By Stephen Wilds | Contributor Published: 09/11/2013 10:00 am EST
Publish date: September 11, 2013 Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
As predicted, the pace has picked up in the world of the Fabulous Killjoys, and I’m not sure it can slow down after the buildup seen here. Issue #4 starts off with the Scarecrows chasing down Red and Blue as they try to make it to the edge of the city where the electricity ends. Red is still holding onto a secret and Blue remains one of the most loyal characters ever. This is not any normal escape plan though, it’s a race to commit suicide and die on their terms before the BLI authorities can take them down. But fear not friends, Destroya is waking.
Korse isn’t doing much better than the down-on-their-luck porno droids. Not only is BLI onto his softening heart, but they know why it’s softening—love. This is one relationship that had no chance of surviving, and now Korse is in over his head, but I wouldn’t count him out just yet. Readers also get a glimpse into the darker personal life of the BLI boss, which may involve some BDSM actually. She has her own plans for the Killjoys though, and an eye on the inside that keeps her one step ahead.
“Louder than God’s revolver and twice as shiny.”
Outside of the city, the Girl is trying to fit in with the Ultra V’s by dressing the part. The plan is to attack Battery City tomorrow, but Val Velocity is showing his super crazy side and that spells trouble. Not only is the crazed leader using innocent people for target practice, but he is determined to find the traitor in the group. Whether one really exists or not, Val is willing to kill anyone to find out. The first—and what cannot possibly be the last—confrontation between the Girl and Val happens nicely. Becky Cloonan’s art is not only colorful and communicative, but completes Val’s craziness with her vivid facial expressions and close up panels.
This issue moves quickly and is a little more hardcore than the previous ones have been. Things are ramped up and tense, and violence is at an all-time high. The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4 makes the end feel nigh, which means that the next issue should be downright explosive. The bonus pages do their work exceptionally again, with a character profile and blueprints for that BLI ray gun I have always wanted.
I need to go back and read Umbrella Academy, because Gerard Way has really impressed me here. I’m still curious how far all of this will go. I’m excited to see it end in a depressing and glorious ball of fire, because it just cannot end well or I’ll be disappointed. The only things missing from this issue were the Draculoids, but I have a feeling that will be remedied. The reason I know this book is working is not just that I can’t wait for the next issue, but that I’m already lamenting its end. I still want to know more about these characters and the world they inhabit. I think most who read it will feel the same.