Fight Against Mindless Corporations in “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys”
While most people would be quick to right off ex-My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way as some silly wannabe rocker, those stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth. Although the band that was once beloved by emo kids everywhere is gone for good, Way and Shaun Simon have created a series of fascinating comics that will appeal to both sci-fi lovers and fans of dystopian fiction.
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a nod to My Chemical Romance’s final album, but you don’t have to relive your emo kid days to understand the comic. The storyline revolves around a lonely teenage girl who was the lone survivor of a battle against the nefarious Better Living Industries, an evil corporation who wants nothing more than to strip every citizen of their individual personalities. The Girl has two choices: retreat to the desert and fight against Better Living or surrender and join the masses in being a mindless drone.
Despite the fact that the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is set in a sci-fi universe, their struggles are relatable because they mirror many of the struggles that we’re facing today. Plus, the comic is an incredibly fun read because it’s so witty; the subject matter can be a bit dark at times, but the humor will elicit a chuckle or three from readers.
Finally, the artwork, which was produced by the incredibly talented Becky Cloonan, is absolutely stunning. The sci-fi world of the Killjoys is chock full of visual opposites that take readers on a breath-taking journey from a run-down junkyard to stunning deserts.
If you’re still not convinced that Gerard Way could move past the emo rocker persona, click through the gallery to see just how interesting the comic world of the Killjoys truly is. After all, you never know—it might just wind up being your new favorite comic book series!