The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1
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The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys #1

Writer: Gerard Way, Shaun Simon Artist: Becky Cloonan Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 12, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 2
7.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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 Bat City!

The final chapter of the Danger Days saga by My Chemical Romance!

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - IHAVEYOURSHIT Jun 12, 2013

    If I saw you pass this up at the shelves I would make you buy it. The folks at the comic book shop would call the cops to come down and have me and my wild pack of dogs removed from the shop. And as they cuff me the clerk would hand me a bill for all the books that were damaged by dog slobber and blood and Id pay it cause it be worth it. You get that kind of value here. Its that big of a deal. You'll love this world and will stop at nothing to force it upon loved ones. Shit, even your enemies. Find it. Read it. Pass it on. Use it to reawaken the notion of cool in everyone's mind. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Roel Fiala Sep 21, 2013

    Overall, I enjoyed this first issue of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Not only is it very stylistic, thankfully from Becky Cloonan and Dan Jackson, but the story demonstrates a lot of promise. The highlight for me was the narration from the disc jockey. The only negative I found about this was the long wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jun 12, 2013

    Familiarity with My Chemical Romance's Danger Days album adds a certain depth to the story, but the comic is still a good read without it. It's a testament to Way, Simon, and Cloonan's storytelling ability that the vibrant world of the Killyjoys retains the musical quality of its origins while doing something uniquely refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Chris Kinder Jun 30, 2013

    The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 is a, dare I say it, fabulous read! It offers everything anyone could really want from a comic with great writing and art all around. It feels like the creative team of this book definitely works well together, and I eagerly await more. This book has a great story and setting, interesting characters, great colors and consistent visuals. I personally have trouble finding flaw in this book, as a first issue or a normal one. I can't give it less than a 9.5/10, and am using some self restraint not to go higher. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Jeff Bouchard Jun 15, 2013

    The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 is an inventive, beautifully illustrated comic that lays the foundation for what can be an extraordinary story and I highly recommend checking it out. For those interested in experiencing a little more of the Killjoys, My Chemical Romances music videos Na Na Na and Sing are set in this world. Even if you arent a fan of their music, comic book readers will get a kick out of the cameo by writing luminary Grant Morrison. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2013

    Whether you are a fan of Way's comic work or anxious to see more from the world of My Chemical Romance,The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is easy to recommended. Way doesn't rely on knowledge of either to introduce us to his vision of the future, and Way and Cloonan are a match made in punk rock heaven. We look forward to seeing this series unfurl and provide more answers as to the nature of this landscape. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 16, 2013

    For now, and with some trepidation, I recommend this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jun 13, 2013

    The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys #1 is a smash hit. While it is a little bit hard to understand, the characters, the plot, and the art make up what is sure to be the comic world's next big thing. Hopefully.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Jun 12, 2013

    It's official. Buy into the hype. Killjoys #1 is killin' it. The power team of Gerard Way and Becky Cloonan show their chops in both writing and art, entwining their respective talents to create something great. It feels like they're well on their way to building something big, and here's to hoping they can deliver further issues with the same aplomb as they have this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jun 13, 2013

    And what a striking impression the book does leave on the reader. If “Killjoys” commits any crime, it is in refusing to compromise on the fragmented story that it wants to tell. The Killjoys would tell you that that isn't a crime at all. Individuality is so important in a comic book industry that tends to fall into repetitive cycles and trends. “Killjoys” is a celebration of expecting the unexpected and carving out your own path. Welcome back, Gerard – we needed more comic books like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Jun 13, 2013

    There are certain to be quite a few new comic readers picking up this book based on being fans of Way's music, so that's good. Assuming it ties in to the album it shares a name with, this story will likely make more sense to them. To me, it's a bit muddled. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Multiversity Comics - Ryan Fitzmartin Oct 19, 2020

    A flashy, inspired comic with ample style and little substance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate Jun 13, 2013

    Even if you're unfamiliar with Way's previousUmbrella Academy, giveKilljoys#1 a try. It might take a couple of reads to fully get the plot and characters straight, but it's worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott May 7, 2014

    Coming from a My Chemical Romance fan, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys won't scratch the itch you're looking for in terms of more things that feel like My Chemical Romance. But it's a pretty damn fun comic, and if you're into dystopian futures, this is one that's got a good internal logic, and it tells a fun, if sometimes sloppy story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Chris Arrant Jun 12, 2013

    The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 reads like someelseworlds sequel to the long-forgotten 80s movieThe Legend of Billie Jean, and Way's deliberate and definite style comes through in the dialogue, characters and set pieces of the story. Make no mistake — this debut issue is challenging, but it rewards readers after multiple read thoroughs and gives people a challenge instead of serving up their ideas carte blanche. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jun 12, 2013

    Like many dystopian books, the main story is followed up by mini-articles which help to clarify plot points seen in the comic. Here they are represented with pages from B.L.I. employee manuals. Often a reader can pick and choose if they read these, but, in this case, they're probably worth your time to read. There is nothing dramatically revealed, but they're concisely written which keeps them from dragging the rest of the book down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 15, 2013

    This keeps with the theme of the story, that punk rock rebellion can be superficial, just another indulgence for the spoiled. Killjoy's wannabe freedom fighters may love striking an antiauthoritarian pose, but that doesn't mean they actually have what it takes to make real changes. Rock and roll can't save the world just by existing, and buying the T-shirt doesn't make you a revolutionary. Fortunately, Way's not like his characters"he's no flashy tourist to the world of comics. He's settling in for a nice, long stay. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Culture Mass - Stephen Wilds Jun 12, 2013

    The debut issue of Gerard Way's new series is cool and alluring, but occasionally confusing and too frenetically paced. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Ben Silverio Jun 15, 2013

    Right now, there's still a whole lot of mystery surrounding this book. There are a whole lot of questions without answers, but I am definitely interested in this world that Way has created and I'm on board to find out more. Overall it was a pretty awesome first issue since it left me wanting more while giving me an adequate amount of satisfaction. Also, it's totally inspired me to throw 'Danger Days' on my iPod to listen to during my second reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jun 24, 2013

    The vague details and the juggernaut pacing that blasts through the last act is a little dizzying, but there's potential here because the scant details provide enough compelling details. The writing style, the music video abstracts, and the frenetic pace calls for a soundtrack to be included, and authors Way and Shaun Simon will have to fill the remaining issues with real substance without the inclusion of a musical score. The title says Fabulous, and that's the expectation, even if the lives are cut short, the truth gets a little worn, and the Killjoys don't ruin all of the fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb Jun 14, 2013

    Overall, even if "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" #1 doesn't have the "holy crap" impact of the debut issue of "Umbrella Academy," it certainly shows promise. There's clearly depth here; it just has yet to be plumbed for anything more than a quick look at a post-apoc world that's not too different from anything that's been seen before. Way and Cloonan are both stylish as hell, though -- it just remains to be seen how long style can survive without substance, or whether there's real substance waiting just beneath the slick candy surface. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 12, 2013

    The art here is the saving grace though. Becky Cloonan draws some nice looking characters and scenery, which does help the audience get a sense of how different the world and its people are. The colors and shading do help with setting the tone and mood for what is happening in the scenes, with a particular highlight when the Draculoids appear for the first time and what they exactly do. 5.5 The artwork is very nice and appealing. There are lots of interesting ideas and concepts floating around. Not new reader friendly. Does not explain anything at all about what is going on. Underdeveloped to unlikeable characters. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 13, 2013

    The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys is like the emperor’s new clothes. Lots of cool, and lots of shiny, but with very little else backing it up. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jun 12, 2013

    If the album and the name of My Chemical Romance and Gerard Way make readers interested, picking up this issue can be recommended. If readers are simply looking for the stunning art of Becky Cloonan than this title is also worth a look. Anybody fascinated with Umbrella Academy and the writing of Gerard should steer clear of this idealistic mess until it is fleshed out further. Read Full Review

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