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Umbrella Academy Volume 2: Dallas Paperback – October 13, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
All in all the books great, recommend this to ANY fan of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first Umbrella Academy definitely lives up to its Eisner Award status, and Volume 2 is a good decendant. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Above and beyond all expectations this story is one of the top titles ever for so many different reasons I loved every page clearly a lot of hard work by so many people were poured... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trust fund squanderer
Love Gerard Way and his work. The artwork of Gabriel is phenomenal. I am completely biased in my review though, because this was one of the only comic books I have ever read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shawn M.
I am a huge fan of Gerard Way's music and this book is so amazing that I would not put the book down. You should definitely read this book!Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer