My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
The first original graphic novel from the bestselling creators of CRIMINAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, THE FADE OUT and FATALE.Teenage Ellie has always had romantic ideas about drug addicts, those tragic artistic souls drawn to needles and pills have been an obsession since the death of her junkie mother ten years ago. But when Ellie lands in an upscale rehab clinic where nothing is what it appears to be... she'll find another more dangerous romance, and find out how easily drugs and murder go hand-in-hand.MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES is a seductive coming-of-age story, a pop and drug culture-fueled tale of a young girl seeking darkness — and what she finds there. This gorgeous, must-have hardback is the first original graphic novel from ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, the bestselling creators of CRIMINAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, THE FADE OUT, FATALE, and INCOGNITO.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies Details

TitleMy Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 10th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534308466
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Mystery, Crime, Contemporary, Fiction

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Two junkies in rehab fall in love and get back into the habit. But one of them isn’t who they say they are… My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, a “novella”, is the first book in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal series, and their first collaboration in a long time, that I didn’t think much of. The story is a bit too one-note and unexciting: two young junkies sneaking around rehab while the girl recounts the artists she idolises who had drug problems like Billie Holiday, Gram Parsons and Va Two junkies in rehab fall in love and get back into the habit. But one of them isn’t who they say they are… My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, a “novella”, is the first book in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal series, and their first collaboration in a long time, that I didn’t think much of. The story is a bit too one-note and unexciting: two young junkies sneaking around rehab while the girl recounts the artists she idolises who had drug problems like Billie Holiday, Gram Parsons and Van Gogh. The twist ending was very meh. Sean Phillips’ art is fine as usual, though a couple panels looked weird as he drew the girl’s head bigger than her body(!), and I liked that Dr. Patti looked like Patti Smith, tying into the musicians theme. Jacob Phillips’ colours was the one aspect of the book that really stood out for me. They’re messy, vivid, pretty, kinda impressionistic and trippy, merging into one another, all of which reflects the druggy story – very cool. A disappointingly dull addition to the series, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies isn’t badly written but it’s also not very interesting to read either.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Like most everybody who reads comics, I am a fan of the Brubaker/Phillips creative duo. So I am really sad to say that their new comic novella, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, is pretty bad.The story is about a girl who is placed in a rehab clinic against her will. There she meets a cute guy and everything goes bad very soon afterwards. The main thing of this book is that the girl is a huge fan of drug addicts, mostly musicians. The entire book is accompanied by her narration where she tells Like most everybody who reads comics, I am a fan of the Brubaker/Phillips creative duo. So I am really sad to say that their new comic novella, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, is pretty bad.The story is about a girl who is placed in a rehab clinic against her will. There she meets a cute guy and everything goes bad very soon afterwards. The main thing of this book is that the girl is a huge fan of drug addicts, mostly musicians. The entire book is accompanied by her narration where she tells the story of her past, and how every person she ever liked used drugs.The book is very shallow. The characters are thin and unrefined, the story moves surprisingly slow considering how short it is (only 65 or so pages), and it feels like the entire point Brubaker wanted to make here is that drug addiction is cool, which is a very shitty point to make. I am very touchy on the subject of drug use since I have a long and tragic history of drug and alcohol addiction in my family, and this kind of romanticisation of a serious disease makes me question credibility of the writer (and I can't believe I'm saying this about Brubaker). By contrast, I remember a scene in a recent issue of Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction — a real life addict in recovery — about Van Gogh, whose addiction is also idolised in MHHABJ (click to enlarge the pic): I'm strongly on Fraction's side here.Brubaker and Phillips have parted ways with their former regular colourist Elizabeth Breitweiser, presumably because of her support of the bullshit that is comicsgate (can't blame them for that). Jacob Phillips, Sean's son, came to replace her, and his colours look very different. Maybe it was a specific choice for this book, but the colours here look a bit weird — the palette is very minimal, and the colouring looks very stylised an unnatural. It's more a question of taste, but I preferred Breitweiser's colouring, I don't feel like Jacob's colours do Sean's artwork justice. They will keep working together in the future though, so I hope after getting used to each other's style a bit their mutual artwork will become more polished.Overall, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is plodding, meandering and doesn't have a lot to say, and is the first big disappointment to come from this fantastic creative team. I hope it's just a one-time misstep and not the first sign of their downfall.
