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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 bri 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 or else join the mindless ranks of Battery City! Join Gerard Way and Shaun Simon as they sing the stories of the fabulous Killjoys, the final chapter of the Danger Days saga by My Chemical Romance. This oversized, limited edition hardcover includes the Free Comic Book Day story "Dead Satellites," an expanded sketchbook section, commentary by writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, and never-before-seen artwork by Becky Cloonan.


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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 bri 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 or else join the mindless ranks of Battery City! Join Gerard Way and Shaun Simon as they sing the stories of the fabulous Killjoys, the final chapter of the Danger Days saga by My Chemical Romance. This oversized, limited edition hardcover includes the Free Comic Book Day story "Dead Satellites," an expanded sketchbook section, commentary by writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, and never-before-seen artwork by Becky Cloonan.

30 review for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    We all know the future is going to suck in a big way, but could someone at least write a fairly entertaining graphic novel about it. Well, some people can: See The Massive as an example. Gerard Way, sorry, but no, I’ll pass on your dystopian vision. Why? Let’s see: Random and unfocused world building - check Incoherent story – check Sub plots that flow together like sewage and wine - check Poorly conceived characters you don’t care about – check Characters whose motivations are a complete mystery – c We all know the future is going to suck in a big way, but could someone at least write a fairly entertaining graphic novel about it. Well, some people can: See The Massive as an example. Gerard Way, sorry, but no, I’ll pass on your dystopian vision. Why? Let’s see: Random and unfocused world building - check Incoherent story – check Sub plots that flow together like sewage and wine - check Poorly conceived characters you don’t care about – check Characters whose motivations are a complete mystery – check Characters who are connected to one another, but just how, well, that’s a mystery, because the writer is too lazy to connect the dots - check Character who go from point A to point B, but its’ never explained or more importantly, shown, how – check What’s to like Porno droids The cute kitty* What’s not to like Pretty much everything *I changed my mind not the cute kitty, just the Porno droids.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This reminds me of something Jamie Hewlett would do if he and Damon Albarn ever turned Gorillaz into a comic. Becky Cloonan has a similar clean look and popping colors to her art. And it does turn out that this is meant to be something of a companion piece to the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days. This is set is a dystopian future. One where it feels there was a comic before this that you missed where lots of things happened that are only referenced here. Still there was something about it t This reminds me of something Jamie Hewlett would do if he and Damon Albarn ever turned Gorillaz into a comic. Becky Cloonan has a similar clean look and popping colors to her art. And it does turn out that this is meant to be something of a companion piece to the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days. This is set is a dystopian future. One where it feels there was a comic before this that you missed where lots of things happened that are only referenced here. Still there was something about it that I quite liked. This library edition has about 60 pages of sketches and other backmatter. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liviania

    I really enjoy concept albums. I first became aware of the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys when I caught the music video for "Na Na Na" on late night television. I was caught up in the world, so it was pretty exciting when I saw that MCR front-man Gerard Way had teamed up with comics writer Shaun Simon to explore what happened after the album and the videos. I think only the "Na Na Na" and "Sing" videos are absolutely necessary, but I'd still recommend I really enjoy concept albums. I first became aware of the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys when I caught the music video for "Na Na Na" on late night television. I was caught up in the world, so it was pretty exciting when I saw that MCR front-man Gerard Way had teamed up with comics writer Shaun Simon to explore what happened after the album and the videos. I think only the "Na Na Na" and "Sing" videos are absolutely necessary, but I'd still recommend watching those and listening to the album before picking up THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS. The Girl, the sole surviving member of the Killjoys, joins up with a new group at the beginning of the comic. But this group's leader might be a little off his hinges. Meanwhile, back in Battery City, Korse is starting to no longer perfectly follow orders for Better Living Industries and a droid is desperately trying to save her older-model-droid girlfriend. There are a lot of characters to follow in six issues, but things come together by the end. The focus really is one the Girl and her coming into her own. One of the questions raised by the music videos is why the Killjoys were protecting her. It's something she's wondered herself. But she can find and forge her own path even as she discovers the answer to that question. It's paralleled by company-man Korse questioning the path that he's followed for so long. I liked seeing this world fleshed out farther and getting some answers to lingering questions. I thought Becky Cloonan's art did a wonderful job of capturing the look of the videos and translating it to a 2D medium. At the same time, if you aren't already a fan of the world, there is a lot to pick up. There is very little time spent rehashing information from the album. I'd say this is a yes for fans of Danger Days, but a pass for everyone else.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann D-Vine

