Sunday, 21 July 2013

Joy in the Kill

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You know the tune, the songs and the band, now it's time to know what happens next, today I will be taking a look at the first two issues of Dark Horse comics The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.  This book comes from the same creative team behind Umbrella Academy, with Gerard Way at the helm of the story that takes place after the events of the last My Chemical Romance album, Danger Days: The Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Now this being said, don't feel it necessary to have heard the album to follow along with the story, the songs and the music videos however give you more content and make the world in Killjoys that much bigger, it's a cross medium kind of cool. So without giving away to much of the plot, I am going to let you know why you should be reading all about these fabulous killjoys.

The Killjoys follows the journey of a young girl who is trying to survive out in an apocalyptic dessert setting, being hunted by the dangers of Battery City, a futuristic but oppressive like city that battles the rebels of the dessert, who take up after the fallen heroes known as The Killjoys. All we know about these legendary heroes known as the Killjoys is that they were the main resistance against to companies of Battery City and that this girl was someone of great importance to them, someone they all died to keep safe and alive. We see her trying to scavenge some food and items early on and runs into a new "Killjoys" kind of group, taking up the image and fighting the same battles. After a run in with agents of the city, known as Dracs. The Dracs try and turn others against former family and friends by placing a "Dracula" looking mask over the victim which shows them only a world of their greatest fears. After the battle, we see that these new "Killjoys" are much more violent, something the original heroes were not as we see the girl run away and hide from them. As the story unfolds we also get to see the lives of two android from Battery City, these android twins are losing power and thus one them works the night to keep her sister alive, it's interesting to see how the city and it's society try and stay alive. It gives the universe of the story that much more content, as you also see what the major bad corporation is planning as well. So you get to see all the different angles to the story, both worlds at battle and ready for war. Everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to die. 

I am really impressed with the story and writing in The Killjoys, I always enjoyed Gerrard Way's storytelling through his albums with My Chemical Romance, cause say what you will at the end of the day of the music, the ability to string along a story though out song is impressive. And this story is awesomely told and unraveled though the pages here, with an art style that is reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim with designs straight from movies like Blade Runner and Mad Max. The book will most likely attract a younger teenage crowd, but it's honestly really good and shouldn't be dismissed as such, it's smart and provides interesting themes and concepts that could only be told in this kind of book. A brand new book with only two issues out, if you are looking for a great and new different alternative to the big two, then give this book a read! I highly suggest you take a look. 

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