The true lives of the fabulous Killjoys

Gerard Way

Book - 2014

"Over a decade ago a team of revolutionaries called the Killjoys lost their lives while saving a mysterious young girl from the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries. Today, the Killjoys live on in memory, if not belief, as BLI widens its reach and freedom fades. The Girl, now grown, reemerges and is put in the spotlight as a savior, a role she knows nothing about. But with the new revolution hell bent on body counts, the Girl must look within herself to put an end to BLI once... and for all"--

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Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books 2014.
First edition
Item Description
"This volume collects the comic book series The true lives of the fabulous Killjoys #1-#6 and the Free comic book day 2013 story 'Dead satellites,' from Dark Horse Comics"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Main Author
Gerard Way (author)
Other Authors
Shaun Simon (author), Becky Cloonan (artist), Nate Piekos (letterer)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

In videos for songs from their album Danger Days, singer Way (Umbrella Academy) and his fellow members of the punk-meets-Queen band My Chemical Romance portrayed the Killjoys, flamboyant near-future rebels who die rescuing a young girl from Better Living Industries, the totalitarian rulers of dystopian Battery City. In this sequel set 12 years later, the girl (never named) meets a new gang of self-styled Killjoys whose leader is determined to attack Battery City. But fugitive deejay Cola tries to teach the girl a better way. Meanwhile, Korse, the enforcer who killed the Killjoys, has developed a compromising secret, and two Battery City porno droids, in doomed love with each other, place their faith in the legend of Destroya, he who will come to liberate their kind. VERDICT Way and Simon contrast the story's sf elements (and support its righteous tone) with mysticism, personified by death figure the Phoenix Witch. Cloonan's (Demo) part Mike Allred, part Scott Pilgrim artwork fits this combination well. Not so brilliant as the album that spawned it but still a satisfying, wildly inventive ride.—S.R. [Page 60]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Although it is visually energetic and brimming with interesting artistic choices, this story, derived from the eponymous album and videos by Way's (Umbrella Academy) former band My Chemical Romance, still struggles to provide much in the way of narrative momentum. Cloonan's (Conan) bright, energetic art buoys the action, which follows a gang of ragtag but fabulous (they are based on rock stars, after all) freedom fighters on their crusade against Better Living Industries, a sinister megacorporation, but the dystopian plot quickly loses steam. Evoking a sense of gritty excitement and sand-baked glamor, the artwork establishes a desert world in which everything looks worn and battered. Way and Simon never fully embrace to the world devised by Cloonan's pencils, constantly getting sidetracked by half-formed ideas, especially in the long stretches that focus on futuristic youth culture. Fans of Way and Cloonan will definitely enjoy the story, but others may just look at the pictures. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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. * From Gerard Way, creator of the Eisner Award&;winning The Umbrella Academy! * Hardcover limited to 2,500 copies! * Hardcover includes an extensive sketchbook with artwork from Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Bá, Paul Pope, Gerard Way, Fábio Moon, Rafael Grampá, and Brian Ewing.