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My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,521 ratings  ·  153 reviews
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
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published October 10th 2018 by Image Comics
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Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
Some fun pop culture references aside (although, I could claim that the pop culture references here are ultra typical, and something you come across in every work that does not go deeper from the surface), My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is the same ol' trope of femme fatale that seems to be some kind of obsession for this duo that most often is in the levels of excellence.

A trip through addiction, rehab, pop cultural glorification of drug use balanced by moments of real-felt experiences of b
David Schaafsma
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning”—Stevie Smith

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Jeopardy: Related titles for 100? Cowboys are my Weakness, by Pam Houston; Cowboy Junkies) is yet another Brubaker-Phillips collaborative exploration into the Criminal universe, with thematic links to the Kill or Be Killed series, which is to say there are some direct links to Criminal, and what I think are thematic links to Kill. It’s a kind of set up for the continuation of the seri
Sam Quixote
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
Chaunceton Bird
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir-narcotics
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 latest from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is a short graphic novella about a young woman at a rehab clinic that is fascinated by drug addicts and forms a destructive relationship with another patient. It's a bit forgettable and I'd call it lightweight Brubaker/Phillips. But it does connect heavily to his old Criminal series (and maybe its upcoming reboot?) in ways that I won't spoil. Not this team's best, but read it if you're a big fan like me.
James DeSantis
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Paul E. Morph
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart rending story, great semi-minimalist line art and colour art that’s undeniably ugly but is the closest visual representation of what the world looks like when you’re on morphine I’ve ever seen.

Don’t do drugs, mmmkay?
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 bullshit. She thinks that her drug problem isn’t a problem. She’s
Jakub Kvíz
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rozmejslel sem se mezi 4* nebo 5*, ale jakozto fanousek Criminal sem primhouril oko :).

Kdyz sem videl rozporuplny recenze, tak sem se trochu bal, ale duo Brubaker/Phillips opet nezklamalo. Je to trochu neco jinyho, nejvic mi to pripomnelo posledni Criminal one-shot s Teegem a Tracym.

Ze zacatku sem si pomalu zvykal na jinej coloring (Bettie Breitweiser nahradil Phillips jr.), ale nakonec musim uznat, ze k tomuhle pribehu sednul pekne.

Pribehove tomu nemam co vytknout, zvrat sem necekal a ocenil se
Stewart Tame
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
How did crime comics even exist before Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips came along? I know there were some--I was particularly fond of Collins’ and Beatty’s Ms. Tree among others-- but Brubaker and Phillips have been so ridiculously successful in the genre that modern readers can be pardoned for thinking they invented it. Suffice to say that I look forward to everything they do.

We first meet Ellie on the beach. It's a brief scene, but it serves to introduce us to one of our central themes: her obse
Rod Brown
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Brubaker makes a pretty standard crime story a little more interesting by having the lead character be a young woman who processes her messed up childhood as the daughter of a drug addict by idolizing musicians and singers who seemed to find greater creativity through their drug experimentation and addictions.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, image
Always enjoy a dip into Phillips and Brubakers Criminal-verse, and this novella is a good addition to that world.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
U mně za plno, dvojici Brubaker/Phillips prostě můžu vždycky. Jen mám duševní problém tomu říkat OGN, když to byla jedna drobátko tlustší jednosešitovka.
Kyle Berk
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is a small hardcover comic from the pairing of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.Who do really good stuff and this is also really good. It's well put together drawn really well except for some faces which I think look off.

Color is a big thing here and it looks really good. Flashbacks are desaturated and play with the shadows really well. When in present day daytime hours it plays with purples, pinks, green, and yellows. During the night it uses the blues, blacks w
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unrepentant junkie in rehab ruminates on the benefits of drug addiction and the artistic achievements of drug abusers. Until late in the book when we finally learn that she does in fact have an agenda.

Despite being an explicit addition to the Brubaker/Phillips Criminal universe, it reads more like a memoir than a noir. The pink/yellow/pale blue color scheme recalls the golden age of hippie stoner culture more than it does the book's shadowy, pessimistic crime genre parentage. For me this was
Adam Šilhan
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Celkem jsem rozmýšlel mezi 4 a 5, ale ono to zas tak těžké asi nebude.

Co jsem četl komentáře, tak spoustě lidem se nelíbi, že má komiks idolizovat užívání drog. Tenhle problém jsem s tím neměl - spíš mi přišlo, že ukazuje, jak si drogy zbožšťuje hlavní představitelka, kterou život slušně semlel a snad málokdo by si s ní chtěl vyměnit místa.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice to see they can reenter the world years later without missing a beat.
Rory Wilding
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so god damn good I wanted to read it again the instant I finished it the first time! It's short, so I can't say much without spoiling things, but despite the bright cover and the vibrant palette inside, this book is so wonderfully dark. It's perfect!
Randy Lander
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was weird. It was riveting and interesting. While I was expecting something to happen, I did not predict the twist. I wish it had been a little bit longer, but alas.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
I love the Brubaker & Phillips duo. One of the best GN teams out there. This felt a bit slight but it was beautifully illustrated.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thomas Pluck
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My only complaint was that it was a short one! heartbreaking, beautifully illustrated. Criminal always delivers.
Jakub Rabyniuk
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Bylo to hrozně něco jiného než jsem čekal. Nekoná se žádný Trainspotting, ale velmi komorní a intimní příběh holky, jejíž všichni hrdinové mezi muzikanty, spisovateli i malíři a nakonec i největšího vzoru byli feťáci, takže představa,že by nesmažila, je pro ní cizí a divná. Nemilosrdná pointa a doplnění skládačky světa Criminal je jenom třešnička na dortu.

Navíc tam parádně pracuje s muzikou a to mám na jakýmkoliv románu nebo comicsu rád vždycky.

Za mě velká dobrá.
Courtney Rose
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Brubaker and Phillips are a known duo in the world of comics, but this is the first work I've experienced with them together. I've read a lot of Brubaker's Marvel content and loved it, so when this graphic novel started to get rave reviews from journals and magazines, I figured it was worth a try. 

"My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies" tells the story of Ellie, a girl placed in a rehab facility against her will. She gets a crush on Skip, one of her fellow patients, and runs off with him after they
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles
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