The final chapter of Gerard Way and Shaun Simon’s “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” proves to be a somber conclusion to an epic story. The final chapter revels in the implications of a world built around alienation, and in doing so forgoes the expectations of a finale. Instead we are treated to a largely visual issue guided by Cloonan’s incredible work. The script is sparse but the art brims off of every page.
“Killjoys” has been somewhat of a polarizing experience for me. Admittedly I’m not a huge My Chemical Romance fan, and the story seems to be wrapped very tightly around the narrative from their last album. That being said, the story can still exist and triumph on it’s own, but in the end the conclusion is sure to resonate more with fans than newcomers.
The Girl’s mysterious power if finally revealed and now that she has come to terms with her responsibility she can use it. She accepts her fate. She acts almost contrary to how’d we expect and the script questions her. Her blind confidence pushes the story forward without any regard for anyone else.
Which is why I feel Destroya was a little wasted here. It was nice to see the porno droid have some beats with the giant mechanized beast. Yet, in the end it didn’t feel earned.
Korse on the other hand earns a satisfying conclusion to his own story. One that ends up being completely contrary to everything else going on. As the Girl becomes a tool, Korse finally rejects his role as one. Both earn their freedom in entirely opposite ways.
For me, Cloonan has always been the star of this show. Her art here is completely breathtaking. The moments with the porno droid and Destroya are especially strong. The massive hulking beast is drawn with such intimacy that its beats are often the most somber, touching ones, even amongst the backdrop of fiery destruction.
“Killjoys” is a strange beast. My initial love for the series waned a little in the middle. I never really believed that Way and Simon made the effort to initiate new readers into the larger context of their world. The mysteries created from the scripts allowed interesting questions to be raised, but ultimately they were never answered.
The story does pose a number of good questions about corporations, conformity, and the power of art. Yet, in the end feels a little distanced from the reader. I enjoyed the most of the ride, and almost wish we had more time to explore this world. My questions were never fully answered, and I was lost in the art almost every issue.
With all that in mind, its important to remember that “Killjoys” was a fantastic miniseries that evokes a world unlike anything else that hit the stands in 2013. The team of Way, Simon, and Cloonan have created a truly original American manga that oozes with style with every page.
Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls.