Thursday, April 17, 2014

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, & Becky Cloonan - Ashley's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors/Dark Horse Comics on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
Author: Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, & Becky Cloonan (Illustrator)
Publication Date: May 7, 2014

Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one—the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI! 

Collects The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1–#6 and “Dead Satellites” from Free Comic Book Day 2013


Review: I've always loved My Chemical Romance, and their last album ("Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys") is one of my favorite albums. So I was really excited when I found out that Gerard Way was going to continue the Danger Days saga in comic book form. Especially since it focuses on the Girl, who is only six during the time that the Danger Days music videos are set. What made her so special that the Killjoys were willing to sacrifice themselves to save her? What happens now that BLI has defeated the Killjoys? I just had so many questions! 

This comic actually answers almost all of the questions I had, and a lot that I didn't even know I had. The art is phenomenal, and does such a good job of portraying this post-apocalyptic world. It's dark, but there are still bursts of color and hope for the people living in the wake of BLI's takeover. The Girl, who has been running from her past, is now forced to face it head-on, and her story was really interesting. I did not expect the reveal of why she was so special, but I think it pretty fitting. 

I would probably rate this comic higher if the story was more cohesive. Eventually all the parts come together and everything makes sense, but I got really lost in the process sometimes and had to go back and make sure I wasn't missing anything. Maybe if there was an indication that we were changing perspectives or seeing what was happening somewhere else it might have been a little better? I don't know. I just got kind really confused more often than I should have/usually do, and had a hard time keeping up. 

Overall, I would still recommend The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys to any MCR fans who are looking to learn more about the Killjoys, BLI, the Girl, and their world. I don't think it would translate well to anyone who hasn't really listened to MCR or seen the videos for their last few singles, but there is probably enough information to get by. I'll still probably be looking in to Gerard Way's other comic series though! A 3/5 for this one.


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