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The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,611 ratings  ·  273 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 7th 2014 by Dark Horse Comics
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Michael Way Gerard wrote the comics after the album, it follows the same story line as the music videos for Danger Days
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Nov 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comix
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
Ann D-Vine
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-comic-tpbs
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 ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Anthony Vacca
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kate M. Colby
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
May 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: c-comics, read-own-d
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
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Soy fan Gerard, por eso siempre le mantuve fe aunque a veces no encontraba la forma de seguir. Además de que vienen después de Danger Days [sigh].

Bueno, no tengo mucho para decir porque la verdad fue un poco complicado de llevar al inicio pero ya después del cuarto issue todo tuvo una mejor continuidad y pasaron muchas cosas geniales. Estoy decepcionada por el final porque fue como si faltaran páginas pero de resto en general todo fue de mi agrado, especialmente el arte. El climax (que para mí
Nada Elfeituri
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
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,
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
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics-anime
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.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! There is so much more to this story than just the little guys destroying the big bad corporation.
A must-read.
Gabriell Anderson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, paperback, en
Na nějakou dobu můj poslední Way. Už jsem dostatečně pochopil, že zlé korporáty jsou nejjednodušším nepřítelem a naštvaní teenageři tou pravou cílovkou. Tohle je totiž esence teenagerovské vzpoury pro zlému korporátnímu světu, který ze všech vysává duši a všechno dobré. A já se začínám bát, že na to začínám být moc starý. Čtvrtou hvězdu nechávám neboť i přes moje výtky je to pořád solidně napsané a ten svět je zajímavý i z těch málo informací, které o něm máme a když se vám to trefí do nálady/mi ...more
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!
Andrea Vega
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, comics
El principio muy bueno, algunos arcos muy buenos, overall los dos últimos issues confusing as hell. Not bad.
The artwork's amazing, but the story is a bit all over the place.
Cassandra Fay
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2018
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
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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 ...more
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
Peter Derk
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
If you're looking for a person who likes crazy shit, like a giant robot being piloted by a hookerbot through a desert wasteland where punk rock kids blast vampires with NES zappers and go on crash diets to fit into slim pants before they stage a revolution on a dystopic city, I'm your huckleberry.

But the stuff in between has to make a little more sense for me.

The whole thing felt artsy, and that's cool, but I'm in my mid-30's now. I'm starting to value simple clarity in stories way more than i
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 ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it

This made me miss My Chemical Romance during Danger Days era. I liked how it was linked to the album, all the references were really cool. The story was interesting but it wasn't really that well developed (but it was only six issues, so what can you expect?) It felt kinda rushed but it was still enjoyable.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This comic was so good! I've been wanting to read it forever after becoming a fan of MCR and discovering it, and it didn't disappoint. It has such a creative, original plotline with a really unique art style and color scheme that adds to the feel of the whole comic. It was so well done and corresponds perfectly with Danger Days!
listen im like 5 years late i'm aware...... but this was super fucking cool ahhh
Ramón Fernández Ayarzagoitia
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raro y divertido, aunque no se siente como un producto terminado en todo momento.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I!!! fucking love!!! the killjoys!!!!!!!!!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this! It brings back a lot of 2013 memories, why lie. The plot was a bit confusing to follow at first but, overall, this is really great, especially for MCR fans!
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
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eARC Provided by Publisher via Netgalley

I became a fan of My Chemical Romance about three years ago, and was deeply saddened when I heard that they were breaking up. I had loved their last album so much, Danger Days, it felt like a story uncompleted. Then I saw this comic book collection on Netgalley. I had to read it no matter what, and am greatly grateful for the publisher approving me this title.

This comic is a compilation of the issues of The True Lives
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: requested, favorites
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
Evan Clark
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm giving this three stars, because I'm honest.

Look, I'm not a graphic novel reader. It's not that I don't appreciate the art form, but because I like self-contained stories. In comic universes, that rarely happens. However, and this should not come as a surprise to those who've followed me, I'm am a full-on Gerard Way fanboy. My Chem is in my top 5 bands, and Umbrella Academy made my brain melt. So when GW threw down a sequel/tie-in to Danger Days, there was no way in hell it wasn't going to
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Gerard Arthur Way is an American musician who has served as frontman, lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance since its formation in 2001 until its breakup in 2013. He is the author of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series of "The Umbrella Academy." He released his second set of comics entitled "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" in 2013. As of January 2014, he anno ...more