The first issue of Killjoys was a stylistic mess that featured few cohesive elements of an actual story. This second issue of the series has barely any, and introduces a large cast of characters that writer Gerard Way will not have enough time to completely develop over the next couple issues of this series. This slightly belligerent, yet beautifully drawn mess is what the reader has is left to decipher towards the end of the comic book.
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 down the fearsome BLI or else join the mindless ranks of Bat City!
Way’s first foray into comics, known as The Umbrella Academy featured a great twist on the X-Men as the notion of a family. Anybody that read the series was not expecting a work so nuanced and character driven from a musician. The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoy’s would be something that many would expect from the rockstar. The point is that this effort is so strangely underwhelming when compared to the former series in his career.
This comic loosely revolves around a girl without a name, reaching out to the Killjoys. The group in question are people that died in the music videos from the My Chemical Romance band. The series is so deeply tied into that mythology that it is simply content with setting up an atmosphere. While in comics the surroundings in which the story takes place are no doubt important, there also needs to be a story and character within these pages.
This project has a lot of potential if Gerard Way could just start the story already and focus on the characters that are previously setup. This issue is once again drawn beautifully by the wonderful Becky Cloonan.