    I decided to have a Gerard Way kinda day - so I sat back and listened to Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It's a pretty fantastic album, if you like that sort of music - modern punk rock, more subversive than the likes of, say, The Sex Pistols, but no less intrinsically angry, and with the sort of narrative creativity that reminds one of the likes of envelope-pushing proto-punk like Velvet Underground. Wait. What website am I on? Oh, right, Goodreads. It's a good album, thou I decided to have a Gerard Way kinda day - so I sat back and listened to Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It's a pretty fantastic album, if you like that sort of music - modern punk rock, more subversive than the likes of, say, The Sex Pistols, but no less intrinsically angry, and with the sort of narrative creativity that reminds one of the likes of envelope-pushing proto-punk like Velvet Underground. Wait. What website am I on? Oh, right, Goodreads. It's a good album, though! Go listen, I guess. You can't read it, though. It is music. I mention it, though, because this comic, that album, and the album's accompanying music videos, are sort of linked, like a sort of multimedia project, in a way. Less tangled a web than, say, Shadows of the Empire, it is nonetheless true that your enjoyment of this comic, the album, and the videos, are symbiotic. Reading one without listening to the other might reap some rewards, but I found that, reading the comic heightened my enjoyment of the My Chemical Romance tracks, and vice versa. The music videos in particular - short films set to tracks from the Danger Days album, basically - provide the necessary introduction for characters, locations, and events that are handed off in the comic as things you're expected to already know. So there you go. With everything wrapped up tightly, though, I'm happy to report that I like The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys a lot. Gerard Way and his co-author Shaun Simon have created a world unlike any I've really seen before. It evokes memories of a lot of prior works - Blade Runner, Mad Max, Tank Girl, a lot of anime and manga (Gerard Way is notably a fan of which), and musical inspirations that find their way wormed into the comic - but it's all put together in a way that feels very organic and original. The world of Battery City and its outskirts is familiar, but very much a product of Way and Simon's own vision, and it's a brilliant creation. The plot revolves around a futuristic dystopia called Battery City. Its citizens being watched constantly by masked enforcers called Draculoids and Scarecrows, it is a bleak world, with plain labels on everything (reminiscent of Repo Man), reminders to smile by images of beaming cartoons that provide a stark juxtaposition to the grey, lifeless landscape, and PA announcements reminding everyone to have "a better day," courtesy of the omnipresent, oppressive and tyrannical Better Living Industries (BLI, or, as it is stylized constantly, BL/ind). On the outskirts of Battery City, though, live rebel teenagers, scavenging through the desert and living lives of excitement, emotion and energy, against the wishes of BLI; in the memory of a group called the Killjoys - a group of rebels who were consistently taking the fight to BLI, a sort of vigilante group that were killed trying to protect a child only known as The Girl, who BLI believed to possess some kind of powers that could tear Battery City apart. It might all seem trite or familiar, but it's eclectically creative, mind, in ways I often had trouble really parsing on the first glance. I loved turning the page and seeing absolutely daft pieces of story elements introduce themselves. There are basically three concurrent stories being told that don't cross paths until the final pages of the book, and each one comes with its own surprises. Whether it be pieces of technology in the future city, or the culture of the rebels living out of BLI's grasp, the design of Draculoids and Scarecrows, or just the way the characters dress themselves... it's a striking vision, all beautifully rendered by artist Becky Cloonan. Everything in The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys plugs into a bombastic, stylistic world that melds a sort of childlike stupidity with a subtle, subversive genius. You know you've struck gold when you have a comic book that has lesbian sex robots in it as secondary protagonists. I don't know why that's a sign of quality, but I also don't know why I haven't seen it before. The characters are all fantastic. The Girl herself - grown up since the Killjoys died to save her - is basically a generic anime protagonist, wandering lonely a world she only barely understands, asking questions and trying to live up to a prophecy that says that she is some kind of special weapon (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary). She has a pet cat that wanders around with her, and she's intrinsically relatable, especially since she's so often curious or baffled by things that we, as readers, are too. She runs into a group of wannabe Killjoys - a group of teens living, seemingly, to supersede the legendary vigilantes, but in ways that make them far more dangerous. The group's leader takes immense pleasure in murder, of his enemies or otherwise, and his followers are vain and superficial in ways that betray their deep passion to follow his lead. The Girl basically has to choose between striking out on her own path, or following these strange, dangerous people - perhaps the only way she'll ever take revenge on the hated BLI who killed her friends, the Killjoys. In Battery City, though, there are more stories to be told. From the aforementioned lesbian sex androids to an aging Scarecrow who is starting to turn against the orders of his superiors, it seems the gears are turning against BLI from the inside as much as in the apocalyptic desert beyond its borders. Some of it is suitably poignant (and I won't spoil, because it's actually genuinely touching and beautiful, and I'd hate for it not to have the impact on you it had on me), but let's just say that BLI is a bit apposed to things that a lot of people have trouble being accepted for even in today's seemingly not-a-dystopian-future-city society. Then there are seriously chilling lines, like a mother telling her child (who wished upon a "star") that "you know there are no more stars". It's more horrific for its silliness, though, as, in one very out-of-left-field scene, it is revealed that the main villainess is a whip-wielding dominatrix in her spare time. I don't know what that's meant to signify (if anything), but it's certainly a curio the likes of which this comic frequently indulges in presenting. As a standalone project, I think do really like this book. As a multimedia package, though, with the My Chemical Romance album at hand, it's really an experience quite unlike anything else. There are a few things I could nitpick, but overall my feelings are startlingly positive, especially as my mind revisits it - it's the sort of story that works really well if you let it gestate, let it grow on you. It has undoubtedly grown on me, from the unique voices that Way and Simon possess, to the deft illustrations by an artist who walks the line between Western and Eastern styles with notable aplomb. It's a mess in places, but then, it is punk, and isn't that how it goes? To quote the desert's own mad DJ, Dr. Death-Defying: "It's time to do it now, and do it loud."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Vacca

