Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame, whose first comic book outing, Umbrella Academy, was met with great critical acclaim, returns to comics with The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, in what appears to be a post-apocalyptic mystery. I don’t use mystery lightly, neither does Way. From the opening credits he establishes that once upon a time there was a team of heroes who loved a girl and somehow died, seemingly, as a result, but the girl lived. So the unraveling of the mystery has begun, and so far, the unraveling is slow, and cumbersome, but not without its thought provoking moments.
A while back,Way befriended comic master Grant Morrison. As a result, Morrison has had a huge influence on Way. Even though Way is co-credited with Shaun Simon on Killjoy’s script, Morrison’s influence is staggeringly evident. So much so that one half expects Morrison to actually appear in the book itself through some futuristic, conceptually warped sort of way, that is sure to blow the minds of readers.
…but I digress.
There is huge potential for this series, which is made all the more evident by the illustrative stylings of fan favorite, Becky Cloonan, who brings a much needed sense of realistic grounding to the story. Wrapped in so much speculative, futuristic, jargon, Cloonan’s traditional renderings make you believe in the world, especially in “The Girl,” who is at the center of the mystery.
A strong start to what could be another hit for Way and Cloonan alike, Killjoys unfurling mystery holds great potential, and promises to be something greater than the usual post-apocalyptic claptrap.
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