By Stephen Wilds | Contributor Published: 08/14/2013 10:00 am EST
Publish date: August 14, 2013 Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
I talk a lot about how much I look forward to The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, because there is a lot to gush over. Though this issue was the slowest so far, my excitement level has barely altered. What is different this month though is that I want to start at the ending of the issue, because my favorite thing about Gerard Way’s writing and Becky Cloonan’s art in this series is the spectacular world that they have created.
“No. I don’t believe in death. We will live forever in the sky as satellites and look down as Destroya returns. He will bring light back to the darkness of this city, freeing our brothers and sisters.” – Red
There are no letter pages or extra previews in issues of Killjoys, but instead something that expands upon the surroundings that these comics take place in, which is excellent for world building. This issue contains two ads. The first is for the items in a BLI vending machine, which is important to this issue, featuring everything from motivational stickers and rayguns to Frankuloid toys (which makes me hope that they will show Frankuloids in the series eventually). The ad has an appropriate slogan for the machine that expertly fits the world also: “The BLI vending machine fulfills dreams if monetary ranking is deemed acceptable.”
The second ad looks like a crumpled page from an old ’80s gentlemen’s magazine—by that, I mean amazing and authentic. This ad for Porno Droids is beautiful and informative, giving more depth to the characters Red and Blue from the comic, who both shined in a wonderful scene that shows promise for next issue. I was excited to get more information about these characters, as they have so far been the heart and soul of the series. The ad explains the reasons for the droids being referred to by colors and what their programmed functions are. This page is also full of wonderfully flavored text and promises synergetic harmony from these Porno Droids.
As I said earlier, I enjoy good world building, which the art has been masterful at, but this issue really shows how the lingo created for the characters accomplishes that goal as well. It is interesting and catchy, but doesn’t feel forced, going back to my comments on Way’s sentences sounding lyrical at times, keeping characters interesting as well. The scenes with Cola are good, but simply not as entertaining as those that involve Val, Korse, or the others.
The downside to this issue also centers on the world. Some events that happen are not explained in the story, which becomes a problem in such an odd and unfamiliar environment. There are some scenes that become confusing due to unconnected speech bubbles or not having establishing panels. I had to read one scene in particular twice to make sure that I understood what happened, but it was an attempt to make the normal comic-style panels come across with a flair of the artistic, so the fault is easier to forgive.
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys has been altogether surprising and fun with just the slightest bit of a lull. I am okay with any real downtime though, because things are still being added to the world and the characters that I love. I do want it to pick back up a little bit, but I think that is right around the corner. Until then though, this is just fine.
Summary:GOOD: Sometimes the best things in a comic aren’t even a part of the actual story, but even the dullest of pages in this series are exciting to me. Come and learn about Frankuloids and Porno Droids in this beautiful issue.