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The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,470 ratings  ·  360 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 (first published October 31st 2011)
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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
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminds me of something Jamie Hewlett would do if he and Damon Albarn ever turned Gorillaz into a comic. Becky Cloonan has a similar clean look and popping colors to her art. And it does turn out that this is meant to be something of a companion piece to the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days.

This is set is a dystopian future. One where it feels there was a comic before this that you missed where lots of things happened that are only referenced here. Still there was something about it t
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
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
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: a, comics
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
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.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, books-i-own
The art and lesbian robots were the only good thing about this book. I didn't care about any Characters besides Blue and Red and they didn't really get any panel time. I didn't care about the main character or discount Party Poison. There was no plot and I don't really have any idea what happened and I'm very disappointed. I love Gerard Way so much but I have found with reading this and Umbrella Academy that comic books just aren't his thing. I also really loved the killjoy album and storyline. ...more
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.
Wayne McCoy
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm a bit of a sucker for stories like 'The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.' Maybe it was my misspent youth in the 1980s and the music and culture I absorbed. This story is a follow up directly from a concept album (really just a few key songs) by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and co-written by Shaun Simon. I'm not particularly a fan of the band, but this comic is pretty cool.

Taking place years after the Fabulous Killjoys are all gone, it starts with a DJ in the desert and a girl foragi
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,
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
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
Whoa. What can I really say...I was lost in this storyline from the beginning. I did like the cat, graphic artwork was pretty decent, and see why the cat tagged along with Cherri Cola. Yep, her name is Cherri Cola...or was Cola the guy, boy was I lost in this read.

There was very little I enjoyed or was entertained much gory killing, unnecessary in most cases.

Disclaimer: I borrowed a copy since I am watching Killjoy (TV series, season 3&4 to understand the featured shows of season 5) and
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
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Everything about this was bad except for the art.

The plot was rushed and confusing because of it. The characters were so incredibly underdeveloped. The world was underdeveloped. EVERYTHING WAS UNDERDEVELOPED.

If this had been made into a longer series, with better character work and world-building, this could’ve been great. But nope.
Jacoline Maes
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Really liked this, the drawings are beautiful and the story is fun. Next to that it's cool to see the lyrics of the My Chemical Romance songs back in here.
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! ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Is anyone surprised that I rated this five stars though?
The artwork's amazing, but the story is a bit all over the place.
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, requested
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
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
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Apr 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Yeah... no. If you're going to create a tie-in/sequel to an album and music videos, maybe state that nature of the book in a preface, foreword or on the back cover, and not in the second afterword? This was a random pick-up at the library, so thankfully a free and extremely time-limited negative experience.

The artwork was dandy. Good use of color, cool visual design, really cute kitty! As for the rest of it, I can only describe it as a mashup of post-apocalyptic and dystopian concepts from Tank
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
As I was reading, I started to get the feeling I was reading the liner notes for some bizarre concept album, and once I got to the back matter at the end, lo and behold, I was right. This apparently is the follow up to a My Chemical Romance album. It feels intensely juvenile throughout like a grand statement made by a thirteen year old boy who just learned Santa Claus isn't real and the world isn't a happy place filled with puppies and cookies. This is really an underdeveloped little mess of a c ...more
Vinton Bayne
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Killjoys is like a cyberpunk crossover between The Warriors and Mad Max. One of my favorite styles and two of my favorite films. So obviously I loved the style of this book. The art is great, I love the visuals. The writing is done pretty well, but I feel like there was always information I was missing. Maybe because the series is so short. I really enjoyed the book, but I will enjoy it so much more if there is more of it to come.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit disjointed, but a great addition to the album. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go listen to Danger Days on repeat for a few days.
They saved you... but I could have saved them. I'm sorry I wasn't there. Dying never hurts anyone except those left behind. - Cherri Cola

How do I explain The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys? I guess something I need to say is that Danger Days is one of my all time favourite albums and I've always adored the M/Vs for Na Na Na and Sing. The storytelling in them made me happy as a teen. In the message from author Shaun Simon, he reveals that My Chemical Romance ran out of money to make a thir

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Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who served as frontman, lead vocalist, and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance from the time of its formation in 2001 until its breakup in 2013. He is the author of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Umbrella Academy (now a Netflix original series) and The True Lives of the ...more

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