The penultimate issue of this series, and I think now, after the Girl’s conversation with Phoenix Witch, this story kind of retroactively makes sense. Not that it should make sense, because it’s not that kind of story, but I feel like I get what’s going on a bit more, and I know what to expect in the final issue.
Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and Becky Cloonan kick thngs off with the Phoenix Witch out in the desert, picking up masks, and then we see the emotional heart of this series for me, Pornodroid Blue being chased down by BLI operatives, and unfortunately, they get her and take her into custody. The story then moves over to The Girl, and a battle between the remaining Killjoys and some bad buys, and in the process, both Cherri Cola and The Girl are shot and… they die. What the?
I think the best scene in this issue was the one that followed, where Korse (Grant Morrison) is taken into ‘The Tube’ to be reprogrammed and have his homosexuality removed. This was a truly scary scene, even though it was all dialogue, and it really got across the fascistic, totalitarian regime that is Battery City, and it was great to see Korse break free, and declare that there’s nothing wrong with him. You go Grant!
You know when I said that The Girl was dead? Well, she isn’t really, and she has a nice ghost chat with the Phoenix Witch, who explains her back-story. Her mother was the leader of The Killjoys during ‘The Analog Wars’ and when she was captured and turned into a skeleton zombie, her soul escaped into The Girl, who was still a foetus, and she was charged up with her mother’s anger and rage. Apparently, The Girl is some sort of bomb, and that’s why she can’t go to Battery City, and why they sent that Cat to keep an eye on her. She may also have the ability to charge up Destroya, the messiah of the droids in Battery City, which Pornodroid Blue has found out in the desert (she manages to escape her captors really easily). The Girl goes back into her body, retrieves her cat, and shows the people watching that she knows he she is and… boom.
I can’t wait for the final issue to see what kind of crazy shit goes down, will Destroya rise? Will The Girl explode? What will Korse do? So many questions, and all of it to be handled in style. Cloonan’s artwork was once again fantastic, I think this may be my favourite thing she’s ever drawn, and Way and Simon’s writing was excellent too, this has been a confusing jump into a strange world, and as such, the weird dialogue has worked, but they showed here that they can also do exposition and not just cool quips. But the quips are cool. So, bring on the final issue basically, it should rock and indeed roll.