimber.
Jerrica realizes the potential of Synergy and her earrings, and realizes it's the answer to her performance anxiety problems. With this technology, she can be anything she wants to be.
In the final page, we see Jerrica has transformed herself into into Jem.