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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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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: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I liked the first Umbrella Academy, but this was not a good follow up and I do not recommend it.

The story doesn't go anywhere. The characters are forced out of their miserable lives and into a new adventure, but despite their trials and tribulations they do not grow or realize the error of their ways. At the end of the book the characters return to their miserable lives unchanged. The story is a lot like the characters. A lot happens but the events change nothing and the world is the same when it is all said and done. This kinda of the point of the story though, the characters efforts are meant to maintain the status quo.

There are some interesting ideas here but they are not fully developed. The art is the main reason I finished the story and I would like to see more of Gabriel Ba's work. There are a few cute segments that go nowhere and I got the feeling Gerard Way should have done a series of short stories, much like some of The Goon or Hellboy books. I would have enjoyed his idea's better as part of the Dark Horse Presents comic, rather than as part of a full length story.
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By Dana Johnson on February 26, 2013
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I have read this before and just wanted to own it. The first time I looked it up was because it was by Gerard Way and wanted to see it. Of course I viewed the first book for this first. I had my town's library get it and I read them from there. These are great.
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Read the original (Vol. 1) and now reading this one it's pretty amazing, love the extra art work in the back and the extra propaganda stuff.

All in all the books great, recommend this to ANY fan of the series.
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I had been waiting two years to read this graphic novel; along with Gerard Way's first Graphic Novel, The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite. I picked up the first novel at a small comic books store in downtown Chicago. Let's just say that it was pricey, much too expensive for the content that I was provided. The first novel blew me away, it is in short a literal work of art. The story line fascinating. The art work captivating. My interest had been continually peaked. I finally got to see inside the mind of the man behind the music I had been listening to since 2001. I fell in love with both graphic novels, and I am looking foreword to purchasing his second comic set, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
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A definite head trip. If you enjoyed the first Umbrella Academy, I see no reason you wouldn't love this one. Time travel paradoxes and deep seated family issues abound. Really a great second book that makes me long for the third.
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the fantastic continuation of the first volume! captivating writing by Gerard Way (with a few sneaky MCR references for fans...) and stunning art by Gabriel Bá. This isn't a a stereotypical superhero story; there are lots of anecdotes that show the rawest moments of the characters and what made them who they are today. This really drew me in (buh dum tss), and i finished the whole thing in one school day (whoops...). a definite buy!!!
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