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Sep 22, 2013


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Sep 15, 2013

VIDEO: Frank Iero on bass with Reggie and the Full Effect

Video of Reggie and the Full Effect (with Frank Iero on bass) playing a new song called “Korean Revenge”. They perform at Riot Fest Chicago on Sunday September 15th at 1PM on the Riot stage. Check out a blog post by Frank on his official site about it.

Sep 12, 2013

REVIEW: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4

Most great comics have an “oh, crap” moment (as I emphasized in my column about Sci-Fi scope). Sometimes it takes a few issues. Sometimes it’s right there on page one. KILLJOYS #4 waits to give you that gasp until the last BLI advertisement page—a world-building series of fake ads and public service announcements that serve to indicate just how massively influential this “Better Living Industries” has become.

No spoilers on what the “gasp” moment is—although it could be argued that the issue contains several of them, as the corporate monsters seem to gain the upper hand, both in Battery City and in the colorful world of masked outlaws. Androids Blue and Red are headed outside the city, beyond the limits of their batteries. Korse, once a mindless BLI drone, is made vulnerable by having a lover. The Girl puts on a fake punk persona to ride with Val Velocity only to wake up in the middle of the night and find out that he’s off to kill… well, someone important.

The themes are obvious: you’ve got gung-ho hero wannabes so obsessed with being “cool” that they forget what the legendary Killjoys ever stood for. You’ve got a creepy mob mentality, and all the danger that brings. And you’ve got the case of a tie-in record (My Chemical Romance’s DANGER DAYS) that actually adds to the reading experience—because when the DJ’s classic monologue comes back in the pages of this comic for an emergency broadcast, it’s pretty goddamn exciting if you recognize it.

This is not a perfect or transcendent story, but it is a wholly resonant one. The kind of story you want to tell your kids, because the symbols are so glaring and its flawed protagonists are so overdrawn. It’s a paradigm of many comics that have come before it—yet so distilled and perfectly rendered that you can’t fault any of the creators for treading down old paths.

“Batteries don’t bleed and robots don’t cry. It’s a better way. A safer way.” This is a sentiment expressed many times in the pages of literary excellence: 1984, BRAVE NEW WORLD, NEUROMANCER. Good science fiction gives us this android vs. humanoid conflict, and KILLJOYS does so in turn, blasting you with its bold colors, misguided revolutionaries, and poetic DJ beat poetry. It’s not something you’ve never read before, but it’s better than anything you have recently.


REVIEW: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #4

The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys has been, from its very first issue, a wildly ambitious undertaking. With references ranging from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World to Blade Runner (and, separately, Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), the series set itself up to be either a colossal misstep or a roaring narrative success. While issue #4 is not without its flaws, the creative team of Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and Becky Cloonan do right by their spiritual source material by producing one of the best issues in the series so far.

 There's a lot happening in the fourth issue of Killjoys, and most of it is executed with an impressive amount of panache. At the heart of the book is an ongoing war of ideas. On one side, we have The Girl, the lost soul who is positioned as both an Everyman and a savior, fighting to keep alive the mission of the original Killjoys as Val takes his gang of outlaws down an increasingly chaotic route. Then there's the renegade star-crossed pornbots, Blue and Red, who are racing against the clock to find peace together, even if their only option is death. And lastly, we have Korse, a BLI drone who's been infected with the worst plague of all: love. All of these stories are held together by the same questions: What is it that makes us people instead of machines? What does it mean to feel in an unfeeling world? What does it mean to be free?

These are all heavy philosophical questions, and Way, Simon, and Cloonan carry them on their backs as though they were weightless. Bigger picture concerns are handled more deftly than some of the plot's finer details, but overall, it's a stellar issue that is both thought-provoking and engaging.


REVIEW: Live From The Comic Shop: King’s Watch, Brain Boy, Eternal Warrior, Ballistic, Liberator, Killjoys

"Any week with an issue of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a good week. Now at Issue #4, the series is written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, with art by Becky Cloonan, colors by Dan Jackson, and letters once again by the ineffable Mark Piekos of Blambot. The experience of the comic is dictated by each member of this team in such a pronounced way that it’s hard to think of Killjoys existing without the contribution of each. Cloonan’s inks have that slightly savage quality that melts into a calligraphic grace which works so well in action as well as dialogue scenes and pops so memorably against Jackson’s always edgy colors. The ongoing drama between pornbots Red and Blue keeps up the emotional pitch of the issue, and reminds us that the comic is as much about big storytelling as being emotionally engaging. This series more than many is so firmly about characters that it hits those emotional notes on a regular basis. The girl is now “New Girl” with a resistance makeover, but she’s up against some crises of conscience when it comes to Val’s behavior, and this suggests that she’s going to continue to be the questioning conscience on the book. At what point does a brutal environment create only brutality rather than heroism? Unfortunately, “New Girl” has some very tricky and convoluted claims to sift through that may make or break her future as a resistance member. Never a dull moment with Killjoys."

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Sep 4, 2013

PHOTOS: Candids - Frank 09/02/13 photoset

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Sep 2, 2013

EVENT: Frank Iero - Personal Appearance Sept 3rd

Sept. 3 2013, 4:30-5:30pm
A. & M. Music Center 238 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst,NJ

Come and Join Mariola and I as we have the Grand Opening of A.&M. Music Center. Frank will perform as well being around to hang out with us. Hope to see you all there as we write the next chapter of our lives. Love and Peace to all ! Alan Maisano and Mariola Maisano!