    Sure, who doesn't want to flee to the desert, wear Beetlejuice leggings and leather jackets, dye their hair bright colors and wear make-up, join a snotty punk-rock gang of outlaws and plan daring overthrows of corporate America (that heartless machine we all agree we hate)? But that doesn't excuse a barely patched together comic based off of the flimsy plotting of a fucking rock opera. Not even the lithe, cyber-punk meets Road Warrior artwork can save this throwaway teenage daydream. Meh. Read t Sure, who doesn't want to flee to the desert, wear Beetlejuice leggings and leather jackets, dye their hair bright colors and wear make-up, join a snotty punk-rock gang of outlaws and plan daring overthrows of corporate America (that heartless machine we all agree we hate)? But that doesn't excuse a barely patched together comic based off of the flimsy plotting of a fucking rock opera. Not even the lithe, cyber-punk meets Road Warrior artwork can save this throwaway teenage daydream. Meh. Read the two volumes of The Umbrella Academy for better artwork and better writing - back when punk-superstar Gerard Way wasn't too busy playing Spaceman to write his own comic book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I love this. I love this so much. The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a continuation of the story told in the music videos 'Na Na Na' and 'Sing' by My Chemical Romance (my favourite band and I am still in denial about their split) from their album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It's basically the aftermath of the showdown between Better Living industries and the Killjoys, a sneak-peak into Battery City and it's way of life and basically what everything means. If you I love this. I love this so much. The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a continuation of the story told in the music videos 'Na Na Na' and 'Sing' by My Chemical Romance (my favourite band and I am still in denial about their split) from their album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It's basically the aftermath of the showdown between Better Living industries and the Killjoys, a sneak-peak into Battery City and it's way of life and basically what everything means. If you love MCR then you'll love this awesome comic.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    To start with, I have never listened to a My Chemical Romance record, nor have I ever seen a MCR music video. I'm reviewing this work on its own merits. And it's not very good. The art is fine, there are some sparks in the world building, but the story is confusing and yet manages to be dull as dishwater at the same time. I can barely remember one character's name. There are so many of them, and they're all badly defined. So many pages to tell a solid story, and what we get is a horribly clichéd To start with, I have never listened to a My Chemical Romance record, nor have I ever seen a MCR music video. I'm reviewing this work on its own merits. And it's not very good. The art is fine, there are some sparks in the world building, but the story is confusing and yet manages to be dull as dishwater at the same time. I can barely remember one character's name. There are so many of them, and they're all badly defined. So many pages to tell a solid story, and what we get is a horribly clichéd dystopian tale. Worse is, in the extras Shaun Simon tells of an earlier, completely different version of Killjoys that never was, and it sounds infinitely more interesting. (Kindly received an ARC from Dark Horse Books through Edelweiss)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate M. Colby

