My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker

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...

Details My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

TitleMy Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
Release DateOct 10th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Mystery, Crime, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

  • Sam Quixote
    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 ...
  • Artemy
    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 bo...
  • Chaunceton Bird
    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 mi...
  • Dave
    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.
  • L. McCoy
    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 bull...
  • James DeSantis
    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 tog...
  • Anthony
    Always enjoy a dip into Phillips and Brubakers Criminal-verse, and this novella is a good addition to that world.
  • Rory Wilding
    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’...
  • Roy
    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.
  • Randy Lander
    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.
  • Alex Sarll
    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...
  • Thomas Pluck
    My only complaint was that it was a short one! heartbreaking, beautifully illustrated. Criminal always delivers.
  • Loki
    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.
  • Theediscerning
    '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 t...
  • Sebastien
    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 is easy to fi...
  • Adam Stone
    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 th...
  • Jason
    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, ...
  • Ramon
    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 ...
  • Frank
    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...
  • Greg Trosclair
    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.
  • Eric
    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.
  • Tom
    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.
  • Beth Younge
    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.
  • Mercy Moon
    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
    More mood than depth.
  • Megan
    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
    nice story, nicer coloring.
  • Tim
    I'm not typically a big Brubaker fan, but this was really good.
  • Zachary Bruss
    Any week with a new Brubaker book is a good week.