Nerdlocker Comic Book Reviews – Killjoys and Transformers: Prime!



Review by Brandon Zitch
True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 of 6
Writer: Way, Gerard
Artist: Cloonan, Becky
Cover Artist: Cloonan, Becky
On Sale Date: June 5, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing
Iʼm a Gerard Way fan. From his music to his comic books, I like just about everything he does. And back in 2009 when THE TRUE LIFE OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS was first announced I was stoked. I loved UMBRELLA ACADEMY and I couldnʼt wait to see what his next book was going to entail. Time passed, and I gave up hope on seeing this book, until his band My Chemical Romance released a teaser for their new album ʻDanger Days: The True Life of the Fabulous Killjoysʼ was released. Finding out that the comic would still be coming out and sort of go along with the album was awesome. If you are a fan, and have seen the music videos from the album, they tell the story of The Killjoys. A group set on fighting the giant corporation Better Living Industries. The music video ʻSingʼ shows the Killjoys falling in battle to save a mysterious little girl. Years later, this is where the comic picks up. The followers of The Killjoys have all kept to the outskirts of Battery City, while Better Living Industries have continued their reign of stripping citizens of their individuality. This is a very good first issue. We get a good sense of all that has happened, and really get a feel for what its like to live in this future world. We meet the Draculoids, who might be some of the most tragic characters Iʼve ever read (but also really awesome when you find out what itʼs like to be one. Seriously. One issue in and I love these guys.) We see the girl and run in to other Killjoy followers, and have a pretty cool fight scene. Thereʼs still some unanswered questions, but I feel massive potential for this book. I love Gerardʼs other book UMBRELLA ACADEMY, but the first issue of THE TRUE LIFE OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS has me totally hooked and wanting more. Also, Becky Cloonanʼs artwork is astounding as usual, but also really compliments the feel of this book very well. Needless to say, I canʼt wait to read more. I canʼt wait to see what else this book has in store. An easy 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls from this guy.



Review by Jasper Gonzales
Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters #2
Writer: Scott, Mairghread
Artist: Padilla, Agustin
Cover Artist: Christiansen, Ken
On Sale Date: June 12, 2013
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Deception, a characteristic that every living creature is capable of, whether it is for desperation or greed, one thing is clear, it is an act for survival. It is what you do that makes you a good person or not. In this issue of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters, Mairghread Scott does just that.
From the moment I opened the first page, Dinobots Sludge and Snarl had the odds against them, as they are outnumbered by Incecticons, lead by Kickback. And as the battle ensues we learn about how Sludge managed to arrive onto Last Spark, how he was entrapped by Shockwave and his rescue.
As he reflects on his fortunate outcome, he is left with questions on why Kickback betrayed his fellow Incecticons. Kickback’s answers were just as intriguing as it brought more focus on the survivors of Last Spark. Scott’s story was terrific, and Agustin Padillas illustration was just as good. From the beginning to the end result of the book, the entertainment factor is there, especially the twists and turns!
I didn’t expect a Transformers comic to have such depth in its characters or even story. I was surprised! The comic was nostalgic especially when centered on the Dinobots, it’s just how I remembered them from the early days, just brought into a great new setting. For Transformer fans, I say pick this book up! I’m giving Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters #2, 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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