    The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys must be reviewed in two ways. First, as with any book, it must be reviewed as a stand-alone work. However, given the larger Killjoys world that Way has crafted, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys must also be reviewed as the third corner of the Killjoys media triangle. In isolation, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a relatively solid book. Visually and lyrically, the book is highly-stylized. The art is colorful and explosive. The text is punc The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys must be reviewed in two ways. First, as with any book, it must be reviewed as a stand-alone work. However, given the larger Killjoys world that Way has crafted, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys must also be reviewed as the third corner of the Killjoys media triangle. In isolation, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a relatively solid book. Visually and lyrically, the book is highly-stylized. The art is colorful and explosive. The text is punchy and poetic. Way has definitely crafted a unique style to serve as a physical reflection of the Killjoys world. That being said, the story is mostly solid, but it is a bit lacking in some places. The story builds nicely, follows an interesting variety of characters whose individual stories overlap fluidly, and leads to a satisfying conclusion. However, at times, the side characters can feel a bit generic and flat. While someone could read and understand this text without the background knowledge provided by My Chemical Romance's "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" album and music videos, when considered in full isolation, the story lacks much of the emotional energy that the music creates, and the story and the style could be a bit confusing for new entrees into the Killjoys world. When considered as the third piece to the Killjoys media triangle (with the Danger Days album and its music videos being the first two -- and the Mad Gear and Missile Kid EP as part of the album), Killjoys is a much more satisfying book. Fans of the album and music videos will appreciate a lyrical crossover, the major roles and cameos by characters mentioned in the music and videos, and a more in-depth look at the Killjoys world. Many questions -- beyond the obvious: why is the girl special? -- are answered by the comic, and many new details are introduced that mutually enrich the album, EP, and the videos. For those already living in the Killjoys world, the comic is the missing piece, and it is flamboyant, satisfying, and downright powerful. Overall, Gerard Way's The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is an entertaining and powerful read. While it has more meaning when the reader is aware of the music album, EP, and videos, it is still enjoyable and captivating as one's only introduction into the Killjoys world. Way takes on a huge task by crafting a unique post-apocalyptic world in three media, and while there are still details that could have been fleshed out and explained in more depth, he manages to create a world that is energetic, meaningful, and entirely possible (in a social-thematic sense). As a Killjoy, I give it five stars. However, as a general reader, considering only the text, I had to give it four.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Read it because I follow Becky Cloonan's works, and she didn't disappoint. She has her nice style and this is some of her most professional, clean work she's done. I hated the story though. It didn't do anything for me. There were some interesting concepts presented but they were presented in such a disorientating way. I didn't care about any of the characters, and eventually just started looking at the artwork and not caring about the story. It took me months to finish this book, I finally read Read it because I follow Becky Cloonan's works, and she didn't disappoint. She has her nice style and this is some of her most professional, clean work she's done. I hated the story though. It didn't do anything for me. There were some interesting concepts presented but they were presented in such a disorientating way. I didn't care about any of the characters, and eventually just started looking at the artwork and not caring about the story. It took me months to finish this book, I finally read the second half today just to clear-up my to-read pile. I was wary going into this book because I wasn't a fan of the author's most popular work Umbrella Academy which I read years ago. I wonder why Cloonan decided to do this; I would have much rather have read one of her own stories. It irritates me to see talent wasted on illustrating a mediocre story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Fabulous illustrations and a medicore story. The story was rambling and I just couldn't put it all together. It seemed very juvenile for this type of comic. Perhaps if I had read the previous series ? I did enjoy the colorful artwork enough to finish out the book but don't plan on continuing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    TheNonHumanAlien

