What is Cyberpunk? It’s a proverbial retrofitting, an advancement of science and technology spot welded to the shambles of society — literally, Cyber Punk. Cyberpunk is oftentimes a melding of genres, be they Sci-Fi with Noir, Transhumanism with Robots, or John Woo with Robots. You know Cyberpunk when you see it, and these 15 comics are some of the purest, cyborgiest, bizarrely-sexiest Cyberpunk works to originate in comics, just screaming to be injected right into your canthus.
To clarify, we will not be counting magna in this comic list, leaving out works like “Ghost in The Shell” and “Akira.” Likewise, Cyberpunk works in question had to originate as comics, meaning that shoe-in adaptations like “Neuromancer: The Graphic Novel,” and the “Blade Runner” comics do not qualify.
15. THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS
It’s hard to ignore a Cyberpunk work that has a companion electro-punk album by My Chemical Romance. Written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon with art from Becky Cloonan, “The True Lives of The Famous Killjoys” focuses on a band of four ray gun wielding rogues trying to free Battery City from the bland oppressive grip of Better Living Industries. There’s also Draculoids, who give you the choice of death or wearing a rubber mask that makes you see nightmare spiders. But don’t forget about the BLI sex-robots that just want to love other sex-robots — when they’re not preparing for the arrival of the machine messiah, Destroya, of course.
“Killjoys” is just all over the place — a lot of overdeveloped ideas with no cohesion. To assist you in this information overload, every issue ends with torn pages from BLI instruction manuals, providing necessary exposition for stuff you just read. Regardless, even if you’re na MCR-H8R, you’ve got to give Gerard Way some props, as the music video for “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” by MCR/The Killjoys has Grant Morrison playing the primary antagonist.