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  • Chaunceton Bird
    January 1, 1970
    Like all great noir, this story is devastating. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's return to the Criminal universe is thoughtful and restrained. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is original, nuanced, and right at home with other works from these creators. Familiar themes of drugs, crime (duh), and hopelessness are present, along with new insights into the collateral damage from the Criminal universe. This book is short—it took me less than 45 minutes to read, and I took it in at a leisurely pace. Like all great noir, this story is devastating. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's return to the Criminal universe is thoughtful and restrained. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is original, nuanced, and right at home with other works from these creators. Familiar themes of drugs, crime (duh), and hopelessness are present, along with new insights into the collateral damage from the Criminal universe. This book is short—it took me less than 45 minutes to read, and I took it in at a leisurely pace. The art and writing are on point. The story is creative and novel. Overall, this is a must-have.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to graphic novels, Brubaker and Phillips are the dudes. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is a bit brighter, more colorful than their other work, but there's a grittiness and a darkness swimming under the surface ready to break out at any time. Rehab, drugs, fantasies about the creative folks who achieved success and imagination with drugs, sneaking around, breaking in. Real well written. This is just the start of this series.
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  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    So I was going to wait a little before reading this, as in I was gonna read it because this creative team is fantastic but was not in as much of a hurry… then I heard it ties in with Criminal. Had to read it ASAP then.What’s it about?There’s a girl named Ellie who is a junkie. She is obsessed with famous people and their drug use. All the people she admires… junkies. Well, she’s being forced to go to rehab and she thinks it’s all bullshit. She thinks that her drug problem isn’t a problem. She’s So I was going to wait a little before reading this, as in I was gonna read it because this creative team is fantastic but was not in as much of a hurry… then I heard it ties in with Criminal. Had to read it ASAP then.What’s it about?There’s a girl named Ellie who is a junkie. She is obsessed with famous people and their drug use. All the people she admires… junkies. Well, she’s being forced to go to rehab and she thinks it’s all bullshit. She thinks that her drug problem isn’t a problem. She’s also really into this one guy she meets at the rehab facility.Pros:The story while at first it sounds kinda dumb is surprisingly interesting. Maybe it’s because Brubaker is such a damn good writer that he can pull anything off and make a good comic with just about any storyline. I have a feeling you could ask Brubaker to write a comic about a guy eating some pizza while watching TV or something like that and then Brubaker finds a way to make it interesting. So yeah, he managed to make this book interesting.The narration is very well written.The art is strange but good. At first I didn’t care for it which saddened me to an extent because Phillips and Breitweiser are so fucking amazing at art but when I got used to it I thought it was really cool and different than usual so in the end, I dig it. There were also many various styles (including a Van Gogh tribute scene that they were actually able to pull off as awesome as that is).This book is super suspenseful.The Criminal tie-in stuff is awesome and I love how it slowly reveals itself. It was especially cool for me because I just binge-read the Criminal series about a month ago.The ending is great! It is sorta fucked up but good and shocking!Cons:The characters aren’t interesting, even after figuring out the connection to Criminal.There’s almost (I say almost on the off-chance I forgot a scene) no action in this book. This disappointed me because I really was looking forward to gritty, bloody crime action! It wasn’t here. :(This book… maybe it comes across the wrong way but it almost sounds like it has a pro-drug abuse message. I was just like… “Really? Are you shittin’ me right now?”. The narration, even though it’s well written, talks about how drugs make people feel so good and how various people who did some shit that a lot of people love did this stuff on drugs (example: Bowie or Van Gogh)… I found myself praying for the creative team. Maybe it’s not trying to promote being a druggie but it sure could come across that way (it’s what it sounded like to me) and could be a harmful message to people who may be more likely to try do stuff with drugs. REMEMBER THE MESSAGE YOU GET FROM MOST BRUBAKER AND PHILLIPS BOOKS IS ILLEGAL SHIT = SOMETHING THAT LEADS TO AWFUL THINGS HAPPENING, THINK OF THAT BEFORE YOU GO TRY DRUGS!Overall:Despite a shitty message and no action there is still no denying that this is a well written comic with cool art and suspense. I would say that despite being good, this is not a good introduction to Brubaker, Phillips or Criminal.Basically if you like Criminal and know better than to do dumb shit- read this.If you aren’t a fan of Criminal and/or would be likely to get yourself involved in dumb shit after reading a book like this- Skip this one, read the main Criminal series if you haven’t.Just like how a good message can be in a bad book, this comic shows that sometimes a bad message can be in a good book.4/5