    The art and lesbian robots were the only good thing about this book. I didn't care about any Characters besides Blue and Red and they didn't really get any panel time. I didn't care about the main character or discount Party Poison. There was no plot and I don't really have any idea what happened and I'm very disappointed. I love Gerard Way so much but I have found with reading this and Umbrella Academy that comic books just aren't his thing. I also really loved the killjoy album and storyline. The art and lesbian robots were the only good thing about this book. I didn't care about any Characters besides Blue and Red and they didn't really get any panel time. I didn't care about the main character or discount Party Poison. There was no plot and I don't really have any idea what happened and I'm very disappointed. I love Gerard Way so much but I have found with reading this and Umbrella Academy that comic books just aren't his thing. I also really loved the killjoy album and storyline. I just wish I had the same love for this. I didn't like it. 2 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nada Elfeituri

    I wanted to like this. I really did. It had all the elements that make up a story I'd love; written by Gerard Way, continuity from MCR, great artwork (though I would have preferred Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon). And it did start off with the bang and rush of adrenaline that characterizes MCR. But then it just sort of...petered down to a supremely disappointing anti-climax. I had to admit by the third or fourth issue that it didn't meet expectations. The characters were weak, the story line was weak, I wanted to like this. I really did. It had all the elements that make up a story I'd love; written by Gerard Way, continuity from MCR, great artwork (though I would have preferred Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon). And it did start off with the bang and rush of adrenaline that characterizes MCR. But then it just sort of...petered down to a supremely disappointing anti-climax. I had to admit by the third or fourth issue that it didn't meet expectations. The characters were weak, the story line was weak, the world was a flimsy construct. I wanted more backstory on BLI, on the pseudo-Killjoys in the desert, on the Analog Wars. Instead we get a very fleeting glimsp into the desert, an annoying side-story about a droid, and a few quotable lines. Ultimately, they wanted to end the story started by the album, which is more than we could have hoped for, I guess. But all the gimmicks and shoddiness were a surprise, I genuinely expected something better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    This is probably more of a 2.5 rounded up and I really really wish I liked it more. I think my main problems were that 1. I should have read it back when it first came out and 2. it seems to follow directly off of the end of the music videos that they put out for the Danger Days album and I never actually watched all of them because there was one that had like 11 parts and I was just like #I'm out lol. I mean you can pick up most of the story from context clues if you've seen the first few music This is probably more of a 2.5 rounded up and I really really wish I liked it more. I think my main problems were that 1. I should have read it back when it first came out and 2. it seems to follow directly off of the end of the music videos that they put out for the Danger Days album and I never actually watched all of them because there was one that had like 11 parts and I was just like #I'm out lol. I mean you can pick up most of the story from context clues if you've seen the first few music videos but I would imagine people who are not at all familiar with MCR or the Danger Days album would be INCREDIBLY confused by this story. I like the art and the general concept but between this and The Umbrella Academy I'm sorry to say that I don't care much for Gerard's comics. Pretty sad considering he is the whole reason I even started reading comics in the first place. I would recommend this to die-hard MCR fans but probably not anyone else.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Amazing! There is so much more to this story than just the little guys destroying the big bad corporation. A must-read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nigar Osmanlı

