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[Photo via Dark Horse Comics/Leonardo Romero]

Last month, we learned that the Killjoys are back for a new six-part comic series The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem. 

Now, one of the comic’s co-writers, Gerard Way, has unveiled another look at the forthcoming Dark Horse release.

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My Chemical Romance first killed off the fabulous Killjoys on their Danger Days album. However, co-writers Way and Shaun Simon decided to bring the characters back from the dead in 2013 with the mini-sequel The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. The series picked up right where MCR’s record left off and readers saw the Killjoys embark on the next chapter in their story.

Now, Way and Simon are back with The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem. National Anthem is a six-part series that will, once again, follow the Fabulous Killjoys. However, this time around, the comic is focused on former Killjoy leader, Mike Milligram.

“In 2010, MCR released a concept record, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,” Way and Simon revealed, exclusively to Alternative Press. “The record was inspired by a story that only existed in our minds. In 2013, we wrote a comic book series based on that concept record while the original story lay dormant. Now, in 2020, the story that inspired it all will be told: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem.”

Way and Simon further share that National Anthem is set in the 1990s and 2000s. As well, the new comic is a “completely different story” with a brand new set of rules.

“Mike Milligram and his gang of teenage exterminators operate in the Unseen where they bend reality to keep the real world’s status quo safe. But everything is about to change when the doors of the Unseen are closed and Mike and his Killjoys are thrust into the real world and forced to grow up and get real jobs.”

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Now, Way is offering another exclusive look at the highly-anticipated comic. On Wednesday, he unveiled some unreleased artwork from National Anthem on his Instagram.

He shares that the artwork is very different from what is seen splattered across the comic’s pages. However, he found the artwork “stunning” and decided to share it with fans.

“This is your next look at the absolutely incredible art team of Leo Romero (@leo_romero11) on line art and Jordie Bellaire (@whoajordie) on colors. The way the art and color and lettering by Nate Piekos (@natepiekos) all work together in this comic feels really special, and I’m excited for you to experience this whole series. This image is pretty different from the insides of the book, but no less stunning.”

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Last month, Frank Iero shared some unseen sketches of Fun Ghoul‘s iconic symbol.

Way also recently opened up about his career in the comic book industry during a virtual panel with Comic-Con @ Home 2020. He talked about his time interning at DC, creating for Doom Patrol and how The Umbrella Academy came to be.

Along with National Anthem, Way is preparing to release the first Umbrella Academy spinoff comic You Look Like Death. The new comic takes place 10 years prior to Apopcalyspe Suite and centers around Klaus, or The Séance, who is perhaps the most troubled member in the Hargreeves family. The new release depicts his life as he suffers from his drug habit and deals with his supernatural ability to speak to the dead. You Look Like Death arrives Sept. 16.

The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem arrives Oct. 14 through Dark Horse Comics. More information on the comic’s first issue is available here.

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