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The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 22, 2008
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So what's this thing about? Well, some time ago, around the globe and in the same instance, at 9:38pm, forty-three gifted children were born to women who had before shown no signs of pregnancy. An extraterrestrial masquerading as a human adopted seven of these children and trained them to save the world. But theirs was a cold and callous father, so it's no surprise that the kids grew up as a dysfunctional family. However, the training took hold and the kids did become superheroes.
But the story really begins years after the team, called the Umbrella Academy, had disbanded as most of the siblings reunite for their father's funeral. I say most, because one had perished (we don't know how), while another is too bitter and disinclined to pop in. During this sad gathering, a world-threatening menace promptly surfaces, forcing these bickering capes to quit the bellyaching and work together...except that, of course, they don't quit the bellyaching.
For those looking for something different, something original and wonderfully off-beat, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE will fit the bill. I don't know how much of Gerard Way's experiences and life style influenced him in his writing, but his stuff reads as from an askewed perspective. APOCALYPSE SUITE is inventive and surreal and keeps on surprising.Read more ›
As the description says, an unexplained global phenomenon saw numerous children born to women who had not previously shown signs of pregnancy. Seven of these are adopted by an eccentric millionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves (secretly a space alien), and raised to fight evil. This is the classic superhero setup of the X-Men. Well, it is, and it isn't. Way subverts some of the basic idea, particularly regarding the Professor X figure, Hargreeves (aka The Monocle). Hargreeves is a cold and demanding person who is not interested in providing the children with a genuine father figure; he is merely their boss. He even refers to the children by numbers, rather than names (their names are supplied by the 'mother' he deigned to provide, an animated clothes dummy; the kids are split in how they treat her, with some accepting her, while the rebelious Diego sees her as just another layer of artifice in their upbringing). Hargreeves' parental neglect is the catalyst for the primary villain plot, revolving around #7, Vanya, who has no powers, and thus was just not "special" as Hargreeves tells her directly. However, she may indeed have some purpose for an eccentric villain out to bring about the end of the world.Read more ›
The plot of the book is threadbare at best - some kids born at the same time are arbitrarily given superpowers. Why, how, it's never explained. Flash forward several years and one of them has grafted his head onto a giant ape's body (why?) and lives on the moon with a robot servant (why?). Again, reads like a great idea but never goes beyond its description. Anyway, the others all have similarly bizarre situations - one of them travelled forwards in time for some reason then went back and somehow became a kid forever or something (why?!) - except for one girl who's somehow included with the other kids but doesn't have any special powers and isn't included in their superhero outings so I'm not sure why she's part of the UA. And why is it called Umbrella Academy anyway?
So a bad guy wants to kill the world with music for some reason and recruits the poor girl without superpowers who does know how to play the violin really well, turning her into the human violin you see on the cover (why death by music?). Because she's been left out, etc., she becomes evil and tries to blow up the world with a death song or something and the UA have to stop her.
Events happen without any rhyme or reason, they just happen because, while the characters are completely flat.Read more ›
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Okay.... so, not gonna lie.. I bought this to have Gerard Way sign it at a local con he was appearing at. I ended up reading it, and it's really interesting! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Erin Cimmarrusti
Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba has done an amazing job of story telling.Published 8 days ago by sixstringking
This book collects the first six issues of the Umbrella Academy comic in a complete story arc. We learn about the origins of the Academy heroes, their early exploits, and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pop Bop
Such a good story. I move almost every year and I take this book everywhere I end up because I don't mind reading this again. This and Volume 2 of Umbrella Academy.Published 3 months ago by Roman Katz
I had no idea that Gerard Way of MCR was a comic book writer. I read the 1st volume to Umbrella Academy and was blown away. I want to get the 2nd volume already!Published 3 months ago by Guy With The Face
Gerard Way comes out swinging in his debut. If you want everything explained to you, you're going to be disappointed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick Byrne
Sometimes you have to listen to your kids. I’d never heard of Dark Horse’s UMBRELLA ACADEMY until my daughter mentioned one day she’d like to read it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Dennis Moore
Gerard has always been a god among men with his writing, and delivered by the artistic stylings of Gabriel Ba, it really was a banger. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lily Jackson