    *Slaps this book on a table*: this baby can fit so much nostalgia in it you’re gonna listen to “The Kids From Yesterday” 12 times back to back at 1 A.M. and cry.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    I'm a bit of a sucker for stories like 'The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.' Maybe it was my misspent youth in the 1980s and the music and culture I absorbed. This story is a follow up directly from a concept album (really just a few key songs) by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and co-written by Shaun Simon. I'm not particularly a fan of the band, but this comic is pretty cool. Taking place years after the Fabulous Killjoys are all gone, it starts with a DJ in the desert and a girl foragi I'm a bit of a sucker for stories like 'The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.' Maybe it was my misspent youth in the 1980s and the music and culture I absorbed. This story is a follow up directly from a concept album (really just a few key songs) by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and co-written by Shaun Simon. I'm not particularly a fan of the band, but this comic is pretty cool. Taking place years after the Fabulous Killjoys are all gone, it starts with a DJ in the desert and a girl foraging for food with her cat. There is a big market for anything related to the Killjoys, and it turns out this girl used to be with the band when she was younger. She finds herself with a group of wannabes that want to take down the evil corporation. There's a city full of androids and bad guys knows as draculoids and scarecrows. There's grand destiny and glorious death. It's all so very over the top, and I just really liked it all. The story I've talked about, but there are a couple essays by the co-authors about how it all came to be, and they are pretty interesting. The art by Becky Cloonan is perfect for the story, garish and outlandish. I enjoyed it all. Now I want to learn more about that mythical band the Fabulous Killjoys, and ride out to the desert to hear some pirate radio. I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me review this great graphic novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Fay

    I gave it two chapters, and if things didn't start making sense by then, I'd put it down. 2 stars for the two chapters! The art was cool, but that's about it. There were a tOn of characters and side-stories happening at once, and nothing was tied together. Some digital age prostitute, talk of a war, vampire things, and a group of presumed-dead terrorists. Being a fan of My Chemical Romance in my youth, I decided to pick up one of Gerard's comics, what better than one that told the story of my favori I gave it two chapters, and if things didn't start making sense by then, I'd put it down. 2 stars for the two chapters! The art was cool, but that's about it. There were a tOn of characters and side-stories happening at once, and nothing was tied together. Some digital age prostitute, talk of a war, vampire things, and a group of presumed-dead terrorists. Being a fan of My Chemical Romance in my youth, I decided to pick up one of Gerard's comics, what better than one that told the story of my favorite album? The writing was kinda immature, I dunno. Maybe I'll give it another shot in the future, but for now I'm thinkin nope.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adrienna

    Whoa. What can I really say...I was lost in this storyline from the beginning. I did like the cat, graphic artwork was pretty decent, and see why the cat tagged along with Cherri Cola. Yep, her name is Cherri Cola...or was Cola the guy, boy was I lost in this read. There was very little I enjoyed or was entertained by...so much gory killing, unnecessary in most cases. Disclaimer: I borrowed a copy since I am watching Killjoy (TV series, season 3&4 to understand the featured shows of season 5) and Whoa. What can I really say...I was lost in this storyline from the beginning. I did like the cat, graphic artwork was pretty decent, and see why the cat tagged along with Cherri Cola. Yep, her name is Cherri Cola...or was Cola the guy, boy was I lost in this read. There was very little I enjoyed or was entertained by...so much gory killing, unnecessary in most cases. Disclaimer: I borrowed a copy since I am watching Killjoy (TV series, season 3&4 to understand the featured shows of season 5) and giving my honest opinion. 1.75/2 stars, okay, didn't understand the story much but enjoyed the pictures and the black cat.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna Eklund

    4.5 stars So very, very much fun. Continues the story of The Girl and the Killjoys from the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days and the videos for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" and "SING" from that album. There were flaws, but it's just so much fun to be back in this world and to see familiar characters, words, and themes, that I'm rounding up. Plus, we find out why exactly the Killjoys were so protective of The Girl, and we see her grow up to be a character - and hero - in her own r 4.5 stars So very, very much fun. Continues the story of The Girl and the Killjoys from the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days and the videos for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" and "SING" from that album. There were flaws, but it's just so much fun to be back in this world and to see familiar characters, words, and themes, that I'm rounding up. Plus, we find out why exactly the Killjoys were so protective of The Girl, and we see her grow up to be a character - and hero - in her own right. Becky Cloonan's art is - as always - amazing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Everything about this was bad except for the art. The plot was rushed and confusing because of it. The characters were so incredibly underdeveloped. The world was underdeveloped. EVERYTHING WAS UNDERDEVELOPED. If this had been made into a longer series, with better character work and world-building, this could’ve been great. But nope.

  21. 5 out of 5

    millie

    i think i stand by the three star rating, this definitely has a lot of nostalgia for me because the aesthetic is impeccable and it had the first visible lgbt rep in comics i remember reading in my early teen, but theres a lot missing here that i hope to maybe get with this new run.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacoline Maes

    Really liked this, the drawings are beautiful and the story is fun. Next to that it's cool to see the lyrics of the My Chemical Romance songs back in here.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Holly (The Grimdragon)

    This was essentially a sequel to MCR's final album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It was diverse & weird & unique & visually STUNNING! The juxtaposition of the dark subject matter & the insanely colorful art was radical! I really enjoyed the hell out of this one! This was essentially a sequel to MCR's final album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It was diverse & weird & unique & visually STUNNING! The juxtaposition of the dark subject matter & the insanely colorful art was radical! I really enjoyed the hell out of this one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Is anyone surprised that I rated this five stars though?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    The artwork's amazing, but the story is a bit all over the place.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

    I am both a fan of My Chemical Romance as well as Gerard Way’s other comic book series The Umbrella Academy. I have enjoyed reading this book, mostly for how it fleshed out the world first presented in MCR’s album of the same name and how it built on the ideas first laid out in the music. I watched as this was first presented as an idea for a comic book, became an album, grew into a world through music videos as well as fan interaction on the internet and finally made it’s way back onto the prin I am both a fan of My Chemical Romance as well as Gerard Way’s other comic book series The Umbrella Academy. I have enjoyed reading this book, mostly for how it fleshed out the world first presented in MCR’s album of the same name and how it built on the ideas first laid out in the music. I watched as this was first presented as an idea for a comic book, became an album, grew into a world through music videos as well as fan interaction on the internet and finally made it’s way back onto the printed page. It has been an interesting journey, and one which I feel the book has benefited from. At the heart of this post-apocalyptic tale is the story of a young girl struggling to find her place in the world. It is one I can identify with. The cleaver thing about this series is how it is set in the wake of the death of the Killjoys (which takes place in the band’s music videos). While reading this book and meeting the other gangs in the desert, such as the Ultra-Vs, I couldn’t help but thinking about fandoms. The killjoys were idolised and people followed them and what they had stood for. They looked up to them as heros, which mirrors many peoples experiences of bands such as My Chemical Romance. The girl in the book however knew them and remembers them more as friends. The way the members of the ultra-vs are hyper fashion conscious and seemed to do things because it was cool, and how they gave the girl a make over to fit in better, reminded me a lot of the culture that surrounds music (for good and for bad). There stories of the other characters in the world were also really captivating especially that of the androids. I loved the new dimension given to the people who work for BLI, like Korse. I felt more for him in his short story line in this book, than I have fore some characters in great big arching stories. But overall, this book is about finding closure and wrapping things up. About bringing things to an end. I can’t help but wonder how this reads to an outsider to the world. I wonder if it would be as fulfilling a read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jillyn

    Four and a half stars, rounded up. --- I got an unhealthy amount of excited when I came across this collection. I am a huge fan of Gerard Way's other comic/graphic novel work, and I was eager to give The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys a chance, and I'm really glad I did. The plot takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, given a more twisted tone and cast of characters in Battery City. This world contains a girl who has to step in and find her place in order to be the one that the world needs Four and a half stars, rounded up. --- I got an unhealthy amount of excited when I came across this collection. I am a huge fan of Gerard Way's other comic/graphic novel work, and I was eager to give The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys a chance, and I'm really glad I did. The plot takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, given a more twisted tone and cast of characters in Battery City. This world contains a girl who has to step in and find her place in order to be the one that the world needs to protect them from conformity in the form of things such as mega corporations. Not to mention, of course, the androids and robots and other cool creatures that make an appearance. The books (this one contains the first six installments of the Killjoys graphic novels) may be a little hard to get into at first, since it's a pretty bizarre story that's only heightened by the bright, in your face artwork throughout, which I loved by the way. However, if you're a fan of My Chemical Romance, and especially if you have watched the videos/listened to the album Danger Days, these phrases, ideas, and people will be far more familiar to you. That being said, you don't have to be an MCR fan to enjoy Way's work. This is a fairly quick read with a lot of plot and the kind of twisted but powerful themes and writing that I've come to love from Gerard Way. If you like your graphic novels with a bright cast, brighter art work, and the idea that we all should be able to be who we are in a world that wants us to be the same, than you can appreciate this book. Thanks to Netgalley and Dark Horse Comics for my copy in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Regitze

