‘The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem’ #2 by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon Now Available!

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Cover artwork by Leonardo Romero, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.

The second issue of six-part comic miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem from Dark Horse Comics is now available!

Written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, with art by Leonardo Romero, lettering by Nate Piekos, and colored by Jordie Bellaire, National Anthem follows the story of the original Killjoy, Mike Milligram. Before the days of My Chemical Romance’s 2010 album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the 2013 comic series that followed, Way and Simon crafted a slightly different world of danger with another story born years earlier. National Anthem is about what was once a group of teenage exterminators that were determined to save reality. After temporarily losing their memories, the gang gets back together years later in a final showdown against an evil pharmaceutical corporation, their monstrous hitman, and savage gang rivals.

In issue #1, we met the Fabulous Killjoys — Mike Milligram, Animax, Red, Blue, and Kyle 100%. After theirs and the rest of the A.K.A.s’ memories were wiped sometime in the 90s in the aftermath of the Analog Wars, Mike later found himself living out a boring existence working at a grocery store in the 2000s. By the end of the first issue, Mike gets de-programmed and wipes the dust off the Killjoys’ old Trans Am and hits the road to find out what happened to the rest of his friends.

The summary for issue #2 is as follows:

A violent, inhuman police force is hot on Killjoys leader Mike Milligram’s trail as he speeds down the highway on his way to recruit his brainwashed team. One member has become an unassuming middle school teacher, and begins to find strange evidence of how far their enemys reach is and their control on reality.

In addition to Romero’s cover, there are also two variant covers available for issue #2. The covers, pictured below, feature artwork by Becky Cloonan (the artist for the 2013 version of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) and Motohiro.

Visit your local comic shop today to pick up your copy of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem #2.

Issue #3 of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem will hit shelves on December 9. You can check out our review of issue #1 here, and stay tuned for our review of issue #2!

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