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    When I picked this up I was pretty excited, so I can't help but feel a bit let down. Thankfully though, this duo still delivers a solid story just not one I hoped for. This is a story of a woman who's in rehab. Right away she begins to link herself to old musicians and their drug habits. Then she tricks a man into falling in love with her. Sad part is she is actually falling for him as well. By the end you'd think this runaway couple might be together forever but the whole time you know the sini When I picked this up I was pretty excited, so I can't help but feel a bit let down. Thankfully though, this duo still delivers a solid story just not one I hoped for. This is a story of a woman who's in rehab. Right away she begins to link herself to old musicians and their drug habits. Then she tricks a man into falling in love with her. Sad part is she is actually falling for him as well. By the end you'd think this runaway couple might be together forever but the whole time you know the sinister motive of our main "hero". Good: The art is once again great. Always is. The story is well balanced, and even with the twist, it works in a lot of ways. The hero of this story might be the villain but there's a lot of gray in this title so it works on a few levels. Bad: The characters really didn't connect with me. I wanted to like them more. Also, it's short, and so you'll be done in less than 20 minutes and probably forget about most of the story/character beats sadly. Overall it's a solid, interesting, tale of crime and betrayal. I just didn't think it stuck out more than it COULD have. A 3 out of 5.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Always enjoy a dip into Phillips and Brubakers Criminal-verse, and this novella is a good addition to that world.
  • Rory Wilding
    January 1, 1970
    If you look at the entire bibliography from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips published under Image, from Fatale to Kill or Be Killed, they are stories within the crime fiction genre about ordinary people who find themselves stepping into the wrong side of the law and, in the process, losing their soul. Although the two creators do manage to find different angles toward the same premise, it depends on the execution if it rises or falls, whether it’s The Fade Out or their latest graphic novel, My Her If you look at the entire bibliography from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips published under Image, from Fatale to Kill or Be Killed, they are stories within the crime fiction genre about ordinary people who find themselves stepping into the wrong side of the law and, in the process, losing their soul. Although the two creators do manage to find different angles toward the same premise, it depends on the execution if it rises or falls, whether it’s The Fade Out or their latest graphic novel, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies.Please click here for my full review.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5* Brubaker and Phillips have created a solid entry into their collection. Its a little more drama than crime noir. A simple love story set around a rehab centre with a twist. The art is perfect, really one of my fave artists doing what they do best. Thr story is a little short and too simple. Definitely dont go into this expecting action or crime like their previous novels.
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  • Randy Lander
    January 1, 1970
    A quieter outing from this team of comic masters, more reminiscent of earlier Brubaker like The Fall than the longer term work they’ve been doing. Beautiful as always, although the change in coloring took some getting used to, and thoroughly engaging, reminding me oddly of David Lapham’s Stray Bullets.Don’t miss the sneaky Criminal tie in at the end.
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    Brubaker and Phillips' latest claims on the back that it's a graphic novel, but inside is more honest: it's a novella. Even including covers and endpapers it's only 80 pages, so in terms of content, this is basically two issues' worth of comics. No skin off my nose, I read it for free courtesy of Edelweiss, but potentially annoying if you'd shelled out unawares. Am I dwelling too much on the format? Well, there's not much to say about the content. It ties in with Criminal, so there's crime and b Brubaker and Phillips' latest claims on the back that it's a graphic novel, but inside is more honest: it's a novella. Even including covers and endpapers it's only 80 pages, so in terms of content, this is basically two issues' worth of comics. No skin off my nose, I read it for free courtesy of Edelweiss, but potentially annoying if you'd shelled out unawares. Am I dwelling too much on the format? Well, there's not much to say about the content. It ties in with Criminal, so there's crime and betrayal. The leads are teens, though you wouldn't know it to look at them, because everyone Phillips draws looks so world-weary. The narrator idolises druggy musicians and actors in exactly the way the title suggests, inspired in part by an old mixtape - they're like analogue playlists, apparently! - and while it reads as entirely plausible teenage bullshit, I never got any sense of that leading up to an epiphany or a point. There's a brief appearance by a cute dog, and one gorgeous sunset, but otherwise it's pretty much empty.