    I cannot give this collection anything other than five stars. I've been a MCR fan for years, yet I havne't read this graphic novel until just now. I found that having listened to the album 'Danger Days' countless numbers of times in the past years as well as having watched the music videos for "Na Na Na" and "SING", I was already quite immersed in this world and unlike some reviews I've come acros, I didn't find the story to be inconsistent or flat. Rather I was quite unable to stop turning the p I cannot give this collection anything other than five stars. I've been a MCR fan for years, yet I havne't read this graphic novel until just now. I found that having listened to the album 'Danger Days' countless numbers of times in the past years as well as having watched the music videos for "Na Na Na" and "SING", I was already quite immersed in this world and unlike some reviews I've come acros, I didn't find the story to be inconsistent or flat. Rather I was quite unable to stop turning the pages. Whenever I wasn't pouring over the pages and the images to discover and revel in the details. I havne't read that many graphic novels, but I am sure this won't be my lasst. I don't think this Killjoy-triangle, the album, the music videos and the comic, take anything from each other. In stead I found that they sort of give a lot to each other back and forth and I am honestly so happy I read this - finally. And it was definitely an experience reading this while listening to the 'Danger Days' album. It's a little hard for me to seperate the stories of the album, the videos and the comic completely, but I really loved the story of True Lives ... and the artwork just added to the whole-ness of the universe and the story of the Killjoys, the B.L.I. and the Girl. I really don't know what to say except that I loved it. I love it. Reviewed on my blog Bookish Love Affair.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    Yeah... no. If you're going to create a tie-in/sequel to an album and music videos, maybe state that nature of the book in a preface, foreword or on the back cover, and not in the second afterword? This was a random pick-up at the library, so thankfully a free and extremely time-limited negative experience. The artwork was dandy. Good use of color, cool visual design, really cute kitty! As for the rest of it, I can only describe it as a mashup of post-apocalyptic and dystopian concepts from Tank Yeah... no. If you're going to create a tie-in/sequel to an album and music videos, maybe state that nature of the book in a preface, foreword or on the back cover, and not in the second afterword? This was a random pick-up at the library, so thankfully a free and extremely time-limited negative experience. The artwork was dandy. Good use of color, cool visual design, really cute kitty! As for the rest of it, I can only describe it as a mashup of post-apocalyptic and dystopian concepts from Tank Girl/Aeon Flux/Clockwork Orange/Burning Man, lacking any depth or cohesion, and seemingly written in a drug-fuelled haze in the desert. I don't think I would feel any differently even had I experienced the album and/or videos it follows.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    As I was reading, I started to get the feeling I was reading the liner notes for some bizarre concept album, and once I got to the back matter at the end, lo and behold, I was right. This apparently is the follow up to a My Chemical Romance album. It feels intensely juvenile throughout like a grand statement made by a thirteen year old boy who just learned Santa Claus isn't real and the world isn't a happy place filled with puppies and cookies. This is really an underdeveloped little mess of a c As I was reading, I started to get the feeling I was reading the liner notes for some bizarre concept album, and once I got to the back matter at the end, lo and behold, I was right. This apparently is the follow up to a My Chemical Romance album. It feels intensely juvenile throughout like a grand statement made by a thirteen year old boy who just learned Santa Claus isn't real and the world isn't a happy place filled with puppies and cookies. This is really an underdeveloped little mess of a comic, with the artwork about the only saving grace. And it's too bad, too, because I think Gerard Way showed some real promise with The Umbrella Academy.

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