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Product Details

  • Series: Umbrella Academy
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159582345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823458
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The second installment in this Eisner-winning series, Dallas is even more surreal and darkly quirky than its predecessor. The Umbrella Academy is a group of superheroes who were mysteriously born at the same time, adopted and raised together as a family and a team. Now adults, their heroic and family dynamics are traumatized and dysfunctional, despite their love for one another. In this volume, the bizarrely childlike time-traveling team member Number Five recruits his siblings to right a wrong—to save President Kennedy before he is assassinated, possibly saving the world in the bargain. But in the tradition of dysfunctional families, they overshoot the mark by three years and end up in Vietnam in the middle of the war and opposed by a Machiavellian super-intelligent goldfish. Way's nuanced, complex writing and Bá's magnetic, lush art continue to click together like a finely tuned machine. Dallas hits a sweet spot, appealing to mainstream audiences and hardcore comics fans alike, not to mention a legion of teenagers drawn by Way's other role as lead singer of the popular band My Chemical Romance. (Oct.)
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*Starred Review* Apocalypse Suite (2008), written by the front man of the emo-punk outfit My Chemical Romance and drawn by Eisner winner Bá, provided a dizzying refreshment of the superhero group, adding here a dash of severely dysfunctional dynamics and there a glug of gleeful peculiarity. The story line of this follow-up swarms like an electron cloud around a plan to avert the Kennedy assassination—or are they trying to avert the plan to avert the plan? Way has a special affinity for enigmatic plotlines, in which minor details and major occurrences are left unexplained for ages, and he isn’t afraid to literally end the world, which has happened at least twice in Umbrella Academy history. Information gets doled out in morsels and roundhouse kicks as the squabbling squad of super-stepsiblings zips back and forth in time and works to save the world from, well, themselves and their beyond-clever powers. Rumor’s ability to tell a lie and have it come true offs an Abraham Lincoln monument run amok, mirroring the the first book’s opening, in which zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel terrorizes Paris with his tower. Such stuff makes spectacular fodder for Bá’s chunky, irresistibly hooky art, bursting with constellations of weird, exciting, and funny touches. Fresh, bitter, ultraviolent, oddly touching, The Umbrella Academy may be the shrewdest, wildest superhero thing going in mainstream comics. It’s certainly among the finest. --Ian Chipman

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Just sit, relax, read and enjoy a good comic, the only way to describe this.
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It was very well done and very interesting, I felt a little bad reading through them both before I even wrapped them for her.
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Buy it if you like Grant Morrison craziness mixed with classic Chris Claremont team dynamics.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Spelman on April 9, 2010
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In my review of Vol. 1 of The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, I stated I thought the world and characters Gerard Way created were fascinating and that the art of Gabriel Ba is great and lends itself to the piece very nicely.

For better or for worse, nothing has changed.

Gerard Way still has trouble as a storyteller. He creates an absolutely amazing world of characters and despite all this family turmoil he presents us, I don't really care about any of the characters. We only get a few snapshots of each relationship, then we are hurried to the next. It's a shame because the world that Way created has got to be up there in my top 5 through all story mediums (movies, games, books, etc.) He has this incredible gift for creating very interesting characters and circumstances (Hazel and Cha Cha being one of the standouts this volume) but if you can't make a story that people care about, you don't really have a story. And killing characters way too quickly (usually comic writers have the exact opposite problem)before we get to know them more, root for them, and enjoy their unique personality.

While there are quite a few gems amongst the dialogue but for the most part the dialogue isn't very good. Many of the lines are very esoteric and self serving, which works for music but not very well in print media.

So all that being said I'm still going to continue with the series since it's one of the freshest stories out there, even if it falls short. Way has some growing to do but considering that The Umbrella Academy is one of his writing ventures published, he's not doing too shabby at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lirisimah Sorrim on December 20, 2012
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This was a pretty sweet comic. I wasn't expecting much since I was not a big fan of Gerard Way, but after ordering Vol 1 and this one for my girlfriend for Christmas I had to at least take a look. It was very well done and very interesting, I felt a little bad reading through them both before I even wrapped them for her. Oh well, definitely a nice series, I need to get her more so I can read them...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy Cowing on November 8, 2009
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I have been an avid reader of comics for many years and I am getting to the point where I feel like I have read an re-read every comic plot 100 times. I am always in search of that new story that has a little bit of the familiar yet reads like something new and wonderful. This series has that covered in spades!!!
*Disfunctional super team group with father issues, Check!
*Danger coming from secrets inside the team? Check!
*Amazing super powers they are ill prepared to handle? Check!
*Fuzzy gorilla space suits, talking soldier monkeys, and time travel, CHHK_CHHHK_CHINGGGGG!
It sounds like the same old same old, but ISN'T! By twisting the xmen cliche's and spicing it up with aburdist humor, gorgeous art, and excellent character development, this series burned its way to the top of my reading list, along side Hellboy, 100 Bullets, Criminal and Scalped. This series reads like a streamlined and lucid Grant Morrison tale. But I do feel that Gerard Way definitely has his own storytelling voice that I love and look forward to reading more of! Give up the singing already and write more comics, MAN!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on October 24, 2009
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After the apocalyptic events chronicled in the first trade paperback, Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba show us another side of the Umbrella Academy that I didn't expect to see. Even though they saved the world in the previous storyline, the second trade starts off with some pretty dysfunctional behavior from most of the principal cast of the book, with almost no one feeling the elation of having prevented Armageddon, save for The Seance, who has become a celebrity. Spaceboy has become indolent, Kraken's working with the police to investigate his mysterious time-travelling brother No.5, The White Violin is bedridden, The Rumor is dealing with the loss of her voice, and the Horror is still dead and only shows up in flashbacks. To make my point, the Hargreaves family seems to be even more discontent than at the beginning of the first volume, even though they banded together against a shared evil that should, ostensibly, have brought them closer together. The writing and the art is as magnificent as ever, and Gerard Way seems to have been born to be a comic book writer rather than a musician (though he does the latter pretty well too. He is, after all, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, for those of you who didn't know). Gabriel Ba delivers fine pencils reminiscent of his run on Casanova, and it suits the book perfectly. The plot unfolding in "Dallas" is so quirky and twisted that it made my head spin, as it involves time travel, alternate histories, over-the-top superhero violence and jaw-dropping revelations. The bulk of the story revolves around the secret dealings of No.5, who showed us that he is more than just a time-travelling kindergartener in the last volume, and he is sure to surprise readers even more in the second book.Read more ›
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