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  • Thomas Pluck
    January 1, 1970
    My only complaint was that it was a short one! heartbreaking, beautifully illustrated. Criminal always delivers.
  • Loki
    January 1, 1970
    Another fine entry in the ever-growing tapestry that is Brubaker and Phillips' collaboration, and more particularly, their series Criminal. Like most of their work, it's a twisty crime noir and a character study at the same time, and all the better for it.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    'Brubaker and Phillips' just has to be one of the biggest stamps of quality in adult comics. Here we get what they call a 'novella' – a book that would fit in the Criminal world, and one coming at us as an original graphic novel, and not in monthly instalments. It's a marvellous piece, too – a girl almost gloating about the wonders of drug-taking purely because of what 70s music was recorded under the influence, and her sort-of boyfriend at the rehab clinic that houses them both. The girl's narr 'Brubaker and Phillips' just has to be one of the biggest stamps of quality in adult comics. Here we get what they call a 'novella' – a book that would fit in the Criminal world, and one coming at us as an original graphic novel, and not in monthly instalments. It's a marvellous piece, too – a girl almost gloating about the wonders of drug-taking purely because of what 70s music was recorded under the influence, and her sort-of boyfriend at the rehab clinic that houses them both. The girl's narration is melancholic, drifting from memories of her own mother, to regret that she's allowed herself this relationship. And then bang the crime. Which is what we all came here for. It's possibly too much to say this is more than a mere rug-pulling exercise, but it's a fun one to read, and one that looks wonderful, too. But the fact remains it is more than that – there is a really fine tone to the piece, which comes from the girl's voice-over. Damn it, her thesis here is so well written it's almost persuasive. A great introduction to the seductive world of these creators, or a book to cherish for us long-term fans.
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  • Sebastien
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, it was ok, for sure the colorization is a bit different from what we ‘re used too. the story ok but we didn't have chance to go deep enough. Not sure if knowing it was set in the criminal universe elevated the bar and i was expected something noirish , as soon as we learn some things about the the father of the dude, and we know that the girl was not put in addiction center because she needed or wanted to be there.it is easy to figure it out and it felt a bit like lazy storytelling First of all, it was ok, for sure the colorization is a bit different from what we ‘re used too. the story ok but we didn't have chance to go deep enough. Not sure if knowing it was set in the criminal universe elevated the bar and i was expected something noirish , as soon as we learn some things about the the father of the dude, and we know that the girl was not put in addiction center because she needed or wanted to be there.it is easy to figure it out and it felt a bit like lazy storytelling to me. The story ends when it was getting interesting.all the story she tells about the drug addict and her mother that for me made it a bit less believable, she didn't seem traumatized at all, i would have loved to know what happen to the kid. what choice would make since he already thought is father was an asshole.i hope that will get to see those character back since criminal is coming back
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  • Adam Stone
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a couple of years since I tried to read one of Brubaker and Phillip's books. I think they're both very talented, and Brubaker has written some of my favorite genre-twisting superhero titles, like Gotham Central, Catwoman, and Daredevil. And while X-Men Deadly Genesis pushed absolutely no boundaries, I still really enjoyed his take on the X-Men.I've just never been able to get into Criminal or Incognito or Fatale. I can recognize that they're well-written genre pieces, but noir doesn't It's been a couple of years since I tried to read one of Brubaker and Phillip's books. I think they're both very talented, and Brubaker has written some of my favorite genre-twisting superhero titles, like Gotham Central, Catwoman, and Daredevil. And while X-Men Deadly Genesis pushed absolutely no boundaries, I still really enjoyed his take on the X-Men.I've just never been able to get into Criminal or Incognito or Fatale. I can recognize that they're well-written genre pieces, but noir doesn't usually appeal to me. So I was quite pleased that this was not precisely noir. It does tie into a seemingly Criminal universe (I'm not familiar enough with Criminal to know if the characters shouldl be familiar) but it's mostly a story about false redemption, music, and the failure of modernish addiction rehabilitation.It's a solid stand-alone graphic novel.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Brubaker and Phillips consistently deliver some of the hardest hitting stories in comics these days. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is their latest gut punch; a tale of crime, addiction, and the price we pay for both loyalty and betrayal. The artwork is simply gorgeous. And besides, any story with a soulful reflection on the music of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris is going to win me over. Highly recommended for fans of addiction literature, comic book noir, crime fiction, and graphic novels Brubaker and Phillips consistently deliver some of the hardest hitting stories in comics these days. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is their latest gut punch; a tale of crime, addiction, and the price we pay for both loyalty and betrayal. The artwork is simply gorgeous. And besides, any story with a soulful reflection on the music of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris is going to win me over. Highly recommended for fans of addiction literature, comic book noir, crime fiction, and graphic novels.
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  • Ramon
    January 1, 1970
    Having been reading Brubaker/Phillips jams for basically two decades now, I twigged on to the twist pretty early on, but that never stopped this from being interesting. Being an OGN lets the pace breathe in a languid way, with interesting flashbacks done in a different style. Kudos also to Sean's son Jacob who's now the team's main colorist. Brubaker's narration is always great at bringing characters to life, and Ellie's no different. Can't wait for Criminal to resume regular publication startin Having been reading Brubaker/Phillips jams for basically two decades now, I twigged on to the twist pretty early on, but that never stopped this from being interesting. Being an OGN lets the pace breathe in a languid way, with interesting flashbacks done in a different style. Kudos also to Sean's son Jacob who's now the team's main colorist. Brubaker's narration is always great at bringing characters to life, and Ellie's no different. Can't wait for Criminal to resume regular publication starting next year.
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  • Frank
    January 1, 1970
    Brubaker always provides an interesting story with flawed characters that are interesting. His Criminal, Velvet, and Fade comics are all favourites of mine and this graphic novel certainly lives up to his quality.Brubaker and Philips (art) are a really good partnership that work well together. The story is a good read and you’re left looking to find out more - in a good way.If you like crime stories with a noir feeling - then this is a good bet.
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  • Greg Trosclair
    January 1, 1970
    Ed Brubaker just keeps getting better and better as a comic book writer. His latest entry in his Criminal series, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies was great. I enjoyed the story. I liked to point of view from the young woman. While I was expecting the duplicity I was still surprised by who she was assisting. Great story. Oh and Sean Phillips artwork is a must for nearly any Brubaker story. Great team.
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    Despite the obviois shortcomings that could be highlighted given it's graphic novella length limitations, this was an excellent short story. In addition to the solid Bonnie and Clyde romance-with-a-twist plot, there was also a nice embedded reflection on how we may seek to capture positive emotions and experiences shared with lost loved ones.
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  • Tom
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve seen several bad reviews for this and I while I didn’t love it, I also didn’t hate it. I feel like I have met Ellie. I worked with someone who had the same interest in the drug abuse of famous people and used it to justify hers. I like the Criminal connection, Phillips artwork is always great and the end was great.
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  • Beth Younge
    January 1, 1970
    This is a dissapoiting read. I've read Brubaker's other series (Fatale and Fade Out) and loved them but this one just felt flat. Even though it's 80 pages, it could have done so much more. It just had something off about it and had such potential that didn't come through.
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  • Mercy Moon
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully tragic storyor tragically beautiful might be a better description. I really liked it...I guess because yy heroes have always been junkies too.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    More mood than depth.
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Various types of abuse, manipulation, drugs and romanticizing of death via music, rendered in pretty blues, yellows and pinks. Messed up, pretty, ugly, chilling, striking.Accessed: Hoopla.
  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    nice story, nicer coloring.
  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not typically a big Brubaker fan, but this was really good.
  • Zachary Bruss
    January 1, 1970
    Any week with a new Brubaker book is a good week.
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