KILLJOYS-NYCC-PROMO-FNLGerard Way, frontman for My Chemical Romance and Eisner-winning writer of Umbrella Academy, has another project on the way. Originally announced way back in 2009, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys will finally see print in 2013.

Way, along with co-writer Shaun Simon and artist Becky Cloonan will bring the book to life. Killjoys will be a related project to My Chemical Romance’s past album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Over the course of the album, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries. In the end, all of them died, except for the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the yearning for freedom fades, Girl must take up the mantle and lead the fight or forever join the mindless ranks of Bat City.

“The original idea for the comic informed the record,” said Gerard Way. “The record helped refine the idea, and then Becky had done a drawing of the Girl for the single ‘The Only Hope for Me Is You’ and I saw it and thought, this is the comic. It’s basically the last video, it’s the last part of the Killjoys story, while at the same time being totally its own thing.”

“I think we have created a broad range of characters here,” said cowriter Shaun Simon. “A lonely teenage girl hiding from her past in the desert. A couple of android call girls wanting nothing more than to be together. An aging assassin with a secret that could destroy his life . . . Even though these characters are living in a bizarre sci-fi world, their struggles are the same we face in our own.”

“The world of the Killjoys is full of visual opposites—from sprawling deserts to urban junkyards—and a cast of characters to match,” said artist Becky Cloonan. “It’s been a challenge to encompass all of this in my art, but woven into the world building is a human spark that lights this story on fire and gives me so much to draw from.”

Making its first appearance on Free Comic Book Day 2013 in May, Killjoys will have its first issue out on June 6.

Source: Dark Horse

Reporter: Leo Johnson

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