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Review: ‘The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ # 5

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The penultimate chapter of Gerard Way and Shaun Simon’s ‘The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ is an entertaining and fast paced read. Cloonan’s art remains the strongest draw of this book. This month her work develops the history of the world and is simply stunning. As it rockets toward the conclusion “Killjoys” raises more questions while answers are few and far between. This chapter sees characters coming to terms with their destiny setting the stage is set for an epic final chapter.


WRITTEN BY: Gerard Way & Shaun Simon
ART BY: Becky Cloonan
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: October 30, 2013

“Killjoys” is an incredibly easy book to praise, the art is stellar, the story is unlike any other, and the dialogue is snappy. As the months go by I find myself lamenting each new issue as it brings us closer to the conclusion. The journey has been incredible and this penultimate chapter doesn’t prove to be any different.

Things pick up exactly where we left off last month. Everything is in disarray, but characters are certain of what they have to do. The pacing has reached breakneck speed, with most of the focus on The Girl, but small looks into Korse and the porno droid’s fate keep the story fresh.

Way and Simon’s story gears up to be one of destiny. Characters are caught in the massive wheels of time and pushed to do things they never thought they’d be capable of. Most interesting within this transition has been Korse. He began as the primary force of antagonism in the book, and his beats here seem to bring something completely new and unexpected. These songwriters also seem to be master storytellers. The reason “Killjoys” never ceases to impress is its ability to surprise.

What is less surprising is that Cloonan’s art remains unbelievable. Her sense of style compliments the narrative so well that it’s hard to conceive any other artist on this book. Her heavy lines and incredibly stylized characters define this world and just when you think you’ve seen it all, she introduces the Pheonix Witch. This incredibly creepy and otherworldly character will show you that Cloonan is an absolute master of her craft.

The Pheonix Witch herself adds another heaping layer onto this already complex narrative. The result is an air of intrigue that gives way to a history lesson. Way and Simon take the time to take a step back. This chapter helps to amplify the motivations, and deepen the world. It’s a fantastic choice in an already packed issue.

“Killjoys” may be on the way out, but there is still one issue to go. It’s been one hell of a ride thanks to killer writing, characters, and style. This is what comic books were designed for. I can’t wait to see where the story ends up next month. Although I’m sure it will be met with a feeling of melancholy, as this fantastic series will be over. If it manages to stick the landing it will easily be one of my favorite books of the year.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls