Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys # 1

Reviewing Dark Horse Comics' "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" # 1 in partnership with Castle Geek and Comicx Hub.

The book was written by Gerard Way [formerly of My Chemical Romance and writer of Umbrella Academy] together with Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan.

Before proceeding to the actual review, I'd advice you to watch the following videos as they are actually part of the comic book (not to mention kick ass):



Spinning out of the events from the music videos for My Chemical Romance's album "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys", the new book written by Way and Cloonan focuses on Missile Kid, the little girl from the MV Sing who's all grown up now and trying to survive on a barren wasteland.

There's a lot of good things going on here in Killjoys. At the core of the story lies a story of surrendering freedom in exchange of subservience. Issue # 1 poses the question of whether or not we're ready to surrender being free just so we could live comfortably or become 'BLI/nd" to whatever the hell the 1% is doing. 

Becky Cloonan's art for this book is just stellar. It's dynamic and dramatic when it needs to be. The artsy feel also adds depth to the book and there's some wonderment during action scenes. Now if only we get to see some car chase scenes and Grant Morrison's character Korse. Oh wait, we actually see that guy in one panel. 

While the story structure for the issue is standard and linear, the POV shifts once in awhile to a pair of androids they call "porno droids". It's pretty obvious what they were designed for but its a nice thing to see some bit of somberness in their actions. plus they were drawn very sensually too. I'm just having this worry that these two 'bots might not fit into the general story. 

The colors and the imagery here is also top notch. Battery City looks futuristic, squalid and a generally gloomy place to live in. The outlands were colored and drawn astoundingly here in number 1. I sincerely hope the art stays the same way as the other issues roll out. Draculoids are also pretty cool.

It's a nice gesture on the creators' part to really explain terms and concepts such as what they did here in Killjoys. It's nicely written and gives readers a fairly good idea on how 'devious' things are in this world. 

Finally, I loved the way (no pun intended) Way put in those lyrics. Obvious yet subtle in the feels department. Makes me sad that My Chemical Romance officially called it quits months ago. 


Verdict: 10/10

Grab your copies of TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS from Castle Geek or from Comicx Hub (Just click HERE). 

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